Learn about our Team and Culture

We are a team of dedicated professionals, committed to fulfill CSYV’s mission of advancing education and commemoration of the Holocaust.

Fran Sonshine

Fran Sonshine

National Chair

Fran Sonshine is a prominent leader in the Toronto Community with a long history of involvement in philanthropy and volunteering.

She has held leadership positions in major organizations in her community with a great deal of experience in fundraising.

Ester Driham

Ester Driham

National Executive Director

Ester is an accomplished leader with over 15 years of experience as a professional fundraiser and a proven track record in transformative philanthropy and management. She specializes in leadership development, major gifts, and the planning and implementation of comprehensive capital campaigns within the education and non-profit sectors.

Josh Hacker

Josh Hacker

Program & Development, Officer

Josh is an accomplished development professional who specializes in developing long-term relationships with donors and managing campaigns.

With over 10 years of fundraising experience leading major gift and leadership campaigns in non-profit organizations in Toronto, he knows how to work closely with lay leaders and volunteers.

Josh holds a Master’s Degree in Jewish Communal Leadership and an MBA from Brandeis University.

Josh has a passion for local politics and tries to make a difference through the work that he does every day in society.

He lives with family in Toronto.

Ekaterina Lorye

Ekaterina Lorye

Development & Stewardship, Officer

Ekaterina holds a Bachelor‘s and a Master’s degree in political science and international relations from the University of Montreal. Soon after graduation, she worked as a researcher at the University of Montreal.

In 2013, she joined the European University in St. Petersburg (EUSP) Development Office where she managed the University’s overseas fundraising programs.

Ekaterina is dedicated to truly democratic values. Her involvement with the EUSP enabled her to contribute to promoting the independent academic knowledge in Russia and building a strong civil society.

Advancing Holocaust education and commemoration allows her to inform Canadians about the dangers of extreme intolerance.

Elysha Varenbut

Elysha Varenbut

Development & Prospecting Associate

As a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University with an Honors Bachelor of Arts in Kinesiology, Elysha’s volunteer and educational opportunities cultivated an interest in international relations, healthcare, and a rooted commitment to philanthropy.

After spending six months on an exchange program in Israel studying and partaking in an internship at Yad Vashem, she decided to professionally pursue the non-profit sector and enroll in the Fundraising Management Program at Humber College.

During her time at Laurier, Elysha was involved in a variety of organizations with a focus on fundraising, including Epilepsy Waterloo, DeafBlind Ontario, and the Concussion Legacy Foundation. Through these experiences, she gained a high understanding of team building, event planning, and volunteer management. Her strong interpersonal proficiency and vibrant leadership produced positive results in every position she has held.

Are you interested in joining our vibrant team and developing your career in professional frontline fundraising? Check out our career section and get in touch!