Annual General Meeting

As a registered charity, Highlands Summer Festival is governed by a board of directors. The seven member board meets monthly throughout the year to provide guidance in the operation of the theatre company. While the board does not generally become involved in the day to day management of the Festival, it does take a strong interest in ensuring the artistic and financial viability of the organization. Members of the board include: Chair Jack Brezina, Vice Chair Tammy Rea; Treasurer Paul Heffer, Secretary Craig Saunders and Directors Joan Chapple, Rob Eaton and Joan Hawley.

Among its duties, the board manages the donations received by Highlands Summer Festival and the Highlands Opera Studio and ensures that the organization meets its obligations laid out by the Canada Revenue Agency, which grants the company its charitable status. The board also takes on a fund-raising responsibility, encouraging donors and seeking other sources of funding to support the work of the Highlands Summer Festival.

Membership in Highlands Summer Festival is granted to anyone who makes a donation of $50 or more. In addition to receiving a receipt which can be used for income tax purposes, membership privileges include priority ticket request status, recognition of your generosity on our website and in the summer program and the satisfaction of supporting one of the most dynamic and successful summer theatre companies in the province. Members also have the right to vote at the annual general meeting and stand as candidates for the Board of Directors.

This year the AGM will be held on Sunday, April 25 at the Rails End gallery and Arts Centre in Haliburton. The meeting starts at 2 p.m. Anyone interested in the Highlands Summer Festival and the Highlands Opera Studio is welcome to attend the meeting. If you have made a donation in the past year, you are eligible to vote at this meeting and stand for office. We are regularly looking for individuals interested in serving on the board or helping in other ways.

If you would like more information about becoming involved, you can contact me at kevker@sympatico.ca.

– Jack Brezina

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