President of the Board of Directors
A few words from the President
“About 70 years ago, there was a definite lack of resources for seniors in our community. Now in 2021, the Cummings Centre is providing even more than was expected. We are so proud of the pillars of volunteers, programs and social services. We have embraced and grown this mission to include modern technology evidenced by Zoom. We make it fun and easy to get involved. Here at Cummings, we do art, music, political speakers, virtual trips and hundreds of opportunities to stay engaged and connected. Our social services continue to make life better for all our clients.”
CUMMINGS CENTRE ANNOUNCES NEW SLATE OF OFFICERS
The Cummings Centre is pleased to announce a new slate of officers to serve on its Board of Directors for 2021-2023. Nancy Cooperberg has been named President of the Cummings Centre. She succeeds Annette Oliel who concluded her term at the organization’s Annual General Meeting.
“I humbly and enthusiastically accept the challenge given to me to serve as President of the Cummings Centre,” said Nancy. “There are some amazing role models which I am very proud to follow, with outgoing Cummings Centre President Annette Oliel being the most recent. Annette’s dedication to the programs of the Centre during a pandemic must be admired. Covid-19 is something no one could have ever predicted during Annette’s mandate as President. The Board and Cummings’ excellent staff learned quickly to pivot and brought the Cummings Centre to new and exciting levels of participation.”
Nancy has served on the Cummings Centre Board of Directors for six years, however, her community volunteer involvement started in her teenage years. As a member of B’nai Brith Youth Organization (BBYO) she learned about community while receiving leadership training. She rose through the ranks to become vice-president of District #1, Chair of the BBYO Board of Directors, then becoming President of B’nai Brith Women of Canada. At the time, she was awarded Federation CJA’s Young Leadership Award.
Nancy’s served as President of Jewish National Fund of Montreal and Co-president of the Auxiliary of the Jewish General Hospital among other positions she previously held. More recently she was the first and only woman to be President of Shaare Zedek Congregation. At the Cummings Centre Nancy has been actively involved as a Past Chair of the Program Lay Committee, while taking classes in the fine arts, learning woodwork and enjoying lectures.
“We hope to be pragmatic, wise and a little playful in achieving the goals we will be setting for the Centre,” added Nancy. “Our 2021-23 Board of Directors have the resources and the skills needed to navigate Cummings to the next level. They bring warmth and humour to the table and they are ready, able and willing to get to work. We enjoy confronting and challenging assumptions about aging. We are living longer, being more active than ever before and we simply do things differently. In the process we hope we are changing the way that the world views those over 50. Cummings Centre has the most amazing reputation in this community and after our fabulous Aging Well conference this past January we have become known around the globe.”
The Cummings Centre empowers and enhances the quality of life of adults age 50 and over by providing dynamic and innovative programs, social services, and volunteer opportunities in a vibrant, respectful, inclusive and compassionate environment. Building on its Jewish heritage, Cummings embraces people from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds. To get involved visit cummingscentre.org or call 514.343.3510.