Words from our President

 

I am honoured to serve in the role of National President of Na’amat Canada for the 2020-2023 term of the National Board. I am excited to work with an enthusiastic and engaged executive and membership and I look forward to working with them.

As I start my term we are dealing with challenges brought on by COVID 19. However, we realize the needs of Na’amat have continued and increased. I believe we are up to the challenge of supporting our important work.

We have an amazing executive who bring great skills and talents to our board. Our Membership, Engagement and Leadership Development committee led by our Na’amat Canada National Vice President Susan Inhaber of Calgary, will be involved in supporting our existing members while attracting new membership. Our members are the heart and soul of our organization and we sincerely appreciate all the hard work done by them.

Our Education Committee led by Marian Lederman of Ottawa will be involved in keeping our members, donors and the general public up to date with regards to all the facets of the important work that Na’amat does in Israel and in Canada. You will able to see the ongoing activities of Na’amat by checking out our website as well as our social media.

Our Fundraising and Social Advocacy Committees led by Brenda Fayerman of Montreal will continue to explore ways to continue to raise funds to support our important work. Social advocacy is important and Na’amat does want to respond to important issues of the day that align with our core mission.

The Financial Committee led by Terry Dykopf of Toronto will continue to steward our finances with our ongoing commitment to fiscal responsibility in sending as much of the funds we raise as possible to support the work of Na’amat in Israel where it is so greatly needed.

Our capital campaign for 2020-2023 will focus on 2 areas.

We will continue to support Kanot Youth Village in raising funds for a new wing to support students in Grades 7 and 8. Kanot helps at- risk youth change the trajectory of their lives  by offering support emotionally and academically. Currently the demand is great and to date only ¼ of applicants can be accommodated. With the new capital campaign we hope to be able to serve more at risk youth.

Domestic violence is a great concern worldwide. The Glickman Centre for family violence prevention has provided care for women and children in need due to domestic violence for years. Our second area of focus for the capital campaign will be to support a new initiative, the Abba (Father) program.

Research has shown that by supporting fathers to have appropriate relationships with their children, domestic violence can decrease. The Abba program will provide individual, family and group counselling to support families in need.

I look forward in working with all our members, donors and supporters in the upcoming term.

Please feel free to reach out to me at sandi.seigel@naamat.com

sandi

 

Sandi Seigel

Na’amat Canada, President