A Saskatoon organization has named all of Saskatchewan’s frontline healthcare workers as recipients of a special award.
The B’nai Brith Lodge 739, based in Saskatoon, is doing things a little differently for their 66th annual Silver Plate Dinner on November 4. Not only is the fundraiser a virtual event this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the organization is presenting their We Are Proud of You award to frontline healthcare workers.
Dr. Steven Goluboff is a longtime member of the group and is the one who suggested that this year they honour Saskatchewan’s healthcare workers.
“We’ve been having these dinners for 66 years, and for the past 35 to 40 years, have been handing out the We Are Proud of You award to citizens who do a lot for our community but have never been publicly recognized before,” Goluboff noted. “We usually single out individuals – we’ve only ever given it to one other group before – but we thought, because we have to hold a different sort of event this year, why not do something different and recognize our frontline healthcare workers as a group?”
His fellow members jumped on board with him. “We all felt it was appropriate to nominate these special people who have an incredible impact on what has happened, what is still happening and what will happen during this pandemic,” he said.
Dr. Tony Haddad, a cardiac fellow and former Chief Medical Resident, and Registered Nurse Caitlin Folk will accept the award on behalf of healthcare workers.
Tickets for this year’s virtual dinner are already sold-out. Without a ticket, you won’t be able to participate in the draws, but you can watch the award presentation here (the livestream begins at 8 p.m. on November 4), and take part in the online silent auction, which is already open to everyone.
In the years to come, when they look back at 2020, everyone will remember what happened that year, Goluboff said. “This has been an epic year for everyone. We will never forget it.”
B’nai Brith Lodge is an organization that includes members of Saskatoon’s small Jewish community. While their numbers are small, they have a mighty impact.
Every year, their Silver Plate Dinner – which is their only fundraiser –- sells out, and the money raised by the gala event is donated to other community organizations in Saskatoon. Over the next three years, the B’nai Brith Lodge is committed to providing $25,000 to Kids of Note, $25,000 to KidSport, $15,000 to Nutrient Wonderhub and another $14,000 in total to five other worthy charities.
The We Are Proud of You Award is sponsored by Faisal Khorshid, Dennis Neith and Associates IG Private Wealth.
Registered Nurse Caitlin Folk and Dr. Tony Haddad will accept the award on behalf of healthcare workers. Photo by Damien Kent