Board Learning Session to explore Harassment in the Workplace

To all Theatre Board of Directors

Following Will Brooks’ March 16th memo, a working committee comprised of representatives from Saskatoon Theatre companies and Colleen Ostoforoff from the Saskatchewan Association of Theatre Professionals (SATP) was formed to plan an information session on harassment policies for boards and board members.

The committee identified that there are varying educational needs for all areas of our theatre organizations (Board, Operational/Administrative staff and Actors). As an overarching goal, we recommend that theatre organizations work together to create policies and processes that will address harassment issues across Saskatchewan in a consistent manner.

The focus of this working committee is to provide an information session for board members that will help them understand what harassment is and what their responsibilities are with respect to harassment in our respective organizations.

The information session will explore:

  • What harassment is and how it is defined, in the past and today (context/historical shift),
  • Legal responsibilities of boards and board members with respect to harassment
  • How boards can help ensure that theatre workplaces are safe for employees, actors and volunteers (e.g. necessary policies and procedures, conduct expectations)
  • The functional and directional responsibilities of boards with respect to harassment (e.g. what role do they have, how are they expected to conduct themselves)

The proposed date for this information session is Monday, September 10th from 7:00 – 9:00 pm.  The location is still to be finalized.   We expect to charge a small registration fee to cover costs.

Please provide this update to your board. 

To assist in our planning and to ensure we book an appropriate space, please let me know an estimate of THE number of board members who may be attending by June 30th.   A request for confirmation of attendance will be included in our next email.

In the meantime, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me by email or phone at (306) 242-3985.

Sincerely,
Angie Fergusson, Treasurer, Board of Directors
Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan