Celebration of Andrea Freedman’s leadership, contribution

Federation CEO Andrea Freedman leads by example. Here she is in a picture from the height of the COVID pandemic helping to distribute PPW supplies to various Ottawa organizations.


Chairman of the Board of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa, Ian Sherman shares a special working anniversary message to Federation CEO Andrea Freedman, celebrating her leadership and numerous contributions.


Andrea Freedman, the Jewish Federation of the President and CEO of Ottawa, marked its 9th anniversary in the Federation this month. It has always been Andrea’s custom to design a special message for the community to mark her anniversary. This year’s message (read it here) was shared as a link in her Sabbath greeting dedicated to the ongoing appeal to Ukraine. Andrea is a special leader. She is deeply compassionate and motivated in her efforts to support our communities and Jews worldwide. The last two years of COVID, war in Israel, rising anti-Semitism, now war in Ukraine, mean that she has been on constant alert and working non-stop to ensure that our society is supported and that the most vulnerable and the distressed are cared for.


Her efforts and hard work are worth celebrating, so I have written my own anniversary message to her.


Anniversary messages are a simple but powerful combination of well-meaning and properly chosen words that aim to cheer and motivate employees. Through Andreas’ professional journey, she has made it a point to celebrate and cherish employee milestones and work anniversaries to guide and support others. Work anniversaries are more than just milestones. They can be a game-changing factor, just as Andrea’s incredible leadership has been a game-changing factor in our society.


When Andrea was interviewed for her role here in the Federation, she stated that one of her goals was to create positive Jewish experiences for future generations. That is why she created the Jewish superhighway – a metaphor for meaningful Jewish experiences and journeys where no one is left behind. Her undiminished energy and enthusiasm for working with others to create the meaningful Jewish experiences for all members of society at all stages of life and accessible to all in society, is remarkable.


Coincidentally, Andreas’ work anniversary is the same week as International Women’s Day, where we celebrate and symbolically stand together in solidarity and support for women around the world, while continuing to dismantle barriers, break disparities, accelerate social progress and create meaningful change through gender equality initiatives in our everyday actions.


Andreas’ efforts to create an inclusive Jewish superhighway repeat the theme of this year’s International Women’s Day, #BreakTheBias. This is a call for action against gender bias, discrimination and stereotypes. Andreas’ efforts aim to truly #BreakTheBias by striving to make the Federation even more aware of integrating equality, diversity and inclusion into our culture and our organizational strategy, creating an environment where differences are celebrated and everyone belongs.


Andrea has helped guide many other important initiatives during her time in the Federation. Among some of the recent highlights are welcoming Ottawa’s first shinshinim; Generations Trust for Jewish education, a permanent endowment; Jewish Experience Microgrant Program; Jewish Jumpstart (an incentive engagement program); and the Life & Legacy program, which has now secured over $ 14.9 million. in expectations of our society.


To make all of this and more happen, Andrea devotes countless hours to strategic and creative planning and to building targeted and targeted partnerships to ensure community well-being and that all future generations will thrive.


So as we celebrate Andreas’ 9th anniversary, on behalf of all of us, I want to thank her for her hard work and diligence; for her brilliant expertise; for her essential role in the journey and success of the Federation; to set an exemplary standard for all of us with her work ethic, inspiration, passion and dedication; for her abundance of positive mood and confidence to get things done perfectly; for her honesty, openness and fearlessness to get the job done; for her motivation, discipline and focus; for her perseverance given all that we have met; simply for her amazing leadership.


We are deeply grateful. Andrea has given our organization much more than effort and hard work on the job. She has taught everyone in the Federation and in our beloved community the lesson of loyalty and staying motivated in the long run.


They say working life is not a sprint; rather, it is a marathon that a person must continue to run to reach one milestone after another. Believe me, Andrea is a damn runner and I do my best to keep up! It was a blessing for our community to have encountered any of her caliber and loyalty.


Yasher Koach, Andrea!


Ian Sherman is chairman of the board of the Jewish Federation of Ottawa


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