David Joshua Slater
It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of David Slater on Saturday, June 16th, 2020 at the age of 55 at his home in Kfar Netter, Israel, following a five-month battle with brain cancer.
David was the beloved husband of Claudia Skolnik, adored father of Ilai and Emanuelle Slater, devoted son of Carol and Ronald Slater and Cherished brother of Charles (Dina) Slater, Erin (Joe) Battat and Adam (Kit) Slater.
Born in Winnipeg, raised in Israel, David served in the Israeli Navy before following his passion to study music and composition, first at New School in New York City and then at York in Toronto. Claudia and David married in Israel in 1990. They settled in Toronto’s Seaton Village community where they began to raise their family.
While in Toronto, David discovered his calling in osteopathic therapy, realizing his remarkable gift as a healer and health practitioner. Moving with his family back to Israel in 2012, David revived the family home in Moshav Kfar Netter and quickly established himself as a leader in the Israeli osteopathic community. He ultimately served as chair of the Israeli Registry of Osteopaths, helping to make osteopathic treatment affordable and more available to a wider sphere of the Israeli population as well as dedicating himself to training the next generation of osteopathic students in Israel. His impact on his patients was profound, as evidenced by the outpouring of emotion and gratitude the family received from so many of the people he served, each expressing that David not only helped them heal their bodies but also helped heal their hearts.
David will be deeply missed by his family and friends around the world as well as by the multitude of people whose lives he impacted in such meaningful ways.
In honour of David’s remarkable life, the David Joshua Slater Scholarship Fund was established to support the dreams and aspirations of Home Visitors employed through the Mothers Matter Centre.
The David Joshua Slater Scholarship Fund
The Mothers Matter Centre administers scholarship funds for Home Visitors as part of the goal of supporting Home Visitors to succeed in their educational and career paths. Scholarship funds are awarded to Home Visitors who are taking an accredited program or an accredited course (full-time or part-time) that will provide a certificate, diploma or degree from a recognized, accredited public or private academic institution.