Canopy Growth makes $34k donation to Station Theatre in Smiths Falls

January 12, 2018 by
On Thursday January 11, Canopy Growth Corp made a $34,000 donation to the Station Theatre in Smiths Falls.  From left: Katharine Coleman, theatre administrator, theatre board members Terry Watkins, Sally Smiths and David Hoffman, Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton and  theatre board member Dave Thornley.

On Thursday January 11, Canopy Growth Corp made a $34,000 donation to the Station Theatre in Smiths Falls. From left: Katharine Coleman, theatre administrator, theatre board members Terry Watkins, Sally Smiths and David Hoffman, Canopy Growth CEO Bruce Linton and theatre board member Dave Thornley.

On Thursday January 11, the Station Theatre is Smiths Falls was the scene of a different kind of dramatic event.

Members of the Theatre’s Board had gathered to receive a donation from neighbouring cannabis giant Canopy Growth.

At 10 a.m. Bruce Linton CEO of Canopy Growth handed over a cheque for $34,521 to the theatre.

"If I want to hire people with PhDs and Masters (degrees), how do I attract them to move here?" asked Linton as he made the presentation. "The more functional amenities we have here, the more likely they are to want to work for us and stay in the community,” he said.

The donation came from the company’s first Annual Golf Tournament.

“We had invited all our partners, major shareholders and contacts and it was a huge success, raising more than $110,000, more than we expected and we’re splitting it three ways and the theatre was one of the organization that Bruce really wanted to include,” said Caitlin O’Hara, communications specialist with Canopy Growth.

Although Canopy Growth had been a platinum sponsor last year – donating $1,500 – and had been approached for continued support, the theatre was not expecting anything like this windfall.

“We were hoping that they would sponsor us again this year, as they did last year, but this humongous bonus was not expected at all,” said Katharine Coleman, theatre administrator.

How the money will be spent has not yet been determined according to Coleman. “We certainly have big projects planned, but no decision has been made yet, although I can probably say that we have been re-covering the theatre’s plush seats and are about half way done, and this will certainly help complete that project,” said Coleman.

The company also donated $34,521 to the town's Food Bank, and has one more donation to make, although it has not been announced which community group will be on the receiving end of that cheque.

Bruce Linton will join on us Monday's edition of In Focus after the News@Noon to discuss the company's community efforts and its outlook for 2018.

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