Stacy Ungar Dojo

Students Jayden Blitzer, Aidyn Dagenais-Adler and David Ihaza with Stacy Ungar.

The Quartier Cavendish in Côte Saint-Luc is getting physical. In recent weeks a brand new Idolem Hot Yoga franchise ( has opened up, as well as the newly named CSL Martial Arts Studio (, commonly referred to as a “dojo. “ They are both located next to the CLSC René-Cassin Test Centre. There is already an Econofitness in the facility, once known as The Mall.

Head Instructor Stacy Ungar launched the original dojo at the West-End Gym in the Côte St Luc Shopping Centre back in 1993. In 2016, the gym moved to Mackle Road and became the West-End Cavendish Athletic Club. For Stacy, this space was too small and hidden from the public. He hired Navedco Construction Inc. to build his new home “Stacy is a great guy and our daughter Aidyn adores him,” said Vice-President Brandee Adler, who runs the operation with her husband Jocelyn Dagenais. “She’ll likely be doing karate her whole life thanks to his awesome way of teaching.”

Stacy’s group of students made up the largest delegation of all of the Team Canada competitors at last summer’s Funakoshi Gichin Cup World Championship at the University of Limerick in Ireland.

MADA AWARDS: The MADA Community Center held its annual gala recently, marking the organization’s 25th year of service to Montreal’s Jewish community. Close to 500 people were on hand to honour activist and philanthropist Marc Kakon.

Guests enjoyed delicious food, open bar, a Shabbat to Share workshop and a photo gallery depicting MADA’s progress since its inception. They also viewed videos on MADA’s history and were entertained by the famous Gregory. The Special Recognition Award was presented to Brenda and Samuel Gewurz, Helen and Stanley Cons and Ricky and David Merovitz, in appreciation of their outstanding support to MADA. The Food Partnership Award went to Andrew Christopoulos, president of Sysco Services Alimentaires, in appreciation of their partnership to the MADA cafeteria and food bank.

Anat and Gary Richman were the recipients of the Caring and Sharing Award, in appreciation of their continuous friendship and support to MADA. MADA’s new headquarters, has been named The Carole and Andi Harper Edifice after two long-time supporters. Speaking on behalf of himself and his late wife, Andi Harper was beyond touched by the honour.

TIME ON HER SIDE: A few short years back I wrote an article about native Montrealer Brittany Robins who at the time was a producer/writer for The New York Daily News. She left that post in 2016 and was recruited to join The Time News Group (Time, Fortune, Money) as Audience Engagement Editor. Well, her proud dad Ron Robins tells me that Brittany just got promoted to Deputy Director of Audience Strategy for The Time News Group. She will be managing a group of Audience Engagement Editors for the three business platforms (Time, Fortune and Money). Brittany first graduated from McGill and later earned her Masters from The Columbia School of Journalism. She is 28 years of age.

COHEN CHATTER: Andrew Caddell’s self published book The Goal, which he co-wrote with local journalist Dave Stubbs in 2015, has been picked up by Rock Mills Press and reproduced with four new short stories, many more pictures and in colour. The Montreal West native has been a reporter and broadcaster in Montreal, Ottawa, Calgary, St. John’s and Geneva, Switzerland. He recently retired from the Department of Foreign Affairs and once worked for the United Nations…There was some speculations that Madisons New York Bar & Grill would open a franchise in the old Tiffany’s location on Decarie. But that possibility has apparently been scratched...See my blog for full coverage on the recent Viennese Ball in Montreal.

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