Board of Directors

Tamir has a volunteer Board of Directors who share a commitment to ensuring responsive, high quality services are provided at Tamir. Directors are elected for a 1 or 2 year term and may serve a maximum of 6 consecutive years as Board Members at Tamir.

2016-2017 Board of Directors:

  • Robert G. Thompson- President
  • Yossi Bokhaut
  • Shira Brass
  • Joe Brownstein
  • Carol Diamond
  • Hedy Gutman
  • Dr. Joel Kanigsberg
  • Brian Keller
  • Susan Marcus
  • Adam Moscoe
  • Morris Neuman
  • Laura Upans
  • Richard Zuker
  • Mark Palmer - Executive Director


Board of Directors

Bob Thompson - President 

Bob Thompson has sat on the Tamir Board of Directors since 2009 and has been President of the Board since June, 2015.  Previously, Bob has been President of The Parent Council for The Crystal Bay Centre for Special Education and has been active as a Director with the Canadian Angelman Syndrome Society.  As a parent of a special needs young adult, Bob has an in-depth understanding of the many challenges faced by families.   A graduate of McGill University with a BSC (Agr), Bob brings a strong business background to the Tamir Foundation having worked in Marketing leadership roles in private industry for the past 30 years.

Joseph (Yossi) Bokhaut, CPA, CMA 

Yossi holds an Honours Bachelor in Commerce degree with a specialization in Accounting from the University of Ottawa and is a member of the Chartered Professional Accountants of Ontario.  For the past six years, Yossi has worked as the Manager, Pension Accounting Unit at the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) and is responsible for the accounting and financial management of the $20 billion RCMP Pension Plan. Prior to joining the Tamir board, Yossi served as the Treasurer of Congregation Machzikei Hadas Synagogue as well as the Ottawa Bach Choir.

Shira Brass

Born and raised in Ottawa, Shira has always has always been involved in community life. Shira is a lawyer practicing criminal law with Brass Law Office. She completed her Juris Doctor degree at Dalhousie University's Schulich School of Law. While at law school, Shira founded the Business Law Association of Dalhousie and acted as president of the Jewish Law Students Association. For two years, Shira worked on Parliament Hill, and served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of International Trade. During this time, Shira was a member of the founding executive of the Glebe Shul and served on the JNet Major Events Committee. Shira received her undergraduate degree from Queen's University in Sociology. While at Queen's, Shira was involved in a number of student groups including Hillel, Israel on Campus, Queen's Gymnastics Club, Queen's Model Parliament and the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society Marketing Commission. Shira has volunteered with vulnerable groups including disadvantaged youth through the KidsSport Running and Reading Program and with at-risk Ethiopian-Israeli youth through the Ethiopian National Project. Shira has served on the Tamir Board of Directors since November 2015.

Carol Diamond, B.A., LL.B., LL.M.

Born in Winnipeg, Carol grew up here in Ottawa.  After receiving her law degree and being called to the Ontario Bar, Carol clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Ontario (T.D.) and then joined Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP in Toronto where she practised, first as an associate and then partner, for several years.  She and her husband moved back to Ottawa and Carol took a brief hiatus from her legal career for family reasons.  She then completed her Masters of Law before returning to practise. Carol joined the Board of Directors of Tamir in 2014 and is currently a member of Tamir’s Executive Committee.

Hedy Gutman 

Hedy Gutman was the former Vice-Principal with experience in the administration of classes for students with developmental disabilities and Autism and experience in the integration of students into appropriate and relevant educational opportunities. She is experienced in special education teacher in system designated classes for students with wide ranging needs secondary to developmental disabilities. Hedy is also an experienced occupational therapist working with children to adults serving a population living in residential centres and group homes in the community.

Dr. Joel Kanigsberg 

Dr. Joel Kanigsberg is a Psychologist in private practice working primarily with children and families.  His very first professional position was in a residence for children with developmental disabilities.  Joel has been a member of the Tamir Board of Directors for the past ten years and served as President from 2013-2015.  Among his interests are the inclusion of adults and children with developmental disabilities in the Jewish community and in the community at large.

Brian Keller 

Brian Keller has been involved with not for profit agencies since 1983. He has generally been working with agencies and organizations with a health/medical focus. In addition,  Brian Keller was on the Board of Directors of Muscular Dystrophy Canada and held various executive positions including Chairing the Board. He was on the Board of Trustees of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, was the the founding Chair of the Board of the CHEO Research Institute. Mr. Keller founded the Neuro-Muscular Research Partnership and chaired it's Board and was on the Board of Hillel Lodge and held various executive positions.

Susan Marcus

Susan Marcus graduated from University of Toronto with a BSc in Computer Science. She worked for Nortel Networks for 15 years starting in 1984. From 2001 to present she is at the Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (formerly Canadian Jewish Congress),as a Senior Accounts Payable clerk. Susan Marcus has done a lot of Volunteer work, Namely with the Tamir Board of Direcors, the  Members of Ottawa Jewish Federation's Grants and Evaluation Committee, Beit Tikvah (formerly Beth Shalom West) including - Board member at large up to and including President (2011-2013), Yitzhak Rabin High School Board of Directors, President of Hillel Academy PTA and member of Hillel board and also, with the ORT - Ottawa chapter as President.

Adam Moscoe 

Adam Moscoe is born and raised in Ottawa and first joined the Tamir community as part of the 25th anniversary production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. He has also worked with young people with developmental disabilities at Camp Ramah in Canada. Adam works in the Government of Canada and serves as Curator of the World Economic Forum's Global Shapers Community (Ottawa Hub). He holds an MA from the University of Ottawa's Graduate School of Public and International Affairs. 

Morris Neuman

Morris Neuman is a retired executive, who spent over 30 years in a variety of senior management positions in policy development and delivery of federal government social programs, primarily in the areas of Employment Services and Immigration and Refugee settlement.   He then moved into the technology industry where he was responsible for delivery of Software Services for the Eastern Canada region with SHL Systemhouse and its successor companies, retiring from Hewlett-Packard in 2009.  Together with his wife Pat, and others, for 10 years he produced the annual JCC Theatreworks musical theatre shows at Centrepointe.  This ultimately led to him connecting with Tamir to produce their 25th anniversary production of Joseph and his Technicolor Dreamcoat.  He has been involved with Tamir in various ways ever since.

 Laura Upans 

Laura is a human rights lawyer with a longstanding commitment to disability rights.  She currently practises law at the Canadian Department of Justice and, at the international level, she has experience contributing on disability rights related matters for an international disabled persons’ organization, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the International Labour Organization and Human Rights Watch.  Disability-related topics on which she has focussed include accessibility, inclusive education and employment, involuntary commitment and treatment, and disability rights advocacy strategies.  

Dick Zuker 

Dick Zuker graduated from McGill University with a BSC and MBA and completed his graduate studies in regional economics at the University of Pennsylvania. He worked for the federal government in economics and finance from 1973 to 1996. Thereafter, he consulted domestically, mainly to Aboriginal organizations, and internationally. He was chairman of the finance committee of Temple Israel for many years and is currently a board member of AJA50+. Dick has been a board member of Tamir for over ten years, including a term as president. He is committed to the achievement of Tamir's full potential for its participants.