Message from CALL Executive re Coronavirus
Fellow CALL members … the CALL Board met today to decide how we should continue to deliver our programs considering the rapidly changing health situation.
We have decided that
• No Interest Groups should meet face-to-face until further notice.
• All bus trips have been postposed – hopefully to late spring or summer dates. All members and guests who have paid for these trips already will be refunded.
• The Conference on Fake News has been cancelled with the hope that we can reschedule it in the Fall. Again, all who have registered will be refunded
Some groups may wish to meet in a virtual way using technology such as Zoom (which is how the Board met today). If your group wishes to meet in such a way, CALL will provide access to the technology. To do so, please contact me.
If you would like your group to meet, but in some other way, or you feel you should be an exception to this decision, please contact me.
We are truly sorry that we must make this decision, but feel it is necessary considering the increasing restriction on group activities that Government Health agencies are suggesting.
For many in CALL, the social contact is very important. Why don’t we all make an effort to keep in contact with other CALL members to reduce both theirs and our possible social isolation
If all goes well, we may be able to start some activities in the late spring or early summer.
Facilitators – if you group is no longer meeting, maybe you could develop some exams to test how well the group has done with its learning? Not a recommendation, just a thought
Message as of March 13, 2020
Good morning … as many of you have probably seen, yesterday Alberta Health Services gave this directive:
Organizers have been asked to cancel all events with more than 250 attendees, and any event with more than 50 attendees that expects to have international participants, or involves critical infrastructure staff, seniors or other high-risk populations.
Because of the number of seniors in CALL, we have decided that all Speaker Series events will be cancelled immediately until further notice. This series covers:
• CALL Café
• Science and Environment
• Health and Wellness
• Treks and Travels – both North and South
• Arts and Humanities
• Building Calgary Communities
• Public Policy
We know these are very popular events, but we really have no choice.
Since almost all Interest Groups meetings have less than 50 attending, the Board will review what we should do with these at our Monday meeting. Until then, members should make their decision on whether to attend them or not
At that Board meeting, we expect to confirm that the Fake News Conference and all Bus trips will also be cancelled.
This is all very sad, as CALL activities mean so much to so many of us. We must hope we can resume these events soon – though it doesn’t look likely
Message as of March 9, 2020
We are concerned because so many CALL members belong to the most susceptible group for the coronavirus (COVID-19) – we are older. The CALL executive is monitoring events and remaining current with recommendations from health authorities and public officials.
There is a March 8 video from Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer, whose key points are
Since this is the situation, we will continue with all our programs, while closely watching directions from federal and provincial health authorities
We will continue to monitor the situation and keep you updated.