Noted Winnipeg doctor Brent Schacter recognized for leading role in developing standardized testing for technologists in new research sub-specialty

Dr. Brent Schacter

In a lengthy career, cancer specialist Dr. Brent Schacter has always been a leader in expanding the boundaries of medical research and preventive medicine.

Gray Academy grad Dylan Kagan first ever Gray Academy student to be given “McDonald’s Leadership Award”

Dylan Kagan

The McDonald’s Leadership Award is awarded to 16 students (eight boys and eight girls) annually who “demonstrate exceptional leadership in high school sport, school, and community involvement while also maintaining a minimum of 75% average.”
McDonald’s awards each recipient a $1,000 scholarship.

Jewish Foundation holds online AGM – announces a further $400,000 to be allocated to local Jewish organizations on top of $200,000 already given

Jewish Foundation Board met via Zoom

As is typical these days, the Annual General Meeting of the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba, which would normally have been held in front of at least a few people, was held online via Zoom instead.

Rady JCC reopens to members

 Temperature testing
Taking temp. before entering fitness facility


Anyone who is a member of the Rady JCC would have been receiving regular updates from Executive Director Rob Berkowits as to how the facility was planning to reopen in part under the province’s Phase 2 guidelines.

Shaarey Zedek temporarily discontinues planting flowers on graves

SZ cemeteryAs a result of much higher costs than normal due to new regulations imposed upon cemeteries by provincial regulations, the Shaarey Zedek board has informed members and others who had Perpetual Care agreements with the synagogue that flowers will not be planted by the synagogue this year at the Shaarey Zedek Cemetery.

Grade 12 graduate Lauren Cogan creates virtual grad video with student participation from around the world

Lauren Cogan 
Lauren Cogan

Like other students who expected to graduate high school anywhere in the world, 2020 Oak Park High School graduate Lauren Cogan was disappointed that there will be no formal graduation ceremonies this year to mark this momentous occasion in one’s life.

Gray Academy excels at online teaching during pandemic with ‘Gray Away”

Gray Academy students Ethan (Gr. 9)
and Annie (Gr. 6)

It was March 13 when the Province of Manitoba announced that, effective March 23, all schools in Manitoba were going to close for three weeks – with the possibility that the closure might be extended.

Gwen Secter Centre and Jewish Child and Family Service working together to provide much needed help for seniors in our community

Beginning two months ago, I’ve been reporting on the incredible job that the Gwen Secter Centre has been doing in providing meals for seniors in our Jewish community since the Province imposed a lockdown on March 13.

Manitoba film czar Rachel Rusen looking forward to busy time post-COVID

Rachel Rusen

“I am excited that our provincial government has identified film production as one of the industries that will be allowed to re-open as part of phase 2 of lifting Covid-19 restrictions in Manitoba,” says Rachel Rusen, Manitoba Film Commissioner and CEO of the Manitoba Film & Sound Recording Development Corporation.

Parents of Gray Academy students offer praise for “Gray Away”

Charlie (JK) & Samuel (Gr.2) Badniok

At the end of my conversation with Lori Binder, Rob Dalgliesh, and Andrea Ritter about how Gray Academy has adapted to online learning, I asked Andrea whether she could suggest the names of some parents who might be willing to offer comments about how their children have taken to online learning.