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By MYRON LOVE There is an old adage that if you want to get things done, give the assignment to the busiest person you know.

That’s the reason that Ariel Karabelnicoff, the executive director of the Winnipeg Chapter of Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University of the Negev approached Sheldon Zamick to serve as president of the chapter about 18 months ago.
Over the years, Zamick has built a long list of accomplishments both in the business world and in charitable fundraising.
Zamick’s first career goal was to become a lawyer. After a long over night shift as a student summer replacement correctional officer at the Public Safety Building jail, Sheldon visited a business show at the Convention Centre in 1979 forever changed his career trajectory.
“I was attracted to a booth that had to do with the magazine publishing industry,” he recalls. “I expressed some interest and subsequently received a phone call from the company director at the show who was based in New York. He wanted to train me to start the TV Facts Magazine in Winnipeg which was in 200 cities in the USA. I was flown to New York for a week’s training and returned as the owner/publisher of the Winnipeg TV Facts magazine. I was also in charge of ad sales, layout, distribution and delivery.”
Zamick successfully published TV Facts for ten years. “TV Facts was the second largest free weekly publication in the city,”
 
In our Jewish community, the long time Sutton Group Realtor served as president of the Rosh Pina USY chapter in his teen days, was the CJA Campaign New Gifts Chair in the mid 1980s.
 He received the Harry Silverberg Young leadership Award for his Jewish community service at 28 years old in 1988 at the Jewish Congress Assembly held in Cincinnati.
In 1989-1992, Zamick stepped up when asked to be the campaign director our local CJA community campaign and raise extra funds for “Operation Exodus” to help Soviet Jews get out of that repressive land. “We raised over $2 million in the Operation Exodus campaign,” he recalls. “If you have a Jewish heart and believe that we have to be there to help our fellow Jews, then it’s not hard to make the calls,” he says.
He was also active in the JNF, CNIB, Mount Carmel Clinic, Variety club and many more!
In 2003 Sheldon was awarded the Volunteer of the Year by CNIB for helping to raise over $1Million for the Blind &Visually Impaired.
 In 2004, Sheldon received the Community Service Award from the Winnipeg Realtors Association.
 
In 2011, Zamick was the recipient of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Distinguished Realtor Award in recognition of his work over the years supporting many different charitable organizations as well as his contributions to the real estate profession.
Zamick has been a Winnipeg Realtors director and Governor of the Manitoba Real Estate Association’s Shelter Foundation.
In 2013 Zamick was elected to the National board of the Canadian Real Estate Association with a membership of 110,000 members.

He founded and chaired the WRA “Gimme Shelter” Social which has become an annual event and has helped to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars over 6 years to provide to the MREA Shelter Foundation for distribution to shelter related causes.
He has been a governor for the MREA Shelter Foundation (which, he reports, has raised over $250,000 thus far to help the homeless and shelter related causes).
Zamick was the chair of the National Realtor Campaign for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights, which raised $2 million.
Another cause close to his heart has been the Canadian National Institute for the Blind. For 9 years he chaired the CNIB’s annual “Eye on the Arts” auction in which local artists donate their works to be auctioned off.
“We have the event at the Convention Centre,” he notes. “We generally have 600-700 participants and lot of money is raised!
 Zamick’s connection to the CNIB is that he himself has been legally blind for over 20 years – but he hasn’t let that slow him down. “I have always maintained a positive outlook,” he says. “I would rather focus on what I can do than on what I can’t do. I am able to push myself. And I have had a lot of support from my wife, Florence, my children, Steven and Natalie, my friends and my clients.”
Zamick is celebrating his 30th Successful year in Real Estate and his 15th year with Sutton Group Real Estate! “I love helping people find their home!”
He is also particularly excited about his role as President for Canadian Associates of Ben-Gurion University Manitoba chapter. The university’s growing student body in Beersheva and cutting edge research in fields such as cybersecurity, robotics and renewable and alternative energy.
He notes that on Sunday, March 29, the local chapter will be hosting a presentation by BGU Professor Alon Friedman, a neuroscientist and brain researcher whose research focuses on the pathophysiology of brain disorders and the effects of stress on the nervous system.
(Friedman is also Professor and Dennis Chair in Epilepsy Research at Dalhousie University.)
Zamick is also looking forward to attending the BGU Board of Governors meeting May 10-14th in Israel.
Sheldon Zamick approaches life with the view that every day is a blessing!
“Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference in their community,” he says. “When it’s all said and done, I want it to be said that Sheldon Zamick was here and he made a difference!”