Jewish National Fund of Canada Announces Christine Melnick as 2011 Honouree

WINNIPEG, Feb. 21 /CNW/ - This year the Jewish National Fund of Canada, Manitoba Chapter (JNF) is pleased to honour Christine Melnick, MLA at the Negev Gala to be held May 31, 2011 at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Born and raised in Winnipeg, Christine is a graduate of the University of Manitoba and Dalhousie University. Her career has covered profit and non-profit organizations in both the public and private sectors, including education, law, offshore oil and advertising. In June 2003, Christine was elected as MLA for Riel - the same constituency where she grew up. On September 21, 2006 she was appointed as Manitoba Minister of Water Stewardship.

Minister Melnick was instrumental in the creation of the Manitoba - Israel Water Experts Symposium, a partnership between JNF/KKL and the Province of Manitoba.  This symposium, held in Manitoba in August 2008 and hosted by the Province, brought together water scientists from both regions to exchange information and establish long-term working relationships for water stewardship. A second symposium was held in Israel in January 2010, this one hosted by JNF, leading to over 30 potential joint projects in areas such as nutrient management, wastewater recycling, education and more.  The Minister's department also established a 10-year annual $25,000 scholarship at the University of Manitoba in 2008 for a graduate student in either a Masters or PhD program to study in Israel for up to two years in a recognized program.

From water innovation to community involvement, Christine has brought her positive spirit to citizens in both Manitoba and Israel. The JNF is pleased to recognize her.  

Founded in 1901, the JNF has evolved into a global environmental leader, planting over 240 million trees, constructing more than 200 reservoirs and dams, and developing over 250,000 acres of land, along with creating more than 1,000 parks and providing infrastructure for over 1,000 communities.

The Negev Gala has honoured outstanding leaders from within the Winnipeg community every year since 1953, and at the same time has gathered support for environmental research and development projects in the State of Israel. The gala is the JNF's most important fundraising event of the year.

SOURCE Jewish National Fund of Canada, The

For further information:

on the 2011 Negev Gala, please contact:

Erez Rotem       Jacqueline N. Freedman
JNF Director/KKL Emissary     JNF Development Co-ordinator
Manitoba,Saskatchewan, Alberta    Manitoba and Saskatchewan  
(204) 947-0207                                                           (204) 947-0207

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