Freiman Family Young Leadership Award
and the Lawrence Greenberg Young Leadership Development Award

Jessica Greenberg - 2023

Jessica has undertaken many diverse and impactful leadership roles in the Jewish community. From 2017 to 2022, she was a member of the Board of Directors for the Jewish Federation of Ottawa. During this time, she incorporated her professional strengths in human resources and organizational behavior into her volunteer role. Jessica was a member of the Strategic Priorities Committee and the Strategic Funding Task Force. She helped canvass for Federation’s Annual Campaign and was also chair of the Emerging Gen division.
In addition, Jessica was a member of the Board of Directors for the Ottawa Jewish Community School (OJCS) serving as a liaison between the school and Federation. She assisted OJCS in facility management, helped with canvassing, and was co-lead on the Health and Safety committee helping to implement COVID-19 protocols during the pandemic.
Jessica is also an incredible leader in the broader Ottawa community. She sits on the Elevate International Board of Directors where she co-chaired the International Women's Day Conference, the Board of Advisors for Keynote Staffing Group, and the Asset Development Committee for the Ottawa Community Land Trust. She was recognized as a 2020 Ottawa Board of Trade Top 40 Under Forty and was named as a 2020 member of the Governor General Leadership Conference recognizing future Canadian leaders. She is a respected mentor and over the years has provided coaching on career aspirations and professional development through the Women in Business Network, the University of Ottawa Gee Gee’s Women’s Rugby Team, and the Real Estate Institute of Canada.

Professionally, Jessica is Vice President of Asset Management at Osgoode Properties and holds an MBA.

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    Allan Shefrin
2020    Adina Libin
2021    Dr. Madelaine Hill Werier and Jonah Rabinovitch
2022    Danya Vered