New Bursaries for #OMAConf2020

Sep 30, 2020
Wednesday, September 30 Update
In this eNews:
  1. New Bursaries for #OMAConf2020
  2. Minister MacLeod 9th Tele-Townhall October 2nd
  3. Call for Members for the 2021 Nominations Committee
  4. Early Bird Rate closes October 5
  5. CMA Bursaries deadline October 1
  6. Webinar Highlight: The View from the Middle: Mid-Career Museum Professionals
New Bursaries for #OMAConf2020
Bursaries for OMA Conference Registration

The Ontario Museum Association has made efforts to offer affordable and reasonable prices and options for its first virtual Annual Conference, to make it accessible to the greatest number of people. In this time of the pandemic, the Ontario Museum Association recognizes the importance of bringing the sector together, and we understand that this may be a challenging time financially for individuals and institutions. The Conference Bursary will be available to OMA members in good standing who would otherwise be unable attend the OMA Conference.
Applications will be considered on a first come, first served basis. We thank the OMA Council who redirected their annual donations for the AGM in-person breakfast towards Conference bursaries.

Please complete the bursary application form HERE. Applications are due on October 9, 2020.

Bursary recipients will be encouraged to share learnings with their Regional Museum Network and other colleagues.

If you wish to make a donation to the Ontario Museum Association and its work you may do so HERE. Donors will be acknowledged and thanked for their contribution to Ontario’s museum community.

Minister MacLeod Tele-Townhall
Minister MacLeod to host 9th Multi-Sector Telephone Town Hall
Friday, October 2, 2020 - 1 PM

Please join the Honourable Lisa MacLeod, Ontario's Minister of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries for a ninth telephone town hall to discuss the government's response to COVID-19.

Note: This call will be a dial-out call. You MUST provide a number you can be reached at in your registration to be able to join the call.

Registration closes on October 1 at 4 p.m., so please register early to avoid disappointment.

Register HERE. 


OMA Call for Members for the 2021 Nominations Committee 
Deadline: October 15, 2020

The Ontario Museum Association will be hosting a virtual Annual General Meeting in 2020, and is asking ahead of time for nominations for up to three individual OMA members in good standing who would be interested and willing to serve as members of the 2021 Nominations Committee.
The Nominations Committee is composed of the OMA Past President, one member selected from the OMA Council, and up to three members elected by the membership at the virtual Annual General Meeting on November 5, 2020. The Nominations Committee reports to the membership and not to the OMA Council.
It is the responsibility of the Nominations Committee to select candidates to stand for election for OMA Council and who are best suited to lead the Association, and the process requires thoughtful planning and attention to skills / areas of expertise currently required by the Council for its Strategic Plan implementation.
The Call for Members for the 2021 Nominations Committee form can be found HERE.
Please fill out the Nominations form by October 15, 2020 and send it to


Save $75!
Early Bird Rate Closes October 5
Canadian Museums Association Bursaries for #OMAConf2020
Deadline: October 1, 2020

The CMA offers three types bursaries to assist museum professionals in their professional development.

Conference Professional Development bursaries are given out to assist individuals with the costs of travel, accommodation, per diem and registration fees related to both national and provincial museum conferences.

Read more HERE.


#OMAConf2020 Webinar Highlight
The View from the Middle: Mid-Career Museum Professionals

Tuesday November 24
10am to 11:00am

Claire Bennett
Collections Coordinator
Halton Region Heritage Services
Meredith Leonard
Interpretive Services Coordinator
Halton Region Heritage Services
As the “middle child” of museum staff, between EMPs and senior directors, mid-career professionals (MCPs) as a group, tend to get overlooked. In this world cafe styled session, we invite those who self-identify as MCPs to share their thoughts and experiences, while brainstorming solutions to common issues and challenges faced by this cohort.

Register for Conference HERE.
The health and safety of our visitors, communities, and staff are a priority for our institutions. The OMA encourages all to exercise caution and act in alignment with the recommendations of public health and government authorities. 

The OMA is in touch with stakeholders to support our members, and will provide updates regularly as the situation progresses.

Please contact us with questions at 
Government Resources regarding
  • Ontario Ministry of Health dedicated website (updated twice daily): HERE 
    • General COVID-19 Information Sheets (available in multiple languages)HERE
  • Public Health OntarioHERE 
  • Health CanadaHERE
Your local or regional government or health unit websites can also provide local information. 
The OMA has prepared a dedicated webpage of COVID-19 communications and resources, including resources on reopening, updated as new information and resources become available.

Read more HERE.

The OMA Welcomes Your Support

The OMA is committed to ensuring the stabilization of the sector, and working together with you and the government. Your support at this time is vital as it helps us support all Ontario museums. We invite you to Join or Renew your membership. 

An OMA membership connects you with our network of over 1000 members, representing 700 museums, galleries, and heritage sites across the province. In addition, an OMA membership provides you with the latest news via ONmuseums and eNews alertsCOVID-19 resources to mitigate impact for Ontario museums, galleries and heritage sites, as well as resources for International Museum Day and May is Museum Month/Mai, Mois des Musées. 
We're Here to Help!

For all questions or inquiries please contact the OMA: or call 416-348-8672 / 1-866-662-8672.

Marie G. Lalonde
Executive Director 
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