Sandra Brown

A tireless leader of the Toronto Jewish community, Sandra Brown dedicated her volunteering career to improving Jewish schools. Brown earned her BSc in pharmacology from Dalhousie University in Nova Scotia in 1963 and her MSW from McGill in 1965 before becoming a family counselor with the Family Service Association of Toronto. While working there, she began a lifelong second career volunteering with social service agencies from the Salvation Army to the United Jewish Appeal. She served as president of the Forest Hill Nursery School, the Yachad chapter of the National Council of Jewish Women, and the board of the Jewish Vocational Service, among others, and was the first female president of the Jewish Federation of Greater Toronto from 1995–1997. She also chaired the boards of the Bialik Day School, the Educational Counselling Centre of the Jewish Vocational Service, the 1987 and 1988 National Education Conferences of the Canadian Zionist Federation and the Toronto Board of Jewish Education. Throughout her tenure at those—and other—institutions, she helped improve special education at Jewish day schools as well as language classes and school evaluation procedures. Among her numerous honors are the 1991 and 1995 Ontario Government Volunteer Service Awards for her work to improve her community.


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A leader of the Toronto Jewish community, Sandra Brown is highly regarded as a person of extraordinarily broad experience, unfailing fairness and commitment, and unusually deep understanding of education.

Institution: Sandra Brown, Toronto, Ontario.

Date of Birth

St. John NB

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Sandra Brown." (Viewed on April 21, 2021) <>.


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