Statement on International Volunteer Day

December 5, 2016

Media Statement

On International Volunteer Day Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center for Holocaust Studies thanks the dozens of men and women, including Holocaust survivors, committee members, educators and students who support us through their volunteer efforts throughout the year. Their generous donation of time and talent allows us to continue the important work of advocating and promoting greater tolerance and human rights in communities across Canada.  Our volunteers are truly helping to make the world a better place.

“The talent and expertise contributed by our volunteers  - from Holocaust survivors who share their painful testimony with young Canadians, to leaders of our business community who donate their time to ensure funding of our educational programs, are critical to the ongoing success of our organization,” said FSWC President & CEO Avi Benlolo. “Our volunteers are key in helping us  foster greater tolerance and support for Canadian democratic values, and I cannot over-emphasize how greatly their work is appreciated.”

For More Information Contact 
Stacey L. Starkman
Director of Communications & External Relations
416.864.9735 x 32


Friends of Simon Wiesenthal Center (FSWC) is a leading Canadian non-profit human rights foundation directly representing over 30,000 members. FSWC is committed to countering racism and antisemitism and to promoting the principles of tolerance, social justice and Canadian democratic values through advocacy and educational programs including workshops, Freedom Day, the Spirit of Hope Benefit, Tools for Tolerance and the widely acclaimed new Tour for Humanity. FSWC is affiliated with the Simon Wiesenthal Center, an international Jewish human rights organization headquartered in Los Angeles, which has won two Academy Awards, has built two Museums of Tolerance (with a third being built in Jerusalem) and is an NGO at the United Nations, UNESCO, OAS, OSCE, the Council of Europe and the Latin American Parliament. Visit us at
Canadian Headquarters: Toronto 
Branches: Los Angeles • New York • Chicago • Paris • Buenos Aires • Israel
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