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Second annual presentation of D’Arcy McGee Citizenship Medals

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The second annual presentation of the D’Arcy McGee citizenship medals took place last Monday evening at the Cote Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre. This ceremony is the brainchild of D’Arcy McGee MNA David Birnbaum who also serves as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education and the Minister of Higher Education.

Three winners of this National Assembly medal were recognized for having touched and enriched the lives of riding residents through their community engagement and beyond. The selections were made by a blue-ribbon jury composed of three former D’Arcy McGee MNAs, Justice Herbert Marx, Lawrence S. Bergman and Robert Libman.

David Birnbaum, MNA for D'Arcy McGee

David Birnbaum, MNA for D’Arcy McGee

“I’m privileged to serve a riding population that consistently distinguishes itself by its community involvement, compassion and leadership,” said Mr. Birnbaum. “We are all beneficiaries of this dedication, and I look forward to this formal opportunity to show our recognition to three such individuals.”

This years medal winners are Dr. Mark A. Wainberg, Ian M. Solloway, and Liselotte Ivry.

Presentation of the 2016 D'Arcy McGee Citizenship Medal - David Birnbaum, Dr. Mark Wainberg, Glenn J. Nashen

Presentation of the 2016 D’Arcy McGee Citizenship Medal – David Birnbaum, Dr. Mark Wainberg, Glenn J. Nashen

I was very proud to have nominated Dr. Mark Wainberg, an extraordinary individual whose accomplishments encircle the globe. Dr. Wainberg has been a world leader in advancing treatment for, and awareness of AIDS and HIV. His research and collaboration have helped save millions of lives around the world.
Dr. Wainberg was born in Park Extension and has made Cote Saint-Luc his home for more than 30 years. He is currently head of AIDS research at the Lady Davis Institute at the Jewish General Hospital and director of the McGill University Aids Centre. As president of the International AIDS Society, he organized and presided over the watershed 13th International Congress on AIDS in Durban, South Africa in 2000. The courage and determination inherent in the choice of South Africa for the Congress is emblematic of Dr. Wainberg’s character and his contributions. The congress drew unprecedented international attention to the scandalous lack of access to anti-HIV drugs in developing countries.
Dr. Wainberg is also an active member of his synagogue and his community.
“I am delighted to be the recipient of a 2016 D’Arcy McGee Citizenship Medal and to share this distinction with two very worthy co-recipients,” said Dr. Wainberg last week at a private medal presentation in his research office owing to the fact that Dr. Wainberg’s duties required him to travel to Kenya this week.
“I am very grateful that my research career in the field of HIV/AIDS has helped countless people around the world to live improved lives despite being infected by a dreaded virus,” Dr. Wainberg added.
Last year the city of CSL awarded Dr. Wainberg with special recognition for his humanitarian gesture in donating a Torah scroll in Jerusalem in memory of a young woman, Shira Banki, following her brutal slaying at the 2015 Tel Aviv Pride Parade.
The ceremony and reception made for a lovely event. Kudos to David’s trusty staff including Elisabeth Prass, Chris Savard and Fran Guttman.
An impressive gathering of family members, friends and community leaders came together including former MNAs, mayors and councillors, a cabinet minister, Anthony Housefather MP along with Mrs. Sheila Goldbloom, wife of the former MNA for D’Arcy McGee, the late Dr. Victor Goldbloom. A talented group of young performers with the Ecole secondaire St-Luc Orchestra entertained the attendees. The refreshments were thoughtfully organized by a caterer that donates one sandwich to the homeless or less fortunate for each one purchased for the event.
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The evening ended with a beautiful message from Premier Philippe Couillard appearing alongside MNA Birnbaum.


Congratulations to all the winners.
Read more in Mike Cohen’s blog.

Put on a white coat – You’re going to Med School

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Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club presents JGH Mini-Med School. Open to all.

If you haven’t yet participated in the JGH Mini-Med School, now’s your chance to join the hundreds of “mock-tors” who have unlocked mysteries about their health, without the long hours and tiring exams of regular medical school!

The innovative, educational and entertaining JGH Mini-Med School returns to the Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre this spring and summer, and the JGH and Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club are inviting Montrealers to don their lab coats once again to hear straight talk in non-technical language from some of the JGH’s most dynamic physicians and researchers.

“By making reliable health information available to Montrealers, the JGH Mini-Med School seeks to encourage people of all ages to better manage their health”, says Dr. Lawrence Rosenberg, President and CEO of the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal. “The JGH and Côte Saint-Luc Men’s Club share a commitment to reaching out to the community through public education programs.”

The 2016 series promises to be as enlightening and entertaining as ever, as participants will hear little-known facts on a variety of medical issues from the JGH’s medical professionals. Speakers include Francine Dupuis (Associate Executive Director – West Central Montreal Health), Alan Maislin (Chair of the Board of Directors- West Montreal Health), Dr. Yves Longtin (Chief, JGH Infection Prevention and Control Unit), Dr. Nathalie Johnson (JGH Divison of Hematology), Dr. Paul Warshawsky (Chief, JGH Department of Adult Critical Care) and Dr. Tina Kader (Endocrinology).

Where: Côte Saint-Luc Aquatic and Community Centre, 5794 Parkhaven Avenue, Côte Saint-Luc

When: Tuesdays May 31, June 28, July 26, September 13 and September 27 at 7 p.m.

Registration is now underway at or by calling 514-340-8222, local 3337.

Due to the overwhelming response of the previously sold-out Mini-Med sessions, we encourage everyone who is interested in enrolling in the program to register and provide payment as soon as possible. Space is limited.

The fee is $50 for adults and $35 for seniors (55+) or students (with valid I.D.) for all five English sessions.

MP Housefather blast BDS movement in House of Commons

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Our eloquent and impressive Member of Parliament, Anthony Housefather, rose in the House of Commons on a motion from the Conservative Party of Canada to oppose the Boycott, Divestment and Sanction (BDS) movement. Housefather called BDS the new form of anti-semitism.

While Housefather spoke several days before the McGill Student Union voted, yet again, on the BDS issue, a small number of voting students indeed moved to support BDS. They have brought nothing but shame and negative international attention upon this renowned university, my alma mater. Despite the 800 odd ballots cast among 30,000 students, all students will be called upon to ratify this ill-advised motion. I urge all McGill students to cast their ballots and to correct this pitiful stain upon the stellar reputation of McGill University.

Dr. Mark Wainberg recognized in CSL for meaningful humanitarian gesture in Israel

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Wainberg 2016 Torah donation

Cote Saint-Luc Council was very touched to read about the donation of a Torah honouring the memory of Shira Banki, the 16-year-old who was murdered last July during Jerusalem’s annual Gay Pride Parade.

The donation was the work of Cote Saint-Luc resident and world renowned AIDS researcher Dr. Mark Wainberg.

“Your work in the area of AIDS researcher is well-known around the world. Your donation of a restored Torah to the Ethiopian community of Jerusalem is a wonderful act. We are proud of you as a distinguished Côte Saint-Luc resident,” Acting Mayor Dida Berku pronounced at last night’s council meeting.

Wainberg Council Feb 2016

The 150 year old Torah was donated to a municipality-founded Ethiopian synagogue in the capital of Israel.

The scroll, donated by Prof. Wainberg, an internationally recognized expert in the field of HIV research at the Jewish General Hospital and McGill University, was presented to the synagogue by Jerusalem Mayor Nir Barkat during a ceremony last month.

“After Prof. Wainberg heard about Banki’s tragic death, he decided to honor her memory by donating a Torah to a community in Jerusalem,” the Jerusalem municipality said in a statement.

Wainberg, who completed his post-doctoral research at the Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, is director of McGill’s AIDS Centre at the Jewish General Hospital, where he also teaches medicine and microbiology.

The Torah was written in Baghdad and has been fully restored.

Wainberg told The Jerusalem Post that Banki’s death was “so tragic, so terrible… I thought it would be very nice if the family would agree for us to donate a sefer Torah for their daughter who died so needlessly.”

Glenn J. Nashen and Dr. Mark Wainberg (Oct. 2009)

Glenn J. Nashen and Dr. Mark Wainberg (Oct. 2009)

He noted that Banki’s parents wanted to donate it to the Ethiopian synagogue.

The ceremony, held in Barkat’s Jerusalem City Hall office, was attended by Banki’s parents, Mika and Uri; her uncle, Uri Neuman; Deputy Mayor Meir Turgeman; former Cote Saint-Luc Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz; and Rabbi Shahar Aylin, who serves the Ethiopian congregation.

The Jerusalem mayor continued: “I would like to thank Prof. Wainberg for his meaningful donation and wish the Banki family, and all of us, many moments of happiness, joy, hope and light in Jerusalem.”

I have known Professor Wainberg for many years and and can attest to his profound sense of healing the world. He is a compassionate and benevolent academic and community leader and a model citizen, well deserving of many honours including the Order of Canada, the National Order of Quebec and France’s Legion d’honneur.

Congratulations Dr. Wainberg on this local recognition for worldwide contributions.

Free Press | Feb. 23, 2016 | Click to enlarge

Free Press | Feb. 23, 2016 | Click to enlarge

Nashen appointed Associate Director of Communications and Media Relations at West-Central Montreal Health

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I am pleased to welcome Glenn J. Nashen as Associate Director of Communications and Media Relations for the Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal (West-Central Montreal Health).

In this position, Mr. Nashen will work in close collaboration with Beverly Kravitz, Director of Human Resources, Communications and Legal Affairs. Most notably, he will be responsible for developing a strategic communications vision linked to the network’s range of clinical services, as well as its media relations, internal and external publications, websites and intranet sites, social media strategies and multimedia activities. Mr. Nashen will also ensure that the positive image, perception and brand of the West-Central Montreal Health institutions are upheld.

Leading up to this appointment, Mr. Nashen had been Director of Public Affairs and Communications at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH) since 2001. During that time, he was instrumental in developing and maintaining a high level of communications both internal and external to the organization, as well as engaging opinion leaders and politicians. Mr. Nashen ushered the JGH into the social media age by capitalizing on this ‘new’ way of connecting with internal and external audiences. He also played a key role in the development of the hospital’s Emergency Measures Plan.

Mr. Nashen served on the national executive of the Healthcare Public Relations Association of Canada. He and his team have been recipients of 18 healthcare communications awards, including best hospital newsletter in Canada (for Pulse and JGH News) and best multimedia productions.

“I am excited to expand the patient-centric vision of our West-Central Montreal Health leadership team throughout our new network and territory,” says Mr. Nashen. “Along with my talented, creative, energetic team of communicators, I am committed to helping enrich the experience of patients, clients, residents and staff.”

Together with Mr. Nashen, the rest of the management team, and in partnership with all of the institutions in our network, I am eager to embark on this new era in health care. His rich experience at the JGH and in the community will help him and his team build the foundation for a seamless flow of communication across our network.

Lawrence Rosenberg, M.D., Ph.D.
President and CEO

Integrated Health and Social Services University Network for West-Central Montreal
Aug. 11, 2015 | Free Press | Click to enlarge

Aug. 11, 2015 | Free Press | Click to enlarge

Her after-school activity? Volunteering

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Hats off to Cote Saint-Lucer  and Jewish General volunteer extraordinaire Paula Brauer Shuster. In this week’s profile by Gazette feature writer Susan Schwartz, this amazing and active woman redefines what it is to be very busy, and uber happy, into ones retirement years.

So, Happy Retirement Paula! Thank you for all you do for the community. I hope your story inspires more to give a little of themselves to benefit those around them.

Read the full story here.

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