TORONTO, ON (February 12, 2018) — The ACTRA National Council elected Keith Martin Gordey to the position of Vice President of the national union last Saturday/Sunday. National Treasurer Theresa Tova was re-elected to her position. Mr. Gordey replaces Alvin Sanders, who stepped down as National vice president after serving in this role for almost seven years.

“I am happy to welcome Keith Martin Gordey to our ACTRA National Council in the role of vice president of our great union,” said ACTRA National President David Sparrow. “We have a great leadership team, and we’re all dedicated to providing the best service to our members through the work we do on collective bargaining, public policy and protecting performers’ rights.”

Mr. Gordey, Ms. Tova and Mr. Sparrow join Past President Ferne Downey and 22 National Councillors on the gender-balanced 2018/19 ACTRA National Council. Newly elected Council members include: Salvatore Antonio (Toronto); Francine Deschepper (Maritimes); Kelly Handerek (Saskatchewan); Winnie Hung (UBCP/ACTRA); Tristan D. Lalla (Montreal); Wendi Smallwood (Newfoundland); Joy Tanner (Toronto); and Jean Yoon (Toronto).

ACTRA’s National Council, composed of 24 National Councillors plus the National President and the Past President, is the principal policy-making Council within the union. The National Council is elected every two years with elected National Councillors serving a two-year term. The National Council is responsible to the entire membership and has a moral obligation to ensure its decisions adequately represent the positions of all nine ACTRA Branches.

In addition to their roles on National Council, Ms. Tova (Toronto) and Mr. Gordey (UBCP/ACTRA) also serve as president of their respective Branches.

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ACTRA (Alliance of Canadian Cinema, Television and Radio Artists) is the national union of professional performers working in the English-language recorded media in Canada. For the past 75 years, ACTRA has represented the interests of members across the country – the foundation of Canada’s highly acclaimed professional performing community.


Media contact:
Carol Taverner, ACTRA National Public Relations Officer, Tel: 416.644.1519, cell: 416.768.3336,