Celebrating Outstanding People and Introducing Our New Look!

We had an excellent turnout at our 81st Annual General Meeting, hosted at Congregation Beth Israel on November 29, 2017. Thank you to all who came to support and join us in honouring our volunteers and staff!

Karen James received the Naomi Gropper Steiner Visionary Award, given to a past Board member who went over and above in their duties. She stepped into the top volunteer job at the agency at a critical time and guided JFS to provide significantly more services to the community.

Shelley Ail received the Paula Lenga award for her major volunteer contribution over a decade to the Jewish Food Bank and her commitment to coordinating volunteers and organizing JFS’s annual Friends Campaign phone-a-thons.

Schara Tzedeck Congregation received the Community Partner Award.

Our Volunteer Appreciation Award recipients were Ros Calof, for her work with the Seniors Lunch Program, and Lina Moskaleva for supporting our Mental Health Outreach program.

We also celebrated the work of our staff.

Our Staff Term of Service Awards went to Alan Stamp (10 years), Zanna Linskaia (10 years), Naz Gurbuz (5 years) and Tanya Skovorodnikova (10 years).

We are so grateful for the outstanding efforts of our great volunteers, staff and community members who make the work we do possible.

Bill Kaplan, our Board Chair, introduced the new Board Members: Judith Cohen, Shannon Gorski, Peter Hotz, Simone Kallner and Michael Kaplen. We have a strong and talented group of community members and we look forward to working with them on behalf of JFS in the near future.

For photos from the AGM, including award recipients, please click here.

Included in the program was the launch of our new brand, including a new logo, look and name, which has shortened to Jewish Family Services.

Please click here for our press release on the launch.