Press Release | Gift Announcement

Press Release | Gift Announcement

Corner Brook, NL


Friday, February 15, 2019


Corner Brook, NL – Members of the local arts and business community, along with provincial and federal government officials, gathered at the Arts and Science Atrium at Memorial University’s Grenfell Campus today to celebrate another major milestone for the Set the Stage Capital Campaign for Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (TNL). Event emcee, TNL Artistic Director Jeff Pitcher, joined representatives of Kruger, Scotiabank, North Atlantic Refining and Aon to announce gifts totalling $850,000 in support of the new performing arts centre in Cow Head, Newfoundland and Labrador (NL).

“This campaign launched in September 2018, to build a new theatre facility in the beautiful rural community of Cow Head, NL,” said the Hon. Brian Tobin, Campaign Chair, “We asked the community for their support of this important cultural project, and we have been met with an overwhelmingly positive response. I believe this speaks to the value that our business community places on preserving our cultural heritage and ensuring our stories are not erased by the hands of time. We are proud to partner which such generous corporate citizens, like Kruger, Scotiabank, North Atlantic and Aon to make this project a reality for our province’s artists, and indeed our culture as a whole,” he said.

“I’m delighted to be here today to recognize the community leadership of Kruger, Scotiabank, North Atlantic Refining and Aon,” said Premier Dwight Ball. “As Newfoundlanders and Labradorians, we are very proud of our rich history and we take great pride in the ability to share our collective stories through the arts. This new facility in Cow Head will enable Theatre Newfoundland Labrador to continue their important work in preserving and sharing our culture, all in a new world-class facility that is reflective of its very important place in our province,” he added.

“Not even six months ago, Mr. Tobin and his team gave us the inspiration to dare to dream about how much more we would be able to do with new and better facilities - from workshops to residencies, to touring and extending the reach of our year-round programs,” said Jeff Pitcher, Artistic Director for TNL and event emcee, “And here we are today, moving in leaps and bounds toward something that is no longer out of reach thanks to the generosity of the business leaders here in this room today and the ongoing support of our federal and provincial governments. It is so gratifying to witness the hard work, energy and talent that I see year in and year out as an Artistic Director rewarded and, indeed, respected with such tangible support. I know I speak for everyone at Theatre Newfoundland and Labrador when I say how eternally grateful, we all are for this vote of confidence. It means so much not only for the possibilities we now have but our drive to explore them! Thank you!”

MP Gudie Hutchings, Member of Parliament for Long Range Mountains, was also on hand for the celebration. “Theatre Newfoundland Labrador represents so much of who we are as a province and as a country. Stories, shared through the vision and talent of our amazing artists, unite us as Canadians” she said, “It also brings our unique identity and stories of remarkable resilience to a world that is craving the fun, love and optimism that underpin so many of these wonderful productions. TNL has an important place in Newfoundland and Labrador, and indeed all of Canada, and the Government of Canada is delighted to support such an important initiative.”

More information regarding the Set the Stage campaign can be found at


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For almost 40 years, they have set the stage for magical experiences. Formed in 1979, Theatre Newfoundland Labrador (TNL) is year-round, not-for-profit, professional theatre company dedicated to the creation of new plays for and about Newfoundland and Labrador, and to producing plays from the national and international repertoire that speak to a broader sense of place. One of their great successes has been the Gros Morne Theatre Festival (GMTF) in Cow Head, NL, which has enlightened and entertained audiences since 1995. But, now the festival is facing a significant challenge, triggered in part by its own success. The Set the Stage Campaign will build a new theatre facility in the beautiful rural community of Cow Head, setting the stage for the future of theatre in Newfoundland and Labrador for many, many years to come. Members of the Set the Stage Campaign Cabinet are: The Honourable Brian Tobin, Chair Gary Anstey Paul Antle Jim Burton Brian Johnson Dean MacDonald Michelle Melendy Barry Perry June Perry John Risley Graham Watton Anne Whelan Derek Young

About Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited

Founded in 1925 and part of the Kruger organization since 1984, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited employs 500 workers in the company’s Mill, Woodlands, and Power Plant Operations. With an annual production of over 240,000 metric tons of high-quality newsprint, Corner Brook Pulp and Paper Limited serves an international customer base.

About Scotiabank

Scotiabank is Canada’s international bank and a leading financial services provider in North America, Latin America, the Caribbean and Central America, and Asia-Pacific. We are dedicated to helping our 24 million customers become better off through a broad range of advice, products and services, including personal and commercial banking, wealth management and private banking, corporate and investment banking, and capital markets. With a team of more than 89,000 employees and assets of over $923 billion (as at January 31, 2018), Scotiabank trades on the Toronto (TSX: BNS) and New York Exchanges (NYSE: BNS).

About North Atlantic Refining

NARL Refining is an oil refinery located in the historic heart of Placentia Bay, Newfoundland and Labrador. Our refinery supplies the world’s fuel market needs. We maximize our industry advantages to service our customers in the most efficient and productive ways possible, they include a highly skilled workforce, clean fuel production, a strategic geographic location on major shipping routes, and flexible infrastructure. We are also committed to Newfoundland and Labrador and serving the people of our province—our locally-made home-heating fuels keep our friends and family warm, and our clean gasoline and diesel move people and vehicles throughout our province every day.

About AON

Aon plc (NYSE:AON) is a leading global professional services firm providing a broad range of risk, retirement and health solutions. Our 50,000 colleagues in 120 countries empower results for clients by using proprietary data and analytics to deliver insights that reduce volatility and improve performance.