Friends and family of Arlene Flock McKen donate $1.8M in support of National Music Centre

December 05, 2017

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Late business leader Arlene Flock McKen. Photo Credit: Kristian Bogner.

The National Music Centre (NMC) has received a generous $1.8 million gift to honour the memory of the late Arlene Flock McKen.

In recognition of the donation and celebration of McKen’s life, the Cloud Lounge in Studio Bell will be re-named “The Arlene Flock McKen Cloud Lounge.” The lounge on Studio Bell’s fifth floor is a gathering space that invites reflection and offers stunning views of the building’s interior.

McKen, owner and president of Flagworks, was a respected Calgary entrepreneur, business leader, champion of entrepreneurs and a mentor to everyone. In 2013, she was awarded the recognition of being one of the Top 100 Most Powerful Women in Canada by the Women’s Executive Network.

McKen was also the brainchild behind The Equinox Group and The Chickwagon Foundation, along with one of the key organizers of the Calgary Business Diversity Group.

“The Arlene Flock McKen Cloud Lounge” invites reflection and offers stunning views of the building’s interior. Photo credit: Jeremy Bittermann.

“Arlene was a vibrant leader that brought people together throughout her life,” said Bill McKen, Arlene’s husband. “She was at the forefront of business diversification and believed that the National Music Centre was an important project that would contribute to the well-being of the community and economic diversity of Calgary. Arlene fell in the category of seldom, seldom in life would you come across someone so warm and inviting without prejudice or background or walk of life. She emphatically loved the connectivity of people, which made her the one often making introductions. She was adored and those fortunate to be in her life became her everything.”

“Arlene was a community champion that took an early interest in the National Music Centre project,” said Andrew Mosker, President and CEO of NMC. “As one of our senior volunteers, she helped bring awareness to other business leaders on how music could be good for business. We are grateful for her contribution to NMC, for the continued support of her friends and family, and are pleased to honour Arlene’s lasting legacy at Studio Bell, home of the National Music Centre.”

In addition to $900,000 donated by McKen’s friends and loved ones, an anonymous donor matched the gift for a total contribution of $1.8 million to support the National Music Centre.

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