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Born in Vancouver in 1951, Kalman moved to Israel in 1977 and founded Shalva based on his experiences raising his son Yossi who was injured as a result of a faulty vaccination, being rendered blind and deaf at the age of eleven months. After a miraculous breakthrough in communicating with Yossi, Kalman and his wife Malki pledged to support other families struggling to raise a child with disabilities by providing quality, free-of-charge programs.
First licensed as a speech therapist in England in 1982, Tova has worked for organizations providing disability care for over three decades. She completed course work on leadership and inclusion at the University of Delaware and took on an additional position as Shalva’s Director of Inclusion Program Development, shaping each of our programs to include inclusive elements and prime participants for ultimate community integration.
Liat first began working with individuals with disabilities after completing high school through volunteer work with the blind. After completing her Bachelors of Social Work (BSW) at Ben Gurion University and a Masters of Social Work (MSW) at Bar Ilan University, Liat went on to provide more than twenty five years of stellar social services in several capacities across a broad spectrum of fields.
Shai is a former IDF elite commando who was injured in the line of duty. While recovering, Shai decided to continue to contribute to the community in new ways, outside of his military service. It was because of this decision that Shai approached Shalva to form the Shalva Band. The Shalva Band has been recognized for its cultural significance both in Israel and abroad, serving as a sterling symbol of hope and inclusion. In addition, Shai directs the annual Shalva Idol event; a musical, inclusion-focused performance which continues to attract thousands of viewers from the broader community for over ten years.