Annual Report 2019-2020



12,139 individuals benefited from Ometz services, programs and activities in 2019-2020.

412 people of all ages, abilities and backgrounds contributed to our work and community as volunteers.

139 workshops, lectures, conferences and events organized by Ometz were attended by 2,196 people.

7,442 people received our support to improve their quality of life, reduce social isolation, achieve financial autonomy and develop a positive outlook of their future.

1,756 children and adults benefited from material and financial assistance to meet essential needs and secure a decent standard of living.

417 individuals, couples and families used our counselling services to improve relationships, cope with crisis and develop confidence.

279 people living with mental health challenges, intellectual disabilities and autism spectrum disorder received support to advance their quality of life, personal well-being and employment status.


122 events: alternative therapy sessions, skills workshops and social gatherings helped our clients living with mental health challenges build new relationships and overcome social isolation.

790 young adults aged 18 to 35 at risk of social and economic exclusion received support and guidance to set personal goals, improve their quality of life and maximize their potential.


55 young people living with autism spectrum disorder and/or mild intellectual disabilities acquired independent living and employability skills, and developed new relationships.

1,532 job seekers used our services, in person and online, to navigate the job market, update their skills and find suitable employment opportunities.

286 people with mental health related disabilities received support navigating the job market, finding, securing and maintaining employment.

262 people participated in workshops, trainings and peer support groups to learn techniques and gain confidence for successful job search.

876 newcomer families received information and support at every step of their immigration and adjustment to their new lives in Quebec.

1,009 adults and children discovered their new home and connected with the community through our integration activities.

243 newcomers received guidance to successfully enter the Quebec job market.

600 school children, 350 parents and 120 members of school personnel participated in classroom discussions about relationships, sexuality, Internet safety, prevention of bullying, conflict resolution and resilience.

960 children were screened for motor difficulties and speech disorders and were referred to appropriate resources to improve their developmental trajectory.

138 parents received support from their peers and child development specialists through our parenting groups.

150 people participated in the ABCs of starting a business – a series of free public workshops for aspiring entrepreneurs.

120 startups received business plan coaching, help with accessing financial resources and technical support through our accelerator program.

65 young entrepreneurs received mentorship from renowned members of the Montreal business community.


Successful initiatives start with great partnerships. We are proud to partner with many public, private and community organizations and contribute our voice and expertise to numerous community networks, professional alliances, roundtables and citizen groups, including:


    As members of the Table de concertation en santé mentale et dépendence, we are official community partners of the CIUSSS Centre-Ouest on all matters concerning mental health services in this territory. We have become a significant voice in defining and advocating for the housing needs of those living with mental health issues through our participation in the sub-committee on housing.


    In partnership with GenMTL, we created and implemented an innovative training program for young adults willing to develop their leadership potential and create positive change in the community. Program graduates will have the opportunity to become members of the Peer Advisory Committee of l’Annexe, our future Centre for Youth and Young Adults.

    In March 2020, we partnered with Cummings Centre to organize the COVID-19 Community Helpline. This community-wide response is accessible to the thousands who are looking for information, support and services in the unfolding crisis. In the first weeks of helpline operation, our colleagues were receiving over 100 calls per day.





Michael Aronovici

Ruth Bensimon Choueke

Joel Shalit

Bill Itovitch
Secretary | Treasurer

Saul Carliner
Past President

Yvonne Bensimon

Jeffrey Berkowitz

Igor Bernadski

Geneviève Busbib

Rob Fainer

Amy Fish

Linda Schachter

Karen Sigman

Cynthia Telio

Alon Wexler




Gail Small
Outgoing CEO


Dominique McCaughey
Chief Executive Officer

Susan Karpman
Chief Program Officer

Barbara Victor
Chief Clinical Officer



None of the work that Ometz is doing would have been possible without the faithful support of our funders and donors. From a transformational gift to an occasional cheque, every dollar allows us to create positive change in the lives of thousands of members of our community. In 2019-2020 over 400 individuals, foundations and corporations supported Ometz through their donations. We sincerely thank each one of them.









Azrieli Foundation, The

Fondation du Dr. Julien

Kaplan, Steven & Family

King, Marlene & Joel & Family

Roland, Miriam

Small, Sarah

$10,000 - $49,999

Adelson Design Andy Adelson

Arlene Fels Trust, The

Bitton, Gad

Dekther, Alex

ECHO Foundation

Estate of Irwin and Virginia Bronstein

Estate of Sadie Burk

Fantus, Ellen

Gross, Stephen & Sally

Gustav Levinschi Foundation , The

H&N Family Subco Inc.

Jewish Community Foundation of Montreal, The

Leonard Albert Family Foundation, The

Litwin, Gerald

McCaughey, Gerald

Morris & Rosalind Goodman Family Foundation, The

Nachshen, Larry

Peter Harasty Memorial Fund

Richter Charitable Foundation, The

Shaare Zion Congregation

Shapiro, Gary

Sheiner, Lloyd

Wald, Theodore

Zukor, Barbara

$5,000 - $9,999

CICE Gestion Canada

Fraiberg, William

Groupe Marcelle Inc.

Jack Dym Investments Ltd.

Lassner, William

Mendel, Dean

Mendel, Leonard

Ritter, Danny

Small, David

Stern, Noah

Telio Foundation

Tiven, Gabrielle

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