Festival Antigonish Foundation

The Festival Antigonish Foundation was established in 2007 under the leadership of then Artistic Producer Ed Thomason. Supported by the generosity and drive of our inaugural Directors, the creation of the Foundation marked a remarkable chapter in our theatre company’s success story.

With generous donations from longstanding supporters and philanthropists, and significant matching funds from Heritage Canada’s Endowment Incentive Program, the Foundation currently sits at just under $800,000.

The Foundation operates as an independent not-for-profit organization which manages the fund through a diligent investment committee and disburses the earned interest to the theatre. All donations to the fund are endowed and capitalized in perpetuity. Only the annual income is granted to the theatre’s operating budget, thereby providing a stable and sustainable source of revenue.

In our thirtieth anniversary season, our goal is to bring the Foundation to $1 million!

We are fortunate to have an anonymous donor who can help us double the donations received to take us up to the million-dollar goal.

Every gift helps. Your support will allow the Foundation to boost its operating grant to the theatre. That means we can keep our ticket prices low and invest in more artists on stage. It is the gift that will live forever!

For more information, or to become a donor to the Foundation, please contact Andrew Scott, Interim Operation Manager, at (902) 867 3954 or email ascott@stfx.ca 

Have I really been going to plays at Festival Antigonish for twenty years? Well, okay … here’s how you start your endowment fund: you’re twenty years old, you find twenty people, and you ask each of them to donate $50,000.

- David Fountain

Inaugural Foundation Donor

Festival Antigonish Foundation Board of Directors

Chair Brian MacLeod, President, MacLeod Group
Vice-Chair Harley MacCaull President, A.A. Munro Insurance
Secretary / Treasurer Ramsay Duff, CEO, MacLeod Group
Directors Steve Smith, Chair & CEO, Central Home Improvement
Donald Chisholm, CEO, Nova Construction
Frank Sobey, Chair, Crombie REIT
Bob MacEachern, Chair, Festival Antigonish
Dr. John Hamilton, Ophthalmologist, St. Martha’s Regional Hospital
Eric Atkinson, Partner, MacIntosh MacDonnell & MacDonald
Shannon Stephenson, Owner/Operator, High-Crest Enterprises Ltd.
Investment Advisor Marc Champoux, BMO Nesbitt Burns


Benefactors $50,000+

  • John & Anne Chisholm
  • Margaret & David Fountain
  • Minoli Amit & John Hamilton
  • Harley & Wendy MacCaull
  • Brian & Irene Macleod
  • Steve & Kathy Smith
  • Frank & Debbi Sobey

Gold $25,000- $49,999

  • The Sobey Foundation
  • Shannon & Jacqueline Stephenson

Silver $10,000- $24,999

  • Sisters of St. Martha of Antigonish
  • Aida Arnold & David Miller
  • Carol Hansen MacDonald & Grace Hansen
  • Clearwater Seafoods

Bronze $5,000- $9,999

  • Marc & Clare Champoux

Friends $1,000-$4,999

  • Congregation of Notre Dame
  • Cathy Walsh & Ramsay Duff
  • Eric Atkinson & Clare Fawcett
  • David & Joan Wallace
  • Leo & Margaret Gallant
  • Dr. Chiasson & Barbara MacGregor
  • Bruce & Sue MacIntosh
  • Firinn Investments