This past year has certainly been a ‘pivoting’ one for Heritage Ottawa. COVID challenges meant making quick adjustments to our programs. First up was our Newsletter — our printer had closed! An online-only version, upgraded to full colour, helped sweeten the new format.
Next came juggling the changing rules associated with outdoor gatherings. Welcome ’Social-Distancing’ Walking Tours! A new online registration and payment tool capped the numbers to meet regulations and public health standards were strictly adhered to. Everyone donned masks and kept their distance and guides willingly added face shields. The tours sold out!
To make up for cancelled and postponed events that bring members and friends of heritage together, we added a new ’Explore’ website section. Social media and other tools were used to promote the dozens of virtual tours, lectures and films on offer. Hello armchair learning!
We could not have succeeded without our amazing volunteers who helped make it all possible!
Photo: Heritage Ottawa socially-distanced walking tour. Photo: © Heritage Ottawa, 2020.