Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee growing in Western Canada
VANCOUVER – With the opening of a new Western Canada office and the hiring of a Regional Director, the Canadian Jewish Political Affairs Committee (CJPAC) is continuing to transform the Jewish community’s relationship with Canadian politics.
“One third of Canadian MPs come from Western Canada. We know that if our community’s voice is to be heard, we need to be reaching out to the unique Jewish and pro-Israel communities of Western Canada,” said Executive Director Mark Waldman.
Eleanor Johnston, who will be spearheading CJPAC’s efforts as Western Regional Director, comes to CJPAC after years of political and Jewish community engagement and having served as a senior staffer to a Federal Minister.
“I’m excited to be working with the vibrant Jewish communities of Western Canada,” said Johnston. “By working together we can increase political involvement and ensure our community is engaging politicians from every political background and from every part of the country on the issues of significance to our communities.”
Her work as Regional Director begins this week in Vancouver, meeting with community leaders and running programs for students. She will then head to Edmonton where she will be establishing a permanent office before traveling to Calgary and Winnipeg for additional meetings.
“We know that Eleanor will make a fantastic contribution to our mission and to community life in Western Canadian cities as she works to foster Jewish and pro-Israel political leadership across the political spectrum,” concluded Joel Reitman, Chair of CJPAC’s Advisory Board.