President, Golden Age Association (CJCS) 1999-2000
1. How did you get involved with Federation CJA, and why?
My work in the city as a Family Life Educator initially connected me to Federation CJA. In training others to become family life educators, I became more engaged with the Golden Age Center myself.
2. What is your fondest memory to date of your time working with the Golden Age Association?
I have fond memories of working together with others who were committed to providing the best services possible to the growing needs of seniors. We worked collaboratively and developed relationships that remain meaningful to me even today. It was an exciting time.
3. Can you recall a particular moment or event that impacted you profoundly?
In 2000, the successful amalgamation of JSSE and the Golden Age Center into the Cummings Jewish Community Services was the realization of much dedicated effort, and had great implications in how services could and would be available to the community. In the same year, CJCS received the Hommage Bénévolat - Québec prize from the government of Québec in recognition of the involvement of its volunteers.
4. What advice would you give to the young women following in your philanthropic footsteps?
I advise young women to listen carefully to the voices of others and to work collaboratively to bring about change and advancements. Nothing brings better long-term results than cooperation. See others as equals.
5. What is your legacy?
The creative and dynamic strengths of the services at CJCS, and its continuous efforts to pioneer new directions to best represent the population – this is my legacy.