“On Nov. 24, 2010, Canadian composer Ann Southam died at the age of 73. It was big news in Canada’s classical music community at the time; Southam had been a composer of distinction, known especially for her intricate pieces for solo piano.

Months later, Southam’s death would have an impact on another community when it was revealed that, in her will, she had bequeathed $14 million to the Canadian Women’s Foundation.

“It was, and still is, the largest single donation a Canadian women’s organization has ever received from an individual,” explained Paulette Senior, president and CEO of the Canadian Women’s Foundation, when CBC Music contacted her to reflect on the 10th anniversary of Southam’s death…”