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April 02, 2013
Harper Government Supports the Chester Theatre Council Society
CHESTER, Nova Scotia, April 2, 2013 – Gerald Keddy, Member of Parliament (South Shore–St. Margaret’s), on behalf of the Honourable James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, today announced that the Chester Theatre Council Society is benefiting from a boost to its fundraising efforts through the Sir Christopher Ondaajte Theatre Foundation.

“The Chester Theatre Council operates one of the most charming and intimate theatres in Atlantic Canada and ensures the development and promotion of performing arts,” said Mr. Keddy. “Since acquiring the Chester Playhouse in 1987, the Chester Theatre Council has shown a unique passion for showcasing a variety of performing arts. We are proud to support them in their future endeavours through their endowment fund.”

“Not-for-profit arts and culture organizations like the Chester Theatre Council contribute to the cultural strength of our communities and enrich the quality of life of all Canadians,” said Minister Moore. “By supporting these organizations, our Government is delivering on its commitment to strengthen our economy and support our arts, culture, and heritage.”

“On behalf of the Chester Playhouse, the Ondaatje Foundation, and the community served by these organizations, I thank the Government of Canada for its support and generosity,” said Douglas Creighton, President of the Ondaatje Foundation. “This strategic funding and the interest it generates have allowed our Playhouse to budget its income more predictably.”

The Government of Canada is providing funding of $3,923 for the Sir Christopher Ondaajte Theatre Foundation to manage and invest on behalf of the Chester Theatre Council. Funding is provided through the Endowment Incentives component of the Canada Cultural Investment Fund. This program of the Department of Canadian Heritage encourages Canadians to donate to professional arts organizations.

To date, the program has contributed to the long-term sustainability of 171 arts organizations across Canada through matching grants to endowment funds.
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