In memoriam – Avie Bennett

Posted on: 2017/10/02

Shortly after the founding of the DTRC, a group of extraordinary individuals who were then some of the leading philanthropists of all the cultural institutions in Toronto came together to form the inaugural Board of Advisors of the DTRC. Avie Bennett was part of that original group and now, sadly, as the last remaining member, has left us. From the very first meeting, his was a profoundly humanitarian voice. He understood artists and dancers’ need for a transition centre perhaps because of his constant interaction with writers as head of McClelland and Stewart publishers. From time to time, I turned to him for advice and guidance and he was unfailingly generous with his time and wisdom as well as his financial support. What I remember best were his creative solutions to problems and his unyielding resolve when arguing for a viewpoint in which he deeply believed.

In reading the many tributes from cultural institutions and friends, one begins to understand the many lives he touched and changed. We at the DTRC are one of those eternally grateful institutions. He believed in us when we barely existed. I count myself fortunate to have known this amazing man. He will be missed. 

                         - Joysanne Sidimus, M.S.M, DTRC Founder 


Photo: Avie Bennett, courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada


Helping dancers make necessary transitions into, within, and from professional performing careers since 1985.