Sandler Farewell

December 2, 2013 by Lauren Finn
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Over 150 people attended a communal farewell for JCA’s Chief Executive Officer Ian Sandler. 

Ian Sandler and JCA President Peter Philipssohn

Ian Sandler and JCA President Peter Philippsohn    Pic  Giselle Haber

Sandler who has held the role for eight years has been an integral part of fundraising and planning both for the organisation and the 22 constituents that are part of the JCA family.

Former President David Balkin paid tribute to Sandler saying he was a true leader and had garnered the respect of his staff, lay leadership and donors by being a man of incredible integrity.  Board of Deputies President Yair Miller spoke highly of Sandler and defined Ian as the epitome of what it is to be a mensch.

Peter Philippsohn likened Sandler’s position to one of a Formula 1 race car driver – operating in sometimes extreme conditions and making enormous decision under pressure. He credited Sandler with successfully leading the JCA team forward during his time as CEO. All three highly respected communal leaders commended Ian for his hard work and highlighted the legacy he leaves for our community of strong leadership, strength and cohesiveness.

Sandler addressed the group and had the following to say in his closing address:

“Thank you to the two Presidents I have worked with namely David Balkin and Peter Philippsohn, the Executive committee and other committee members, the Trustee Governors, Honorary Life Governors, all my fellow CEO’s together with their staff and volunteers at their organisations that have helped to shape our community and continue to put heart and soul into their work every single day. Preserving heritage, educating the next generation, taking care of our most vulnerable is a noble cause and it takes big hearted people like you to do this.

Many people have asked me what I consider my major achievements at JCA – I believe that all our successes have been a team effort – collaboration between our management, staff, volunteers and lay leadership.

My eight years at the helm has been a life changing experience and I hope that I have managed to make a difference to the community that my family and I became a part of 13 years ago.”


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