So, how are you doing today? I mean that sincerely. Life has certainly changed for all of us. It is like a snow globe that one sees at Christmas. A nice calm scene; turn the globe over and give it a shake; and, now one has an amazing snowstorm inside the globe.
OSCA is focusing on being responsive and responsible during this pandemic. If you read the OSCAR article by Christy Savage “Christy’s Corner”, you will see a list of actions which OSCA is taking in response to the closure of city facilities (including our Firehall) and the cancellation of programs.
OSCA’s main concern is the health and well being of our clients, staff, and volunteers. In addition, as a not-for-profit organization, which is dependent on program revenue to remain viable, OSCA is grappling with the financial reality of the shutdown, including the financial security of our full-time and part-time staff and our instructors. There are no easy answers. Fortunately, we have some financial reserves.
There is a lot to do, and with each new directive from various levels of government there is more to consider. In the face of these challenges, we are figuring out new ways of working together to get things done. Yes, it is extra challenging when we cannot even enter the Firehall to get access to records and equipment. Even getting the OSCA mail posed a challenge until we installed a new mailbox on the outside of the Firehall.
Things are evolving quickly and we have to stay on our toes. Priorities change and need continuous attention. Consequently, OSCA’s Executive Committee and Staff are meeting via teleconference every couple of days, and we are communicating with the full Board of Directors via email on a regular basis.
Difficult times show the character of an organization. As President of OSCA, I want you to know that I am so impressed with how well the staff and Board have been working together. OSCA is showing it can respond quickly, responsibly and with creativity. We all can be proud of our OSCA.
The pandemic will take some time. It will challenge us all. But we will come out the other side. So, what can we do right now? May I suggest that we each practice social cohesion and physical distancing.
The President's Report was originally published in the April 2020 edition of the OSCAR.