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REPORTING · 16th January 2015
Walter McFarlane
Kitimat City Council saw a number of presentations on Tuesday, January 13 relating to the 2015 budget. The meeting was a chance for many local groups in town to come forward and present their budgets for the year.

The first group to present was the Mount Elizabeth Theatre. Brenda Feldhoff and Graham Gueguen presented on behalf of the Theatre.

“I’d like to start by thanking Council for your continued support of the Mount Elizabeth Theatre. Your financial assistance has been instrumental. It has allowed us to maintain our aging facility, theatre equipment and it’s enabled us to provide a wide range of programing for our citizens,” said Feldhoff.

She explained the Theatre is jointly funded by the Coast Mountain School District 82 and the District of Kitimat. The Theatre staff work alongside the teachers, actors, artists, arts enthusiasts and volunteers to provide instruction and learning for all ages.

She requested that the District of Kitimat provide an operational grant for the Theatre of $54,000. She requested a Capital Grant of $20,000 and a wage adjustment of $6000 for a total request of $80,000. She told Council that a joint use agreement helped to keep the Theatre’s cost low.

“With the ongoing support of the District of Kitimat, Community access, without you, would be severely limited. Thematic and artistic outlooks for the youth and the adults and the seniors and we believe you get a very good deal, and excellent value for your tax dollar,” said Feldhoff.

She explained to Council that Theatre is very important as it brings people together as they share an experience which diverts people from an age when most of their communication happens in front of a screen.

“What happens on the stage and in your heart is a transcendence of Theatre, an ancient art that’s never been lost, is relevance continues to shape our culture in our community today,” said Feldhoff.