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Community leadership award for Diamonds

April 30, 2009

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Gordon and Leslie Diamond received Simon Fraser University’s 2009 President’s Distinguished Community Leadership Award during a gala dinner April 29 at the Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver. The Diamonds are a successful Vancouver business family who use much of their time and good fortune to benefit numerous worthy organizations locally, nationally and internationally.

"Through their special blend of active volunteerism and thoughtful philanthropy backed by extraordinary generosity, Gordon and Leslie Diamond have supported a wide network of organizations here in British Columbia," says President Michael Stevenson. He adds, they "have made a tremendous difference in areas like healthcare, education, children’s services and the Jewish community." The Diamond Foundation, which the couple established in 1985 with Gordon’s late father, Jack Diamond, is one of Canada’s largest family charitable organizations. It supports an extensive list of beneficiaries in B.C. and abroad, and its vision continues through the committed involvement of the couple and other family members.

Gordon is chairman of West Coast Reduction and Austeville Properties and serves on the board of the B.C. Cancer Foundation. He is a member of the Order of British Columbia and holds an honorary doctorate from SFU.

Leslie gives her time and expertise to many different organizations. She has served on the boards of the Vancouver Foundation, United Way, the YWCA and B.C. Women’s Hospital, to name a few. Most recently, she established the Leslie Diamond Women’s Heart Health Clinic at Vancouver General Hospital.

The couple’s recent gifts include donating the land for the B.C. Cancer Research building, endowing a chair in Jewish law and ethics at UBC, ongoing support for the Simon Wiesenthal Museum of Tolerance, building the King David High School in Vancouver and making a significant contribution to the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. Past award recipients include Jack and Doris Shadbolt, Michael Smith, Carol Henriquez, YWCA Vancouver and Gordon Diamond’s father, Jack Diamond.

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