Cheryl Brownstein

Women's Philanthropy Campaign Chair, 2017-2018

My earliest memory of working for our wonderful community is when I was about 10 years old. My mother, Bernice Brownstein, would drive up to a house and ask me to ring the doorbell and get the cheque for Combined Jewish Appeal. It was a completely natural event for me as I was raised in a home where both my mother and my beloved father, Morty Brownstein CM z"l, were extremely active in all aspects of community. And this interest only became more heightened with every meeting and every encounter I had with the amazing people in our community. Women's Division board meetings were not only fun, they were empowering. We were taught that not only could we make a difference, we MUST make a difference. The training and the stories from people who returned from Missions impacted us as well as the opportunity to meet new people and realize how much you have in common, just by virtue of shared values.

My advice to young women is to not be afraid; open the door and walk in. Challenge yourself to take on leadership positions, meet new people, learn from experienced volunteers and you will grow in ways you cannot imagine.

I am embarking on my Chairmanship in this, our Centennial year, and I hope to leave a legacy of involvement, passion and dedication. And I know I will be working with women whose values are inextricably linked with mine. Please remember: The reason volunteers are not paid is not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless.

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