Freiman Family Young Leadership and Lawrence Greenberg Young Leadership Development Award recipient - 2022

Danya Vered

This year’s recipient, Danya Vered, is a passionate volunteer and philanthropist in Jewish Ottawa and the broader Ottawa community. She has made a tremendous impact as a volunteer on Federation’s Board of Directors where she chaired a new strategic planning process and was a major influence in the development of the Jewish Superhighway. She also served as Co-Chair of the Emerging Generation Division of Federation's Annual Campaign in 2015-2017. She is active in many local initiatives, including as past chair of the Board of Directors of United Way East Ontario, ConnectOttawa, and the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation. In 2019, Danya was recognized by the Ottawa Board of Trade as a Top Forty Under 40. Professionally, Danya is a Vice President at StrategyCorp, with national and international experience in public policy development, strategic communications, and stakeholder relations.

The Freiman Family Young Leadership Award recognizes a member of the Ottawa Jewish community, 40 and under, who has demonstrated proven leadership to the benefit of Ottawa’s Jewish community. The award was established in 1988 by the Freiman Family. The recipient of this award also receives the Lawrence Greenberg Young Leadership Development Award.

• nominees must be age 40 or under
• must have volunteer experience in the Ottawa Jewish community within at least the past 3 years, and be currently involved 
• must have proven leadership abilities, with further potential for growth and involvement
• demonstrates the ability to motivate and inspire others
• positively impacts Ottawa’s Jewish community
Nominees must be a member in good standing of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa (minimum gift to the Annual Campaign) and cannot previously have received this award. 

To be considered, nominations must include 2 letters of support, including one from a local Jewish organization. The nomination must address the above criteria and describe how the individual’s volunteer work has been meaningful.

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Past Recipients

1988    Barbara Farber
1989    Stephen Greenberg
1990    Morris Presser
1991    Arnie Vered z"l
1992    Howard Osterer z"l
1993    Elissa Lieff
1994    Margo Schwartz
1995    Jeffrey Pleet
1996    Robert Greenberg
1997    Laurie Shusterman
1998    Charles Schachnow
1999    Ian M. Sherman
2000    Leiba Krantzberg
2001    Jeannie Polisuk
2002    T. David Baker
2003    Jackie Barwin
2004    Sarah Beutel
2005    Jenny Shinder
2006    Jason Shinder
2007    Mitchell Miller
2008    Stuart Ages
2009    Jennifer Kardash
2010    Sarah Silverstein
2011    Lisa Miller
2012    Sharon Reichstein
2013    Stacey Segal
2014    Tamara Fathi
2015    Howard Fremeth
2016    Debbie Scharf
2017    Gillian Presner
2018    Aaron Smith
2019    Alan Shefrin
2020    Adina Libin
2021    Dr. Madelaine Hill Werier and Jonah Rabinovitch