Coaching Grants

Congratulations to our most recent Launch Pad coaching grant recipients!

Through the generous support of donors, the National Trust’s Launch Pad Coaching Grants give community organizations up to 14 hours of direct coaching time with a team of seasoned professionals. Together, we find solutions to unlock the potential of their historic places.
Our coaches look forward to working with:

Friends of Dalnavert Museum Inc.

Dalnavert Museum and Visitors' Centre (Winnipeg, MB)

Dalnavert is the 1895 home of Sir Hugh John Macdonald, Premier of Manitoba and son of Sir John A. Macdonald, located in the heart of Winnipeg’s downtown. One of the finest examples of Queen Anne Revival architecture in Western Canada, it has been restored to how it looked in 1895 and is fully furnished with a large collection of decorative arts. This unique museum features a “day in the life” feel as it transports visitors back in time to the 19th century the second they step inside.

About

Friends of Dalnavert Museum is the registered charity that owns and operates Dalnavert Museum and Visitors’ Centre, located at 61 Carlton St. in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba. As a part of our mission, we are committed to: preserving and maintaining the museum's buildings, grounds, and collection; presenting engaging programs and exhibits that interpret the history of the house and Winnipeg's early heritage for visitors; and developing partnerships and programming that will make Dalnavert a cultural centre for city residents.

Friends of Dalnavert Museum Inc.

Parkwood Foundation

Parkwood National Historic Site (Oshawa, ON)

Inspired by early 20th century Beaux‐Arts design, the mansion was built between 1915‐17, shortly before McLaughlin became founding President of General Motors of Canada. The design of Parkwood’s architecture, interior decorations and garden landscapes are all imbued with a 20th century style and a distinctly North American sensibility, including some outstanding examples of art moderne. The site is interpreted as if the family have just stepped away, with a full complement of a collection, left in situ, bolstered by a private archives with approx. 15,000 items, including family home movies, correspondence, and journals.

About

Parkwood Estate National Historic Site is the family home of autobaron R.S. McLaughlin, founder of General Motors of Canada, and Canadian philanthropist. The estate foot print is a 55 room furnished mansion, with 12 acres of landscape grounds, representing the advent of Canadian landscape architecture and ornamental gardens.

Parkwood Foundation

Peterborough Historical Society

Hutchison House Museum (Peterborough, ON)

Hutchison House is one of the oldest limestone houses in Peterborough. It was built by volunteers in 1837 for Dr. John Hutchison, the city’s first resident physician. This living history museum offers a glimpse into 19th century life in Upper Canada.

About

As one of Ontario's oldest historical societies, PHS has played a lead role in preserving and promoting Peterborough's rich architectural and cultural history. Our goal is to generate wider public interest in local history.

Peterborough Historical Society

Heritage Abbotsford Society

Trethewey House Heritage Site (Abbotsford, BC)

Trethewey House was built in 1919 for B.C. lumber baron “J.O.” Trethewey. The craftsman style bungalow is constructed using primarily local materials, including old‐growth fir processed at the Trethewey mill, and Clayburn bricks and tile, crafted from clay mined on Sumas Mountain. The House has been restored to c.1925 and was designated a municipal heritage site in 1983. The Heritage Site also houses the Upper Sumas BC Electric Train Station, the Sylvia Pincot Heritage Habitat Garden and two replica buildings.

About

Heritage Abbotsford is a charitable organization which collects, records, preserves and shares the stories of Abbotsford. Now in its 51st year of operations, the Society's team continues to work towards the organization being the recognized organization for Abbotsford heritage expertise and consultation. We develop and deliver festivals, events, and curriculum‐linked programs in schools, museums, and other spaces which are accessible to the general public.

Heritage Abbotsford Society

Historic Joy Kogawa House Society

Historic Joy Kogawa House (Vancouver, BC)

Photo credit: Kate Metten

Historic Joy Kogawa House is the childhood home of Canadian author Joy Kogawa. Joy and her family lived in the house until 1942, when they were sent to an internment camp along with thousands of other Canadians of Japanese descent. Now used as a site for author residencies and literary events, the house stands as a historical reminder of the internment experience of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, and by extension, to the experiences of diverse cultural and ethnic groups within Canadian society.

About

The Historic Joy Kogawa House Society was established in 2007 to reflect and build upon Joy Kogawa’s experience as a writer and formerly interned Canadian of Japanese heritage through education and an artists’ residency that engage literary and local communities. To date we have hosted more than 40 writers-in-residence plus events and educational tours for youth, children, and the general public.

Historic Joy Kogawa House Society

Watson's Mill Manotick Inc.

Watson's Mill (Manotick, ON)

The building is an 1860s grist and flour mill built by Moss Kent Dickinson and Joseph Currier, who together founded the town of Manotick. Today Watson’s Mill continues to grind flour while helping visitors explore the past and conserving the site for the future.

About

Watson’s Mill is a museum and historical centre that celebrates Manotick and its history.

Watson's Mill Manotick Inc.
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