Welcome to CHW Ottawa
We are honoured to have accepted the roles of co-presidents of CHW—Ottawa Centre for the next two years. We are enjoying working together and hope to blend the best of our individual styles and strengths in our new capacity.
We are very fortunate to have an excellent executive and portfolio chairs, who are a great asset to us: Debbie Baylin, Linda Bonder, Robin Chernick, Lynn Gillman, Deborah Goldstein, Gina Grant, Esther Kulik, and Marilyn Schwartz.
Our hard-working executive is putting the finishing touches on our opening CHW Ottawa Council meeting, to be held on September 18. We were very fortunate to have been invited to hold the meeting at the residence of the Israeli Ambassador to Canada, Rafael Barak. Miriam Barak, Mr. Barak’s wife, will speak to us about her role as the wife of the Israeli Ambassador. We will also share information about the CHW organization, both nationally and locally. Alina Ianson, CHW National Executive Director, will be attending the event, as will the spouses of Israeli diplomatic staff and the new deputy Chef de Mission. It will be an event to remember!
On June 8, the Amit, Mollie Betcherman, and Ina McCarthy chapters held their Annual Spring Tea. This year they honoured a local community volunteer and philanthropist philanthropist, Barbara Crook, and raised more than $14,000 toward Barbara’s chosen projects, the Terry Schwarzfeld Daycare Centre in Acco and the WIZ Kid Program. It was a beautiful afternoon, and our guests enjoyed delicious homemade desserts and party sandwiches, a silent auction, and lots of schmoozing.
At the Amit Chapter’s first meeting of the year on September 10, our guest speaker, Margo Rosen, will describe the “Torah Stitch by Stitch” project, an international project to embroider the complete text of the Five Books of Moses. Ottawa is participating in this exceptional endeavour. The Amit Chapter is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, and we are planning a reunion to take place in the fall. Stay tuned for details!
The Negev Chapter’s first meeting will be a “welcome back” social meeting. Some of the Negev girls produced a video for the “CHW video challenge” and we are all eagerly voting.
The challenges ahead of our Centre are to raise much-needed funds and to increase membership by attracting new, younger members to CHW Ottawa. In addition, we want to ensure that belonging to CHW remains enjoyable and meaningful for each and every one of us, knowing that we are making a real difference in the lives of our friends in Israel through our projects in support of Children, Healthcare, and Women.