Age is but a number: accessibility at virtual events

At the Waterloo Coin Society’s (WCS) virtual “Coffee House” meeting this June, founding president Bill English took the digital reins to lead a brief presentation.

Just a couple of years away from becoming a centenarian, English “had much to share about the history of the club and different coin errors and die varieties,” wrote Tony Verbruggen, the current WCS president, in the club’s July newsletter.

English was instrumental in founding the WCS in 1959 – more than six decades ago – a few years after which he also helped form the Ontario Numismatic Association (ONA). The WCS is a chapter of the Royal Canadian Numismatic Association, the ONA and the U.S.-based Central States Numismatic Association.

“Bill and the rest of us had a lot to discuss about several relevant numismatic topics, including the recent discovery of counterfeit toonies,” added Verbruggen, about the June 23 WCS meeting.

During the pandemic, in place of in-person meetings, the club has hosted its Coffee House plus a “Social Hour” via Zoom each month. The next Social Hour is slated for Aug. 10 while the next Coffee House is Aug. 25.

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