The Award

The Words & Deeds Leadership Award is an undertaking by the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) often in collaboration with Jewish Federations across Canada. This national award recognizes leaders whose contribution to humanitarian causes, pluralism and civil discourse in Canadian society is truly outstanding.

Recipients of the award are those who demonstrate – by theirs words and deeds – that the efforts of one can lead to the benefit of many.

Citing the wisdom of the Dalai Lama and scholar Leone da Modena, Tsemah Tsadik regarding the powers of words and deeds, the framed commemorative piece features the original artistic illumination of noted Canadian artist Laya Crust. It is designed, in the style of the 16th century, and within the traditional, lush, and regal colours of the period, to evoke the honour due to our recipients.

The Words & Deeds Leadership Award has been presented with pride and respect to Gordon M. Nixon; the late Ted Rogers; the Richardson Family of Winnipeg; Tony Gagliano; Sabi Marwah; Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne; and to the Asper Family & Foundation, in Winnipeg.

Presented By

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs

The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (CIJA) is the advocacy agent of the Jewish Federations of Canada. CIJA is national, non-partisan, and non-profit, representing the perspectives of 150,000 Canadian Jews affiliated through local Federations. Our mission is to improve the quality of Jewish life in Canada by advancing the public policy interests of Canada’s organized Jewish community. We build relationships with leaders in government, media, academia, civil society and other faith and ethnic communities to ensure greater understanding of the issues that impact the Jewish community. We combat antisemitism and discrimination in all its forms and advocate for fundamental rights and freedoms, social justice, and support for the people of Israel.

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto

UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s mission is to preserve and strengthen the quality of Jewish life in Greater Toronto, Canada, Israel and around the world. With the support and generosity of our donors, and with our network of more than 100 vital beneficiary agencies, schools and summer camps, UJA continues to bring Torontonians together to address six essential community priorities: care for the vulnerable; forging strong connections with Israel; advocating on behalf of Israel, the Jewish People and Canadian values; galvanizing the community in times of crisis or celebration; inspiring young generations to embrace Jewish life and to ensure a Jewish future; and maintaining Toronto’s position as a leader in Jewish education. In 2017, UJA Federation is proudly celebrating its Centennial, which will commemorate UJA’s leadership, philanthropy and service to the global Jewish community for a century, while looking ahead to the next hundred years.