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Hazel Wolpert Honored

From Unit 166 The Kibitzer

Hazel Wolpert of Toronto is this year’s recipient of the Kate Buckman Award, given annually by Unit 166 to honor the member who has given significantly to the game of bridge.

Wolpert began her bridge career when she was seven years old and growing up in Johannesburg, South Africa. When she moved to Canada as a young adult, she began teaching bridge. Wolpert shared her passion for the game when she offered to teach a group of kids how to play. Her own son, Darren, was in the group and soon became an avid bridge player. Her other son, Gavin, was not interested and vowed never to play bridge — he is now a full-time player. Some highlights of Wolpert’s career:

  • She continues teaching bridge and has influenced many players. She gives generously of her time by volunteering to give mini-seminars at bridge tournaments throughout the province of Ontario.
  • She opened a bridge studio, and it is now one of the most successful clubs in North America.
  • She won the Canadian Women’s Team championship, and represented Canada in Turkey in the 2004 World Bridge Olympiad.

(Photos courtesy of Jonathan Steinberg.)