Campaign Chairs

Michael Polowin
Co-Chair, 2017 and 2018 Annual Campaigns

Michael is thrilled to be taking on the role of Chair of the Annual Campaign. An Ottawa native, Michael grew up in a home where community involvement was modeled by his mother Betty, and he and his brothers have followed in her path. A proud believer in our community, Michael has been active in fundraising and numerous volunteer activities.

Among his many endeavours, Michael co-founded and chaired the University Division of UJA in the ‘70s.  He served on the Boards of the Ottawa Jewish Community School and Agudath Israel.  He canvassed for the Federation’s Annual Campaign, participated in the Steering Committee to build the Community Campus, and served on the High School Task Force. Since 2006, he has served on the Board of Directors of Camp B’nai Brith of Ottawa, and since 2007 has been its Chair.  In that time, the camp has seen a renaissance in its Board, staffing, registration and financial position, and the first stages of a rebuild of its infrastructure and other facilities. 

Michael intends to bring the same vision and energy to the Annual Campaign.
Professionally, Michael is a partner in the national law firm of Gowling Lafleur Henderson LLP.


Aviva Ben-Choreen
Co-Chair, 2018 and 2019 Annual Campaigns

Aviva is a hard-working compassionate leader, dedicated to inspiring others to get involved.


Born in the U.S., Aviva has been an Ottawa resident for 20 years. She graduated from Emunah College in Jerusalem and is fluently bilingual in English and Hebrew.


She and her husband, Jonathan Freedman, a past of Chair of the Federation and current chair of the Jewish Memorial Gardens and Hillel Ottawa, enjoy deep ties to the city. Both of these driven volunteers have been heavily involved in various aspects of the community, from canvassing roles to supporters of the Soloway JCC, Ottawa Kosher Food Bank, Jewish Memorial Gardens and host parents in the Shinshinim program.


They have three daughters Liat, Tal-Or, and Elishua, all of whom attended the Ottawa Jewish Community School, Rabin High and also took part in the March of the Living.


On a professional note, Aviva has worked in the field of design for 30 years with work experience in Israel and Canada. For the past 16 years, she has worked at  Laurysen Kitchens and has won awards for her specialized designs.


She and her family have a deep sense of responsibility toward community and it is this sense of duty and caring that drives her goals for our Campaign. Aviva’s mission as chair is to motivate others to get involved and to help ensure our community continues to grow and thrive –


“Remember, together we can achieve so much more!”