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 $2,500 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 until 2019, to a Conservatory Program Graduate at the Second City Training Program..


2022 Recipient

Humber College's Comedy: Writing and Performance Program

Katie Chin

Katie Chin is an actor, writer, singer, and comedian and recent graduate from the Humber College - Comedy Writing and Performance program, where she received both the Joe Kertes Scholarship and the David Goodman Comedy Scholarship.

Katie has also trained at The Making Box, Second City, Bad Dog Theatre, and The Assembly. She is best known for her role as Grace Chen in the award-winning audio drama Valence at Hug House Productions. Katie has appeared on various improv shows such as Beer Beer at SoCap Theatre and Monday Night Fresh at Comedy Bar and has performed stand-up around Toronto venues including Yuk Yuk’s, Comedy Bar, and the Rivoli. 

Katie is an avid parody song writer, pogo stick rider, rock climber, and certified gamer girl.

Prize: $2,500

Past Winners 

News Releases
Katie Chin Awarded the Tim Sims Encouragement Award   September 13, 2022


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