Rosalind Goodman: AFP’s Outstanding Volunteer of the Year

December 2011

Nominated by McGill University, Rosalind Goodman, BA’63, LLD’11, was awarded the “Outstanding Volunteer of the Year” award for 2011 by the Board of the Quebec Chapter for the Association of Fundraising Professionals. She was presented with the award on November 15 – National Philanthropy Day.

Mrs Goodman’s award recognizes her work on behalf of the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre of McGill University as well as for her 50 years dedicated to community work for various community organizations.

About Rosalind Goodman

Born in Montreal on October 2, 1941, Rosalind Goodman grew up in Outremont and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from McGill University in 1963. She has been married to Morris Goodman, Chairman of the Board of Pharmascience Inc., for 50 years. Rosalind is the mother of four children, three of whom are McGill graduates, and is the grandmother of nine.

Rosalind Goodman has served in many leadership roles in Montreal and in Canada, and has chaired numerous events. McGill University has always remained close to her heart and she was the driving force behind several inaugural events, including the inaugural Goodman Cancer Research Centre (GCRC) Gala in June 2010, on the McGill University campus; the GCRC Public Lecture Series; the Dr. Marla Shapiro Public Forum; and the GCRC video “McGill Dances for Cancer Research.”  These initiatives have not only raised significant funds for the GCRC, but have also brought awareness of cancer research and treatment into the public eye.

Rosalind Goodman

From the age of 17, Rosalind has taken on the role of a committed and professional volunteer, visionary and community leader. Some examples of her leadership includes being the Chair of the first Mazon Food Fest to feed the hungry in Quebec and across Canada; bringing the Dead Sea Scrolls to the Musée Pointe-à-Callière as Chair of the Canadian Friends of the Israel Museum in Montreal, a post she still holds today; Chair of the United Jewish Communities (UJC) International General Assembly, involving over 1,000 volunteers and 3,500 delegates, and bringing the Tel Aviv University photographic exhibit “Visas for Life” for public viewing at the Université de Montréal and Montreal City Hall.

This is the life of a professional volunteer.

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