Joan Chalmers, Canadian philanthropist, Died at 88


Margaret Joan Chalmers was born on May 30, 1928, in Toronto, Ontario, and died on December 2, 2016.

She was a Canadian philanthropist and supporter of the arts.

Chalmers and her parents, Floyd and Jean Chalmers, founded the annual Chalmers Awards in 1972, which donates $25,000 CAD to artists in dance, theatre, crafts, film, the visual arts and music.

Chalmers was involved with the traveling exhibit, Survivors in Search of a Voice: The Art of Courage, which as a collaboration among 24 prominent Canadian women artists and over 100 breast cancer survivors.

At the celebration for her 70th birthday in 1998, Chalmers announced that she would provide 20 arts groups with a total of $1 million in funding.

He was the partner of former singer-songwriter Barbra Amesbury.

Chalmers died in Toronto, from injuries suffered in a fall.

Joan Chalmers passed away at 88 years old.