We recently asked for your feedback regarding a possible joint conference with Heritage Canada The National Trust in 2015 and received over 100 responses. Here are the results (click on the image to enlarge).
How are you involved with heritage in your community?
Have you previously attended the Municipal Heritage Forum?
For those that attended, how were your travel costs covered?
Would you be interested in attending a joint conference?
For those not interested in attending, reasons for not wanting to attend included:
- The content would be too extensive and/or not applicable to local needs
- Unsure of the theme of the conference and if the content would be desirable
- The expense of getting there
What would you/your employer/your organization be willing to pay to attend a joint conference?
- Of those willing to pay $400, the majority of respondents work for municipalities (66%).
- Of those willing to pay up to $400, the majority of respondents work for municipalities or are volunteers (38% each).
- Of those not willing or able to pay, the majority of respondents are volunteers (63%)
- Of those who don’t know what they could pay, the majority of respondents are volunteers (41%) followed closely by employees for private sector companies (35%)
When asked for additional feedback, respondents indicated that the joint conference would provide opportunities for networking and would widen the scope of knowledge in Alberta communities. There were some concerns about the content not being as applicable to Albertans and that the cost would be challenging to cover. Questions were asked about different types of rates (group rate, volunteer rate, student rate, conference grants) and whether there would be opportunities for Albertans to submit conference proposals.
Based on the feedback received we now know that there is a great deal of support and interest for a joint conference with Heritage Canada in 2015. We also have helpful information as to what different groups are willing and able to pay. We will use this information, as well as some of the suggestions brought forward, to proceed with our planning for the event.
Thanks once again for your contributions!
And last but not least, the winner of our draw for a 2014 Family Annual Pass to visit Alberta’s Provincial Historic Sites, interpretive centres and museums is Brian Vivian with Lifeways of Canada Ltd. Congratulations, Brian!
Written by: Rebecca Goodenough, Municipal Heritage Services Officer.