Getting to know your Federation Board of Directors

Name: Nikki Shapiro

Profession: Full-time volunteer 

  • Born and Raised in Smiths Falls, On., but lived in Ottawa for 26 years
  • Married for 20 years to Michael Shapiro 
  • Two children, Neilah, 18 and Benjamin 15 I have a cat, Peter, 11 years old, who thinks he’s human.
  • My hobbies include cooking, baking, entertaining and travelling. I recently rappelled and it scared the life out me but I did it! I’m terrified of heights so not sure why I did it! But so glad I did!

How long have you been on the board? 


This is my 3rd year 

Why did you join the board? 


To be a part of the team who secures a vibrant Jewish Ottawa for my children and grandchildren. 
My area of strategic community concern:  Increasing Jewish engagement


My goals are: 

I want to create a network through the Momentum Program (formerly JWRP) as well as a connection to Israel through the Shinshinim Program and our partnership (P2G). Promoting volunteerism and encouraging those in my network to get involved and find their passion is a priority. I strive to connect people together and feel passionate about promoting the programs and organizations within the Jewish Federation of Ottawa.
My favourite aspect of the Ottawa Jewish community:


The diversity of programs, organizations and people in our small, but mighty, Jewish Ottawa. 

Nikki Shapiro