Personal Philanthropy

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund Award

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund recognizes and supports promising comedic performers in the early stages of their careers.

The Tim Sims Encouragement Fund was founded by Lindsay Leese and established in 1995 in the spirit and memory of Tim Sims, a well-known comedic performer, writer, director, and charity fund-raiser from Toronto. The Toronto comedy community, Andrew Alexander and The Second City, friends of Tim and the annual fundraising showcases associated with the TSEF have raised the capital for the Fund. The interest generated by the capital makes up the annual cash award.

From 1996-2014, the Fund awarded prize money totalling $65,000 to young comedians in the early stages of their careers.  The award was presented at the annual Cream of Comedy award show at Second City, which featured comedy performances by five outstanding jury-selected Tim Sims Award Nominees.   The award was one of recognition and not designated for any purpose other than the recipient’s encouragement.

Beginning in 2015, the award is given annually to a graduate of the Comedy Writing and Performance program at the Humber College, School of Creative and Performing Arts and to a Conservatory Program Graduate at the Second City Training Program.


Most Recent Recipients

Conservatory Program graduate Second City Training Program  

Ophira Calof
Currently based in Toronto, Ophira Calof is a writer, performer, and producer who focuses on creating work that explores concepts of illness and disability through art.  She is a producer and co-creator of the award-winning sketch revue Generally Hospital, co-founder of All Access Sketch Show, and a graduate of Second City's Writing and Sketch Conservatory programs.  She also has an extensive background in opera performance and recently released her single Still Standing.

Humber College's Comedy: Writing and Performance Program

Glenys Marshall
Growing up in Ottawa, Glenys Marshall was immersed in theatre by age 6. After starring as Donkey in Shrek the Musical her senior year of high school, she realized that comedy is where she belonged. During her time at Humber, Glenys went on an exchange to Salford University in Manchester, England, and met the friends that she performed alongside with at the Edinburgh Fringe this summer. After officially moving to Toronto this year, Glenys has become a member of the Second City Conservatory, a regular stand-up act across the city, and an active member of Bad Dog comedy theatre and the Canadian Improv Games. She hopes to create a sketch troupe and start getting into musicals again.

Prize: $2,500

Past Winners and Nominees

News Releases
Glenys Marshall Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award  December 10, 2018
Ophira Calof Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award  November 19, 2018


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