Founding Board Members

After much research and many discussions, meetings and approvals throughout the Summer and Fall of 1996 regarding the potential of a professional theatre company operating out of the historic Stirling Theatre in Stirling, ON, a new Canadian theatre company was founded.

The Stirling Festival Theatre Inc. received our approved Letters Patent effective November 18, 1996.

Letters Patent are issued by the Ontario government and set out the name of a not-for-profit, its purpose, the location of its head office and the names of its founding Board of Directors who were:

Alex Winkler, Chair

Marian Bastedo

Alan Coxwell

Ruth Potts

Marilyn Holden

Bob Barlas

Larry Groves

The SFT obtained federal registered charity status on November 1, 1996. A registered charity is a special type of not-for-profit organization or corporation. Unlike a regular not-for-profit, a registered charity may:

  • Issue tax receipts
  • Receive donations from other charities
  • Not pay income tax
  • Be exempt from charging HST for many services
  • Be eligible to claim tax rebates for HST paid