Longtime Edmonton philanthropist was active in the city's arts and cultural communities

CBC News Posted: Aug 15, 2016 12:14 PM MT Last Updated: Aug 15, 2016 2:28 PM MT

One block of a downtown avenue has been renamed in honour of longtime Edmonton philanthropist Judy Padua.

The portion of 101A Avenue between 99th Street and 100th Street will now be known as Judy Padua Way.

The designation by the city of Edmonton's naming committee became official on Sunday.

"With this street so close to the Citadel and the Stanley Milner Library, it seemed a fitting recognition to Judy, who spent much of her life dedicated to children and the arts," Cory Sousa of the naming committee said in a statement.

Padua, who died in 2008, was involved with many non-profit organizations during her lifetime, including the World University Service of Canada, the Clifford E. Lee Foundation, the Muttart Foundation, the Edmonton Social Planning Council and the Canadian Centre for Philanthropy.

She was a member of the mayor's task force on Investment in the Arts that led to the establishment of the Edmonton Arts Council. Padua was inducted into the Edmonton Cultural Hall of Fame in 2003.