President of Hadassah Canada dies after Barbados mugging


Terry Scharzfeld, the president of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO, has died after suffering brain trauma in a late February mugging in Barbados.

This from the Canada Chronicle Herald:

Ottawa radio station CFRA says the 60-year-old died at Ottawa Civic Hospital Wednesday morning.

Schwarzfeld was walking along an isolated stretch of beach with her daughter-in-law, Luana Cotsman, when they were beaten with a piece of wood and robbed.

Hadassah has written this obiturary:

Terry was elected as the 20th National President at CHW’s 39th National Convention in Calgary, November 2008. Over the past few months, Terry had been busy with all aspects of her new administration. Terry’s strength was in project organization, administration, and leadership. It was Terry’s hope, over her three-year term, to concentrate on highlighting CHW’s vision and commitment to Children, Healthcare and Women’s programs in Israel, while augmenting communication, fundraising and membership. Further, Terry was focused on modernizing CHW’s governance structure.

Terry brought much experience to CHW from numerous boards as a director, officer, and senior staff member. As a long-time member and leader within CHW, she had been a dedicated volunteer for over 30 years with various not-for-profit and charitable organizations. Recently retired, Terry served as Executive Director at the Agudath Israel Congregation in Ottawa.

Born in Regina, to a family for whom Israel played an integral role, her mother and grandmother were both CHW members. Terry held a Master of Science degree from CarletonUniversity and a Bachelor of Science from the University of British Columbia. She received the Ontario Volunteer Service Award for both five and ten-year service. Over the course of her involvement with CHW, Terry also received numerous awards, most notably the Women of Achievement Award in 2007.

"Hadassah International is devastatedby this horrible, fatal attack and loss of Terry Schwarzfeld, a most passionate and professional president of Canadian Hadassah-WIZO," notes Helaine Ohayon, Coordinator of Hadassah International."When she visited Hadassah Headquarters in New York last month, she shared her multifaceted vision to improve the lives of women and children both in Canada and in Israel. We all deeply mourn her loss."


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