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President’s Message

Welcome to the ACTRA Maritimes website.

ACTRA Maritimes is a local branch of the Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA) representing 22,000 professional performers who work in all facets of recorded media across Canada. ACTRA Maritimes represents more than 600 Members in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

I am excited and honoured to be granted the position of Branch President and the energy and enthusiasm of our new council is sure to provide members with a very fulfilling year as we strive to make our membership one of the most employed the country!

There are certain challenges facing us a whole – Canadian content on our broadcast systems, Copyright laws, Status of the Artist legislation – along with very serious local concerns such as the elimination of the Tax Credit in New Brunswick, practically bringing film work to a grinding halt. We are a member driven organization, and I have every confidence that when the call is made to rally together to fight for our place in society, or to protect the work of our fellow members, ACTRA Maritimes will rise to the occasion. I was witness to that in 2008 when we held the Rally for the Arts here in Halifax and well over 600 people showed up! I am so very proud to be a member of such a passionate alliance.

We will have a grand time too, as we do in the Maritimes, with various special events throughout the year. We are looking to update our training process so our youth will get the best possible start in this lifelong journey in the arts. Master Classes for the seasoned professional will be offered, for we are in the business of constantly learning and growing as an artist. And, we are open to your input and welcome you to join one of our many committees. Get involved. Learn from participating, and take pride in being a member of one of the most active branches in the country!

On our new website you will find information on who we are, what we do, what is going on, and details on our industry both here in the Maritimes and across Canada. Members can keep informed and keep in touch, whether paying your dues online or finding out details about the various collective agreements you work under, everything is just a mouse click away.

Please contact our office with any questions you may have about materials on our site or if there are things you would like to see added.

In Solidarity,

Sherry Smith
President, ACTRA Maritimes

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