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

Comedy Writing and Performance
Program Humber College

Conservatory Program graduate
Second City Training Program

Jordanne Brown

Tom Hearn

Prize: $2,500

Past Winners and Nominees

News Releases
Tom Hearn Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award
November 21, 2017
Jordanne Brown of Humber College Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award     September 6, 2017
Cameron LaPrairie Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award  November 9, 2016


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