Actors' Fund of Canada: March Newsletter 2015

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March 2015

Letter from the Executive Director
Testimonial - Katharine Gray
Video of the month - Canadian Producers support the Actors' Fund  
How people were helped
Volunteer call for Big Swing Golf Tournament! 
Eric Peterson supports the Actors' Fund
Ottawa Theatre Challenge
CMPA Prime Time Challenge raises over $58,000 for Actors' Fund
Big Swing Golf Tournament tickets on sale now!
Supporter Spotlight - Teamsters Local Union No. 155
"Holding a benefit or audience collection is a great way to show your support for your colleagues who are in crisis." - Fiona Reid, President 
AFBS renews its support for the Actors' Fund with $100,000 contribution
AWC hosts Seth Yanklewitz, CSA, workshop supporting the Fund
Follow us on Facebook!
New on the Actors' Fund website: Tax tips

Letter from the Executive Director

...even when parties don’t see eye-to-eye on other issues, the Actors’ Fund is something everyone in our industry can agree on

Here at the Actors’ Fund, we typically think about success in terms of our effectiveness in helping a vulnerable member of our community return to health, return to work or achieve a small measure of financial stability against some pretty daunting odds. Of course the resources that you, our donor, provide are what enable us to achieve these results for our clients and our ability to communicate the importance of our mission in a way that evokes a positive response is also a measure of our success.

However, a dimension of our success that we don’t talk about quite as much is one that was so clearly in evidence recently at Prime Time in Ottawa: our ability to carve out and successfully occupy a space in this industry that enables parties who might in other circumstances see themselves as competitors to come together in their support of the Fund. In looking at the list of participants in the Prime Time Challenge and in seeing and hearing them express their enthusiasm for our work, it’s remarkable that such a wide spectrum of entertainment industry individuals and organizations can so easily rise above the push-pull forces affecting their economic interests on a day-to-day basis to express their compassion and concern for the welfare of our industry as a whole and the people who work in it our through their support of the Fund. 

Our compassion for one another is a powerful motivator and, in the end, we all sink or float together. I am particularly proud of the fact that even when parties don’t see eye-to-eye on other issues, the Actors’ Fund is something everyone in our industry can agree on.

My thanks to all of you,

David Hope
Executive Director

Testimonial - Katharine Gray

"The Actors’ Fund came through for us when we had nowhere else to turn."  

"As a member of the entertainment industry for almost 25 years, I’ve seen my share of ups and downs. I’ve learned to weather the storms, but this past year my partner and I found ourselves in dire straits.

After I lost a contract abruptly, both my partner’s mother and my elderly mother became very ill. My partner and I were pulled in two different directions as we cared for both his mother, as she transitioned into long-term care, and my mother’s illness. Unable to work, or look for work, we were drained emotionally, physically and financially. 

The Actors’ Fund of Canada came through for us when we had nowhere else to turn. The financial assistance we received with rent, utilities, groceries and transportation made a huge difference to our situation. If the Actors’ Fund wasn’t there, I think many of us in the entertainment industry would be in dire straits. Ours is a very unpredictable business and you never know when you may need assistance yourself.

The peace of mind that the financial help provided us with was a wonderful Christmas gift. Thank you so much for your support from myself and my family. The Actors’ Fund of Canada truly gave us the strength we needed to carry on." 

Katharine Gray 
Assistant Production Coordinator/ Script Coordinator 
Member of IATSE Local 411 

Video of the month - Canadian Producers support the Actors' Fund of Canada 

Canadian film and TV producers support the work of the lifeline for Canada's entertainment industry, the Actors' Fund of Canada. Thank you producers Bernie Zukerman, Don Carmody, Ira Levy, Janice Dawe, Robin Cass and Andra Sheffer for participating in this video

How people were helped

In February 2015 the Actors' Fund of Canada distributed $$40,847.50 to entertainment professionals facing illness, injury and other personal hardships.

  • $18,539.48 for shelter to help keep a roof over people’s heads
  • $7,470 for groceries and other necessities
  • $4,555.69 to cover bills, keep the power on and the phone connected
  • $2,751.91 in medical expenses to help people recover from illness/injury
  • $2,170 in emergency dental expenses
  • $3,655.42 to cover transportation 
  • $1,000 in child care and support
  • $705 in dues to help people get back to work  

Call for volunteers!

Volunteers are needed for the 19th annual Big Swing Charity Golf Tournament, in support of the Actors’ Fund of Canada on Monday, June 15th, 2015 at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Milton, ON.

Volunteers with some golf experience are preferred, but everyone is welcome! Amanda Noye, a volunteer from last year's tournament, says "I just wanted to say that I had a great time at the tournament and from what I hear, everyone else did as well!" 

Come out for a fun day on the green and help support the Fund!

To learn more email Rebecca at rebecca@actorsfund.ca or call 1.877.399.8392. 

(From L to R) Eric Peterson, Sandra Lawrason and Alicia Jeffery.

Eric Peterson supports the Actors' Fund of Canada

Award-winning actor Eric Peterson and Actors' Fund of Canada Board Member Alicia Jeffery recently joined the winner of the ACTRA Toronto contest Sandra Lawrason for lunch in Toronto. 

Sandra was the lucky winner of the contest at the 2015 ACTRA Toronto winter conference which encouraged ACTRA Toronto members to learn more about the charity by signing up for the Fund newsletter. 

Thanks to Eric Peterson and Alicia Jeffery for their continued support!

Ottawa Theatre Challenge!

Let's celebrate World Theatre Day!

Tickets are still available for the Ottawa Theatre Challenge, in support of the Actors' Fund of Canada, on Friday, March 27 at the National Arts Centre. 

Prime Time Challenge raises over $58,000 for the Actors' Fund of Canada

Thank you to everyone involved! 

A special thank you to everyone who made the Prime Time Challenge for the Actors' Fund of Canada a success! Over $58,000 was raised for the Fund in less than 24 hours at CMPA's annual Prime Time in Ottawa conference

The Challenge began at noon on Thursday, March 5, 2015 with the Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) showing its support for the Actors’ Fund by making a $13,000 contribution in recognition of the Fund’s service to the film & TV production sector. The contribution was made up of $5,000 from the BC Producers’ Branch Council and $8,000 from the National office.

Accepting the Challenge were: 

Click the links above to learn more. Thank you to everyone who donated! 

Get your tickets now for the 19th annual Big Swing Charity Golf Tournament! 

Presenting partner: DGC Ontario 

The 19th annual Big Swing Charity Golf Tournament, in support of the Actors’ Fund of Canada, is happening Monday, June 15th, 2015 at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Milton, ON. The tournament will once again have an 8 a.m. shotgun start and will end at approximately 4 p.m.

The $175 registration fee (per person) includes: 18 Holes of Golf/Green Fees, Power Carts, Continental Breakfast, Post-Tournament Banquet Lunch and Magnificent Prize Table! Get your tickets early for this popular event!

Click here for more information and to register. 

Supporter Spotlight - Teamsters Local Union No. 155 

The Actors’ Fund of Canada would like to acknowledge Teamsters Local Union No. 155 for their recent contribution to the Fund of $35,500. 

Teamsters Local Union No. 155’s Secretary Treasurer Ken Marsden says the local wanted to give back to a cause they all believe in. “The Actors’ Fund of Canada, which helps all entertainment professionals, is the one charity that we can safely say impacts our members in a meaningful and supportive way when they find themselves in need,” said Marsden. “This contribution of $35,500 is made in recognition of the direct benefits that many of our members have received from the Fund. Thank you for everything the Fund does for those in the entertainment industry in need.” 

Teamsters Local Union No. 155 represents eight divisions of workers in British Columbia’s film industry including drivers, security, catering, animal handlers, animal wranglers, mechanics, marine personnel and miscellaneous.

The Actors’ Fund of Canada is grateful to Teamsters Local Union No. 155 for their continued support. 

"Holding a benefit or audience collection is a great way to show your support for your colleagues who are in crisis."- Fiona Reid

Actors' Fund President Fiona Reid (centre) with the cast members of "The Norman Conquests - Table Manners" at Soulpepper Theatre. (The full cast from L to R) Albert Schultz, Laura Condlln, Fiona Reid, Oliver Dennis and Derek Boyes. The audience collection in 2013 raised over $5,700 for the Fund.   

"As President of the Actors’ Fund of Canada, and an actor for over forty years, I’d like to encourage you to hold a benefit or audience collection in support of the Actors' Fund. With your help, Canada’s entertainment professionals can continue to do what they love best – working – with the confidence that when the unforeseen happens, the Actors’ Fund will be there to help them pick up the pieces." - Fiona Reid, President of the Actors' Fund of Canada  

Visit our website to learn more on holding a yearly audience collection or benefit* or call 1.877.399.8392. 

*For companies operating under PACT agreements: The CTA and ITA both contain provisions requiring either an annual Actors' Fund benefit performance or curtain speeches designed to solicit individual donations from the audience: CTA (8.1) and ITA (8.1).  

AFBS renews its support for the Actors' Fund with $100,000 contribution 

AFBS President and CEO Robert Underwood (L) with David Hope Executive Director of the Actors’ Fund of Canada (R). Photo: Rebecca Russell 

The Actors’ Fund of Canada is proud to announce that Actra Fraternal Benefit Society (AFBS) is renewing its support for the work of the Actors’ Fund of Canada with a contribution of $100,000. AFBS, a not-for-profit, Member-owned insurance company, has supported the work of the Actors’ Fund for over 21 years including providing fully-subsidised office space for the charity which provides emergency financial relief for all Canadian entertainment industry professionals.

AFBS President and CEO Robert Underwood is delighted that AFBS can renew its commitment to the Actors’ Fund with the contribution of $100,000. “Our members know that the Actors’ Fund of Canada plays an important role in supporting those in our industry who are facing crisis situations,” Underwood said.

Read more in our online release here. 

Actors Workshops Canada (AWC) hosts Seth Yanklewitz, CSA, workshop supporting the Actors' Fund

(From L to R) Michael Lazarovitch from AWC, Seth Yanklewitz, CSA, VP Casting Fox Broadcasting and Jennifer Clement of the Vancouver Film School at the AWC workshop on March 7 and 8th.

Thank you to Seth Yanklewitz, CSA, VP Casting Fox Broadcasting, for leading a workshop by Actors Workshops Canada, presented in association with Vancouver Film School and CFC Actors Conservatory, in support of the Actors' Fund of Canada on March 7 and 8th in Vancouver, BC. 

The inspiring event gave students the opportunity to see auditions — and the art of auditioning — in a whole new light. Read more about the event here. 

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New this month: Let's celebrate the best of Canadian arts and entertainment! Congratulations to all the winners and nominees of the Junos, Candian Screen Awards, ACTRA Toronto Awards and provincial theatre awards (such as the Merritts) which were given out over the last few months. 

New to the Actors' Fund Website: Tax tips for entertainment professionals

The Actors' Fund website is a great resource for entertainment professionals. Visit the Actors' Fund website for resources and articles geared towards entertainment professionals.

New this month: Tax Tips for self-employed and employed entertainment professionals.


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