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Settling In: Highlighting 50 Years of Kitimat's History


The Aluminum City Telethon (ACT) was created in 1980 to stem the threat of closure by the Child Development Centre.  Since then, the Society has continued to raise funds for charitable organizations within the District of Kitimat - essential services to the community.  The Child Development Centre, Kitimat General Hospital, Tamitik Status of Woman, Kitimat Home Support Services and many other organizations have all received necessary funding from ACT.

Held at Mount Elizabeth Theatre, the people of Kitimat - all volunteers - provide the entertainment, cover the phone lines, organize the ACTs, build the scenery and make a donation to the largest fundraising event in Kitimat's history.  Industry and business donate funds, equipment, supplies, and services for the smooth running of the event.  Skeena Broadcasters provides equipment and personnel to film the event.  Emcee Doug Smith hosts the event year after year.

Phillis Powell and Companions Dancing at Telethon

Phillis Powell (centre) and companions perform at the 1984 Aluminum City Telethon.  ACT Collection.

Band Performing at Telethon

Erle Crawford and Moonshine perform at the 1984 Aluminum City Telethon.  The band was a regular at the annual telethon, first performing in 1981. 

Funds Raised

Funds raised in the 1990 ACT were presented to local groups, March 9, 1991.  ACT Collection, Kitimat Centennial Museum.

Ad for 1984 Aluminum City Telethon

Ad for 1984 Aluminum City Telethon.