Temporary Closure Update
"The flowers in our Gardens will come up again, as they do each summer."
Executive Director, Lougheed House
March 31, 2020
Hello everyone. I wanted to reach out and say hello and provide you with an update. I hope this finds you well and safe during this time of uncertainty and rapid change for our community.
On March 18th we temporarily closed Lougheed House and went virtual. The staff team and board continue to operate our organization remotely. Our priority has been the safety of our team, volunteers, and visitors.
Our Gardens remain open for fresh air, albeit with social distancing. And people of all ages are taking advantage of the Gardens, a unique contribution to community wellness.
Personally, I find comfort and perspective in Lougheed House. Since its origins as a home to Sir James and Lady Isabella Lougheed and their children, it has always been a thread that connects people to the beautiful, complex tapestry of our wider Calgary community.
COVID-19 is not the first pandemic that the House has witnessed in its 129 years of existence. The Spanish flu came to Calgary on October 2, 1918 when a trainload of infected returning soldiers arrived. We lost at least 384 Calgarians in that 15 months of the pandemic, but we also found ways to channel our compassion and connection. Calgarians established soup kitchens for those afflicted; a local isolation hospital sprung up in East Calgary and Colonel Walker School was repurposed as a hospital; and the federal department of health, now Health Canada, was formed to deliver resources to Canadians who were fighting the influenza or returning home after fighting the war overseas.
Such events remind us of how those who came before endured remarkable hardship. And they came through those times with strength and hope for a better future for all of us.
Right now, many in our community are doing just that. They are the healthcare professionals, the janitors, the grocery store workers, the delivery drivers, the list goes on. They are going above and beyond to ensure that we can all have that strength and foster that hope for the future. Our hearts go out to them.
Lougheed House is a place that has always told the stories of how our community has worked together, and how citizens from all walks of life make such a difference in these times. Like many of our colleagues in the cultural sector, Lougheed House is experiencing the pressure of uncertainty, revenue constraint, and a desire to continue to contribute and do our part in supporting Calgary so that we emerge a more connected, compassionate and resilient community.
The flowers in our Gardens will come up again, as they do each summer.
I hope you are finding comfort in your social connections. Please reach out to me at any time. Lougheed House will be providing updates, and at times a much-needed respite from the news of the day, via our newsletter and social channels, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. If you are not on our newsletter list and would like to follow our updates, please sign up for our newsletter on our website www.lougheedhouse.com
I wish you, your families, and your loved ones, good health and good spirits in the coming months.
Kirstin Evenden, M.A.
Executive Director of Lougheed House
Temporary closure of Lougheed House
March 16, 2020
In light of recent developments with the COVID-19 pandemic, the recently declared City of Calgary state of local emergency, as well as recommendations from Alberta Health Services on the best methods to slow the spread of the virus, we have made the decision to temporarily close our entire facility – Lougheed House, the restaurant and our Shop – effective immediately and until further notice.
All of our Lougheed House scheduled programs and events are cancelled or postponed until further notice. Weddings and private events will be subject to the social gatherings direction given by Alberta Health Services. We will work with all weddings and events affected by those notices on an individual basis with a focus of two months out.
This decision is in the best interests of our staff, volunteers, patrons and community.
Our grounds and gardens remain open and accessible, as always.
House staff will continue to work virtually and will remain available to answer your questions and plan future weddings and private events. To contact us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and your email will be forwarded to the appropriate person.
Thank you for your understanding. As Lougheed House is a non-profit registered charity, the ongoing support of our community is vital to our financial viability and so we hope our supporters and patrons choose not to cancel their upcoming events and patronage, but rather to postpone until a later date.
As the COVID-19 pandemic changes rapidly, please watch our website and social media feeds for future updates about when we will reopen.
We are doing what we can to slow the transmission of COVID-19. We encourage you to do the same and we look forward to welcoming you back to our House in the future.
If you have questions about COVID-19 and actions you should take to safeguard your own health and the health of others, please refer to Alberta Health Services including this online self-assessment tool that will tell you if you need to get tested for COVID-19.