History of PAL Canada®
CHRONOLOGICAL HISTORY OF PAL
1983 PAL idea Germinates - Members of Toronto’s Smile Theatre Company discuss concerns, long expressed in the acting community, regarding the lack of social support for older performers. (More…)
1985 Ad Hoc Committee formed - Following a meeting at the home of Patty Gail, then President of the Smile Theatre Company’s Board of Directors, a Steering Committee was established. (More…)
1985 Questionnaire Circulated - First approach to industry regarding interest in establishing a performers lodge. (More…)
1986 Founding Organizations - The PAL concept is endorsed by the Alliance of Canadian Cinema Television and Radio Artists (ACTRA), American Federation of Musicians in the United States and Canada, Local 149 (AFofM) and Canadian Actors’ Equity Association (CAEA) endorse the PAL concept. (More…)
1986 Performing Arts Lodges of Canada founded - as national charitable organization.(More…)1986 Supporting Cast formally established - as “a volunteer outreach programme dedicated to those in the Performing Arts who would welcome assistance in the areas of companionship, errands, appointments, light housekeeping and correspondence.”
1991 Sod is turned for PAL’s first lodge - The fulfillment of the dream takes shape as work on Pal Place begins in Toronto.1993 First tenants move into PAL lodge - Pal Place, opens in Toronto in January.
1997 Grumblings heard from Founding Organizations - ACTRA Representative raises questions regarding Mandate fulfillment and financial records availability. Board meetings get testy.1998 Raucous mid-May meeting results in acrimony and resignations - Substantially new Board meets. Roy Wordsworth is inveigled into stepping into the Presidency to help right the ship. Norman Griesdorf, QC, PAL’s ab initio lawyer attempts to defuse the situation.
1998 Expansion Plans -Strategy put in place to fulfill the national aspect of PAL’s Mandate by establishing a national presence across Canada.1999 Developers threaten Pal Place - PAL challenges intrusive development plans for property adjoining Pal Place (The Old Fish Market). Developers bring plans before Toronto City Council and, eventually, to the Ontario Municipal Board. PAL prevails.
1999 First Board Retreat - PAL Canada® Directors get a handle on what PAL is meant to be, is, and should be in the future.
1999 Tom Patterson works to establish a PAL Chapter in Stratford. Steering Committee established. (More…)2000 Web presence created - Pal Canada.org launched.
2000 First fundraising drive launched - tentative fundraiser, along with membership drive, is launched.2001 Glitter Palace filmed at Pal Place - Documentary looking at residents in Pal Place and Los Angeles’ SAG home, Woodlawn, is filmed for presentation on BRAVO! Produced by Melbar Entertainment Group by Barry Averich and Nat Brescia.
2001 Vice-Regal Patronage Granted - Governor General Adrienne Clarkson accepts PAL Canada®'s request for patronage.2001 Chapter Agreement Drafted. - Board of Directors accept wording of a new Agreement defining the relationship between PAL Canada® and future Chapters.
2001 PAL Stratford initiates its annual Expect the Extraordinary fundraising event. With the support of the Stratford Festival, facilities, acting and musical talent are donated to produce a wonderful “Cabaret” evening in the Avon Theatre.2002 PAL Stratford signs Chapter Agreement. PAL Stratford becomes first signatory to PAL Canada®’s Chapter Agreement making them the first official Chapter in PAL’s expansion plans.
2002 PAL Vancouver Mere Hours Later - Following Stratford’s action, a second Chapter is formally created in Vancouver.2002 Long-term Care Facilities. - The national body answers a call to address problems for our aging members. It incorporates PAL Retirement/Extended Care Corp. The name is later changed to PAL TWO. (More…)
2003 PAL Halifax Steering Committee - Halifax, under David Renton’s leadership, moves ahead with ‘needs survey’ and works to full Chapter status.2003 ACTRA Fraternal Benefit Society assists PAL Vancouver. -Sizable donation ($50,000) made to help Vancouver’s funding campaign for a PAL lodge.
2003 PAL structurally reorganized. - PAL Toronto created as separate Chapter by the national organization. In the process, PAL Canada® accepts legal advice to relinquish the formal name of Performing Arts Lodges, along with its charitable number to the new Chapter. The national organization immediately initiates its incorporation as PAL Canada® Foundation and applies for charitable status.2003 Anniversary Celebrations. - Our first lodge, Toronto’s Pal Place, celebrates its 10th Anniversary. PAL gives party.
2004 PAL Calgary organized.2005 Toronto Initiates Scrabble® With the Stars. What develops into a highly successful fundraising event for PAL Toronto’s Supporting Cast is created by Vivienne Muhling.
2006 Pal Winnipeg formally incorporated.2006 New Governor General Grants Patronage - PAL Canada® remains under the distinguished patronage of Canada's Governor General: Her Excellency Michaëlle Jean agrees to continue as patron.
2006 PAL Vancouver lodge opens.
2007 PAL Winnipeg Chapter - Major step taken to found a Winnipeg Chapter.
2007 Website Relaunched - All that seems to be left is the URL.
2007 PAL Toronto Stars Again -The Limelighters, a documentary zeroing in on activities at Pal Place, airs on the Global Network, in four half-hour segments.
2008 Edmonton Forms Steering Committee.
2009 Charitable Status Regained After a 6-year struggle, the original organization regains its charitable status.
2009 Website Updated - A major update of the PAL website is undertaken.
2009 Senor Artists’ Research Project(SARP) - PAL Canada® endorses and supports the broad-based research into senior artists’ needs and problems.
2009 Second Board of Directors’ Retreat - PAL Canada® hosts the 2nd ever Board Retreat November 2009 in Toronto.