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Col (ret’d) Michael & Dr. Leonor Ward
National Capital Region

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Leonor and Michael have a passion for combatting antisemitism and cultivating relationships between the Jewish and Christian communities.

Leonor earned her Ph.D. in Population Health and a Masters in Business Administration at the University of Ottawa, after obtaining an undergraduate degree in Physics in her country of birth, Argentina. She worked for many years in academic medicine administration, reaching executive positions at a large academic hospital. Moving across Canada as a military wife, Leonor encountered Canada’s North, which changed her forever. She currently works conducting multidisciplinary research with Indigenous peoples, incorporating Indigenous and social sciences perspectives into medicine. Leonor was the Prayer Coordinator of the Military Christian Fellowship of Canada for close to five years during Canada’s war in Afghanistan.

Michael has nurtured an interest in international affairs and the position of Israel throughout his 33 years of service as an officer in the Canadian Armed Forces. A graduate of the Royal Military College, Michael obtained a Masters in International Affairs from the Norman Patterson School at Carleton University. Michael deployed overseas to Somalia, Haiti, and Afghanistan and worked at the strategic level in Canada’s Armed Forces. He was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2014 for his work in Afghanistan. Michael is a management consultant for a global company focusing on Defence, Security and Justice.

Leonor and Michael serve on the Board of the National House of Prayer of Canada since 2021. Their volunteer activities for the community include, among many, organizing sewers at the start of the 2020 COVID-19 Pandemic to produce personal protective equipment for the medical staff that serves the homeless of Ottawa. This effort saved many lives in the underrecognized and voiceless homeless community of the National Capital Region of Canada. Leonor and Michael have four adult children and three grandchildren.

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