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Raising the Curtain

Confederation Centre Raises the Curtain on New Membership Program

“Get Centre’d” offers members a suite of benefits, including advance tickets and access to exclusive events—all in support of non-profit arts centre

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With a new season comes new opportunity and Confederation Centre of the Arts is unveiling a can’t-miss community program. Launching October 2019, Get Centre’d is the Centre’s new patron membership campaign.

Founded as a living monument to Confederation, the Centre is Canada’s hub for learning, through the lens of the arts, about how the nation was formed and how its identity continues to evolve.

“Generations of visitors have had their lives enhanced through visual and performing arts, education, and heritage programs at the Centre,” remark Board Chair Robert Sear and CEO Steve Bellamy in a shared statement. “However, some do not know that the Centre is a registered charity and a non-profit organization. We invite everyone—from our long-standing supporters to those who might be stepping in for the first time—to engage with their Centre and aid us in continuing the important experiences that we offer more than 250,000 Canadians each year.”

Built on the long-standing generosity of recurring donors and patrons, the Get Centre’d campaign presents the chance to support the Centre and enhance one’s experiences there. These donations ensure that Centre members are the first to enjoy the organization’s many benefits

Debbie and Keith Panton have been members since 2017. “Our eldest son is in choral music and dance programs here and our youngest spent the past two seasons as a Child of Avonlea in Anne of Green Gables—The Musical™,” says Debbie. “The Centre is one of our favourite places to be together and we are richer for our experiences.

Nindiya Sharma—member since 2014—feels the Centre is a first-rate organization as well as community hub in a small place. “The Centre is a great place for emerging and establishing artists to showcase their talents year-round.”

Whether an existing member or joining for the first time, Get Centre’d members are granted a suite of benefits. Depending on membership level, these can include:

·         Advance notice and ticket access for performances with Sobeys LIVE @ the Centre and The Charlottetown Festival;

·         Waiving of ticket service charges and access to premium Row-A seating;

·         Access to private tours and events (i.e. the on-stage Holiday Reception)

·         Exclusive sales and offers for theatre, gallery, shopping, and dining at the Centre

·         Invitation to meet-the-artist and behind-the-scenes events (i.e. select Festival rehearsals)

For Fred Hyndman—member since 1980—seeing his support directed towards the Art Gallery, where his endowment gifts are allocated, is what’s most enjoyable. “I am passionate about the Robert Harris collection that the Gallery looks after. I believe it is one of the most important anthologies of Canadian art.”

For E. Anne Smith­—member since 1990—she appreciates the access that membership offers for gatherings and receptions. “I so enjoy the opening nights and special events at the Centre! Everyone dressed up and having a good time—I just love the excitement of those nights; it’s a fantastic place to celebrate.”

To become a member today, please visit https://confederationcentre.com/support/membership/ or contact the Membership Office at members@confederationcentre.com or 902.628.6137.

Confederation Centre wishes to acknowledge the Department of Canadian Heritage, the Government of P.E.I., and the City of Charlottetown for their continued support.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Orford Joins Confederation Board

Confederation Centre of the Arts Welcomes New Board Member

Prince Edward Island’s own Angus Orford joins board executive

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The Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, known as Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) is very pleased to announce the appointment of Angus Orford to its local board of directors.

“Angus brings a wealth of experience, a strong business background, and a passion in cultural heritage and the performing arts,” says Robert Sear, CCOA board chairman. “On behalf of Confederation Centre of the Arts, we are pleased to welcome Angus as we begin a new five-year strategic plan, aiming to connect with people across the nation and produce programming that explores Canada’s evolving identity.”

Orford is the current V.P. of Corporate Planning and Energy Supply for Maritime Electric (MECL), Prince Edward Island’s electric utility. He is responsible for engineering, operations, and system planning for the utility, providing transmission and distribution service to approximately 80,000 customers. He previously worked with FortisOntario Inc., and several other positions within MECL.

“Growing up in Downtown Charlottetown, Confederation Centre was a focal point of the neighbourhood; the various expressions of art enriched my life from an early age and continue to do so for my children,” remarks Orford. “As Islanders, we are all fortunate to have access to this artistic hub and I am proud to be a part of its continued success.”

Orford’s education includes a Masters of Business Administration from Dalhousie University as well as both Bachelor of Science (UPEI) and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Technical University of Nova Scotia).

Orford’s philanthropic work includes past and current board work with Charlottetown Airport Authority; the UPEI School of Sustainable Design Engineering; the Charlottetown Downtown Residents Association; the Charlottetown Rotary Club; and previously with the College of Piping and Celtic Performing Arts; the Provincial Easter Seals Campaign, and the Summerside Rotary Club. 

The new board member joins fellow Executive members Robert Sear, chair; Alex MacBeath, vice-chair; Lori Pendleton, secretary-treasurer; Margo Thompson; and Kateri Coade. For a complete list of all board members, visit the Centre’s website.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse

Coade Joins Confed Board

The Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, known as Confederation Centre of the Arts (CCOA) has announced the appointment of Kateri Coade to its board of directors.

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Robert Sear, CCOA board chairman, says the organization is delighted to have Coade join the board. “Kateri brings an expertise in social work and community engagement as well as years of experience educating othersabout Mi’kmaq cultures, traditions, and ways of life,” he remarks. “We are pleased to welcome her and are sure she will help strengthen Confederation Centre of the Arts as it continues to grow its reach and become accessible to more people.”

Coade is a member of the Abegweit First Nation and currently resides in Rocky Point with her husband and two daughters. She works for Abegweit First Nation as the director of social development programs and is a strong voice for Mi’kmaq people living on P.E.I. Her robust network and friendships in the Mi’kmaq community has led to increased opportunities for performers to present and share Mi’kmaq songs and traditional dancing at various events.

The new board member holds her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from UPEI, and her Bachelor of Social Work and her Master’s in Social Work from Dalhousie.

She currently volunteers on other boards including the P.E.I. Rape and Sexual Assault Board of Directors; the P.E.I. 2023 Canada Games Bid/Host Committee; the MCPEI Indigenous Justice Committee; the Abegweit First Nation Mental Wellness Committee; and various other committees related to front-line social work and the First Nations population.

Coade joins returning executive members Bob Sear, chair; Alex MacBeath, vice-chair; Lori Pendleton, secretary-treasurer; Margo Thompson; and Pamela Williams.

Continuing national directors for CCOA include: Arlene Perly Rae, ON; Dan Mathieson, ON; Charles Scott, ON;  Dr. Frederic L.R. Jackman, ON; Murray Kilfoyle, MB; Dr. Peter Stoicheff, SK; Richard Homburg, NS; and Sean Finn, QC.

PEI Professional Theatre Network

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PEI Theatre is the Guild, Harbourfront Theatre,
Confederation Centre for the Arts,
Watermark Theatre, and the Victoria Playhouse