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Martin Prosserman (BBHS ’48)

Born: 1931, Montreal, Quebec

Prosserman was born in Montreal the son of Ukranian immigrants. He started working after school at the age 9 for a men’s clothing store. He was very involved with the YMHA on Mount Royal during the time he attended BBHS. He talks about these formative years in a video interview conducted with him.

Completely self-made, Prosserman went on to found Moore’s The Suit People, Inc. He sold Moore’s in 1996 when it had 2000 employees, a 300,000 sq. ft manufacturing facility and 96 stores. Prosserman currently runs Augusta Management, a private investment firm with his family.

In 2006 Prosserman donated twelve million dollars to the Bathurst Jewish Community Centre in Toronto now the Prosserman JCC. He commented that this was his way of repaying the debt to the YMHA, since he could not have succeeded without their support while growing up in Montreal. Prosserman was honoured by the Jewish Community Centre Association (JCCA) with the first-ever Keter Torah Award – The Crown of a Good Name in 2010.

Continuing with their mission of giving, in 2014, the Prosserman family established the Ellen and Martin Prosserman Centre for Neuromuscular Diseases at University Health Network, which is is the first of its kind in Canada.

Hear Martin talk about his formative years at BBHS and growing up in the neighbourhood in a video interview.

SOURCES AND LINKS
Prosserman Family showers Toronto with generosity, UJA Federation of Greater Toronto
Martin Prosserman Presented With Prestigious Leadership Award, Shalom Life