I have worked in the museum field for almost thirty years at a wide variety of institutions, large and small, both publicly and privately funded. I have enjoyed both administrative and curatorial roles in these museums, but have come to realize that my true love is for public and educational programming. Without deep and lasting community engagement museums are just places where old things are entombed. However, if we can use the wonder and beauty of our collections to reach out to people to both educate and entertain, then we create a new generation of museum goers and create a place of lifelong learning.
Here are a few of the museums that I have worked at over the years as a volunteer, part-time employee, full-time employee, or on contract as a consultant.
- Guelph Civic Museums
- Peterborough Museum and Archives
- Whitchurch-Stouffville Museum
- Markham Museum
- Scugog Shores Museums
- Clarington Museums and Archives
Privately Funded Museums:
I have also had the privilege of teaching museum studies to both students and colleagues in the field. I have been a faculty member at Fleming College’s Museum Management and Curatorship graduate certificate program since January of 2014. There, I teach Education & Interpretive Programming and Gallery & Museum Administration, as well as occasionally teaching courses on collections management, exhibition development and curatorial research. I currently also serve as the Program Coordinator for both of Fleming’s Heritage Programs (museum studies and conservation). The best part of this job is being a mentor to the fabulous new emerging museum professionals in our field.
From 2012 to 2022, I also taught a course entitled ‘Museums and the Community’ as part of the Ontario Museums Association’s Certificate in Museum Studies. Working with the OMA is always a treat and I have been fortunate to have sat on a couple of committees with them over the years as well as assist at their administrative offices.