President's Message

It is my honour to represent Na’amat Canada. I, alongside my amazing executive hope to make the 2017-2020 term one to be proud of. Each member of the Board brings unique talents and strengths to the Board and I look forward to getting to know and work with each of them.

The Membership Committee led by Brenda Fayerman-Noodleman (of Montreal) will focus on will focus on both membership growth and retention. Brenda and her committee will research innovative ways of attracting young people to our wonderful organization while keeping our current members happy and feeling like their hard work makes a difference in the lives of women, children and families both in Israel and here in Canada as well.

Our Education Committee led by Susan Inhaber (of Calgary) will focus educating our members of how we operate as an organization both in Israel and here in Canada. The committee will start preparing for our 100th anniversary of Na’amat operating in Canada, while sharing the history and the memories of our members.

Our Development Committee will be led by our newly installed Vice President, Dr. Sandi Seigel (of Hamilton) and will focus on using social media and spreading the word about Na’amat Canada’s work throughout our country by distributing the E-news and using various other means of communication to let the world know how proud we are of the work we do.

Committee members on these as well as the Governance Committee whose mandate is to update our way of governing ourselves as a non-profit organization as mandated by the Canadian government; led by Immediate Past National President, Sarah Beutel-Morgan (of Ottawa) will be made up of members from all over the country (not necessarily on the Board) to help make sure that each city has a voice and is heard.

Our Financial Secretary, Terry Dykopf along with the rest of the Executive make up the Financial Committee where we try to be as fiscally responsible as possible, allowing as much of the funds raised as possible to go to Israel where there are needed. Our new Capital Campaign 2017-2020 will focus on both expanding the dormitories at Kanot, one of our agricultural schools whose population has grown tremendously over the last few years as well as updating and renovating the Or Yehuda Ha’histadrut Multi- Purpose Centre which also looks after 104 toddlers and babies in its’ daycare centre. These two projects combined to a grand total of $250,000 which was requested from Na’amat Israel to be donated over the next 3 years from Na’amat Canada. In addition more funding is always required to maintain the various programs already in existence which need our funds to continue on, many of which are featured on our website.

After the outstanding Convention of July 14-16, 2017, chaired by Orit Tobe, nationally and Gerry Anklewicz, locally, my wish is for all the cities to return home and be inspired to fund raise for Israel while educating their own members about the many issues relevant to all women around the world.

During my term as president, I really want to listen to all our members’ concerns and wishes and move forward on as many of their ideas as possible. Feel free to contact me personally at doris.wexler@naamat.com   Hopefully, I will get to meet you all personally within the next few years!

Doris Wexler-Charow

Na’amat Canada, President