President, Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors (CJCS) 2002-2004
More than 20 years ago I chaired the Budget Review Committee responsible for the budget request of the then Golden Age Association, now the Cummings Jewish Centre for Seniors. When my two year term was over, I was asked to sit on the board of the Agency. I was very happy to accept the invitation because seniors are sometimes a forgotten quadrant of our community. Supporting their needs is very important to me. I became President in 2002 and still remain active at the Centre. Past presidents are never "past" at CJCS.
I have many fond memories of my time as president of CJCS. Getting to know every staff member and appreciating their commitment to and love for the seniors they serve, working with executive director Herb Finkelberg, spending every day among so many golden avers involved in exercise, arts and crafts projects, singing and dancing to the music of the CJCS orchestra, helping to plan a major renovation of the Centre.... I can go on and on.
As you can see from the answer to question 2, all aspects of my time as president and continuing to the present day, were and are the best.
Volunteering one's time in any community agency and/or project is worthwhile. One can always find a place which will enhance one's life immeasurably. Helping others is a mitzvah.
Volunteering is giving and getting back more.
I started volunteering in my teens when I served meals to new mothers at JGH. Over the many years since I worked on CJA campaigns as chair of the young women's division, business and professional division and helped out for many years on Super Sunday. I sat on the boards of the Jewish Public Library and Auberge Shalom pour femmes, worked on food feasts for Mazon Canada. I also volunteer in Child Psychiatry at the JGH. I suppose that my legacy is one of commitment to volunteering for the past 60 years with the hope that I can continue to do so for years to come.