At Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center, there are many opportunities to be involved in the organization and lend support to the crucial work of inspiring Canadians to stand up against hate and intolerance. Whether you’re interested in joining one or several of our leadership groups or participating in events and programs, FSWC members play a major role in the success of the organization.
Here is what some of our many members have to say about their experience and why they choose to support FSWC.
“It all began with words.” During his most recent participation in Compassion to Action – a remarkable educational journey to Poland and Israel that FSWC takes influential Canadians on to learn about the Holocaust, racism and intolerance – this is one of the phrases that stuck with Stephen Clark, who is a partner at the law firm Fasken Martineau DuMoulin LLP and a committed FSWC member. It’s words that existed then and many of which exist now that he believes make FSWC’s work vital, including its messages of remembrance, compassion and tolerance.
Evan Green is a senior partner and immigration lawyer at the law firm of Green and Spiegel in Toronto. He is also a member of the Board of Governors and Lawyers4Wiesenthal at Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center. He supports the organization for the moral leadership together with the educational fundamentals that it provides to students, and as a member of Lawyers4Wiesenthal, he enjoys the small group setting where moral and ethical issues are discussed.
Michael Kalles believes strongly in Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for its work in addressing antisemitism around the world and educating people.
Molly Shoichet, a professor at the University of Toronto in Engineering and Medicine and the first chief scientist for the province of Ontario, is a member of the Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center Board of Directors. She believes that change doesn't just happen and is particularly passionate about working with FSWC because of the organization's work in addressing big problems in society like racism and antisemitism. She's proud that FSWC is able to bring the diversity of our population together to address these big challenges that we face as a society.
Mark and Susan Weisbarth have been longtime supporters of Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center and its programs, particularly the Tour for Humanity. The Tour for Humanity is a 30-seat technologically advanced mobile human rights education centre that travels to communities across Ontario, educating students, educators, community leaders and front-line professionals. The Weisbarths believe it’s through the Tour for Humanity that “we are going to win the battle for the hearts and minds of the general population.”
Lawrence Wilder, a partner at the law firm of Miller Thomson, has been involved in Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for nearly a decade. A member of the Board of Governors, he has participated in numerous events and missions – including to New York, Washington and Israel. He urges all to be part of the Spirit of Hope Benefit in support of the numerous programs and initiatives that inspire youth and adults to make a difference in their communities.
A plastic surgeon at the University Health Network (UHN), Dr. Toni Zhong is also involved in Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center as a member of the Senate and Doctors4Wiesenthal. Her favourite program at the Center is Freedom Day, where a few years ago she spoke in front of a crowd of thousands of students and told them about the global surgical outreach she participates in, visiting developing countries with a team of volunteers to provide burn reconstruction to women and girls who do not have the same rights as men and boys in their country.