These lucky heritage organizations were awarded Launch Pad coaching grants to help with challenges they are facing.
Kingsbridge Centre (Goderich, ON)
"St Joseph’s Kingsbridge Community (Kingsbridge) is a registered charity with the goal of providing a large multi use facility for the residents and visitors of rural Southwestern Ontario.
In 2012, the closure of the century old, 15,000+ square foot gothic revival St. Joseph's church left a large vibrant rural community without a venue to meet. Kingsbridge was established to purchase the former church and rectory, and to restore the historical buildings.The (renamed) Kingsbridge Centre is now a cultural centre with a community based agenda, and is used for community gatherings, performance opportunities, rural education, and rental options."St. Joseph's Kingsbridge Community
Cronquist House (Red Deer, AB)
The Cronquist House is one of the few remaining buildings in Red Deer dating from the early 1900’s when the district was settled. The house was built by the Cronquist family who were Swedish immigrants and in its day it was a large, luxurious home with a beautiful view of the Red Deer River valley.
Now run by the Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society, the house may be rented for private functions such as retreats, small weddings, business meetings, or family parties and the public is invited to enjoy the house over light lunches or afternoon tea and dessert during July and August.Red Deer Cultural Heritage Society
Acton Town Hall Centre (Acton, ON)
Heritage Acton was formed as a charitable corporation by a group of local citizens on July 26, 1983. The goal being to promote, facilitate and manage the restoration of buildings of historical importance in the town of Acton. In particular, to manage the restoration of the Acton Town Hall located at the corner of Bower Avenue and Willow Street, in the former town of Acton. The current board consists of 25 volunteers supported by friends of Heritage Acton.Heritage Acton
Colony of Avalon (Ferryland, NL)
Established in 1621 by Sir George Calvert (the First Lord Baltimore), the Colony of Avalon is widely recognized as the best preserved early English colonial site in North America. Today, on-going work at the Colony is changing the way we understand that past. Discoveries made through excavations by our archaeological team have revealed that the colony was a place where Indigenous people had an amicable relationship with early European fishermen 500 years ago, where religious toleration was first introduced to North America, and where almost 400 years ago female entrepreneurs managed a vibrant transatlantic trade. The Colony of Avalon is one of the premier tourist attractions in Newfoundland & Labrador, if not in all of Canada, and is visited by thousands of people every year.Colony of Avalon Foundation
Church of Scotland at Chatham, Lower Canada (Cushing, QC)
Photo: Brent Reilly
The National Trust worked with the Friends of St Mungo’s to develop a strategy to build on their existing programming and that will contribute to a sustainable future for this charming site.
St Mungo's was built as a Church of Scotland in 1836 by Scottish stonemasons who worked on the Ottawa River canals. Today, it is one of the oldest Protestant churches in Quebec, and has been largely restored by the congregation with the financial assistance of the Patrimoine religieux du Québec.
The Friends of St Mungo's was created several years ago to bring together people interested in preserving the historic church and site.St Mungo's United Church
Knaut-Rhuland House Museum National Historic Site (Lunenburg, NS)
The National Trust worked with the Lunenburg Heritage Society to put in place a regeneration plan for the Knaut-Rhuland House National Historic Site.
The Lunenburg Heritage Society formed in 1972 with a mission to preserve and promote Lunenburg’s unique history and settlement story. Today, our registered charity owns the Knaut-Rhuland House Museum National Historic Site, and Lunenburg's Heritage Bandstand, and strives to celebrate and protect Lunenburg's architecture and built heritage.Lunenburg Heritage Society
Lougheed House (Calgary, AB)
Photo: George Webber
Through the Launch Pad program, National Trust coaches worked with staff at the Lougheed House to develop sponsorship strategies to help the organization diversify its revenue base.
Lougheed House, Calgary Beltline's hub of cultural happenings & programs, is a National and Provincial Historic Site, Museum and restaurant, all located on our original 2.8 acres. This 14,000 square-foot sandstone prairie mansion was built in 1891 by Senator James Lougheed and his wife Lady Isabella. It remains one of the finest public examples of a restored sandstone home in Canada. It has been a social, entertainment and political hub in Calgary for over 126 years. The site can be rented for special events, weddings, parties and more.Lougheed House Conservation Society
Central Fire Hall (Welland, ON)
The National Trust worked with the Central Station Education Initiative to develop a fundraising plan to reach their financial targets, and strategies to set it in motion.
The Central Station Education Initiative in Welland is embarking on a major fundraising campaign to restore and transform our historic fire hall into a financially self-sustaining, multi-use facility that will include a portion open to the public honoring the story of the firefighters who lived and worked in the building.
They're a small volunteer group with lots of energy and drive but we're really looking forward to working with the Launch Pad coaches at the National Trust to develop a great fundraising plan to reach our financial targets, and strategies to set it in motion.
The Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum in Carp, Ontario are developing a sponsorship program. Our coaches led two training sessions that got their staff thinking about the best opportunities they have to offer sponsors and how to target sponsors that are the right fit for them.
“It was such a terrific experience. Their coaches worked with us one-on-one and truly listened to our needs and the needs of the organization. ”
-Twitter Post, Diefenbunker
North Highlands Museum and Culture Centre in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia wanted to build a marketing plan to expand and engage new audiences in their community and in the tourism sector. Our coaches helped them to understand the key ingredients of a good marketing plan, and how to tailor one to their target audiences.
“We were very excited to have been selected as a participant for this initiative and the benefits to our organization will be felt for years to come. The team at the National Trust put together a concise plan to help us attain our objectives and followed us every step of the way. This was a truly enriching experience for our organisation; the support and coaching by the National Trust team was exemplary.”
– Emmanuel Comtois, Treasurer of the North Highlands Community Museum and Culture Centre
The Grand Theatre (Indian Head, SK)
The Grand Theatre in Indian Head, Saskatchewan faces the same challenges many of us working in the heritage sector experience – how to tell your stories effectively to targeted audiences, using the power of social media with a volunteer team. Our coaches helped them to focus on their communications assets and develop techniques to tell their story through social media channels.
“The Launch Pad Coaching Grant was a great experience for our board members involved in communications at the Grand Theatre in Indian Head. The National Trust team reviewed our communications products and gave us the advice and encouragement to become effective story tellers about our building, our volunteers and our community.”
– Bruce Neil, Grand Theatre
Doucet Hennessy House (Bathurst, NB)
The team at the Doucet-Hennessy House in Bathurst, New Brunswick have big plans and great ideas to rehabilitate this historic house into a multi-purpose facility. Our coaches are helped them study the feasibility of possible uses that meet their social enterprise’s goals, and that will be the basis of a sustainable business plan.
Belle Vue House (Amherstburg, ON)
The National Trust worked with the Belle Vue House team to identify strategies for their corporate sponsorship campaign, develop messaging for the campaign materials and provide training for key volunteers in connecting with potential sponsors.
After the cold, devastating War of 1812, the promise of Belle Vue gave us hope by its grandeur build and working farmland. Today, Belle Vue inspires future generations by connecting people, preserving national heritage and fueling the creative vitality of our communities! Through collaboration and partnerships, The Amherstburg Belle Vue Conservancy is dedicated to raising funds for Phase 1 of restoration for the Belle Vue House to secure a new roof, windows, gutters and foundation work. These core repairs are of absolute urgency in order to stabilize the house after years of severe neglect. The Conservancy is proud to announce that tender documents for a new roof and architectural assessment of the windows are well underway and work is expected to begin in 2018.
"Both Nhanci and Alison clearly brought a wealth of experience, passion and great ideas to the project. The entire process including the final report was outstanding! We now have concrete material to work with and share in our endeavour to open Belle Vue’s Doors again!! We want to thank the National Trust, Nhanci and Alison for a wonderful experience and all of their support!"
-Anne Rota, Manager of Tourism and Culture, Town of Amherstburg; Linda Jackson, Chairperson of Outreach, Belle Vue Conservancy; and Jennifer Ibrahim, Tourism Coordinator, Town of Amherstburg
Crowsnest Museum and Alberta Provincial Police Barracks (Coleman, AB)
The National Trust worked with the Crowsnest Historical Society’s team to develop key messages for storytelling, branding, and identifying priority marketing strategies to increase audience engagement. Together, they identified strategies to focus the team on top priorities and increase organizational readiness to deliver.
The Crowsnest Museum and Alberta Provincial Police Barracks are integral parts of the heritage offerings of the Crowsnest Pass. They are operated by the Crowsnest Historical Society. Extensive indoor and outdoor exhibits showcase the social, architectural and industrial history of the Crowsnest Pass, and the Museum also hosts the region’s historical archives.
"The Launch Pad Sessions were a great benefit to our organization. The facilitators took the time to find out what was important to us and where they could help the most. They met us where we were at and were invested in our organization growing and succeeding."
-Chris Matthews, Executive Director, Crowsnest Museum & Archives
The National Trust worked with the Prime Ministers’ Row team to finalize and begin implementing their business plan to commemorate the lives and legacies of former Prime Ministers and celebrate Canadian leadership in governance and democracy, including through the creation of Canada’s first Street Museum. Together, they identified priority actions to engage with the numerous partners that will make this innovative idea a reality.
Prime Ministers Row will offer the literal and figurative meeting point between those who shaped Canada’s first 150 years and those who will shape Canada’s next 150 years. This initiative will leverage the unique and extraordinary built heritage assets located along Ottawa’s Laurier Avenue East – historically home to multiple Prime Ministers and Fathers of Confederation – in order to create Canada’s first street museum in the heart of the Nation’s Capital. This will be an innovative, participation-oriented, multi-block, multi-media, outdoor cultural space designed to encourage reflection on questions of governance, identity, culture, values and history.Prime Ministers’ Row
St. Andrews, NB
The National Trust worked with the Ministers Island team to develop key messages for storytelling and branding and identify priority social media strategies to increase audience engagement.
The Van Horne Estate on Ministers Island offers visitors one of the foremost cultural, heritage and environmental tourism destination in the Charlotte Coastal Region of the Bay of Fundy of New Brunswick. Lying in the shores of Passamaquoddy Bay near St. Andrews, New Brunswick, this 500-acre island can be reached by driving over the seafloor. Sir William’s vast house, his equally large barn and his bathhouse/artist’s hideaway are on view, as are the beautiful carriage lanes through the woods and fields.
"Working with the coaching partners was a fantastic experience. They provided through insight into strategic initiatives that are going to prove beneficial to Ministers Island…. I would recommend this training to any group looking to improve their presence on social media."
-Paul Nopper, Operations Manager, Ministers Island