Accession consists of a Congregation B'Nai Israel (St. Catharines) mailing list, the constitution and by-laws of the Niagara Peninsula Jewish Youth Commission, and a founding day program of the Niagara Peninsula Jewish Youth Commission and Council at B'Nai Brith Synagogue, May 26, 1957.
Stanley Feldman was born in Hamilton, Ontario. He is the son of David Feldman (born c. 1912) and Lillian (Waxman) Feldman (born c. 1914) of Hamilton, Ontario. David Feldman was born in Europe and came to Canada with his parents. David’s father, Morris Feldman, was a tailor. David and Lillian met and married in Hamilton in the late 1930s. Soon after, they moved to St. Catharine’s from Hamilton because David became the manager of a jewelry store, part of a chain of stores owned by the Minden family, based in Hamilton. After ten years, he opened his own jewelry store called Feldman Jewelry. David and Lillian had three children. Stan was the oldest, born in 1940; a daughter, Beverly was born in 1943; and Fred was the youngest, born in 1949. Stan Feldman attended Glen Ridge Elementary School and cheder during the week, part of B’Nai Israel Synagogue. He loved to play sports, especially hockey. Lillian was involved with Hadassah. Stan attended St. Catharines Collegiate and Vocational Institute where he was quarterback on the football team. In high school, he played on multiple sports teams and was involved in school politics including serving a term as Student Council President. He was also involved with the Niagara Peninsula Jewish Youth Council.
In 1959, Stan attended McMaster University for 3 years, where he lived with his grandparents in Hamilton. He worked at the Dofasco Steelmill during these years. In 1962, he attended Osgoode Law School. He married Susan Rosenberg of Toronto (Harbord Collegiate) on June 26, 1966. After graduation from Osgoode, he and Susan moved to New York in 1967. Stan worked for the United Nations for 2 years in an international development program. In the evenings, he attended NYU and received his MBA. He later worked for Columbia Pictures and MGM studios as an assistant to a number of important leaders in the film industry. He moved to Los Angeles in the late 1960s to continue working in the film industry. In 1971, Susan and Stan moved back to Toronto and had a baby boy named Jonathan. Back in Toronto, Stan got involved with provincial politics through friends from Hamilton who worked in advertising. Together, they strategized re-structuring the provincial system and helping Pierre Trudeau to win a majority election.
With the same group, they opened a Direct Marketing business and eventually created a successful long-running Home Shopping Network. In 1975, Susan and Stan’s daughter Amy was born. During this time (1979-1980), Stan received his LLM at University of Toronto. He also began working for Morris Perlis, then president of American Express. Stan became a VP, working in the Marketing and Strategy Department. In 1988, when Sam Ruth was retiring as head of Baycrest, Stan was recruited to be the President of the Foundation. He worked there for 10 years and raised major funds for newly developed programs in Alzheimers, day programs, outreach, and the Rotman Research Institute. He also raised money for the Kunin-Lunenfeld Applied and Evaluative Research Unit (KLAERU), which provides resources and expertise to support clinical, evaluative and translational research at Baycrest. Stan also created a consortium for other ethnically specific geriatric groups. In 1997-1998, Stan spent a sabbatical year at Harvard University in Boston, receiving a Masters in Education that was an individualized Masters, allowing him to study with professors throughout the university, specifically looking at the brain and aging. In the 2000s, Stan returned full time to Baycrest and started a number of fundraising initiatives including a cycling project called Barrie to Baycrest, raising more than $10 million over its 20 year history. He has also developed a number of other fundraising initiatives including the Scotiabank Baycrest Hockey Pro Am Tournament and the Rally for Kids with Cancer. Stan was involved as a volunteer for over 25 years at the Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital.