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History & Acknoledgements
PAL Calgary began sometime in 2003 as a “coffee klatch” steering committee after current president David LeReaney took a tour of PAL Toronto’s lodge while in Toronto for a national Canadian Actors’ Equity meeting. Inspired by the lodge and the people he met there, he returned to Calgary and invited several actors to discuss the idea of beginning an initiative to create such a lodge in this city.

PAL Calgary’s first recorded meeting took placed on May 3rd, 2004 and was attended by David LeReaney, Val Pearson, Pat Pearson, Roberta Mauer Phillips and Tim Koetting. The board was eventually filled out by Hamish Boyd, Kira Bradley, Heather Lea MacCallum and Shari Wattling and officially became a chapter on July 26, 2004. Since that time PAL Calgary has worked slowly but doggedly creating, disseminating and tabulating the results of a needs survey, building and strengthening the board of directors, holding various fundraisers, writing a business plan, and preparing our application for and receiving our charitable status.

The Board
The Original Board

PAL Calgary would like to express deep appreciation to the law firm of Warren, Trattensor, Amante for their generous donation of time and expertise in the preparation of our charitable registration application. We also thank IATSE 212, John Paul Fishbach and Mark Bellamy of Vertigo Theatre, Keally Reay of Sage Theatre, Doug Curtis and Ghost River Theatre, Rona Waddington and Lunchbox Theatre, Clarice Evans, The Pumphouse Theatres, ACTRA, Canadian Actors’ Equity Association, Theatre Calgary, Alberta Theatre Projects, Jesse Glasnovic and The Auburn Saloon, West Canadian, SAIT, Alberta College of Art and Design, Cheryl Gullason and the Haskayne School of Business – and many individuals who have been uncommonly generous with their time, energy, money, goods and services in supporting PAL Calgary’s endeavours. We could not have come this far without so many people sharing in the vision and believing in the dream along with us.

We now begin the next phase of fulfilling this dream. We began by taking “baby steps”, one at a time, and now with a strong foundation beneath us we are “striding” confidently toward our goal. We welcome you to get on board or get behind us. Your support is very important. Become a member so we can show the city, the province and the country that a significant number of Calgarians believe that their artists and arts workers should be treated with pride, gratitude and respect.

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