November 3, 2022

Well, we did it. We had a FABULOUS in-person ACTRA Awards Gala. If you were one of the many who attended, thank you for bringing your party shoes and making it a night to remember. And for those who couldn’t come, we missed you and hope you can join us at the next one. Photos from the evening have been sifted through and posted here. We will also be posting the link on our website, and social media profiles so you will be able to access them and download those you wish to keep and share.

Congratulations to all the award winners and nominees! Great work, great speeches, and a truly deserving cadre of dedicated and hard-working professionals, you are. Bravo!

The Canadian Museum for Human Rights was an excellent venue and the staff there were amazing, providing us with ample service and were extremely accommodating, even after a last-minute power outage caused us all to have a tiny heart attack. Not knowing when the power might be restored, we opted to bring in a generator, which the museum graciously picked up the bill for. They were just wonderful to work with and we were very pleased.

Aleks and Joanne, if you’re reading this, you were phenomenal hosts. Thank you for your energy, wit, and for getting everyone in the fun, celebratory spirit. Aleks: your larger-than-life presence shows why you are a Manitoba success story, and Joanne: you dazzled everyone with your costume changes and even more dazzling personality!

To Shannon Guile and the rest of the production team: congratulations for putting on a fantastic event; your hard work and ability to elevate the occasion was obvious. I heard so many compliments, from the quality of the videos, musical clips, and overall production, to the gorgeous décor. You truly created a special setting for our community to enjoy and feel appreciated.

If you weren’t there, then you also missed hearing all about Rob’s retirement. So, I’ll reiterate here. June 1, 2023, will be Rob Macklin’s last day as our esteemed Branch Rep, closing the chapter on over 20 years of being OUR representative – and for most of that time – our ONLY representative. It was Rob, as a one-man office, who carried us through the lean years and worked alongside others to help develop the industry from its modest beginnings to the $350 mil/year production machine that it is now. We will have a proper send-off for Rob when the time comes but until then, there is still much work to do…

You may have noticed we have some new faces in the office. Elvira (Ellie) Macpherson is our newest Business Representative, and is working with our other Business Rep, Shauntana (Shauna) Holmes, who is only a few months into the job herself. I sat on the hiring committee for both, and I can confidently say that they are great additions to the team, joining Julie Penner and Rob to form team Manitoba. Having FOUR staff in the office is the most we have ever had. It’s an indication of how much the industry has grown, and how much work our members are getting. Now, more than ever, we need all the support and help that we can get.

We also announced our new office location! 141 Bannatyne Ave, Suite 210 is our cozy new home, and while the staff are still working to unpack and get organized, they look forward to serving the membership in this updated, accessible, vibrant, and welcoming new space. The building is also home to the National Screen Institute and Kevin’s Bistro is on the main floor. I foresee some fancy mac and cheese in my future. We will be having an “Open House” on the First Friday of December (Dec. 2nd). An email invitation will be sent out. Feel free to come and check out the new digs, have a bevie and some snacks and chat for a bit. We look forward to seeing you.

Sincerely,

Alan Wong
President and National Councillor
ACTRA Manitoba