Professional Theatre “Fatty Legs”
The Foundation was pleased to sponsor Fatty Legs in October 2018. Over 600 students were able to see two performances at no cost. Students from Georgian Bay Community School, Beaver Valley Community School, Admiral Collingwood Elementary School, Events for Life and Chippewas of Nawash Students. Fatty Legs is based on a true story and set in Canada’s Far North. It’s the story of Olemaun Pokiak who dreams of learning to read. But when she arrives at residential school she is given the name Margaret, has her long braids cut off, and is made to wear itchy red wool socks as an example of her “unworthiness.” Treated cruelly by classmates and teachers, Margaret devises a plan to ensure the red stockings won’t cause her any more humiliation. This show combines ethereal singing, engaging narration and contemporary indigenous dance. It is a profound yet accessible true story that brings to light the suffering created by residential schools while celebrating the deep strength of a child who refused to be broken by her experiences. Before and after the performances the director and actors participated in a Q & A with the students. You could tell from the interaction and enthusiasm the students had be fully engaged in the production.
Meaford Culture Foundation is very proud have sponsored the return of 2018 LIVE SUMMER THEATRE to Meaford Hall and to be again sponsoring 2019 LIVE SUMMER THEATRE at the Hall.
Meaford Culture Foundation presents a cheque for $10,000 to the library
The Meaford Public Library received a big boost this week. The Meaford Culture Foundation donated a cheque for $10,000 to the library, to be used for early literacy computers in the Junior Library. Foundation Chair Rod MacAlpine said at the cheque presentation, “The Foundation is delighted to be able to contribute to the promotion of youth literacy. It is the Foundation’s mandate to support youth involvement in arts and culture including literacy through our Community Outreach Program.” The early literacy computers will be installed in the library in Fall 2018 and will move with the library to its new location at 11 Sykes Street North. Library staff were thrilled to receive the news of the donation. Lynne Fascinato, branch manager and Deputy CEO of the library, said, “The Meaford Public Library thanks the Meaford Culture Foundation for their generous contribution to the Junior Library. Our previous single Literacy Station attracted approximately 36 users per week so we are very excited to be able to replace it! These stations make literacy development and skill building fun and easy for our young patrons and help prepare them for school. These new stations help attract children and their families to the library on an ongoing basis.” www.meaford.ca/NewLibrary. Present at the cheque donation from left: Lori Pierce; Nancy Primak – Meaford Public Library Board Vice Chair; Lynne Fascinato; Foundation Chair Rod MacAlpine; Meaford Culture Foundation Directors Joanne McKenzie and Susan Greenham; Peter Bantock.