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Susan Cohon


After graduation in 1960, from Northwestern University with a liberal arts degree, Susan married George Cohon who was finishing his Doctorate of Law at Northwestern. They lived in Chicago. They had two children, Craig and Mark, and then moved to Toronto, Canada. They became Canadian citizens and became involved in Canada’s political, cultural, charitable and social life.

Susan Cohon has been on many boards and was the first woman chair of Variety Village (a world class sports and fitness centre for able-bodied and disabled children). Some of the boards were United Way, U. of Toronto Foundation, and Ontario College of Art and Design which is now named OCAD university. Susan also was the recipient of the Gardiner Award which honours Toronto Citizens of the Year. Her interest in cooking led her to author a best-selling cookbook with the proceeds going to Mt. Sinai Hospital in Toronto. Presently her hobbies are art, watching baseball games, bridge, and dogs. Currently she has a golden retriever who is trained to be a therapy dog. Susan and George used to take their dogs to visit senior facilities and children in hospitals and schools. Susan is presently involved in COPE (Canine Opportunity People Empowerment). It provides a remarkable education program that engages communities and empowers students and others in the training of service dogs that will transform the lives of people with disabilities.

Susan and her late husband, George, have lived in this community for over 25 years. He was on the Executive Committee for the PBCA and he brought home many of the problems that this community has. Through the eyes of George, she realized that they have to be concerned about their beautiful town and maintain the standards we all appreciate. She hopes to carry on some of his important work and help to build a more civilized, stronger community.

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The Civic Association is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to protecting our remarkable community and enhancing the special quality of life found only on the island. Your support helps to ensure that Palm Beach continues to be the best place to call home.