Saul & Claribel Simkin Centre Family Education Award

Congratulations to Kaiya Ivankovic for being chosen as the 2021 recipient of the Saul & Claribel Simkin Centre Family Education Award.   Kaiya is the daughter of Nada Ivankovic, who is the Unit Coordinator on Simkin 1.

Kaiya will be using this scholarship money towards a Pre-Professional Pre-Medicine Degree at the University of Winnipeg.  She is the daughter of a first generation Canadian, whose family immigrated to Canada from Eastern Europe for the opportunity of a better life.  She has participated in the Croatian Pavilion at Folklorama for 11 years and enjoys learning about other cultures.

Kaiya is planning to continue to work in the medical field like her mother.  She takes pride in working with others and helping others in any way she can.  One of the many reasons she decided she wanted to become a doctor was watching her mother care for the Residents at the Simkin Centre.  She’s incredibly grateful to have been given the opportunity and guidance to complete this goal.

Background on this Award

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 – Jewish Foundation of Manitoba or contact our fundraising office at 204.589.9027 for more information.


February 28 of any given year

The application period for the Saul and Claribel Simkin Centre Family Education Award is closed until 2022.

$3,500 per year to one recipient


An applicant:

  • Must be a child or dependent of a “long service employee” of the Centre. A “long service employee” is considered a full or part-time employee who has 5 or more years of service as at January 1st of the year of application;
  • Must be 25 years of age or LESS (25th birthday must be subsequent to January 1st of the year of application);
  • Must be applying for, have been accepted into, or be continuing studies in a university, college or other post-graduate program with preference given to persons studying at a Manitoba educational institution;
  • Must not have previously received the Saul & Claribel Simkin Centre Family Education Award UNLESS the award was not given out during the previous calendar year. **


Assuming the applicant meets the eligibility requirements set forth above, the following criteria will be used by the selection committee in recommending the award:

  • Financial need
  • Academic achievement
  • Community participation or volunteer activity


To apply for this award information and application forms are available on-line at: or one can contact the Jewish Foundation of Manitoba at 204.480.7557,

* The Jewish Foundation of Manitoba reserves the right not to award these scholarships on an annual basis. This is dependent upon the receipt of qualified applications as determined by the terms and conditions of the scholarship.

** If you are a previous recipient interested in applying, please contact the Foundation to determine eligibility.