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May 2016

Letter from the Case Coordinator
Testimonial - Chala Hunter
How people were helped
On Board - Brian Borts, CPA, CA
Register now for the 20th Annual Big Swing Charity Golf Tournament!
Outreach - The AFC at EXPO-SCÈNE 2016
Board of Directors
Participate!
Know someone in need?

Letter from the Case Coordinator

With your help, we look forward to expanding our horizons

Dear friend,

As the lifeline for Canada’s entertainment industry, The AFC has a long history of helping people when they first encounter a crisis. Over the past 58 years, we have developed and refined a fast, thorough program that addresses the needs of entertainment professionals in a flexible and compassionate way. The AFC is getting stronger and reaching more people, and our network of support is growing as a result.

The AFC uniquely provides an independent, supportive, confidential ear for all members of the entertainment industry, and as we grow, we look for ways to do more. This is an exciting time for us, as our dedicated Board members and our tireless supporters are leading us to explore new opportunities for community involvement, new areas of research, and most importantly, new ways to help entertainment industry professionals in their moment of need. 

"The AFC uniquely provides an independent, supportive, confidential ear for all members of the entertainment industry, and as we grow, we look for ways to do more."

In the future, we plan to augment our emergency financial aid program by offering a range of services specifically designed for entertainment industry professionals, to provide stronger support to people in immediate need and to help address problems before they become emergencies. We are committed to developing high-quality, relevant services that, like our financial aid program, yield real results – and to do that, we need the input of community members like you.

"If you are interested in taking part in helping to create a stronger future, please add your name to this special list of volunteers at AFChelps.ca/expanding "

I am excited to be part of The AFC during this time of change and development, and I invite all of you to join us. Your insight and experience can make a real difference and give us a chance to build something special for this community. If you are interested in taking part in helping to create a stronger future, please add your name to this special list of volunteers at AFChelps.ca/expanding

With your help, we look forward to expanding our horizons and bringing these programs to life. Stay tuned!

Thank you,

 
Leah Erbe
Case Coordinator, The AFC

Yes! I want to help create a stronger future

Testimonial - CHALA HUNTER

"Impacted wisdom teeth were severely impacting my life..."

I had been dealing with incoming wisdom teeth for over a year, but last year while I was performing in a show they started to cause me terrible jaw/face tension and migraines: the pain was severely affecting my ability to work. I knew I had to get the four wisdom teeth out as soon as possible, but I couldn’t afford the cost.  

"I knew I had to get the four wisdom teeth out as soon as possible, but I couldn’t afford the cost."

Thanks to help from The AFC, I was able to take care of this dental health crisis without compromising my ability to pay rent or buy groceries. The AFC’s swift compassionate aid also meant that I was able to honour an upcoming contract and get back to work!  

"Thanks to help from The AFC, I was able to take care of this dental health crisis without compromising my ability to pay rent or buy groceries."

I’m so thankful that the physical and mental strain of this issue is gone for the next… ever! My situation was a time-sensitive dental emergency, but an unexpected crisis could happen to any one of us at any time that’s why I have, and will continue to, donate what I can to support The AFC.

"Supporting The AFC means supporting the creation of that which nourishes us all."

Artists and entertainment professionals need The AFC because the lives we lead are often held in a precarious balance with little financial stability. Humanity has always nourished the human spirit with art: supporting The AFC means supporting the creation of that which nourishes us all.  

CHALA HUNTER
Actor, Creator and Producer 

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How people were helped 

In April 2016, your support helped distribute $46,378.55 to entertainment professionals facing illness, injury and other personal hardships. 

• $21,970.19 for shelter to help keep a roof over people’s heads
• $4,038 in emergency dental work
• $7,350 for groceries and other necessities
• $4,145.32 to cover transportation
• $4,301.37 to keep the power on & pay bills
• $1,341.16 to keep the phone connected
• $1,907.24 in medical expenses to help people recover from illness/injury
• $1,325.27 in dues to help people get back to work 

On Board

Brian Borts, CPA, CA
Treasurer

Brian Borts is Chartered Professional Accountant with over 25 years’ experience. He became interested in working with people in the arts and entertainment community through his wife Tama Kossman who was a performing artist, choreographer, writer and teacher. Brian found working with arts and entertainment professionals challenging and rewarding...

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Only a few spots remain for the 20th Annual Big Swing Charity Golf Tournament!

The tournament will be held on Monday, June 20, 2016 at the Royal Ontario Golf Club in Milton, ON. The tournament will have an 8 a.m. shotgun start and will end at approximately 4 p.m. Presenting Partner: Directors Guild of Canada Ontario. 

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The AFC at CITT/ICTS's EXPO-SCÈNE in Montreal 

CITT/ICTS's EXPO-SCÈNE was May 2 & 3, 2016 in Montreal

A big thank you to CITT/ICTS for donating space for The AFC - the lifeline for Canada's entertainment industry at EXPO-SCÈNE! EXPO-SCÈNE is the only major Canadian event dedicated to professionals in the pro audio, sound, lighting, audiovisual and multimedia technologies and facilitates interactive meetings between industry professionals. Executive Director of The AFC David Hope, along with Lori Rubinstein from Behind the Scenes, presented information about the charities at two sessions on May 2 and 3 and The AFC's booth helped to create awareness about the lifeline for Canada's entertainment industry in Quebec.

Read the Qui fait Quoi article about The AFC here

The AFC's Board of Directors

Founding President
Jane Mallett

Executive Committee

President
Fiona Reid, C.M., D.C.L.

Vice President
Gerard Roxburgh

Secretary
Alicia Jeffery

Treasurer
Brian Borts, CPA, CA

Past President
Maria Topalovich

Member at Large
Seana McKenna, DSLitt

Directors

Deborah Bernstein
David Ferry, MFA
Barbara Gordon
Ira Levy
Mark Manchester
Wendy Moss
Susan Murdoch
Sugith Varughese

Participate!

Donating isn't the only way to give back - you can also hold a fundraiser or volunteer! If you have a passion for the compassionate aid that The AFC provides, and have just a bit of spare time, we would love for you to join The AFC's advocacy team. Click on the links below to learn more and get involved! 

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Know someone in need?

Do you have a friend, colleague or family member who’s in need?
The AFC provides compassionate aid to Canadian entertainment professionals working in all aspects of film, TV, music, theatre and dance. If you see someone who you think might be struggling financially due to an injury, illness or other personal or professional hardship, one of the best ways you can help is to let them know about The AFC. Thank you for helping us to help those in need in our community.

Visit AFChelps.ca or call 1.877.399.8392 for more information


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