Actors' Fund of Canada: April 2015 Newsletter

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April 2015

Letter from the Executive Director
Testimonial - Peter Charlebois, Driver
Video of the Month - Stephen Woodjetts "In Their Own Words"
How people were helped
Don't miss your chance to volunteer at Big Swing!
Get your tickets now for the 19th annual Big Swing Charity Golf Tournament!
Supporter Spotlight - IATSE Local 514
Find/Be a mentor with CSARN-CRAAC
Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland's unique fundraiser
April 29 is National Canadian Film Day! 
Canadian theatres support the work of the Actors' Fund in 2015
International Dance Day is April 29
Photo: Testimonial - Sibel Thrasher
Connect with us on social media! 
Your Voice. Your Story.

Letter from the Executive Director

Dear friend,

Could you do me a favour? Drop everything you’re doing and watch our video of the month featuring Musical Director Stephen Woodjetts.

I can’t help but be moved every time I see it. By sharing his story Stephen reminds us that supporting the Actors’ Fund is not just a thing we do – it’s a change we make. 

Emergencies come in different shapes and sizes. What they have in common is that each has the potential to be a turning point for someone in a moment of personal and professional crisis - someone who’s in real trouble who has a lot at stake.

For someone like Stephen, the Actors’ Fund is not an abstraction. It’s an opportunity for change for the better that brings light at a very dark time.

I am in awe of Stephen’s determination to bounce back from what could easily have been a career-ending crisis. I am humbled by the fact that the organization I work for could play even a small part in his remarkable recovery. And I am grateful to you a supporter of the Actors’ Fund who helped to make this possible.

Thank you for caring,

David Hope
Executive Director 

Testimonial - Peter Charlebois

“The Actors’ Fund is a bridge to better health” 

Peter Charlebois, Driver - IATSE Local 873

"In the winter of 2014, I was just starting to get better from a rare spinal infection which damaged my vertebrae. I was eager to get back to work after being off for a long time, when I slipped and fell on ice and fractured my right ankle.

This fall would have been a huge setback even under normal circumstances, but on top of my spine damage it was overwhelming. My family and friends helped as much as they could, but I just couldn’t keep up with my bills. 

The Actors’ Fund of Canada’s assistance was really a major stress relief to me. They came through with money for my bills and my health insurance payments so I could keep my benefits and get the treatment I needed to get better and get back to work. The way I see it, the Actors’ Fund is a bridge to better health. 

If the Actors’ Fund wasn’t there, I think that people might be forced to do desperate things. A lot of people don’t know about the Fund until they need it, so I’m telling you my story so you’ll know all the good things the Fund has done for me and for so many others. My thanks to everyone who gives what they can to support the Fund."

Peter Charlebois
Driver - IATSE Local 873 

Photo: Russ Martin. Compliments of IATSE Local 667

Video of the Month

"In Their Own Words" - Stephen Woodjetts

Stephen Woodjetts, Musical Director, talks about his experience with the Actors' Fund of Canada in his own words. Special thank you to the staff and students of Sheridan College's Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance Program. This video made possible by IATSE Local 667. 

How people were helped

In March 2015 the Actors' Fund of Canada distributed $52,012.77 to entertainment professionals facing illness, injury and other personal hardships.

•$25,991.05 for shelter to help keep a roof over people’s heads
•$6,985 for groceries and other necessities
•$3,356.21 to cover bills, keep the power on and the phone connected
•$1,579.31 in medical expenses to help people recover from illness/injury
•$7,271.67 in emergency dental expenses
•$4,023.23 to cover transportation 
•$1,700 in child care and support
•$1,106.30 in dues to help people get back to work  

Call for volunteers!

Don't miss out on your chance to volunteer 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!

Only a few volunteers spots remain, so email Rebecca at or call 1.877.399.8392 to get involved. Volunteers with some golf experience are preferred, but everyone is welcome!

Come out for a fun day on the green and help support the Fund on June 15th! 


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 – IATSE Local 514 

Michel Charron, Directeur Général, Union Business Agent IATSE Local 514

The Actors’ Fund of Canada would like to acknowledge IATSE Local 514 for their recent contribution to the Fund of $10,000. 

“We’re grateful to IATSE Local 514 for continuing their support for the Fund,” said Actors’ Fund of Canada Executive Director David Hope. “Their contribution ensures that when an industry member’s life is falling apart, the Actors’ Fund will be there to help them pick up the pieces.”  

IATSE Local 514’s Business Agent Michel Charron says that the Local felt it was important to contribute to the Fund. “We see the difference the Fund’s assistance makes in the lives of our members,” said Charron. “The Fund supports all entertainment professionals in times of crisis and we want to help continue that work.”  

IATSE Local 514 is a Quebec union representing some 1600 technicians of the motion picture industry and is part of the larger IATSE family. IATSE 514 members are skilled professionals active in the following departments: Construction; Costumes; Decoration; Greens; Grip; Hair; Health & Safety; Lighting; Logistics; Makeup; Painting; Post-Production; Production Office; Props; Script; Sculpting & Moulding; Sound; Special effects; Transport and Weapons. 

The Actors’ Fund of Canada thanks IATSE Local 514 for their continued support. 

Find/Be a mentor with CSARN-CRAAC!

Are you a senior artist living in Ontario who would like to share your experience and artistry with a colleague? Or are you a professional artist or recent arts school graduate in Ontario looking for someone to help guide you along your chosen path? 

The Canadian Senior Artists’ Resource Network (CSARN-CRAAC) is accepting applications for the fourth cohort of their mentorship program. The application deadline for our next round of mentorships is July 1st. Full details of the program are available on the CSARN-CRAAC website here.

Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland supports the Actors' Fund with unique fundraiser

Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland's Artist Trading Cards

In celebration of their 20th Anniversary, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland produced Artist Trading Cards to acknowledge the hundreds of artists that have made them who they are as a theatre company. 

Based on hockey and baseball cards, these cards each featured an artist who has worked with the company and their show stats. These cards were sold during the run of The Colony of Unrequited Dreams (Feb 18-21, at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre) as packs of 10 for $5 with proceeds to the Actors' Fund of Canada. The feedback to both the cards and the show was tremendous with $4,210.59 raised to support entertainment professionals facing crisis situations through the work of the Actors’ Fund. 

Big thanks to Robert Chafe, Patrick Foran, Jillian Keiley, Shawn Kerwin and the whole "crowd." Artistic Fraud Artist Trading Cards were made possible with the generous assistance of Newfoundland Power. The Actors' Fund of Canada congratulates everyone involved. 

April 29 is National Canadian Film Day! 

On April 29, celebrate Canada, and the great work produced by Canadian industry professionals, by watching a Canadian film! Click here to find a screening near you.

Supporting our own:

Canadian theatres support the work of the Actors' Fund in 2015 

Imago Theatre and Black Theatre Workshop worked together to fundraise for the Actors' Fund of Canada during their co-production of "Random" featuring Lucinda Davis (above). Photo: Antoine Saito

From far and wide, Canadian Theatre companies have been showing their support for the work of the Actors’ Fund of Canada in 2015! From St. John’s, NL to Richmond, BC companies have come together in support of a common goal: supporting those in the entertainment community who are facing crisis situations and need emergency assistance with housing, food, medical bills, transportation and other essentials. 

The Fund would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to all those who have helped organize benefits and collections in 2015*.

A Company of Fools, Alberta Theatre Projects, Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland, Black Theatre Workshop, Carousel Players, Gateway Theatre, Globe Theatre, Imago Theatre, Manitoba Theatre for Young People, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, National Arts Centre – English Theatre, Pleiades Theatre, Prairie Theatre Exchange, Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, Theatre Care Vancouver, Theatre North West Society, Theatre Orangeville, Theatre Projects Manitoba, Theatre Passe Muraille, Touchstone Theatre, Western Canada Theatre

The Actors' Fund of Canada would like to take the opportunity to say thank you to everyone involved for their support. To learn more about holding a fundraiser visit our website. 

*Theatre companies/organizations (in alphabetical order) who conducted fundraising/donated between Jan. 1 and April 29, 2015. If we have missed anyone, please us know and we will update our records.) 

April 29 is International Dance Day!

All around Canada events are taking place to celebrate dance. Be sure to catch the fun happening in your region! The Actors' Fund of Canada supports all entertainment professionals facing times of crisis, including those in the dance community.
Photo: Rebecca Russell

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Real people. Real stories. Make a real difference.

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