PAL Vancouver provides a safe, affordable home for a vibrant community of creative professionals who work, or have worked, in the performing arts. Our doors are open to all disciplines—film, television, radio, theatre, dance, music—and just about any occupation within them that you can think of. Priority is given to seniors (55+), persons with disabilities, and those with the greatest housing need.
In addition to the 111 units in the PAL Vancouver building, there is a reading room, a rooftop garden and a fully equipped, 150-seat theatre. The theatre is available for use by both residents and other professional performing artists and groups.
PAL Vancouver expresses a tremendous thank you to UBCP for really “being a PAL” and sharing our affordable housing mission with its members. Together we can sustain PAL Vancouver, protecting our shared housing facility for future generations of low-income seniors and disabled members of our professional performing arts community.
PAL depends on donations each year to fund our rental assistance program. We welcome UBCP’s Eric Pollins, Mark Acheson, Hagan Beggs, Jo Bates, Anne Marie DeLuise, Keith Humphries, Jennifer Forlin, Ben Ratner, Meldrum Tuck, and Kathryn Daniels as supportive PAL Vancouver donors and hopefully long-time friends. Ask them why they care so much! Be a PAL too at www.beapal.ca or by mailing your “PAL Vancouver” contribution to #300-581 Cardero Street, Vancouver, BC, V6G 3L3.
Sean Allan, PAL Vancouver Board of Trustees, PAL Resident
and UBCP Member says, “I just want to take a moment to thank all my brother and sister members of UBCP for allowing us here at PAL Vancouver to include an insert with the annual dues statement. You have already responded to our www.beapal.ca appeal with donations and pledges, and more are coming in. This year, I celebrate my fiftieth year as a professional actor, and I continue to be inspired by your generosity and compassion. One of the reasons I love being an actor is the privilege of your company. On behalf of all of us here at PAL Vancouver, I extend a heartfelt "Thank You."
He was a man of few words but his smiling eyes shared understanding and love. On January 19, John “Jack” Thorne died at the Marion Hospice in Vancouver, and will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. Devoted husband of 58 years and partner of theatre pioneer Joy (Coghill) Thorne, Jack was one of the founders of Holiday Theatre, the first professional children's theatre in Canada.
From his first job with CBC radio, he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and returned to Vancouver after his war service. Jack was hired as one of CBC's first television producers and remained there his whole career. Retirement allowed more time for Jack to enjoy and support his family. Life was never richer then when he was reading stories to his grandchildren, listening to the triumphs of his wife's career, or making salmon or mincemeat tarts for family dinners.
Jack is survived by his wife Joy, daughter Debra (Theo), sons Gordon (Michelle) and David, and granddaughters Casey and Lucy. A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held on Friday, Feb 8th at 2pm at Unitarian Church of Vancouver (949 w.49th Ave.) Donations in lieu of flowers may be made to PAL Vancouver (300-581 Cardero Street, Vancouver V6G 3L3), specifying the 'Jack Thorne Legacy Project' in the memo, or online via www.donatetopalvancouver.org
As a fundraiser for PAL Vancouver, Art Cards and envelopes from the 2010 Fromson awards are for sale...more
PAL Studio Theatre was delighted to present its 3rd annual FREE Pancake Breakfast and more for our Coal Harbour neighbours, and our friends in the Performing Arts. The day started with a free pancake breakfast followed by a performance of the PAL Chorus. Guest were also entertained with a vintage car show and a dance party in the evening. Close to 500 people attended the event, making this year's celebration the biggest so far. Our big thank you to Blue Tree Group of Companies, Canada Safeway, Costco, Famous Foods, Urban Fare-Coal Harbour and Wholefoods for their support in making this event a huge success. For photos please click here. See you next year!
A BIG thank you to Howard Jang, Executive Director, Arts Club Theatre Company. As part of Howard’s legacy as Chair of Tourism Vancouver he had the honour of making a donation to a charity of his choice. Howard chose PAL Vancouver and announced a contribution of $1,000 to PAL at Tourism Vancouver’s AGM on June 7th at Christ Church Cathedral. Howard has been active with PAL since its inception and has provided invaluable leadership and support to us through his involvement on the Board of Trustees and Governance Committee. His contribution of $1,000 is truly inspiring and we thank him for his ongoing support.