What is your favourite Y memory?
I’ve been a member of the Y for most of my life. I have fond memories of swimming in the outdoor pool in Laval and becoming a lifeguard after many winter nights swimming at the indoor pool. I also spent so many amazing summers at YCC. I remember watching my own children learn to swim in our pool on Westbury and watching them play in many intense wolves basketball games. After some time away, I came back to workout at the Y and was greeted with warmth and friendly smiles by so many of the group fitness regulars. I’m afraid I have too many fond memories to choose just one.
Why did you join the Y’s board?
Being involved in community has always been an important part of my life. I decided to get involved at the Y, in particular, because I can think of no better gift to my children and our Montreal Jewish Community than having a strong and vibrant Jewish Community Center. The Y has always been the place to welcome all members of our community and I’m proud to contribute to continuing its legacy.
Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I had a good voice so that I could sing with my kids.
Who are your real life heroes?
My late father Louis Apfeld z”l is my real life hero and guiding star. He was separated from his family at 10 years old and managed to survive 3 nazi concentration camps. He came to Montreal through the war orphans program of Canadian Jewish Congress and had a tremendous love and appreciation for his life here in Canada, in Quebec and as part of the Montreal Jewish Community. Even though he passed away far too young, he taught me about resilience, strong morals and values, the importance of hard work and the primacy of family.
When and/or where were you happiest?
I’m happiest skiing quickly downhill, dancing at simchas, swimming in the lake in the summer and having Shabbat dinner surrounded by family and close friends.