Valued at $10,000, the award will be presented at the Ottawa Jewish Community Foundation Annual General Meeting and is subject to the discretion of the Awards Committee.
The recipient(s) of The Norman Lesh Philanthropy Award must propose an idea for an innovative and creative philanthropic, entrepreneurial activity that offers the potential for ongoing benefits to the Ottawa Jewish community, or surrounding communities.
The Norman Lesh Philanthropy Award honours the legacy of a tireless community leader. Norman Lesh, who was born and raised in Ottawa, gave unlimited time, and boundless energy to the betterment of the Jewish and broader community.
His devotion transcended philosophic and religious differences. Above all, he inspired and supported initiatives that were both innovative and creative. As a philanthropist and a businessman, he displayed an ability to see outside of the box. This forward and creative thinking led to the development of unique and hugely successful fundraiser tools that raised millions of dollars for our community and city.
Steve Lesh and Rabbi Michael Goldstein
Congregation Machzikei Hadas is the 2023 recipient of the
Norman Lesh Philanthropy Award for their program "Hockey against Hate"