B’nai Brith CEO to step down
June 24, 2014 | Jewish Tribune
B'nai Brith Canada announces that its CEO and the CEO of all its agencies Frank Dimant will be retiring Dec. 31, 2014. Canada’s longest-serving and highest profile Canadian Jewish professional, he was seen as representing not only B’nai Brith Canada but the grass roots Jewish community.
Throughout his career at the organization Dimant has been regarded as the principled Jewish activist voice to government at its highest level, to media and to the community at large.
Because of his strong connections to numerous segments within the Jewish community, particularly the average community members, he was always perceived as being the voice of the Jewish street even when meeting with prime ministers, presidents and royalty.
Among the many accomplishments during a 36-year tenure, Dimant led B’nai Brith in growing a monthly internal newspaper into a weekly cross-Canada publication that reaches people around the world; worked with the government to put together the Holocaust Remembrance Task Force; was a leading force in creating the seniors housing network and recently helped establish Canada’s first Alzheimer’s Home, One Kenton.
The organization’s fight, led by Dimant, against anti-Semitism may be his greatest legacy. It includes the Annual Audit of Anti-Semitic Incidents in Canada and the B’nai Brith Anti-Hate Hotline.
“B’nai Brith Canada has not just been a professional commitment but a fulfillment of a Jewish mission to defend the community, advocate for Israel, provide services for the elderly and those below the poverty line while attempting to introduce a responsible principled activist advocacy voice in Canada,” said Dimant.
“As a child of Holocaust survivors and a disciple of the teachings of Zev Jabotinsky, I felt compelled to dedicate my career to trying to alert the Jewish community of the ever-growing dangers confronting us. I am thankful to B’nai Brith Canada, its leadership, membership and my professional colleagues, during my 36 years at the organization, for their support and for their understanding of the real issues confronting our community.
“It is thanks to their sharing of the vision that we are now bringing B’nai Brith Canada to its 140th anniversary in this country in 2015.”