With the holiday season now past and many snowbirds flying south for the remainder of winter, the Port Stanley Festival Theatre continues to see the generosity of the community through support of their expansion campaign. Going on the third year of construction, a variety of spaces in the theatre have been completed and several are still on the horizon.
Representatives from both Gore Mutual Foundation as well as Preferred Insurance were present to make the donation to Port Stanley Festival Theatre this month. Peter Carr, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Preferred Insurance shares, “We are always proud to partner with and support organizations that enhance our communities, and make movements of positive change for the future.” With the goal of strengthening Canadian communities Mark Young of Gore Mutual adds, “What an amazing project! We are excited to play a part in making it happen.”
The joint donation of $3,000 will “definitely assist the theatre in the re-tooling of our new shop space,” announces Vice President of the theatre, Scott Shakir, as the funding has been provided to Work-The-Workshop. In just a few months, production crews will return for the season to outfit the new workshop with the tools, safety and organizational equipment required to create the outstanding sets coming to the stage this summer.
A well-known member of the community, Pat was the retired Volunteer Director at the St. Thomas-Elgin General Hospital, and also a lifelong volunteer for numerous local agencies and charities. Her husband, Ali, served as a navigator in the Royal Canadian Air Force and was a meteorologist with the Department of Transport. After retiring as Assistant Department Head of Science at Arthur Voaden Secondary School in 1986, he too became heavily involved in community volunteering. The legacy of their support will forever be remembered and honoured by the staff, the board of directors and all future patrons enjoying the ‘Pat and Ali Shakir Patron Patio’ upon its anticipated completion in 2017.
Interested donors to the ‘Expand the Experience’ campaign, please visit www.playbythelake.ca or call theatre administration staff at 519-782-3914.
Submitted by Port Stanley Festival Theatre