The Firehall is closed. Our March Break camps were cancelled, as well as the remainder of our Winter Session Programs. And with the extension of the closure of all of the City’s recreation centres until at least June 30th, we have now also had to cancel our Spring programs. But as we are sure you know, OSCA’s staff have been as busy as ever these past few weeks.
The closure of the Firehall has had a huge impact on all of us and like many, we are all missing the connections that our community space provides. As you have probably seen in the news, the City of Ottawa has announced that all recreation facilities will be closed until at least June 30th, 2020, and this includes the Firehall. One of the consequences of the closure is that we also do not have access to our phone line to answer questions and provide assistance.
The world is a different place, but we’re in this together. As I write this (on March 20th) the world has already changed exponentially. I expect it to have changed even more by the time you read this. So perhaps this is better written and read as an historical record.
For older children in our Breakfast Club and After-Four programs, we have been meeting on Zoom twice a week (Mondays and Thursdays) and giving them and us an opportunity to hang out (virtually of course) with their friends from Firehall.
Isolation is a challenge for all but imagine being new to this world and not being able to see the friendly faces that you’ve gotten to know at the Firehall. We are doing our best to connect with our little friends through the Zoom platform.
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.
UPDATED: in light of the postponement of the OSCA AGM, the deadline for nominations for the Community Builder Award has been extended until June 30, 2020.
As a result of the announcement that City facilities will be closed and following the recommendations made by the City of Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health, and Federal government agencies, we have made the difficult choice to cancel all OSCA programming; this includes the Firehall Fitness Centre, the Pottery Studio, Board and Committee public meetings.
The OSCAR and The Glebe Report community newspapers will be acquiring six newspaper boxes to make the papers jointly available in our communities. The boxes will be placed along Bank Street between the Queensway and the Rideau River. Local artists will be commissioned to decorate the boxes. We welcome submissions from all artists including Old Ottawa South and Glebe students in high school or University.