Actors' Fund of Canada: February Newsletter

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February 2015

Letter from the Executive Director
Testimonial - Sibel Thrasher
How people were helped
Get your tickets for the 19th Annual Big Swing Charity Golf Tournament!
Winner of the lunch with Eric Peterson and Alicia Jeffery
Join us at CMPA Prime Time in Ottawa!
Shaw Festival contributes $23,300 to the Actors’ Fund in 2014
Supporter Spotlight: CMPA
We Remember: Green, Sereda, Blood and Morin-Desjarlais
Student outreach to dance community at ON THE MOVE
Double Down and Tee Up, featuring REMEDY cast, raises $5,415
Photo Testimonial - Alexey Pankratov, Violinist
Join "the Fools" on March 27 in Ottawa! 
Honour your colleagues: Make an Opening Night Donation

Letter from the Executive Director

In 2013, 90% of our clients worked in film & TV in some capacity

In the midst of Canadian Screen week and in anticipation of next week’s Canadian Media Production Association Prime Time in Ottawa conference, this is the time of year when I think most deeply about the Actors’ Fund’s work in the world of film and television. 

I will be attending Prime Time in Ottawa as I have done for the last six years and I’m pleased to say that the Fund’s profile at Prime Time is growing. 

Last year’s Prime Time conference was a great success in raising profile and money for the Actors’ Fund. Starting with CMPA President & CEO Michael Hennessy’s kickoff $10,000 funding announcement and CMPA’s challenge to other organizations to match or better what they gave, we were able to announce an incredible $55,000 in funding by the end of the conference.

This all represented a terrific boost in awareness and financial support for the Fund that was documented in this release. This year we hope to build on that success with the 2015 Actors’ Fund Prime Time Challenge.

In 2013, 90% of our clients worked in film & TV in some capacity. We are thrilled to have support from our current individual and corporate donors and our stalwart union, guild and association partners. But there is still work to do to help to ensure that support from the film, television and digital sector comes closer to matching demands on the Fund arising from the workers in the screen-based segments of our entertainment industry.

So this week, as we celebrate the best in Canadian film and television and prepare to contemplate a brighter future for our business in the years ahead I encourage you to give some thought to supporting the Actors’ Fund so that a talented member of our industry can have a chance to bounce back from adversity and get back to contributing to Canada’s screen culture in a meaningful way.

If you know someone who’s nominated for – or wins – a Screenie, why not help them celebrate with a donation in their honour to the Fund?

And if by chance you’re headed to Ottawa for Prime Time I’d love to meet you and invite you personally to participate in our Prime Time Challenge.  Please drop me a line about this – or for any reason at all – at


David Hope
Executive Director


“We need to help each other, if we can.”

Sibel Thrasher - Entertainer

“10 years ago, I was inducted into the B.C. Entertainment Hall of Fame and in the Starwalk on the sidewalks of Vancouver’s Theatre Row for my “lifelong contribution to the arts.” I was enjoying constant work, but all that changed when my partner suffered two strokes and I became the sole caregiver. Unable to leave my partner alone for any length of time, it became difficult to continue working as I had or even looking for work. 

Awards and accolades don't pay the bills. At my age, the lack of work, the lack of time I have to focus on finding work and the lack of money becomes a vicious cycle. 

The Actors’ Fund of Canada was there for my family when we needed it the most. I honestly don’t know what we would have done without the financial support. If the Fund wasn’t there to support entertainment professionals, I think that there would be a lot of people who would go hungry or become homeless. 

Sometimes a helping hand is all you need to turn things around. We need to help each other, if we can, so thank you for your generous donations! God bless us all and thank you.”

Sibel Thrasher 

How people were helped

In January 2015 the Actors' Fund of Canada distributed $55,875.09 to entertainment professionals facing illness, injury and other personal hardships.

- $37,895.90 for shelter to help keep a roof over people’s heads
- $7,390 for groceries and other necessities
- $2,784.41 to cover bills, keep the power on and the phone connected
- $3,427.83 in medical and dental expenses to help people recover from illness/injury
- $2,051.95 to cover transportation 
- $2,325 in child care and support

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

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.

Get your tickets early for this popular event! Click here for more information and to register.

For sponsorship opportunities please contact the AFC by email or phone 1.877.399.8392.

And the winner is...Sandra Lawrason!

The Fund is pleased to announce the winner of the lunch with Eric Peterson and Alicia Jeffery is long-time ACTRA Toronto member Sandra Lawrason. 

Thanks to Eric Peterson and Actors' Fund Board Member Alicia Jeffery for making this opportunity possible. 

Join us at CMPA Prime Time!

Will you be at CMPA's Prime Time in Ottawa March 4-6, 2015? 

Make the most of the conference and get involved with the Prime Time Challenge for the Actors' Fund of Canada! Be sure to visit Executive Director David Hope at the Actors' Fund of Canada booth and connect with the Fund.

The Canadian Media Production Association's (CMPA) Prime Time in Ottawa conference is a national networking event for some 600 of Canada’s most prominent business leaders from the feature film, television, interactive media, broadcasting and telecommunications industries.

Shaw Festival contributes $23,300 to the Actors’ Fund in 2014

Fiona Reid as Lady Denison and Julia Course as Margery in "The Charity that Began at Home." Photo by David Cooper

The Actors’ Fund of Canada would like to thank the Shaw Festival for its wonderful contribution of $23,300 to the Actors’ Fund of Canada in 2014. Thanks to audience collections, donations and theatre payroll contributions the Shaw Festival was able to help to provide much-needed financial aid to Canadian entertainment industry members who are facing times of crisis. 

Big thanks to Actors’ Fund President Fiona Reid for spearheading the audience collection effort, all those who contributed through payroll deductions, Shaw patrons who gave so generously and special thanks to Jackie Maxwell, Elaine Calder and all staff members at the Shaw Festival. 

Supporter Spotlight: CMPA

The Canadian Media Production Association (CMPA) is a national non-profit organization that represents the interests of over 350 leading screen-based media companies engaged in the production and distribution of English-language television programs, feature films and digital media content in all regions of Canada.

“The role of the CMPA is to support and sustain a thriving production industry in Canada,” said CMPA President and CEO Michael Hennessy at last year’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference. “This includes supporting the health and well-being of our members through the important work of the Actors’ Fund of Canada.” 

The CMPA continues to support the work of the Actors’ Fund of Canada at this year’s Prime Time in Ottawa conference. Stay tuned for more details! 

We remember Michael Green, Michele Sereda, Narcisse Blood and Lacy Morin-Desjarlais

The arts and entertainment industry is a community of people and when even one member of a community is lost, it effects us all.

Michael Green, Michele Sereda, Narcisse Blood and Lacy Morin-Desjarlais were killed in a 3-vehicle crash north of Regina on February 10, 2015. Read more in the CBC Saskatchewan article published on February 11, 2015.

Student outreach at ON THE MOVE

Thanks to the Dancer Transition Resource Centre for inviting the Actors' Fund of Canada to its annual ON THE MOVE conference on January 30 in Toronto.

The conference, for dancers entering the profession, was a great opportunity for dancers to prepare for their professional careers and learn more about the resources available to them in the community.

Thanks to volunteer Christina Lee (right in photo) for helping to create awareness that Actors' Fund is available to professional dancers in crisis. 

Double Down and Tee Up event, featuring the cast of REMEDY, raises $5,415 

(From L to R) Genelle Williams, Sara Canning, Enrico Colantoni, John Calvert, Sarah Allen, Executive Director of the Actors' Fund of Canada David Hope, Executive Producer of REMEDY Bernie Zukerman and actor Stephanie Belding.

Thanks to everyone who supported the Actors’ Fund of Canada through the 2nd Annual Double Down and Tee Up event on January 24, featuring the cast of the hit TV show REMEDY with Enrico Colantoni! The event raised $5,415 for the work of the Actors' Fund. 

Sponsored by Willson Entertainment Productions and SIM Digital. Proudly sponsored in part by Steam Whistle Brewing, Lakeshore Links Indoor Golf and American Jalopy. Event Produced by Premier Events by P&D. View more photos on our Facebook page! Photo credit Russ Martin, compliments of IATSE Local 667.

Join "the Fools" on March 27 in Ottawa! 

Get your tickets for the Ottawa Theatre Challenge, presented by A Company of Fools, at the National Arts Centre Box office online or by calling 1-888-991-2787.

Make an Opening Night Donation!

What better way to celebrate an opening night than by supporting a charity that helps members of the theatre community bounce back from adversity? 

Make an Opening Night donation online or by calling 1.877.399.8392.

Photo: Fiona Reid and Steven Sutcliffe in Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike Royal MTC, Winnipeg. Photo by Bruce Monk. Thanks to the entire cast who all recently made opening night donations to the Actors' Fund of Canada.  

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