On January, 28, 2020, Dr. Leslie Cohen passed after a courageous battle with metastatic breast cancer.
Before Dr. Cohen passed away, she and her beloved husband Samuel (Sam) paid a visit to the West Island College Advancement Office to inquire about setting up an award in their name. After many conversations, the two decided to create an endowed award for graduating students that celebrates accomplishments in creative writing.
Dr. Cohen taught thousands of students at Concordia University since the 1980s in both Psychology (Arts and Science), and Management (John Molson School of Business). Since 1990, she taught at Marianopolis College in Psychology, Methodology, and Management.
Until the end of her life, she maintained close relationships with some of her former students. She was proud of them and delighted to see their beautiful families and professional successes. Many of her successful students graduated from West Island College.
We are honoured that Leslie and Sam have chosen to create an award for a deserving graduating student each year at West Island College that will be judged by the school’s English Department.
Donations in her memory may be made to the “Leslie Cohen and Samuel Clement Convocation Prize in Creative Writing”.
To make a donation by cheque, please make payable to WIC Foundation care of the WIC Advancement Office, 851 Tecumseh, DDO, QC H9B 2L2.