Nov 17 2011

Lifetime Achievement Award

Published by Editor at 11:49 am under Home Page, University News

marvin-sadowsky-nov-2011-smallMarvin A. Sadowski, a treasured friend and supporter of the University of Haifa, and consummate volunteer, received the University of Haifa’s first Lifetime Achievement Award in recognition of his many years of friendship and support of the University and Canadian Friends and his outstanding volunteerism in the Toronto community. Marvin has been a board member of our Canadian Friends organization for more than 20 years and served as Vice President from 1993 to 2001. The award was presented recently at the Annual Tribute Dinner in Toronto.

In a moving acceptance speech, Marvin remarked: “I fell in love with the University on my very first visit as I saw Israeli children walking hand in hand with Arab children and I thought that maybe that by educating the children in the same institution may make for a better understanding between the two peoples where everyone can live peacefully.” He added that nothing has been more gratifying than to have been allowed to assist in the progression of excellence displayed by the University of Haifa and to be honoured in this way.”

More than 360 guests attended the gala Tribute Dinner. Dinner Chair and Mistress of Ceremonies was Wendy Eisen and Associate Chairs were Lloyd Pollack, Q.C. and Carole Zucker. Marvin’s elder son, Richard, and Wendy Eisen delivered tributes. Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev, together with Canadian Friends’ President, Dr. Michael Dan, presented the award to Marvin. Mr. Amos Gaver also travelled from Israel to attend the event.

Funds raised from the Tribute Dinner campaign have established the Canada Science Pavilion Fund at the University of Haifa. The pavilion will house six cutting-edge research laboratories in the fields of Ecological Research, Natural Mechanisms of Reinforcement Learning and Decision Making, Breast Cancer Dormancy and Metastasis, Cell Death and Cancer Research, Adult Stem Cell Research, and Evolutionary Development. The Fund will be dedicated during the upcoming Board of Governors Meeting in June, 2012. Marvin, together with 20 of his family members, will be attending.

Photo above: Marvin A. Sadowski receives the University of Haifa’s first Lifetime Achievement Award from President of the University Prof. Aaron Ben-Ze’ev (right) and President of the Canadian Friends of Haifa University Dr. Michael Dan (left)

Click here for more photos from the Tribute Dinner

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