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President’s Message

Hello fellow ACTRA Maritimes’ Members,

I am writing today on the dreaded Ides of March. It seems a fitting time to prepare ourselves for two inevitable, impending troubles: specifically, income tax, and a provincial election.

Who doesn’t need a bit of guidance and wisdom when facing such challenges?

So, I am happy to announce two FREE upcoming ACTRA Maritimes’ workshops to help you dodge those slings and arrows.

On Sunday April 9th at 4:30 PM at Theatre Nova Scotia/Cultural Federations (1113 Marginal Road), accountant to the (local) stars, Ralph Urquhart, will give his ‘Taxes for Actors’ workshop. This very informative session will focus on the unique aspects of a performer’s income tax needs and will be followed by a Q&A. The last time Ralph offered this workshop was in 2012 and it was very popular, so we ask that you RSVP to rhadley@actra.ca if you plan to attend.

The second FREE workshop is in anticipation of the next provincial election, which is likely to be called as early as this Spring. I am sure I do not need to remind anyone in the film industry how important this election will be to our future.

Thanks to the efforts of our National Councillor, Jeremy Webb, and our Branch Representative, Richard Hadley, we are very excited to announce the first ACTRA Maritimes ‘Political Action Training’ seminar. Special guests ACTRA National President Ferne Downey, and Director of Public Policy Elliott Anderson, will teach us the tools of successful political lobbying; including how to effectively speak to your MLA, what questions to ask the campaigners at your door, and what the top election issues are for ACTRA members. You don’t want to miss this! So pencil it into your calendar: Sunday April 23rd, 2:00-5:00PM at The Museum of Natural History (1747 Summer Street).

See you all there.

In solidarity,

Francine Deschepper
ACTRA Maritimes’ President

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