A world where Canadian entertainment professionals are valued and supported.


Through compassionate support, we help Canadian entertainment professionals maintain their health, dignity and ability to work.

Being a beneficiary of the support The AFC provides makes me truly appreciate what an essential contribution they make to our community.



Executive Committee

Ryan Goldhar


Amy Cameron

Vice President

Deborah Bernstein

Past President

Brian Borts

Treasurer, CPA, CA

Kevin Hanchard

Member at Large

Arnie Zipursky

Member at Large


Terry Kelly


Al Mukadam


Chelsea Bernard (they/them)

Program Worker, Emergency Financial Aid, BSW

Leah Erbe (she/her)

Program Manager

Riley Godin (he/him)

Program Assistant

Kevin Hammond (he/him)

Development Manager

Emily Hill (she/her)

Case Manager, MSW, RSW (Ont.)

David Hope (he/him)

Executive Director, CPA, CGA

Daevyd Pepper (they/them)

Social Media Coordinator

Cindy Rivers (she/her)

Training and Education Coordinator

Christine Rossi-Wright (she/her)

Senior Program Worker, BEd, MSW, RSW (Ont.)

Hayley Schmalz (she/her)

Case Manager, MSW, RSW (Ont.)

Amanda Smith (she/her)

Community Engagement Coordinator

Gillian Stone (she/her)

Fundraising Coordinator

Lilya Sultanova (she/her)

Communications and Marketing Manager

Hilary Unger (she/her)

Finance and Office Administrator


In the mid-1950s, five visionary actors – Jane Mallett, Barbara Hamilton, Donald Davis, Barry Morse, and William Needles – each put a symbolic $1 into a pot and launched the Actors’ Fund of Canada. In the words of Jane Mallett, who became our Founding President, the organization was created so “that we could better look after those in need in the theatrical profession, either visitors or residents in Canada.”

After a series of benefit performances at the Crest Theatre, the Actors’ Fund of Canada was incorporated on May 27th, 1958, to “care for the aged, sick, and destitute.” The scope of the organization was not confined to any one branch of the entertainment business. Rather, it was “designed to help anyone, anywhere, who has ever been engaged in any branch of the entertainment industry,” a commitment held dear ever since. Jane Mallett remained its President until her death in 1984.

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