On April 5, 2013, The Jewish Federation of Ottawa announced the 2013 Community Service Award winners. The winners, one of which includes Carleton’s own Dr. Maureen Molot, will be honoured at the Federation’s Annual General Meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at the Joseph and Rose Ages Family Building at 7 p.m.
Maureen Molot, a distinguished research professor at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs, has been chosen to receive the Gilbert Greenberg Distinguished Service Award – the highest tribute the Ottawa Jewish community bestows on an individual for exceptional service over the course of many years.
In I991, Maureen served as the first female president of the Jewish Community Council of Ottawa/Vaad Ha’Ir. Over the years, she has chaired many committees, including the Ottawa Vaad Ha’Kashrut, one comprising the Bess and Moe Greenberg Family Hillel Lodge (Hillel Lodge), the Soloway Jewish Community Centre, and Jewish Family Services to prepare a submission to the Province of Ontario Long Term Care Division to increase the size of Hillel Lodge to 100 beds. From 2005 to the present, she has been a member of the Hillel Lodge Long Term Care Foundation Board and a regular volunteer at Hillel Lodge. Maureen continues to act as an informal advisor to the Hillel Ottawa executive directors and was one of the founders of Canadian Professors for Peace in the Middle East, an organization of faculty in Canada. Her volunteerism moves beyond the Jewish community, having chaired the Community Foundation of Ottawa in 2002 and participated as a member of the Carleton Commission on Inter-Cultural, Inter-Religious and Inter-Racial Relations.