Rhonda Friedman

West Island Campaign Chair, 2006-2007

1. How did you get involved with Federation CJA – and why?

I got a phone call from a good friend's mom, Beverlee Ashmele, asking me to come meet with her. I had had very little exposure to Federation CJA up to this point. I had done other volunteer work and thought now might be a good time to get involved with Federation CJA and work on a committee or something small. I left that evening being offered the position and honour of being Chair of the West Island Campaign…not exactly something small. That was my introduction to volunteerism at Federation CJA.

2. What is your fondest memory to date of your time working with Federation CJA?

There are truly too many to mention, but one that stands out is a photo shoot that we organized for the clients of the JEM Workshop. Hair, makeup, costumes, seeing the workers so happy, so relaxed and so excited to take their photos home, was a great moment.

3. Can you recall a particular moment or event that impacted you profoundly?

Going to Israel for the first time on a Federation CJA mission was life-changing for me.

4.What advice would you give to the young women following in your philanthropic footsteps?

Please get involved. Find out about all the amazing things that go on in our community with the support of Federation CJA and choose something that inspires you. When you help others, you truly help yourself.

5.What is your legacy?

My legacy is to leave my children and their children with a strong, vibrant Jewish community. Instilling the values of volunteerism, the responsibility of helping those in need, the understanding that every person can make a difference in some way, to someone.

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