Heather Fenyes

Sep 18, 2018 | CIJA Publications

A resident of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Heather Fenyes is actively involved locally in both her Jewish and non-Jewish community as well as in Canada’s national Jewish community.

Heather is the co-founder of Think Good. Do Good., an organization that creates opportunities for children and adults to improve their local community through social justice, civics and multi-faith efforts, events and programs.

Working in partnership with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission, Heather volunteers her time in community outreach and education. Concentus Citizenship education, an initiative of the Human Rights Commission, is a comprehensive series of K-12 teaching resources designed to grow responsible Canadian citizens through deliberate education. Heather plays a volunteer role in the management of this project that also includes teachings, planning events, and government outreach to other jurisdictions across Canada and around the world.

In Saskatoon, Heather remains committed to her local synagogue serving as Chair of the Synagogue and Ritual Committee. She teaches about Holocaust, Judaism and citizenship in dozens of Saskatoon classrooms.

Holocaust education is a key priority. She is a Co-chair of the synagogue Holocaust education committee and coordinates Wallenberg, and Holocaust education programs that touch approximately 3,000 students in Saskatoon surrounding area each year. She works directly with the directors and Board chairs of the Greater Catholic and Saskatoon Public School systems to create citizenship, Holocaust and Jewish learning opportunities in a province where Holocaust education is not a required subject.

With a focus on interfaith outreach, Heather continues to create opportunities to bridge the local Muslim and Indigenous communities to the Saskatoon Jewish community. This outreach takes the form of shared panel discussions at large, shared educational fora, and collaborative events. She works within the local and provincial school systems to connect the narratives of Residential School survivors with Holocaust survivors.

She is a member of the Board of the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs and serves on the Boards of Concentus Citizenship Education, The Jerusalem Foundation and Congregation Agudas Israel Synagogue, where she is a past President. Heather chairs the Saskatoon Local Partner Council, is a member of the JFC-UIA regional forum, and current Canadian President in the Commonwealth Jewish Council. Previously, Heather sat on the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs (CJPAC) board and Western Hillel board.

Heather was recognized with a Senate of Canada 150 medal in November of 2017. She was nominated for the YWCA Women of Distinction award for her work in community development and received The Gerry Rose Award for leadership within her own local Saskatoon community. 

Heather has a B.A. and a B. Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan.

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