Maccabi Spirit Award Recipient
Past President, Maccabi Canada
Honorary Vice President, Maccabi World Union
Yakir Maccabi Award Recipient
1969 World Maccabiah Games – Basketball
1997, 2001 Canada Chef de Mission to the Maccabiah Games
There is very little separating Roy from Maccabi Canada and the Maccabiah Games. After he first experienced the Magic of the Maccabiah as a basketball athlete representing Canada at the 1969 Maccabiah Games, he knew he had to stay involved with the Maccabi Movement and found other ways to get involved.
Roy’s mission was to promote Canadian Jewish athletes and he has remained a pillar in the Maccabi Movement since he first got involved. In 1979 he founded the Montreal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame. From 1981 through 1985 he was Maccabi Canada’s National Athletic Chair and in 1982 led Canada’s delegation to the first JCC Maccabi Games. In 1990 he was the First Vice President of Maccabi Canada and in 1992 he was elected President, a position he held for two terms until 2001.
Roy has been the recipient of numerous awards over the years, including the Yakir Award in 2001, and in 2013 he received the Queens Diamond Jubilee Medal for volunteer work and was inducted into the Israel Softball Hall of Fame as a Builder. One of the accomplishments of which he is most proud was a proposal to bring Juniors athletes to participate in the World Maccabiah Games in Israel, one that he saw through to fruition with the first Juniors athletes participating in the 1985 Games.
His dedication to the local, national and international Maccabi Movement and his contributions at each level are what defines Roy as a true Maccabee and the ideal candidate for the Maccabi Spirit Award.
Roy resides in Montreal, Canada with his partner, Binni Greenspon.