2013-06-14 - 38th Annual Golden Circle Luncheon
Barry and Lynda Fishman Biographies
Barry and Lynda Fishman have been married since June 14th, 1979. They are a happy and successful couple, who consider themselves fortunate and blessed. However, they have an astonishing tale to tell of their individual tragedies, and their unusual and challenging journey together from lost childhood to rewarding adulthood.
Barry and Lynda met just a few months after finishing high school. They were two young people essentially on their own, but armed with courage and determination to create a meaningful life together.
Orphaned at age seventeen, Barry was left alone to care for his brother with special needs. Juggling school, part-time jobs and responsibilities far beyond those of his peers, Barry graduated with a degree in Business from McGill University. He then went on to become a CPA in Southern California.
Barry began working in the healthcare field with Eli Lilly in Toronto. He spent almost two decades in a variety of business disciplines including human resources, supply chain, business development and marketing.
Barry is President & CEO of Teva Canada. Globally, Teva is the largest generic drug company in the world with almost 50,000 employees.
He has attended various executive education programs at leading universities and has been a guest lecturer on leadership and business strategy. Barry is the Chair of the Canadian Generic Pharmaceutical Association, serves on the Board of Directors of the Childhood Cancer Foundation, dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer, and he recently joined the Board of the Markham Stouffville Hospital, a leading medical facility currently undergoing a major expansion.
Family is critically important and Barry enjoys spending time with his wife Lynda, their three children Rebecca, Jonathan and Kimberly, their son-in-law Brian, and their two very energetic dogs.
When Lynda was thirteen years old, her life came to a disastrous halt when her mother and two younger sisters were killed in an Air Canada plane crash.
As a young teen, Lynda somehow made a conscious decision to become happy and to lead a fulfilled life. Lynda chose to live. She was committed to learning, growing and making a difference. Determined to find meaning and purpose in her life, she managed to muster up the courage and strength to dream big, to be idealistic, to strive for more, and to live a meaningful life where she could make a difference in the lives of others.
Lynda is a trained clinical social worker who has spent over twenty years as a day camp director. In the early 90s, Lynda was one of the first camp directors in the Toronto area to incorporate children with special needs into mainstream camp life. Lynda has devoted a lifetime to organized camping and is passionate about the positive role of camping in a person's life. She is the former owner and director of Adventure Valley Day Camp.
Lynda is an author and an inspirational speaker and facilitator. She has published articles and training manuals on leadership, teamwork, bullying, trust, childhood health and wellness, communication and customer service.
Lynda recently wrote and published her book, Repairing Rainbows - A True Story of Family, Tragedy and Choices. Repairing Rainbows is a powerfully written and utterly captivating book about their heartbreaking yet triumphant story. The book is deeply inspiring and uplifting. It is loaded with powerful life lessons about their untiring search to find a glimmer of positivity in their darkest, most difficult times, knowing that in life, no matter what we are faced with, we always have choices.
Lynda is a woman of action. She has incredible enthusiasm for life. She is persistent, focused and faithful to her dreams and goals. She is willing to work for everything with patience, optimism and determination. She finds ways to be grateful and positive. Lynda goes out there and does what she has to do with a CAN DO attitude of gratitude, positivity, compassion, and honesty.
Barry, Lynda and all of their kids are involved in supporting families dealing with tragedy, cancer or other life-threatening diseases, fund-raising and charity events.
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