Just like that, the semester is quickly coming to a close. For me, this year seems to be ending just as soon as it began – this school year, quite literally, having been the quickest yet. It’s hard to believe that my four years in Ottawa have already gone by; I would not change my experiences here for the world.
I would like to extend a huge thank you, Ottawa, for giving me a warm welcome in opening up your doors to me, and for presenting me with the wide breadth of opportunities that I was able to involve myself in over the past four years. This city, small but mighty, has allowed me to grow, mature, challenge myself, open my mind, open my heart, and become a true leader.
Though it is a bittersweet farewell, I truly feel my time here was incredibly well spent. In only four short years, your city has afforded me opportunities to work on Parliament Hill, act as city-wide president of Hillel Ottawa, test the waters in a government agency, and – my personal favourite – writing the Campus Life column in the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin for two consecutive years. I did more in this wonderful city than I ever envisioned and I am so grateful for the opportunities I was able to pursue.
With Passover coming up, and this being my last Ottawa Jewish Bulletin column, I would like to take this final opportunity to remind students of the resources and organizations available to them throughout the holiday. The wonderful Hillel Ottawa and Chabad Student Network (CSN) will be hosting a variety of events to celebrate Passover.
CSN will host its annual Pesach seders for Ottawa’s Jewish students and young professionals. CSN is also offering kosher-for-Passover meal plans and trips to the “kosher” Loblaws for all your Pesach dietary needs.
If you are looking to attend a smaller seder, reach out to Hillel Ottawa, and you will be connected to one of the many lovely Ottawa community members who have offered to host students at their seders. There is something for everyone this Pesach in Ottawa, so don’t be afraid to reach out!
Suffice to say, I really did make the best possible decision in choosing to spend my university career here in Ottawa. It is a unique gem of a city, underrated and under-appreciated by far too many.
A couple of years ago, in one of my first columns for the Ottawa Jewish Bulletin, I referred to Ottawa as “Canada’s best kept secret.” It really is just that. Ottawa’s vibrant and strong Jewish community has so much to offer its students, young professionals, and community members. The city radiates a warm, friendly, cultural atmosphere in which everyone is made to feel very much at home. It is a hub, ripe with fresh opportunity, and a great appreciation for arts, culture, and cuisine. I will cherish the time that I was fortunate enough to have spent here and will continue to spread the word about Ottawa’s compelling nature and welcoming environment.
This city has grown and developed so much – even in just the four years I have been here. It surely has a bright future ahead, and I have every bit of confidence that Ottawa’s Jewish community will continue to strengthen and grow even larger.