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Media Release: Canadian Jewish Community to honour Asper Family and Asper Foundation

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Words & Deeds Leadership Award to be presented to the Asper Family and Asper Foundation for contributions to community and country. Media Release (11/26/2014) WINNIPEG, MB - November 2014. David Koschitzky, Chair of the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy (CIJA), and David Kroft, President of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, are pleased to announce that the prestigious Words & Deeds Leadership Award will be presented to the Asper Family and Asper Foundation at a Gala Dinner on September 9th, 2015 at the Winnipeg Convention Centre. "The Aspers inspire us all with their words and their deeds. This is an opportunity for us to show them what they have meant to us here at home and across the country," said Howard Morry, Dinner Co Chair.

The Award will recognize the contributions of the Asper Family and Asper Foundation to the philanthropic, cultural and economic landscape of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada and Israel. This announcement comes as the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, the brainchild of the late Israel Asper, has opened its doors. The CMHR is the first national museum to be established outside the National Capital region. "We are very honoured to be receiving this prestigious award as we carry on and expand our collective, individual and next generation commitment to the communities where we live. Our parents instilled in us a strong message of philanthropy and we are blessed to be able to support so many amazing organizations and projects," said David Asper, Chair of the Asper Foundation.

The Words & Deeds Leadership Award was first presented in Toronto in 2006 to Gordon M. Nixon, President & CEO, RBC Financial Group; in 2007 it was presented outside Toronto for the first time to the Richardson Family.

A portion of the proceeds from the Dinner will increase the Endowment Fund of the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg, thereby ensuring ongoing support for vital programs and services. Proceeds will also assist CIJA, the non-partisan national advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada, with a special project reflecting the Asper family's interests and goals.

"There is no Canadian individual, family or institution more deserving of this honour than the Asper family and their Foundation. They are tireless philanthropists, who have led by example to meaningfully support the countless causes that have improved the lives of all who have been touched by their incredible generosity and vision," said Stu Clark, Dinner Co Chair.

Since 1938, the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and its predecessors have been dedicated to sustaining a strong and vibrant community. Its focus is on building community, communicating with the community at large and advocating and supporting the needs of our most vulnerable. For more information on the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg and the Words & Deeds Leadership Award Dinner, please visit

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Shimon Fogel
Chief Executive Officer
Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Advocacy
(613) 234-8271 x 240


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