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Marsha Cowan,CEO of the Jewish Foundation, with Margaret Trudeau

Anita Wortzman, Chair of the Jewish Foundation presenting the Wortzman called upon Ruth Livingston to accept this certificate of appreciation in Irma Penn's honour and memory to her freind Ruth Livingston.

Speaker Sponsors Tovah and Larry Vickar with Margaret Trudeau

Left to Right: Dianne Lieberman, WEF Luncheon Co-Chair The Honourable Jim Carr Ruth Livingston, representing WEF Honouree Irma Penn (z’’l) Margaret Trudeau Marsha Cowan, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba CEO Anita Wortzman, Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Chair Jessica Cogan, WEF Luncheon Co-Chair His Worship Mayor Brian Bowman

Margaret Trudeau addresses Largest Ever Jewish Foundation Women’s Luncheon on Manic Depression-Irma Penn Z'l Leaves Major Bequest Over One Million To Jewish Foundation

by Rhonda Spivak, June 1, 2017


Margaret Trudeau addressed the largest ever  Jewish Foundation of Manitoba’s Women’s Endowment Fund Luncheon on the topic of mental illness held at the RBC Conventon Centre April 21, 2017.


 Luncheon Co-Chair Jessica Cogan noted that there were about  "450 guests here today, making this the largest Women’s Endowment Fund Luncheon in history."


Cogan noted that " Since 1994, the Women’s Endowment Fund has distributed approximately half-a-million dollars to about 80 different organizations and initiatives that help women and girls of all backgrounds in Manitoba. In 2016, the Women’s Endowment Fund offered its financial support to organizations addressing women’s health, addiction, the integration of newcomers to our community, human trafficking, and other important issues. Women's issues are everyone's issues. The Women's Endowment Fund is the only fund of its kind in Western Canada and we are proud of what we do."


She added " The JFM's total assets sit at $107 million. Of that, there is just over $1.5 million in our Women's Endowment Fund. This is endowed money and we never touch the assets. We make a difference through the income we earn. Imagine how much more impact we could have when we reach – and surpass – our goal of two million dollars. As our community changes, and as our world changes, the Women’s Endowment Fund and the Jewish Foundation as a whole are poised to do remarkable things." 


Co-chair Dianne Lieberman said that thanks to those in attendance "the fund has grown and we will have an even greater impact in the community."


Marsha Cowan, CEO of the Jewish Foundation set out some of the some of the things  accomplished in 2016 by the Women’s Endowment Fund, such as adding "beds to Siloam Mission’s shelter so that Winnipeg women in desperate need of accommodations would have somewhere to go," helping " the Joy Smith Foundation develop and share materials to teach students, parents, and teachers about human trafficking" and helping " refurnish apartments managed by Alpha House so that women and children escaping abusive relationships could be safe and comfortable." The Fund also supported "Jewish Child and Family Service enhance its support group programming for Jewish women living with addiction in their families."


She indicated that the goal is to reach 2 million dollars in assets for the Women’s Endowment Fund, and invited  new donors to consider opening a fund. "And we encourage current fund holders to grow their funds. For those fund holders whose current balance is under 1000 dollars, we have launched the special “Race to 1,000” incentive program to help you get there even faster. Please visit our website or contact our office to learn more about this."


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