|Sid Williams Theatre Society|
The Sid Williams Theatre Society (SWTS) was formed in 2000 as a British Columbia non-profit organization to operate the Sid Williams Theatre. The SWTS was formed and given its mandate by the Theatre Advisory Committee, appointed in 1999 by the City of Courtenay, with representation from the Town of Comox and the Comox Strathcona Regional District. The Theatre Advisory Committee worked diligently for a year and a half to research and recommend an operating model for the theatre, and to ensure thorough public consultation and input from the whole Comox Valley and all stakeholder groups.
The Theatre Advisory Committee appointed the first Board of Directors in 2000. It included representation from Courtenay, Comox, the Regional District, and other key stakeholders. Every subsequent Board has been elected. This Valley-wide representation remains a priority for candidate nominations to the SWTS Board.
The SWTS has been a registered Canadian charity since 2002, and operates the theatre through a management agreement with the City of Courtenay, which owns the building. The SWTS operates the theatre for the benefit of all residents of the Comox Valley, and receives annual funding support from Courtenay, Comox, and the Comox Valley Regional District – as well as from provincial, federal, and foundation funders.
The SWTS mandate is to stimulate and enhance artistic, cultural, and economic activities in the Comox Valley and surrounding regions by operating the Sid Williams Theatre.
The SWTS's mission statement is to be a leader at providing professional theatre services to the Comox Valley in a safe, cost efficient, environmentally responsible manner for the benefit and cultural enrichment of our community, clients, and patrons.
Our core values are:
- To provide an accessible and affordable full service theatre facility to the Comox Valley’s performing arts and cultural organizations,
- To present a broad range of top quality national and international performers to Comox Valley audiences the year round,
- To offer educational opportunities for Comox Valley youth in a professional theatre environment,
- To offer opportunities for low-income families and youth in the Comox Valley to participate in cultural events at the theatre, and
- To continually improve the facility.