Capture Oakville 2020 -  Photo Exhibition & Awards Gala
Friday, April 24, 2020 at 7 PM [POSTPONED]
Main Gallery, Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre

### COVID-19 UPDATE ###

11 July 2020

Subject: Communication from the President on COVID-19 Update to Oakville Camera Club Members

Dear Valued Member of the Oakville Camera Club;

I hope this letter finds you well.  Over the past few weeks, much continues to changed in our daily lives, with our days now filled by working-from-home, with the remainder of our time spent in self-isolation, practicing physical and social distancing, and keeping a balance within our family lives.

While it has become clear that the world is facing an unparalleled challenge, and that we need to prepare for the long-haul, it is encouraging to see that parts of Ontario are moving into Reopening Ontario - Stage 2 and Stage 3 of the COVID-19 recovery.  Please visit https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario for further information.

Like you, we continue to focus our most immediate concerns on the well-being of our families and communities, while supporting one other, and keeping each other safe and healthy.

We continued to be in direct communication with the Town of Oakville.  Back on March 13, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Town of Oakville closed all recreation and cultural facilities to the public.  Along with the Town’s directive, OCC implemented preventative measures to immediately protect our Members, and reduce the potential for spread of the virus.

Since then, provincial cases continued to increase and a quick end to this pandemic remained highly unlikely.  We continue to flatten the curve through ongoing physical distancing and avoidance of group gatherings is imperative.  While the Town of Oakville previously made the decision to further extend the closure of all recreation and culture facilities until 31 May 2020, the Province of Ontario has again extended the notice of closure.

As of this writing, all town facility, parks, and sports field rental bookings are now cancelled until 30 June 2020.

With respect to the concern over the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the leadership of the Oakville Camera Club and the Capture Oakville Committee continues to remain proactive.  By monitoring the situation locally, understanding the ongoing developments, and adjusting our strategy accordingly, we hope to keep providing opportunities to you, our photographers in a friendly, and supportive environment.  We strive to explore opportunities where we can contribute through the photographic arts, and offer knowledge sharing opportunities amongst our members.

Due to COVID-19 and subsequent closures of non-essential facilities, social distancing and self-isolation requirements, OCC’s Capture Oakville Gala Event was officially cancelled, as of April 2020. 

  • All rent and booking fees paid for facility reservations were fully refunded;
  • Cancellations of the Main Gallery and related facility bookings and services have taken place.
  • The Committee continues to plan move forward, despite many unknowns, while remaining flexible, with the following preliminary plan.
  1. We have developed a framework for a scaled-down offering of our Capture Oakville Photography Competition, also at a later date in the Fall of 2020.
  1. At this time all dates are highly tentative, directly dependant on the Town of Oakville’s plans to re-open facilities, the following is what we have proposed to our Board of Director’s:

 The timeframe for judging will change from the original date of April 4th;

 Judging will take place with the same CAPA judges; 

 Electronic judging format will be used (printed images will not be used this year);

 Winners will be announced and notified;

 Recognition ceremony will take place during our Fall 2020 Meeting session;

 Winners will be invited to participate in an evening of recognition & receive awards;

 Framed images will be prepared for a “print exhibit” that will take place at a later date;

 Prints will be placed on display as part of the QEPCCC Corridor Exhibition, which is scheduled to run through May 2021; and,

 Images of the finalists will be posted in the Winners Gallery on our Capture Oakville website.

As a valued member of the Oakville Camara Club family, in light of these recent measures, we have made many adjustments and implemented a number of impactful changes.  Your Board continues to be very busy behind the scenes working to ensure the continuity of our programming.  We will continue to evaluate opportunities where technology can assist with our outreach to our valued Members.

While we strive to provide you, our Members with continuity of programming, unfortunately, as a result of the above Town COVID-19 health-safety measures, we are continuing to adjust our programs.  We understand you have questions and concerns about upcoming programming, and will continue to communicate changes in a timely manner through our OCC Website program calendar, social media posts, and direct e-mail notifications.

We are continuing to review our programming that may be affected, included Capture oakville and a series of planned workshops, and looking at re-scheduling at later dates once it is safe to do so. 

Be assured we will do everything we can to continue to serve our Members safely, and will continue to closely follow the guidance of the Health Canada, and both Ontario provincial authorities, and Halton Region health officials.

Stay Safe everyone!

Bernard Cook

Oakville Camera Club President;

Chair, Capture Oakville Committee

 bernieccook@gmail.com 

Visit Us! Oakville Camera Club website: www.oakvillecameraclub.com 

Capture Oakville website: www.captureoakville.com

COVID-19 Health Advice - Helpful Tips - Public Health Ontario

The health and well-being of our family, friends and colleagues are top priority for us and we are committed to providing a safe space for all.  For further details, please visit: https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/diseases-and-conditions/infectious-diseases/respiratory-diseases/novel-coronavirus/public-resources

In order to provide assurance that appropriate measures are in place to ensure that our spaces (homes and offices) are safe, please consider the following:

  • A daily wipe down of hard surfaces
  • Single use hand cloths available
  • Disinfecting hand soap available
  • Alcohol-based hand sanitizers

For the protection of yourself and fellow members, please refrain from coming to the any OCC events if you are feeling unwell. Be mindful and assess yourself for the following symptoms:

Symptoms

  • Fever
  • Cough
  • Difficulty Breathing

In addition, being aware of your exposure risks, and preventive measures you can enact to minimize potential exposure situations, such as:

Exposure

  • You have traveled to one of the affected areas in the 14 days prior to symptoms starting
  • You have been in close contact with someone who has experienced similar symptoms (as described above) within 14 days of visiting one of the affected areas
  • You have been exposed to a person with a confirmed or presumptive COVID-19 infection

While the Public Health Agency of Canada has assessed the current public health risk associated with coronavirus as low, we ask you to be mindful while interacting with teachers, fellow students, family and friends.  The best way to protect yourself is to practice good health hygiene and safe physical and social distancing.

Hygiene

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water, clean hands with alcohol-based hand sanitizer where you are unable to wash
  • Use single-use cloths in bathrooms for drying
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth
  • Avoid handshakes and give a fist bump, a nod, a smile instead
  • Cough or sneeze into your arm or sleeve
  • Stay home if you feel unwell

Physical distancing

  • Physical distancing means keeping our distance from one another and limiting activities outside the home
  • When outside your home, it means staying at least 2 metres (or 6 feet) away from other people whenever possible
  • Wearing a mask can help to prevent the spread of some respiratory illnesses, and may be necessary where you cannot properly distance when in public (i.e., public transit)

This is a time to work together as community to keep us all healthy and safe.

We know there is a lot of information out there; for the most current information on COVID-19, including government health guidelines. Please contact Public Health Ontario at:

1-866-797-0000 if you meet the symptom criteria outlined above, or visit:

Stay Safe everyone!

Bernard Cook

Oakville Camera Club President;

Chair, Capture Oakville Committee

 bernieccook@gmail.com 

Visit Us! Oakville Camera Club website: www.oakvillecameraclub.com 

Capture Oakville website: www.captureoakville.com

 

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Oakville Camera Club (OCC) is delighted to invite you to the 2020 Capture Oakville Competition.
Please plan to come and join us on Friday, April 24 2020 as we announce the winners of our 2020 Capture Oakville Competition at our 14th Annual Capture Oakville Photo Exhibition and Gala.
The opening Exhibition and Reception will begin at 7:00 PM in the Main Gallery of the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Cultural Centre, followed by the Awards presentation ceremony later the same evening.
Queen Elizabeth Park Community Cultural Centre is the state-of-the-art cultural facility operated under the Town of Oakville’s Recreation and Culture Department with a unique focus on visual and performing arts and is located at 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, L6L 2G6.