When Donna and Bernie Dolansky moved to Ottawa in 1973, they only knew a handful of people. Volunteering within Ottawa’s Jewish community was the gateway to forming many friendships that are still going strong 43 years later. My siblings and I grew up in the cradle of this community. Now my sister and I find ourselves sharing the community with our own husbands and children as the torch is being passed (though my parents haven’t quite let go of it yet). So the Jewish Federation of Ottawa Annual Campaign theme this year is particularly apt for us: Our Community, Our Responsibility, Our Future.
We are honoured to be named as co-chairs of the Kickoff to the 2017 Annual Campaign – Bernie and Donna Dolansky, Gillian (née Dolansky) and Neil Presner, and my partner Grant Overland and I. My sister’s family and my own are so grateful to the visionaries of our parents’ generation who built and sustained our community and now we’re seeking the support and partnership of those who will carry it into the future. [Read more…]