Cookbook Treasure

One never knows what treasures they will find at the Simkin Centre!

Each week I visit with Sheila Streifler, a resident, and we bake a recipe from one of the many recipe books in the Recreation Dept.

One day I selected one book that grabbed Sheila’s eye, as it looked very familiar.

The book was published in the early 1970’s by the late Cherie Smith of the National Council of Jewish Women of Canada – Vancouver Chapter. But, it is the significance of the illustrations in the book that Sheila was excited to share. Her own sister Elaine Charach Dirnfeld of Vancouver created ALL the food illustrations in the book!

Recently, Elaine came to visit Sheila and was proud to auto-graph the book on behalf of the council.

Of all the cookbooks in the world, this one brought such pride for Sheila.

Alissa Minaker, Recreation Facilitator (W1)

Thank You to the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg

Thank you to the Jewish Federation of Winnipeg which is providing The Simkin Centre with an annual grant allocation of $9,000 to support our 2018 High Holiday Services.  The High Holiday Services at The Centre  ensure that our residents can celebrate the Holidays with their family members.  Due to their declining health,  our residents are generally unable to go to a community synagogue so it is important that we can include their family members in our services.  This annual allocation enables us to provide video and audio feed of the services in the Centre and also supports the involvement of our choir.

2018 Family Education Award Recipient

The Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre Family Education Award – 2018 Award Winner – Mike Myschyshyn

Congratulations to Mike Myschyshyn, son of Olga Myschyshyn, who works in The Simkin Centre Therapeutic Recreation Program.  Mike will be entering his second year of a three year Juris Doctor (Law)  Program at the University of Manitoba. His goal is to be patent lawyer.. Mike has previously completed a Masters Degree in Science at Simon Fraser University. The award this year is $2500. Presenting the award to Mike at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba Scholarship Award Ceremony, held on June 12, 2018, were Billy Brodovsky on behalf of the Brodovsky family,  and Irwin Corobow, Chief Executive Officer of The Simkin Centre.

In 2008, Sheila and David Brodovsky, their brother Harvey Brodovsky, and friends Catherine (Kady) and Mauricez’’l Tauber launched the Saul & Claribel Simkin Centre Family Education Fund at The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba. . Their parents – Nellie Brodovskyz’’l, Ethel Piercez’’l, Dr. Maurice (Moe) Piercez’’l, and Samuel Tauberz’’l – were all residents of the Sharon Home and then the Simkin Centre for varying periods between 1997 and 2009. Through hundreds of visits over many years, the Fund’s founders were moved by the hard work and tender care offered by so many front-line nurses and aides. “We wanted to do something special for the people who work at the Centre,”  says David Brodovsky, “so we set up this scholarship program as a way to express our gratitude for the kindnesses extended to our parents and to us.”. The Fund awards the children of long service employees the opportunities to pursue post-secondary education. The award is based on financial need, academic achievement, and community involvement.

If you are interested in contributing to The Simkin Centre Education Fund at the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba go to –

Anita’s Garden

Summer has arrived and we invite everyone to enjoy our beautiful gardens.

A special thanks again this year to the Keives Family who created and helps maintain “Anita’s Garden”  in loving memory of Anita Molly Keives – loving Wife, Mother, and Baba.

Dementia Education Session Offered at the Simkin Centre

Join us for this valuable education session taking place at the Simkin Centre on Wednesday, June 20th from 6-7:30pm.

The Alzheimer’s Society of Manitoba will share ways of communicating with those you visit. They will cover Focused Dementia Communication, Challenges & Tips, and Learning Communication Strategies. If you are interested, please call Aynsley at 204-589-9038