Louis Brier Home and Hospital Board of Directors
Ron Rozen, Chair
Recently retired as a partner in Assurance Services KPMG LLG, Ron has served on the boards of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, the Jewish Foundation, Hillel and Richmond Country Club. He has extensive experience in accounting, finance, general management, budgeting, human resource development, strategic planning, general management and marketing. Ron has assisted in fundraising for many Jewish organizations, as well as with the United Way and the BC Cancer Foundation.
Ted Zacks, 1st Vice-Chair
A Vancouverite from birth, Ted studied at The University of BC, Queen’s University and The London School of Economics. Since completing 20 years of law practice, Ted has been looking after his family’s real estate firm. He has long been active in the Jewish community, including fundraising for the Combined Jewish Appeal for 50 years. Ted was a founder and President of both Camp Hatikvah Foundation and the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver and served as Chair of the Jewish Community Foundation. Nationally, in the past Ted has served as a board member of the Council of Jewish Federations of Canada, United Israel Appeal of Canada, Canadian Jewish Congress and the Canadian Council for Israel and Jewish Affairs. He joined the Louis Brier Board of Directors in 2017.
Joel Kallner, 2nd Vice-Chair
Sydney Joel Goldberg, 3rd Vice-Chair
Fourteen years ago encouraged by his family, Sydney moved to Vancouver and less than a week later was invited to join the Friday night Shabbat Services. He also found himself a member of The Vancouver Jewish Men’s Choir. One of his most satisfying experiences has been bringing the warmth and Tradition of Shabbat to the Residents. Becoming The Louis Brier’s Ritual Committee Chair is a very special if challenging honour. Sydney’s background included a twenty plus career in Radio Broadcasting in the Midwest including Manitoba, Iowa and primarily Minnesota. During his twenty plus career, he was a Certified Radio Marketing Consultant, on air personality, sports play by play voice and Station Manager. He has been active in the Jewish Community from a very young age with leadership roles in USY, AZA, Hillel. B’nai Emet Synagogue Minneapolis, JCC Minneapolis 27 to 42 Singles.
Arnold Abramson, Immediate Past Chair
Born and raised in Vancouver, Arny Abramson has a BA in Commerce and a JD Law from UBC. His extensive legal career spanned the gamut of experiences from law firms large and small, including serving as in-house counsel at MacMillan Bloedel and BC Hydro and as Administrative Chairman of the BC Ministry of Labour boards of review. Arny has served the Jewish community as a board member for the Vancouver B’nai Brith Hillel Foundation, the Jewish Federation, the Hillel Endowment Foundation and as a charter member and president of the Macabee Lodge of B’nai Brith. He is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Louis Brier Home and Hospital.
Michael Glaser, Treasurer
Trained in South Africa as a Chartered Accountant, Michael moved to Vancouver with his family from Cape Town in 1998. He’s currently a partner in KPMG’s Vancouver Transfer Pricing Group and has a also worked in international trade and corporate tax. Michael’s expertise means that he is frequently asked to speak to professional organizations such as the Tax Executives Institute and the International Financial Centre of BC. A lover of the outdoors, Michael enjoys hiking and cycling with his family and has a warm spot for Jack Russell terriers.
Mark Rozenberg, Secretary
Mark has maintained a general practice of law in North Burnaby for the past 25 years, primarily working in the areas of Wills and Estates and Family Law. Mark is the proud father of 3 young adult children. In his spare time, he is active as a long distance runner, cyclist and enjoys a game of tennis. Mark is also a member of the board of the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Vancouver.
Occupational therapist Sandra Bressler is a Clinical Associate Professor in the Department of Occupational Science and Occupational Therapy at the University of British Columbia and an instructor in the online Masters of Rehabilitation Sciences program. She’s also a senior consultant with Corpus Sanchez International Consultancy Inc. She earned her Bachelor of Occupational Therapy from McGill University and a Master of Arts in Leadership and Training from Royal Roads University. Sandra presently serves as Chair of the Weinberg Residence Board of Directors.
Gail Butt is a retired nurse (2015) with a Master of Health Sciences and a Doctorate degree from McMaster University, Hamilton ON. She had a lengthy and varied career working in education, research, clinical practice and administration. She has extensive expertise in geriatric practice and served as the Director of Resident Care at the Louis Brier 1998-2001. The last 14 years of her career were as Associate Director of Hepatitis Services at the BC Centre of Disease Control where she was responsible for developing provincial education, research and clinical programs to combat viral hepatitis. Her research, publications and education programs led to national and international collaborative work with other experts in the field. Gail also serves as the Treasurer on the Board of Directors for the Weinberg Residence.
A social worker for over forty years, Harry has spent 38 years in a health care setting, and the last ten years specializing in Geriatrics. He has developed an acute understanding of the specific needs of the older population and their families. As well, his familiarity with the ins an outs of the long term care system in BC has helped countless families navigate the complex world of Elder Care. He has twice been recognized by the provincial government for his outstanding social work practice. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Harry has lived in Vancouver since 1970, and has watched the Jewish community grow and change in that time. He is a father and grandfather and is keenly interested in both the care we give our elders, and the world we leave to our children. Harry also serves as a Director on the Weinberg Board of Directors.
Nicole Mann is a public relations and public affairs executive with more than 20 years’ experience advising Fortune 500 companies, foundations, and governments around the world on how to most effectively drive communications strategy and accomplish public policy goals. She has a special expertise in healthcare and has worked across the industry, representing pharmaceutical and medical device companies and interacting with diverse patient communities and as a public health advocate. Originally from Boston, Massachusetts Nicole recently relocated to Vancouver from Washington, DC with her husband and their two young children. Nicole earned her Master of Science degree with honors in social policy from the London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree in political science from Wellesley College.
Born and raised in Winnipeg, Bruce arrived in Steveston, BC in 1993. Along the way he spent 14 years in Edmonton and a year in Nottingham, England. Bruce is a retired architect, and for 35 years his career focused on the design of healthcare environments including seniors’ care facilities and some of the largest acute care hospitals in Canada. Selected in 2010 as one of the most innovative people in healthcare design in North America, Bruce is a strong believer in the positive impact that the design of good environments can have on the lives of residents, patients, their families, and the clinical staff that work with them. Bruce has served the Jewish community as a board member of the JCC and Talmud Torah in Edmonton, and the Richmond Jewish Day School. Bruce currently is a member of the Aquatic Services Board for the city of Richmond.
Tammy graduated from The University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa in 1989, with a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) in Physiotherapy. She immigrated to Toronto in 1991 and moved to Vancouver in 1995. She has worked as a Physiotherapist for the past 30 years, predominantly in private practice. Since 2017, Tammy has been the proprietor of the Richmond Blundell Physiotherapy and Sports Injury Clinic, where she also practices. She has three daughters and other than working and being a mother, she enjoys reading, walking, travelling and yoga.
Active Life Governors of the Louis Brier Home and Hospital
- Rita Akselrod
- David Herman
- Lee Simpson