Coaching Grant Alumni
“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
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.
“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
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.
The Grand Theatre (Indian Head, SK)
“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
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.
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)
“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
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.
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.
Crowsnest Museum and Alberta Provincial Police Barracks (Coleman, AB)
“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 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 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.
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.
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.
St. Andrews, NB
“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
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.
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.