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Michelle Friedman

Capital Campaign Director and Events Coordinator

Favourite Quote: “It always seems impossible, until it’s done” —Nelson Mandela

Michelle joined The Forest hill Jewish Centre after a lengthy career at a global consulting firm.  She was looking for a place where she could work and make a direct difference for the Jewish people.  Michelle is married to Alan and together they have two sons, Daniel and Samuel, and one daughter, Emma.

Her family is her source of inspiration.  Her children have taught her the virtue of patience.  Her husband has taught her the value of kindness and unity, and her parents have taught her the truth of unconditional love. Michelle’s brother has taught her about entrepreneurship and determination. Michelle’s family drives her to be a better person each day – to give back, learn more, and to constantly connect to people and build on those relationships.

When not at the FHJC, you can find Michelle running on the streets of Toronto or doing a spin class.  Michelle is an avid runner and enjoys a great 10k run any time of day.  At 8 p.m., Michelle is cuddling with her kids at bedtime.

Favourite Book: The Little Prince by Antonine de Saint-Exupery

Riki Stopnicki


Favourite Quote: “Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life.” --Steve Jobs

Riki came to the Forest Hill Jewish Centre after working many years in the not for profit sector following her graduation from Yeshiva University. She enjoys the warm, intimate atmosphere of the Centre and feels privileged to work everyday at a place that is dedicated to making a difference in people’s lives.

You’ll often find Riki with a smile on her face and a cup of coffee in hand, working at her computer screen to make sure the finances of the Centre are running smoothly.

When not at the FHJC, you will find Riki with her husband and four children, the source of her pride, playing in the park or cheering them on at gymnastics, skating, or swimming.

Favourite Book: All for the Boss by Ruchama Shain

Fri, June 23 2017 29 Sivan 5777