April 28, 2022
Kingston, ON— In 2021, The Museum of Health Care at Kingston received a $6,200 Resilient Communities Fund grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) to rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID-19. The organization has used this grant to deliver “Live! From the Museum,” a free-of-charge virtual education program series.
Support from OTF allowed the Museum to continue its services and adapt its outreach to school-aged children despite the obstacles imposed by the COVID-19 pandemic. As with so many other businesses and organizations, the Museum of Health Care has had to find new ways to engage with the public having been closed (then open, then closed) over the past two years. Coupled with a 360 degree virtual tour and virtual scavenger hunt, the Museum – with the help of OTF – has expanded its virtual offerings and is reaching those that would not normally be able to access its galleries.
Offered to educators across the region at no-cost, the programming aims to be interactive, fun and educational. Since its roll-out in January, almost 30 sessions have been booked, keeping Education Coordinator Claire Notman very busy. Offering topics from WWI medical innovation to the role bones play in our bodies, the programs have been quickly picked up by educators and have received overwhelmingly positive reviews.
“The funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation has played a very important role in our ability to continue to share the story of Canada’s health care history with children and educators,” says Education Coordinator Claire Notman. “I am pleasantly surprised by the positive response to the Live! From the Museum virtual programming and intend to make it a permanent offering for those that are unable to visit our site in person.”
The Museum of Health Care at Kingston connects visitors with the experiences of people in the past to provide context and perspective on today’s health issues. The Museum is Canada’s national resource for health care history. Through exhibitions, guided tours, education programs, our online collection catalogue, and a curated blog, we provide a wide-ranging audience access to Canada’s rich health care past. We strive to inspire wonder, promote learning, and create knowledge that will contribute to a better future in health and health care. For more information visit: http://www.museumofhealthcare.ca/ or follow us on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram or YouTube
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. Last year, nearly $112M was invested into 1,384 community projects and partnerships to build healthy and vibrant communities and strengthen the impact of Ontario’s non‐profit sector. In 2020/21, OTF supported Ontario’s economic recovery by helping non‐profit organizations rebuild and recover from the impacts of COVID‐19. Visit otf.ca to learn more.