Our National Chair Fran Sonshine was awarded the Key to the City on Monday, June 25th by Mayor John Tory at City Hall for her philanthropic and volunteer leadership in Toronto. Fran has volunteered thousands of hours with various organizations.  The Key to the City is presented to distinguished individuals who have made significant contributions to the City of Toronto.

During the ceremony, Mayor Tory emphasized Fran’s role with the CSYV as a strong advocate of Holocaust education and commemoration in Canada:

“Holocaust remembrance has a huge meaning for all of us. Not only is it important that we remember and know about this horrific chapter in our history, it is also crucially important today as we must remind ourselves as Torontonians to root out hate and prejudice wherever we find it as it is so inconsistent with our way of life.”

Ester Driham, CSYV National Executive Director also commended Fran for her decade-long commitment to advancing our mission of Holocaust education and commemoration:

 “We are very proud of Fran Sonshine for receiving the Key to the City for her philanthropic and volunteer leadership in Toronto. For over ten years as CSYV National Chair, Fran has shown exceptional leadership and dedication to promoting Holocaust education in Toronto and across Canada. We are fortunate to have Fran on board and together we are committed to continue making an impact in Holocaust education.

Fran also played a key role in fundraising for the building of Canada’s Holocaust Monument in Ottawa.

Fran was joined by her family and friends during the ceremony at City Hall.

On behalf of CSYV, we extend our sincere congratulations to Fran on this honour.