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Mildred Lande CM was the Foundation's First Lady in every way. She was the first female president, 2000 Woman of the year, committed philanthropist and a leader of extraordinary energy. She inspired generations of women to community service. Milly passed away April 29 at the age of 97.
Remembering MillyJuly 2000...Community leader and philanthropist,
Mildred Lande, C.M, will be honoured at the Foundation’s Annual Meeting August 23.
“Milly Lande is our jewel of the community,” says Stanley Hyman, JCF president.
“When Milly speaks, people become infused
with her enthusiasm.”
Milly is the first woman to have served in several leadership roles, including Jewish General Hospital board member, CJA chair, president of Shaar Hashomayim Congregation and of the Jewish Community Foundation.
Born in Port Arthur, Ontario, one of 5 daughters of Abe and Sophie Bronfman, Milly was raised in a loving family immersed in community life and Tzedakah.
After graduating from McGill in 1936, she married Bernard Lande. They had 4 children and shared a life devoted to family and community for 56 years until Bernard’s death in 1992.
"... My involvement in communal affairs taught me
the meaning of Tzedakah and the love of mankind;
to be our brothers’ keeper."
from the JCF Book of Life
Fiercely passionate about her community and family, Milly keeps a dizzying schedule of meetings and travel, always finding time to roll up her sleeves for special occasions (she recently provided the home-brewed wine for her grandson’s wedding).
She has lent her other talents – needlepoint and baking- to many a synagogue fundraiser, involving other women in the production of incredible desserts, wall hangings and Torah covers.
The Foundation's 2nd president, she succeeded the late Arthur Pascal, founding director, who introduced her to the fledgling venture. She continues to be an active participant in its remarkable growth.
Milly’s latest project is restoring the Back River Memorial Gardens. She has achieved remarkable results, downplaying her role by saying, “It’s all our responsibility,” then adds, “well, maybe I was convincing…”
Milly Lande also supports the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Red Cross, National Ballet of Canada and the fight against breast cancer. She has received numerous tributes, including the Samuel Bronfman Medal, Honorary Doctorate of Laws from Concordia, the Eleanor Roosevelt Centennial Award, and the Order of Canada.
She remains one of our community’s most stalwart supporters:
“We’re a very cohesive community, thanks to the extraordinary accomplishments of our elders who created a community where business, education and Jewish ideals were transplanted and thrived.”
As for what she’s most proud of: “Being considered on an equal level in my ability to get things done as a man…we surely have come a long way.”
And that is due, in no small part, to Mildred Lande who has provided the inspiration for many of our community’s leaders.