In a packed house at the gorgeous new Ottawa Art Gallery, PAL Ottawa held its Annual Membership Meeting June 4.

Board Chair Peter Haworth provided an overview of PAL’s ongoing work towards creating a live/work space for senior arts workers in Ottawa. He reminded members in attendance that “the readiness is all,” and that PAL Ottawa is rapidly moving into a state of readiness to ensure that its plans take a major leap forward in the coming year.

A full house listened closely and participated passionately as PAL Ottawa held its Annual Membership Meeting June 4.

He pointed out that in 2017, PAL Ottawa began work with Cahdco towards identifying partners for the PAL Ottawa Residence. (Cahdco provides development consulting services to non-profit organizations regarding affordable housing. This work was made possible by a grant from the Ottawa Community Foundation of $10,000, combined with funds from PAL Ottawa’s own Housing Reserve Fund.

Haworth then broke down some of the PAL Ottawa’s key activities

 

EVENTS

Creating events to raise awareness and funds.

  • Held a Benefit Performance at the Preview of Peter Pan and Wendy at Ottawa Little Theatre in November, 2017, sponsored by Dan Soubliere’s Ottawa Wealth Advisory team at TD Wealth Management.
  • Participated in the annual Capital Pride Parade to build awareness of PAL Ottawa in August.
  • Held our annual Kitchen Party at Glebe St. James United Church with memorable performances
  • Monthly Coffee Klatches were held for PAL members and friends at Stella Luna Gelato Café.

An engaged group of PAL Ottawa members listens intently to the delivery of the annual report.

SUPPORTING CAST Report 

Providing a community of support for older, isolated and/or disabled members of the artistic community.

Special thanks to Michael Namer, who was the Supporting Cast Coordinator from 2014 to 2017, and retired from the PAL Ottawa Board on 31 December 2017, for his dedication to the Supporting Cast Program.

  • The Supporting Cast team of 7 volunteers, served 6 clients with 52 visits and/or trips, and 101 volunteer hours. Services provided include, but are not limited to:
    • The Companionship & socialization included in providing travel to medical appointments
    • Light housekeeping, shopping
    • Special housing assistance
    • General advocacy.

Workshops, Partnerships & Training

  • Die-alogues: On 29 May 2017, PAL Ottawa and Compassionate Ottawa co-hosted the first Ottawa Die-alogues event, whose topic, “Bucket Lists: Living Your Life to the Fullest,” attracted 24 participants and was presented by Nadine Volk, Executive Director, Champlain Hospice Palliative Care Program, and Pam Grassau, Research Associate, Palliative Care Education and Research Group, Bruyère Research Institute. Michael Namer and Julie Hodgson were among the facilitators that evening.
  • Facilitator Training: Michael Namer and Julie Hodgson participated in Die-alogues Facilitator Training with Compassionate Ottawa on 16 October 2017.
  • Michael Namer attended an Advance Care Planning Training Seminar with Compassionate Ottawa on 17 November 2017.

Hali Krawchuk records a vote as members votes on a resolution.

HOUSING PROJECT

Pursuing partnership opportunities for a PAL Ottawa residence.

  • During the search for a Chair or Co-Chair, Catherine Lindquist continued to lead this work, with insights from Carol Burrows, Susan Dell, our Chair, Vice Chair, and the Advisory Committee.
  • As a Member of the Ottawa Cultural Alliance, Catherine continues to flag the recommendation in the City’s ‘Cultural Action Plan’: “… to develop Ottawa’s first municipal, affordable artists live-work scenario, to include a focus on aging artists.”
  • We completed contractual considerations with Cahdco, with Graeme Hussey to identify best partnership opportunities – notably related to the new National Housing Strategy (just released). This work is ongoing.
  • We met with cultural organizations and small business interests seeking new or replacement facilities re: potential co-location opportunities.
  • Joining Committee now as Co-Chair, is Stephen Arbuckle, Former Manager, Housing Services, City of Ottawa.

Grete Hale, an honourary member of the Ottawa Community Foundation and Chairman Emeritus of one of Ottawa’s oldest businesses – Morrison Lamothe Inc. – was one of the dozens of PAL Ottawa members who showed up to participate.

COMMUNICATIONS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Informing and engaging the community on PAL Ottawas mission and activities

  • Two Communications and Fundraiser Coordinators were hired in 2017. Catherine Morrison came aboard April 2017, however illness forced her to step down last July. Sarah Culpepper, who had previously held the role, came aboard in August on a part-time basis to help through the next few months.
  • An issue with the PAL website over the months of July and August caused Communications to revamp and recreate all the information on the site, causing delays on numerous items. To ensure this issue doesn’t repeat itself, we are set for two years on GoDaddy as host, and renewed one year for web base email accounts to allow time to search if PAL wishes to switch to another company in the fall of 2018 – among the items that needed addressing:

– creating and revising content for the website, blog and member and fundraising correspondence;

– working on the update and reorganization of our database and mailing lists;

  • Beginning in the fall, the plan was to continue rebuilding information on the website and add stories that can also be posted to the social media pages. Stories featured were the Ottawa Little Theatre’s benefit for PAL Ottawa of their performance of Peter Pan and Wendy, sponsored by TD Wealth Management, and a collaboration with Compassionate Ottawa at the Gladstone Theatre’s Getting to Room Temperature.
  • Increased social media presence by continuing to add content and engage audiences on Facebook

FUNDRAISING AND MEMBERSHIP

Raising $21,515 from events, individuals, private sector and government sources.

  • Charitable donations receipted amounted to over $10,702 from direct gifts to PAL and from CanadaHelps
  • Fundraising events generated $5,725
  • Reached out for new members from Equity, ACTRA and the Musicians Union and renewed past memberships

    Victoria Steele draws up the agenda in advance of PAL Ottawa members arriving for the Annual Membership Meeting.

  • Ottawa Community Foundation granted $10,000 toward the Housing project
  • A new Memorial Building Fund was created in January 2018 thanks to a donation in memory of Ken Wickes

 

ORGANIZATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE

Establishing PAL Ottawa as an effective Not-for-Profit Organization

  • Sought nominees to stand for election to the Board of Directors and began to refine needs for future years including for the Housing project. Began plan to replace retiring founding board members at end of their terms.
  • Oversaw PAL Ottawa’s budget which brought in $21,515 in revenue and saw $19,880 in expenses, with a surplus of $1,635 bringing our accumulated surplus to $30,188 plus a $10,000 Housing Reserve Fund.
  • Confirmed priority to engage new Communications and Fundraising Coordinator.
  • Part-time administrator Barry Caplan ensured our database, correspondence and books were in order.

Peter Haworth welcomes people to the PAL Ottawa Annual Membership Meeting.

THANKS AND ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

Working together to care for our own.

  • PAL Ottawa thanks its Founding Partners – ACTRA, Canadian Actors Equity Association, Council for the Arts in Ottawa, IATSE Local 471, and the Ottawa University School of Music
  • Pal Ottawa thanks PAL Canada and its other chapters for sharing their experiences and materials
  • PAL Ottawa extends a special thanks Dan Soublière at TD Wealth and Ottawa Little Theatre for their special efforts in helping present fundraising events in 2017.
  • Thank you to the following Directors who have or are completing their terms at this AGM: Alison Atkins, James Bradford, Jim McNabb, Michael Namer, Victoria Steele, Waseem AlSaoub, Sean Fitzpatrick.

Thank you to Barry Caplan for his four years of service as this will be his final AMM in this position.