Tribute to Jean Collins (1922 – 2022)

Jean Collins, a dedicated ACNMP Board Member and member of Contemporary Showcase Toronto’s Festival Committee, passed away on February 3, 2022 at Kelowna General Hospital.

ACNMP President Jill Kelman and the Board Members are very sorry to hear of Jean’s passing. Please visit here for her obituary. 

Jean Collins was one of ACNMP  Contemporary Showcase’s strongest and enthusiastic advocates . I met Jean while we both served on ACNMP’s board and later part of Toronto Centre’s festival committee. I will fondly remember Jean’s boundless energy, warm smile and sparkling eyes. Her sage advice regarding the growth and expansion of our organization was much appreciated by all who were in her presence. Although dear Jean has not actively participated these past few years, her positive impact on ACNMP will remain permanent.  -Janet Fothergill (CSF- Toronto Centre festival committee)

Jean was a warm and steady presence in ACNMP/Contemporary Showcase Toronto Centre for many years.  Reliable and committed, Jean was happy to be in the background doing the important and hard work that comes with volunteerism.  I will remember the many conversations we had as we travelled downtown to 20 St. Joseph Street and the RCM, together.  She was a strong advocate for Canadian music and for creating opportunities for those less advantaged. Her humbleness and dedication to lifelong learning are an inspiration. – Wendy Potter (CSF -Toronto Centre Festival committee)