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Hal Davis

  • A.2019.011
  • Pessoa
  • 1924 - November 1, 1998

Hal (Harold Leon) Davis was born on January 16th, 1924 in Edmonton Alberta to parents Osias and Jenny Davis. He had an older brother, Frank, who was born 10 years earlier, and an older sister, Lily. In 1945, Hal married Esther Kuchuk and in 1948 had their daughter Andrea, and in 1953 their son Jeff followed.

In 1941, CJCA Edmonton staged an "Announcing Contest". The winner was Hal Davis. The prize - two weeks employment with CJCA. It was the start of a long and impressive career in radio broadcasting
While attending the University of Alberta from 1941 to 1943, Hal did part-time work at the university's radio station - CKUA, and worked the summer of '42 at CJCA.
Serving in the RCAF from 1943-45, and while stationed in Calgary, there was some part-time work at CFAC. On discharge, Hal did a stint as a disc jockey at New Westminster's CKNW, leaving there in September to enrol in Lorne Greene's Academy of Radio Arts in Toronto, from which he graduated cum laude in April of 1947.
The same year, Hal began his long association with CKNW - first, as Copy Chief; 1950 - Production Manager; 1956 - Program Director; 1959 - Assistant Manager/Program Director; 1974 General Manager.
In 1978, Hal was appointed Director of Research - Radio for CKNW's parent - Western Broadcasting Company Limited (later, Western International Communications (WIC)). Retiring in 1989, Hal continued at CKNW as a consultant and broadcaster.
Hal set a remarkable record in radio annals when, in 1991, he chalked-up 35 years as the voice of CKNW's 8 am news. Also, he hosted a Saturday night music program on 'NW. for a span of 20 years.
In the news area, Hal conceived, organized and developed B.C. RADIO NEWS, (later WESTERN INFORMATION NETWORK (WIN)), directed it until 1988, and making it the first private information network in Canada to be transmitted by satellite.
On the local scene, Hal was an Administrator of the CKNW ORPHANS' FUND, and a member and chair (1972-89) of BROADCAST COMMUNICATION ADVISORY COUNCIL at the British Columbia Institute of Technology.
Active in the affairs of the broadcasting industry, Hal was a director of the British Columbia Broadcasters Association (80-85), and president from 82-84. He served as a director of the Canadian Association of Broadcasters from 83-84.
In 1985, he was named BCAB Broadcaster of the Year in recognition of his development of the WIN network.
In 1996, Hal Davis was inducted into the CAB Broadcast Hall of Fame.
He died on November 1st, 1998.

Source:
Potts, J. Lyman. “Davis Harold L. ‘Hal.’” History of Canadian Broadcasting. Accessed November 6, 2019. https://www.broadcasting-history.ca/personalities/davis-harold-l-hal.

Gloria Gutman

  • A.2020.003
  • Pessoa
  • 1955 - 1984

Gloria Gutman was born July 17, 1939 in Seattle, Washington to Rachelle and David Chertkow and was the eldest of four sisters, Carol, Patsy, and Judy. Rachelle was a concert pianist with the Seattle Symphony Orchestra until she married David Chertkow and moved to Drumheller, Alberta, where David was a lawyer. During her childhood, Gloria lived in Seattle, Drumheller, Calgary, and lastly, she and her family moved to Vancouver in 1945.
Gloria Gutman was very involved with the B’nai B’rith youth organization where she served as Intergroup Chairman, Sentinel, Treasurer, Vice-President and lastly, District President. Gloria graduated from Prince of Wales High School and afterwards received a BA in Psychology from UBC, an MA in the Psychology of Aging from the University of Alberta, and a PhD in Developmental and Social Psychology from UBC. As quoted on SFU’s website; “Gloria Gutman, PhD, developed the Gerontology Research Centre and Department of Gerontology at Simon Fraser University (SFU) and was Director of both from 1982–2005. She is currently a Research Associate and Professor Emerita at SFU. Dr. Gutman is the author/editor of 23 books”. In 2012, she was awarded a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal, by the Government of Canada, and in 2016, she was appointed to the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour.

Sid Staniloff

  • A.2020.001
  • Pessoa
  • 1920 - 1995

Sid Staniloff was born circa 1924 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to Max and Sophie Staniloff. It is unknown how he settled in Vancouver. Sid served as an officer in the Royal Air Force and completed a tour of duty in the Far East Theatre. He became a manager of a menswear shop, in Lansdowne Centre, Richmond (unknown years and store name). Sid and his wife Ethel had two children, Howard and Mindy Staniloff. Sid was a loyal member of B’nai B’rith and during the 1970s (circa 1972 – 1974), became president of the Lions Gate Lodge No. 1716 B’nai B’rith. In the 1980s, Sid became president of the Shalom Legion Branch #178 of the Royal Canadian Legion. Sid had a successful career conducting charitable events for the Jewish community and Vancouver’s community at large. He passed away in 1995 at the approximate age of 75.

Mona Goldman

  • A.2020.002
  • Pessoa
  • 1923 - 2009

Mona Goldman (nee Silverstein) was born April 8, 1923, in Terespolya, Poland before moving to and growing up in Toronto. She began painting at an early age, being taught by a founding member of the Group of Seven, Arthur Lismer. In 1943 she attended the Chicago Institute of Design. Shortly after graduating and moving back to Toronto, she married Dr. Bill Goldman in 1947, and moved to Vancouver where they raised 3 sons, Ron, Howard, and Lorne. Mona began a successful art career, working in a nature-inspired modernist style until the turn of the century when she switched her medium to photography and digitally manipulated her images. Mona was an art teacher for UBC’s Continuing Education program for 22 years and from the 1980’s to 2002 she hosted UBC funded art tours to New York, Paris, and London.

Lucy Laufer

  • Pessoa
  • January 15, 1938 -

Lucy Laufer (born Langer) was born on the 15th of January, 1938, in Vienna, Austria. Her parents, Olga (born Spitzer) and Friedrich (Fritz, born Lowy) Langer fled Vienna with Lucy and her brother Michael Hans Max Langer at the outbreak of World War II, when Lucy was only 7 months old. The family escaped to France, where they waited in the suburbs of Paris for approximately 8 months until they were allowed into Palestine in February of 1939. Times were tumultuous in Palestine, and Fritz struggled to find work. In 1942, the Langers left Palestine for Canada, where Fritz’s previous employers in Austria had emigrated. The influence and financial support of the Bloch-Bauer (later Bentley) and Pick (later Prentice) families made it possible for the Langers to be included in the 112 Jews who were admitted to Canada by Order in Council in that year. The first stop was Trinidad, where they waited to receive visas to travel through the United States. After getting their visas, the family boarded a ship called the Robert E. Lee. One day out from port, the Robert E. Lee was torpedoed and sunk within minutes. The family’s important documents, money, and Olga’s jewelry was lost, but the family survived on a lifeboat. They were eventually rescued and taken to port in New Orleans. The Langers were able to see their family in St. Louis, Missouri and New York, New York before they finally arrived in Vancouver, four years after they first left their home in Austria.
Lucy Laufer grew up in Vancouver BC, attending Cecil Rhodes Elementary School and King Edward High School. When ill as a child, the care she received influenced her to decide to become a nurse as an adult. At age 13 Lucy attended Camp Miriam and became active in Habonim. Lucy graduated high school at age 17, after which in 1955 she participated in a Habonim workshop on kibbutz Kfar Blum in Israel. Laufer graduated Vancouver General Hospital Nursing School in 1959; she then worked in New York for a year before moving to kibbutz Yif’at in northern Israel in 1961. She worked on the kibbutz for about two years, in the orchards and as a nurse in infirmary. Lucy married Gidon Laufer in Haifa, Israel in 1965. In Haifa she was a nurse at a well-baby clinic and a school. She returned to Vancouver, BC around 1966 with Gidon. Gidon started a business in junk and recycling, and Lucy continued to work as a nurse, specializing in wound care and palliative care. The Laufers were divorced in 1991.
Laufer has volunteered extensively in the Vancouver community, serving on Vancouver’s Habonim Camp Miriam committee for approximately 20 years. Laufer has served the L’Chaim Adult Jewish Day Care as both a nurse and board member. She has also volunteered with Shalom BC and Habitat for Humanity, and contributed her professional expertise as a community health nurse. Laufer has two sons. Danny was born in 1968; He and his partner Monica Muller have two children, Jacob (b. 2006) and Anna (b. 2008). Ron was born in 1976; He and his partner Tamar Kafka have three children, Jonas (b. 2014), Sacha (b. 2016), and Amira (b. 2019).

Michael Livni

  • Pessoa
  • January 26, 1935

Michael Livni (born Langer, called Max as a child) was born in Vienna, Austria on January 26th, 1935. Max’s education began in Tel Aviv, where he attended the Nordau school and received private lessons in English. This time in Palestine, while brief, had a significant impact on Max’s life as a Zionist. In Canada, Max attended Cecil Rhodes Elementary School and King Edward High School. In high school he played table tennis and badminton. He went to the YMCA camp Elphinstone throughout his childhood and eventually became a camp counselor there. At 15 he attended his first meeting of Habonim and began his involvement with the Jewish community. Michael studied pre-med with an intended career in child psychiatry at the University of British Columbia, starting at age 17 in 1952. He was in the Varsity Outdoors Club, and President of the Hillel foundation throughout medical school. Starting in July of 1959 Michael interned for two years in Brooklyn, New York, was the doctor at a Jewish summer camp in New York in 1960, and did a locum in Ontario in 1961. From 1961-1962 he accompanied Habonim to Israel, working as a medic, visiting kibbutzim, and getting a temporary license to work in Soroka Medical Center in Be’er Sheva for a month. He then returned to New York for his residency at the Brooklyn State Hospital. This was a turning point, where he felt that he no longer wanted to work in medicine.
Michael left New York in 1963, arriving in Israel on June 10th of that year. He worked on kibbutz Gesher HaZiv, for the first year focusing on agriculture. He met his first wife, Zmira Yechezkel, at the kibbutz, and they were married in July 1964. He spent a year in Advanced Studies in Hebrew and Jewish Studies at the Oranim Seminary School in Kiriat Tivon before becoming a 6th and 7th grade teacher at Gesher HaZiv. Michael held this position for two years before moving on to several other positions in areas such as the kibbutz education department, treasury, turkey breeding program, and health committee. He served on the Israeli army home guard and as an army reserves medic. Michael worked in New York as the central Shaliach for the reform movement from 1975-1977, organizing the first groups going to kibbutzim Yahel and Lotan. He returned to Israel in 1978 and worked with the Israeli reform youth movement from 1979-1983. Michael and Zmira were divorced in 1986; he moved to kibbutz Lotan the same year in an advisory role. He changed his last name to Livni in 1988 as a way to Hebrewize his name and reconnect with the meaning of the family name ‘Lowy.’ Michael met Dr. Brenda (Shaw) Herzberg in 1992, and they were married in 2005, both in a reform ceremony at kibbutz Lotan and in a civil marriage in Australia. At kibbutz Lotan Michael has worked in accounting, date farming, citrus groves, tourism, and the ecology branch. His other work includes Chairperson of the Education Committee of World Habonim, Executive Director of the World Zionist Organization’s Department of Education and Culture in the Diaspora, and Executive of the Kibbutz Movement’s International Communal Desk. While Michael retired in 2005, he continues to volunteer, write, research, and work with several organizations. He has three children from his marriage with Zmira. Dvir was born in 1968, he and his partner Sarah Bar Avraham have three daughters, Gefen (b. 2001), Ruth (b. 2003), and Noor (b. 2009). Nimrod was born 1970, he and his partner Andrea Jarvis have three sons, Jordan (b. 2001), Raphael (b. 2003), and Hadas (b. 2006). Sivian was born in 1978.

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