Saddened at the passing of Martha Cohen

Post Date: Friday, February 27, 2015
I was deeply saddened to learn today that Calgary lost one of our greatest community builders, Martha Cohen.

Martha was a true community visionary and dedicated so much of her life to making Calgary an exceptional place for everyone. Her passion for the arts led to development of one of the most treasured spaces in the city: the Calgary Centre for the Performing Arts, now Arts Commons. It is only fitting that Martha Cohen Theatre is the very heart of this great community space.

I have a long history with the Arts Commons, having been the Chair of the Board. I know how important the organization is to our community and how it would not have existed without the vision and leadership of Martha Cohen.

She and her late husband, Harry Cohen, were among some of the most generous people who have helped to build our city. They donated so much of their time to great organizations in Calgary, which is one reason why they were the first couple to receive the Order of Canada. The Cohens made the well-being of others in their community a priority.

Martha was an extraordinary member of the Calgary community and she will be truly missed.

- Mayor Naheed Nenshi