West Vancouver’s Performing Arts Centre





Donations at Kay Meek Centre



A Place of Performance

Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts began as the dream of a small but very committed group of West Vancouver residents. One of those residents, Mrs. Kay Meek, a retired school teacher with a passion for youth and the performing arts, became the main benefactor with what would become an $8 million gift.  The Centre is named to honour her spirit of community and philanthropy.


Why support us?

The performing arts enrich the lives of patrons of all ages, local volunteers, students, and participants while making a community more liveable, energetic, and prosperous.


Since opening our doors on November 6, 2004, the Kay Meek Centre has worked hard to become the premier performing arts centre on the North Shore, and one that is recognized throughout the Lower Mainland. We offer a season of world-class music, theatre, and film, along with a summer musical theatre program for youth.  We also provide professional support and services to touring companies, community groups, educators, youth, and corporations throughout the year.  


With every performance and event we strive to showcase talent BC and around the world, provide experiences which will touch the heart and the mind, while creating a place of vibrancy and pride.   As a non-profit company, Kay Meek Centre relies on individual donors and corporate sponsors to support these initiatives and ensure our continued contribution to the community.  


Kay Meek Centre for the Performing Arts is a registered Canadian charity under our governing/legal name West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust.     


Charitable Registration: # 11929 6010 RR0001






Become a MEMBER today by making a donation to our Annual Campaign. In return, we offer a wide range of exclusive benefits, including access to advance ticket purchases and exclusive invitations to special events.  Annual donors are recognized in our printed show programmes and online donor listings.  


You may choose to direct your donation to one of three areas:

  • Annual Campaign: Support our mandate across our full spectrum of operations and performances.

  • Youth Conservatory:  Contribute to our bursary program for participants with financial need.

  • Performances/Events: Target your giving for special initiatives or dedicate your gift to a performance.


Company matching programs:  Some companies will match the donation made by an employee or retiree either in total or to a maximum level.  To activate this benefit, the donor should contact the organization’s Human Resources department to register.


Donors with an accumulated donation value of $10,000 or greater are recognized on the display wall at the entrance to the Centre.  


Dedicate a LEGACY SEAT

You may celebrate your support for Kay Meek Centre by dedicating a seat in the Grosvenor Theatre. Each seat you dedicate will have a plaque engraved with your message.  Legacy seats are a visible and unique way to acknowledge a friend, family member, loved one or a special occasion.  


Each Legacy Seat is supported through a $1,500 donation for which you will receive a charitable tax receipt for the full amount.   


Make a Donation of STOCK

Donating publicly traded stocks, bonds, mutual funds or other securities is a tax-effective way to support West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust (dba Kay Meek Centre) . For most types of securities, you will not be subject to any capital gains tax, making donating securities the most tax-effective way to make your donation.  


Donors will receive a receipt for income tax purposes for the fair market value of the securities on the date they are received in WVACT ’s brokerage account. The fair market value is calculated using the closing trading price on the date the shares are received


To get started with a donation of publicly traded securities, please contact Elaine McHarg our Director, Marketing and Development (development@kaymeekcentre.com) and we send you the instruction form to arrange for the securities to be electronically transferred from your brokerage account.


As with any gift, you may designate your donation of securities for a specific program or you may leave your gift unrestricted, allowing us to direct your money where it is needed most.



The Kay Meek Legacy Circle is a special way for patrons and community leaders to provide for the long term success of Kay Meek Centre through a designated gift in your will or estate planning. Options include remembering us directly in your will, trust or insurance policy. Alternatively, you can name the West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust as a beneficiary on your registered retirement savings plans, company pension plan or tax-free savings accounts.


We encourage you to speak with your financial advisor about how to best reflect your wishes to support Kay Meek Centre. A planned gift through life insurance, annuities, or a charitable remainder trust may offer you substantial tax benefits while you are living and/or to your estate upon death.

Should you need further information we please contact Elaine McHarg, Director, Marketing & Development at elaine@kaymeekcentre.com or 604-981-6335.

Wills and Bequests

Making a bequest in your will is a simple and effective way to leave a gift or portion of your estate to Kay Meek Centre. Legal name: West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust (Charitable number: 11929 6010 RR0001)

In your will you would indicate the level of support and any specific wishes for your gift.


The lasting gift of an Endowment
A gift to the West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust Endowment Fund will be held in trust forever. The annual interest generated by the endowment contribution is transferred to Kay Meek Centre on an annual basis.  


The West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust works with two foundations for the convenience of our donors: the West Vancouver Community Foundation and the Vancouver Foundation.


To discuss making a tax deductible contribution or to transfer securities to the Endowment Fund, simply contact Elaine McHarg at elaine@kaymeekcentre.com or 604-982-6335.

You can also make a gift on-line by visiting the Vancouver Foundation website. Follow the link to Individual Fund Search and then enter West Vancouver Arts Centre Trust in the search area.