Nominating Committee Report to the Membership

The Nominating Committee consists of one Board representative and three community members who responded to a broad call for members.  We were asked to reach out to the membership for recommendations to fill upcoming vacancies on the Board, consider potential candidates who self-nominated through the open call for new Board members, and present a list of nominees to fill the vacant positions for a two-year term at the AGM. 

Our open call to the community inviting any DJC member to self-nominate (or to nominate someone else) to the Board was new this year.  A notice to this effect was sent out in our March newsletter and in three weekly e-blasts throughout the month of March.  The deadline for nominations was April 1st, 2019.

There are five vacancies to be filled on the Board of Directors this year. 

The Nominating Committee considered the recommendations and is pleased to present the following strong nominees:

  • Juliet Palmer
  • David Ross
  • Sue Cooperstock
  • Susan Feldman
  • Saara Greene

Please see below for our 2019 slate of Candidates, including bios.

All DJC members have the right to vote for nominees to the Board at the AGM, to be held on Sunday, June 2nd, 2019, 1:00 – 3:00 pm at Eastminster Church, 310 Danforth Ave.  We encourage members to come out to the AGM in support of those who have generously volunteered their time to serve our community by participating on the Board of Directors.

In accordance with DJC By-Law 9.7, we wish to remind the membership of their right to vote by proxy.  A member may, by means of a written proxy, appoint a proxy holder to attend and act at a specific meeting of members, in the manner and to the extent authorized by the proxy.  A proxy holder must be a member of the DJC.

Your Nominating Committee,

Emil Sher, Warren Morris, Shari Novick, Nadya Burton

April 24th, 2019


Danforth Jewish Circle Board of Directors 2019 Slate of Candidates

SUSAN FELDMAN

Susan and her husband Mark don’t remember exactly how long they’ve been members of the DJC, but they do vaguely recall that their now very grown children were then very young. The thought-provoking sermons & non-judgmental acceptance over those years helped their family to grow from a ‘not to save your life’ to a ‘high holiday only’ shul family, which is actually saying a lot! Thanks to the DJC, Jewishness has come to have a place in her life, and perhaps more importantly, in the lives of their children. 

In her day job, Susan is a problem solver in the construction finance industry, making shidduchs between developers and investors and making sure no one loses any money or their sense of humour along the way. In her spare time, Susan is trying to figure out what to do with her spare time.

SUE COOPERSTOCK

Born to Jewish parents, Sue didn’t know what a Seder was until into adulthood. Her eventual desire to explore and embrace her Jewishness led to enrolment in a Reform movement “conversion” class, and later joining the DJC, where she has been a member off and mostly on for many years. Sue’s now 15 year old daughter Maya participated joyfully in the DJC’s B’nei Mitzvah Program. 

As a single by choice mom and an “outsider” Jew, the warmth, diversity, culture of inclusivity and progressive values of the DJC resonate deeply with Sue. She is delighted to have an opportunity to contribute to the wellbeing of this vibrant community. 

Professionally, Sue has been a social worker/psychotherapist for over thirty years and she enjoys a busy and fulfilling private practice.

JULIET PALMER

Juliet and her husband James Rolfe have been members of the DJC since 2014, when their daughter Miriam joined the B’nei Mitzvah program. As an intercultural family they value the deeply inclusive spirit of the DJC and feel blessed to have found a welcoming and progressive spiritual home. They’ve been grateful for community support as they deepen their Jewish learning and for the creativity and curiosity that underpins the DJC.

Juliet was raised in New Zealand, Singapore and the UK. Before moving to Canada in 1998, she lived and studied in the New York area for seven years. Juliet is a composer and interdisciplinary artist whose work spans music, dance, theatre, video and architecture. Reaching beyond boundaries is intrinsic to her work in the wider community as mentor, facilitator, educator, gardener, artist and volunteer. When it’s not raining, she loves the bicycle ride to the DJC from her home in The Junction and enjoys wintertime skiing in the city’s ravines and river valleys.

DAVID ROSS

David and his wife, Liat, have lived in Greektown since moving back to Toronto from the UK. They have been members of the DJC since 2013, and were drawn to the progressiveness and inclusiveness of the community. Both their daughters enjoy attending the DJC Children’s Jewish Studies Program. David converted to Judaism after studies at the West London Synagogue in the UK, which offers him a personal perspective on interfaith relations. Professionally, David is a director within the Capital Markets group at OPTrust, the defined benefit pension plan of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union. David joined OPTrust in 2016 with 20 years of prior experience in global macro and emerging markets investing, research and country risk management in roles based in Toronto, New York and London. David has a Master of Arts (Economics) and a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) designation. When not working he enjoys travelling, canoe tripping and skiing with the family.

SAARA GREENE

Saara Greene has been a member of the Danforth Jewish Circle since 2003.  Her children, Sam and Rebecca, have been faithful students of the DJC Jewish Studies program and the DJC B’nei Mitzvah program. During this time, Saara was a member of the Education Committee starting in 2006, taking on the role of chair from 2007-2017. As a youth and young adult, Saara sang with the Chai Folk Ensemble based in Winnipeg and feels very lucky that her love of Jewish music continues to be fulfilled through her participation in the DJC choir, which she has been a part of since 2009. Her favourite DJC activity is the annual Earth Hour Havdalah service and coffee house.

In her professional life, Saara is a Professor in the School of Social Work at McMaster University where she teaches in the areas of Feminist Approaches to Social Work and Social Justice and Community Based Practice and Research. Her research focuses on the health and social care needs of women identified individuals who experience marginalization along multiple axes of identity with specific attention to women living with HIV and women who consume cannabis. In partnership with the communities and women that she works with, Saara engages in arts-based approaches to research, education, knowledge mobilization and advocacy.