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Marsha Cowan

Marsha Cowan 2013 Annual Luncheon Speech

posted December 1, 2014

On behalf of the Board and Staff of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, I would like to welcome you to our 39th annual luncheon.

My name is Marsha Cowan, and I am the CEO of the Foundation. Before I make some important introductions, I would like to call forward our city Mayor Sam Katz and The Honourable Sharon Blady, Minister of Healthy Living and Seniors, to recite the blessing before the meal.

Thank you.  While you enjoy your meal, allow me to make a few introductions, beginning with our head table. From your left are:

-              The Foundation’s Past President – Steve Kroft

-              Ceci Gorlick,  Larry Vickar,  Sherman Greenberg

-              President-Elect Anita Wortzman

-              Our guest speaker,  Craig Kielburger

-              And the Foundation’s President, Joseph Wilder


Allow me to welcome special guests:

    From the Provincial Legislature

          Dr. Jon Gerrard

          The Honourable Christine Melnick

          Heather Stefanson

          The Honourable Andrew Swan

     Councillors from City Hall

           Ross Eadie

           Paula Havixbeck

           Brian Mayes

           John Orlikow

      Harvey Secter, Chancellor of the University of Manitoba


     Bob Silver, Chancellor of the University of Winnipeg.  Thank you to Bob who donated a table to the students of 6 city-wide schools.


I would also like to introduce our luncheon sponsor, Mr. Jon Holeman of RBC Dominion Securities, Private Wealth Management. Jon has been the sponsor of this luncheon since 2000. That is unbelievable and we are so very grateful for your continued support of the Foundation.


Finally, I am honoured to welcome representatives of 38 charitable organizations. These are people who do great things to make Winnipeg the wonderful place that it is. Join me in welcoming representatives of:




         The Winnipeg Foundation

         The Asper Foundation

         St. Boniface Hospital Foundation

         Misericordia Health Centre Foundation

         CancerCare Manitoba Foundation

         Mount Carmel Clinic Foundation

         Heart & Stroke Foundation of Manitoba

         Victoria General Hospital Foundation


Education and Cultural Institutions:

     University of Manitoba

     Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev

     Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University

     Canadian Institute for the Study of Antisemitism

     Marymound School

     Queenston School Parent Advisory Council

     Winnipeg Board of Jewish Education

     Chai Folk Ensemble

     Jewish Heritage Centre of Western Canada

     Folk Arts Council of Winnipeg

     Assiniboine Park Conservancy


Community Services:

     Community Living Manitoba

     Jewish Child and Family Services

     Macdonald Youth Services

     Rady Jewish Community Centre

     Rainbow Resource Centre

     Rotary Club of Winnipeg

     B’nai Brith Canada

     Laurel Centre

     Winnipeg Harvest


Health Services:

     Canadian Red Cross Society, Manitoba

     Mood Disorders Association of Manitoba

     Sexuality Education Resource Centre Manitoba


Housing Services:

     Shalom Residences

     Siloam Mission


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