While Gannaiden is in and of itself a physical location, the spirit underlying Gannaiden has no boundaries. The essence of Gannaiden is the sum total of family and friends who make up the board. The group came together in an organic manner. Their individual contributions broaden Gannaiden’s outreach possibilities.
Designer and Gardener at Gannaiden: Garden of Possibilities
Thankful to husband Marcel Braitstein for allowing me to place his sculptures in the garden. His work adds depth to the socio-cultural fabric of our shared heritage.
Forever grateful to Peter Jacobs for his knowledge, support and trust. Jacobs is a beacon for studies in culture and landscape and never once mentioned that he knew what I needed to learn long before this road was taken.
Lifelong friend Alan Law represents irreplaceable family ties and a cluster of mutual friends. The Steinberg family speaks of their history in the Hudson area as their golden years, thanks to these friendships.
Thanks also to the many others who are instrumental in Gannaiden’s success:
- Mark Caduc launches the Gannaiden brand into Internet orbit
- Michael Goodman strengthens our commitment to mentorship possibilities
- Monette Malewski embraces foundations and immigrant awareness
- Diana McDougall Deakin broadens our base with health care concerns
- Every garden event concludes with me telling Elizabeth Morgan “what made me think I could do this without you?”
- Jamie Nicholls brings to the table considerations of another ethnic minority
- Doug Raphael links the property and essence of Gannaiden to family interests and intergenerational values
Honorary Director. Marcel Braitstein, Professor (retired) at l’Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM), Department of Visual Arts.
Born in Charleroi, Belgium, Marcel is a WWII survivor. He was hidden as a child between the ages of five to ten years old.
Marcel immigrated to Canada in the Fifties, studied at l’École des Beaux-Arts de Montréal and stepped into the contemporary art scene in the stable of well-respected gallery director Agnes Lefort.
With many artistic achievements to his name, one honour stands alone. In 2014, Marcel received recognition from Yad Vashem for the contribution he made to art in Canada. The accompanying photo was taken in the Parliament of Canada, where the ceremony took place.
Marcel’s community commitments support organizations that relate to animals and the natural environment.
Mark Caduc is a technology, strategy and innovation leader with extensive experience building corporate innovation capabilities and delivering innovative business and technology solutions. He is currently working with purpose-driven companies and non-profit organizations to engage customers and employees in corporate responsibility initiatives for social and environmental good.
Born in Sept-Iles and raised in Montreal, Quebec, Mark has a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Geography from Queen’s University at Kingston, Ontario.
A keen landscape photographer with a passion for gardens, Mark’s career has taken him on extensive travels worldwide and enabled him to immerse himself in foreign cultures while living abroad in both Europe and the Caribbean.
Michael Goodman is the principal of an executive search firm known for its placement of senior level executives.
He holds a BA from McGill and a law degree from the Université de Montréal.
Michael has regularly been invited to act as a guest lecturer at McGill University and HEC Montréal, and has given presentations on career planning issues to MBA students at both institutions.
Peter Jacobs, CSLA, AAPQ, RCA
Peter Jacobs is Emeritus professor of the School of Planning and Landscape Architecture at the Université de Montreal. He is currently the chair of The Montreal Heritage Council, chair of the Kativik Environmental Quality Commission and President of The Jewish Public Library.
One of the principal fields of study developed by Peter is the relationship of landscape and culture. He is known for his research and practice of the impact of Inuit cultural values on the landscapes of Northern Quebec. Peter’s community participation focuses on the allocation of resources and the development of programs and plans that address the needs of Conservation organizations and the Jewish community.
Monette Malewski, FEA
Monette Malewski is President & CEO of the Bacal Group, an insurance company that specializes in estate and tax planning, legacies for families, communities, living and group benefits.
Among Monette’s many appointments, she is the Chair of the Canadian Friends of the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Israel and she sits on the boards of the International Women’s Forum (IWF) and Investissement Quebec, where she is president of IQ Immigrants Investisseurs; herself a first-generation immigrant.
While Monette’s community commitment is multi-faceted, she is known to favour organizations with an underlying theme that promotes ‘tolerance’.
Diane McDougall Deakin
Pharmaceutical executive Diana McDougall Deakin (retired) with background in Marketing, Sales and General Management. Novice gardener with a desire to learn more. Special interest in gardens for healing and health and in attracting birds to gardens. Diana participates in conservation projects, sustainability projects for less advantaged communities, and in organizations that provide community based health care support.
Dating back to the turn of the 20th century in Quebec, the Morgan family name is synonymous with leadership of an art institution, forerunner of a garden plant collection and stewardship of land conservation. The family gifted the Morgan Arboretum to McGill University.
The land attached to the Arboretum remains in family hands. Elizabeth Morgan carries forward the family interests and goes beyond. She privileges a non-profit market garden organization the use of the farmland at a nominal charge.
Elizabeth embraces cultural diversity as a core value in society, a trait she claims came from her parents, Bart and Mimi Morgan.
Raised in Hudson Quebec, Doug Raphael lives in Halifax Nova Scotia. He has a graduate degree in Urban Studies from Concordia University in Montreal and a Masters in Architecture from Dalhousie University, Halifax. Doug’s focus is in project management and real estate investment in Halifax and Montreal
His affinity to the country life prompted the construction of a family cottage on the South Shore of Nova Scotia, winner of the Lieutenant Governor architecture award of Excellence.
Doug commits himself to numerous community organizations involved in children's education, sports, health and welfare. His long-standing board involvement includes been a key participant in the construction of the new $20 Million science centre in Halifax - The Discovery Centre.