Dear Friends,

 

On November 1, 2017, approximately 300 women from diverse backgrounds and perspectives will celebrate the impact they have on the Ottawa Jewish Community at the Jewish Federation of Ottawa's 11th annual CHOICES event. This event inspires women to share their time, intellect and skills within our community. The evening focuses on the impact women can make in the Jewish community and demonstrates the personal commitment they make to Jewish life. CHOICES is the premiere Jewish Women's Campaign event in Ottawa and by contributing to the Women's Campaign through their CHOICES gift, women help to ensure that Ottawa's Jewish community continues to be strong and thrive. 

 

At this year's event, we are honoured to present Ottawa native, Dr. Gillian Presner. She will share how recent challenges have led her to a second "coming of age" where she has gained important life perspectives about herself, our everyday choices and ultimately what our true legacies will be. A recent winner of the Freiman Family Young Leadership Award, Gillian is a proud supporter of Ottawa's Jewish community with deep roots in our city as a volunteer and exceptional leader. 

 

We look forward to having you join us for a wonderful evening with friends and family to celebrate this remarkable woman. For more information about CHOICES, please contact Anita Almstedt at (613) 798-4696, ext. 995 or via email at aalmstedt@jewishottawa.com.

 

Sincerely,

 


Jackie Barwin and Jen Zaret
CHOICES Co-Chairs 

 

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Guest Speaker BIOGRAPHY:

Community leader Gillian Presner is a proud supporter of Ottawa’s Jewish community with deep roots in our city. She attended Talmud Torah afternoon school and later graduated from then Hillel Academy (now Ottawa Jewish Community School). She is a product of Jewish summer camps including Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa and camp Gesher in Napanee, Ont. As a teenager, she was heavily involved in JCC Theatreworks productions and was also a counsellor and swim instructor at JCC day camps. 

 

Gillian returned to Ottawa after university and medical school and completed her residency in pediatrics here. While still in residency, Gillian took on various community volunteer roles: she helped organize the 2011 open Ottawa symposium aimed at connecting a new generation of young Ottawa adults to Jewish life; She co-chaired the Young Women's Leadership Council; she sat on the board of the SJCC, where she led a task force to set boost enrollment at Ganon Preschool; she took part in the selection committee for a new rabbi at Kehillat Beth Israel; on top of that, Gillian and her husband, Neil, were co-chairs of Federation's 2016 Annual Campaign Kickoff while also still canvassing for the annual campaign, as she has done yearly since 2008.  For all these inspiring efforts, this spring she was awarded the Freiman Family Young Leadership Award.

 

Gillian Presner has made impressive choices in her life that have made her a model as a young leader, a community member, a wife and a mother. As keynote speaker at CHOICES, she will share how recent challenges have led her to a second “coming of age” where she has gained important life perspectives about herself, our everyday choices and ultimately what are our true legacies.