Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada to induct eight longtime supporters into new Founders’ Circle

Leigh Alderson
Leigh Alderson dancing earlier this year
in Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada’s production of Amadeus.
(Photo by Sasha Onyshchenko)


November 28, 2012
For immediate release

Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada to induct eight longtime supporters into new Founders’ Circle

MONCTON, N.B. – Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada is inducting eight of its longtime visionary supporters into its new Founders’ Circle, created this year to honour groups and individuals who have shown outstanding generosity to the company through their confidence, time, advice, assistance or donations.

“Without these eight groups and individuals, we would not be here today – literally,” said Susan Chalmers-Gauvin, co-founder and CEO of Atlantic Ballet Theatre. “They believed in us from the very beginning when no one else did. Their belief in us energized our company. Together, we built a world-class professional ballet company from scratch right here in Moncton. It’s all quite incredible when you think about it.”

The eight inaugural inductees into the Founders’ Circle will be honoured at Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada’s annual Soirée Grant Thornton Velvet Gala being held on Thursday, Nov. 29. The evening begins at 7 p.m. with a performance at the Capitol Theatre in Moncton followed by a gourmet reception at 8:45 p.m. at the Delta Beauséjour. The Soirée Grant Thornton Velvet Gala is the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada’s single major annual fundraising event. As it has in previous years, the event has once again sold out.

The eight groups and individuals being inducted into the Founders’ Circle this year are:

Dr. Paul Delaney

Dr. Delaney has been a longtime volunteer with Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada since 2002. He has taught non-English speakers dancers how to speak English and has also taught them about Canada, including how to live in our communities, our way of life, etc. He has helped the dancers find apartments and furniture, and has also welcomed them into his home.

Government of New Brunswick – Hon. Trevor Holder, Minister of Tourism, Heritage and Culture

The Government of New Brunswick has been a solid supporter of building Atlantic Canada’s only professional ballet company right here in this province. Through three governments, the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada has had strong support that has been vitally important to our development. Through their support and encouragement, we were able to grow.

Leonard Lockhart

Mr. Lockhart has been a significant financial supporter and has also volunteered countless hours in support of the development of Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada. He believes that to attract business we need to invest in the professional arts as part of that economic development strategy. He believes the arts help to attract and retain businesses. His depth of knowledge and business acumen has been a great asset in Atlantic Ballet’s ongoing development and success.

Scotiabank – Islay McGlynn, Senior Vice-President, Retail and Small Business Banking, Atlantic Region

Scotiabank provided Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada’s first significant regional sponsorship in the ballet company’s early years. Scotiabank continues as an ongoing funder through to today. Our partnership extends well beyond the financial. They have also lent their business expertise, with three of their vice-presidents having been members of Atlantic Ballet Theatre’s board of directors.

City of Moncton – Mayor George LeBlanc

The support from the City of Moncton has been there through all of the Atlantic Ballet Theatre’s development years and through different mayors and councils. In addition to assistance in acquiring the company’s new headquarters at 68 Highfield Street, the relationship has evolved to include a summer tourism initiative: World of Shadows – Phantom, the Ballet – that has been staged for the past two summers at the Capitol Theatre.

Hon. Bernard Lord

In the fall of 2001, company representatives met with then-premier Lord. Premier Lord liked our idea and said yes to providing Atlantic Ballet Theatre with seed funding to start the venture. This was a monumental decision. It showed confidence in our vision, and it leveraged private-sector investment to allow us to begin. Without that investment, the Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada would never have been born.

Hon. Marilyn Trenholme Counsell

Dr. Trenholme Counsell was lieutenant-governor of New Brunswick when Atlantic Ballet Theatre began. In fact, she attended the company’s inaugural news conference and even walked through heavy snow (wearing heels!) to be there. She has been a great source of moral support and practical advice and has shown a deep interest in all our dancers.

Larry Nelson

Mr. Nelson was the sponsor of our very first show – the world premiere of Figaro in Moncton on May 11, 2002, and has not missed a performance since. To this day, he continues to support us financially, and has also put in long volunteer hours, through advocacy efforts, participating in financial campaigns, offering business advice and attended meetings throughout the region and in Ottawa.


Media contact:

Susan Chalmers-Gauvin
Atlantic Ballet Theatre of Canada
(506) 383-5951, ext. 104

Sorry, comments are closed for this post.