Long-time board member Sheldon Gordon has retired from active service with Canadian Friends of Peace Now for health reasons. We are deeply grateful for his dedication and contributions to our organization over decades.
“Sheldon brought so much to CFPN,” said Gabriella Goliger, National Chair. “His journalistic expertise, his solid understanding of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, his organizing skills and his commitment to the cause. He will be greatly missed. But I look forward to seeking his advice from time to time on an informal basis.”
Sheldon was born in Winnipeg, MB, in 1949. He earned a BA (Hons) at University of Manitoba, then graduated from Carleton University’s School of International Affairs with an MA. He began his journalism career as a freelance writer in Toronto but moved to Ottawa to join The Toronto Star’s parliamentary bureau, reporting on Canadian foreign policy. He then joined the Ottawa bureau of the Financial Post, eventually migrating to the weekly business paper’s Montreal bureau.
Next came several years with the CBC, covering the first Quebec sovereignty referendum and then becoming a producer for CBC Television’s 90-minute Quarterly Report. When the position of foreign affairs editorialist opened at The Globe and Mail in 1982, Sheldon served for five years, writing editorials on Israel, among other subjects.
Through his ongoing contacts with (then CFPN board member) Beverley Stern, Sheldon became aware of the close alignment between his views on the Middle East and the two-state solution espoused by Peace Now. When Sheldon was hired as editorial page editor of the weekly Financial Times of Canada (but no longer writing on Middle East affairs), he was recruited to the volunteer board of CFPN in the late 1980s, rising to the chair of the Toronto chapter. He played a hands-on role in arranging guest speakers from Israel and the US, and in handling donor relations, government relations and media relations. As well, he wrote press releases for the organization and wrote for and edited the newsletter PeaceMatters.