Work Experience

Historical Interpreter

October 2018 – Present

City of Hamilton Civic Museums, Hamilton, Ontario


  • Provided costumed interpretation and guided tours of historic buildings.
  • Handled Admissions and Gift Shop Sales, balance cash and took shop inventory.
  • Prepared and delivered curriculum based educational programming to school groups.
  • Assisted in the development and implementation of special events.
  • Conducted historical researched and created new programming components.


Heritage Registry Assistant

June 2018 – October 2018

Woodstock Heritage Advisory Committee, Woodstock, Ontario

  • Evaluated and improved existing digital built heritage records
  • Worked with WHAC (Woodstock Heritage Advisory Committee) to determine standards for records that would released to the public.
  • Assessed properties in Woodstock to ensure record descriptions matched current appearance and nature of properties.
  • Edited and updated records on Access based built heritage database and prepared data for public access.
  • Inventoried and described architectural features of heritage district properties.

Local History Cataloguing Assistant

October 2017 – February 2018

Region of Waterloo Archives, Kitchener, Ontario

  • Arranged large local history collection into ten new fonds in compliance with the Rules for Archival Description.
  • Utilized MINISIS database software to create publicly accessible fonds and series-level descriptions for local history collections.

    Seal portfolio
    Displaying the seal for a newspaper article
  • Conducted historical research to populate collections records and to identify new donations, including a seal from Upper Canada.
  • Assisted visiting researchers, retrieved collections from storage and scanned documents for patrons.
  • Created social media posts to promote Archives and highlight new additions to collection.
  • Researched, designed and implemented “Her Proud H’Ayr’itage”. This exhibit focuses on three stories from Ayr: The Ayr Travel Club, Blenheim-Dumfries Farm Women’s Club, and the Ayr Women’s Hospital Aid Association. Founded by the women of Ayr, these clubs funded hospital wards, encouraged political participation, supported charities and traveled the world.


Educational Programming Intern

May – October 2017

Bell Homestead National Historic Site, Brantford, Ontario

20747831_10207861522255088_1241537938_o (2)•Assisted in daily operations, including opening and closing site, monitoring environmental conditions, answering inquiries and greeting visitors.

•Provided excellent costumed interpretation of historic site to varied groups of visitors.

•Maintained interior and exterior of historic homes through careful, continued cleaning of space and monitoring of interior space.

•Cleaned and monitored artifacts in historic homes, assisted in seasonal rearranging of historic rooms.

•Updated electronic collections database by conducting inventory of selected artifacts.

•Delivered educational history and science-based programming to students of a variety of ages, which included guided tours, curriculum-based learning games and crafts, as well as hands-on historic activities.

Demonstrating a working telephone switchboard

• Redeveloped “Judging Aleck”, an existing in-house educational program, into a new, travelling “Edukit” format to reach a broader audience.

•Designed, created and implemented interactive activities for “The Art of Communication”, an outreach event hosted by Hamilton’s The Cotton Factory art gallery.

•Developed themed days for the Homestead’s summer camps and delivered scheduled days to campers.


Pallet Furniture Construction Project Coordinator

April – August 2016

Habitat for Humanity Brant, Brantford, Ontario

This hanging bench was the most complex project that I had to plan

•Responsible for day to day operation of the pallet facility.
•Developed production schedules, ensured appropriate materials were on hand to support the schedule, ensured all necessary tools and equipment were available and serviceable for volunteer staff.
•Ensured that staff followed established safety procedures, job procedures and safe practices.
•Completed and maintained all associated daily records.
•Worked with procurement to source possible skid donors.

Archival Intern

May- August 2015

Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London, Ontario

This clock required careful reinforcement before storage

•Developed, designed and implemented “Sports and Recreation in the 19th Century” Exhibit
•Cared for wide variety of artefacts in a mixed material collection, including furniture, textiles, household wares, tools, industrial and farming equipment, art objects, containers and clocks

•Created seven RAD compliant finding aids for more than twelve

Sport and Recreation in the 19th Century

hundred archival documents (see link for example). Documents were organized based on finding aids and were rehoused.
•Participated in artefact relocation project; prepared artefacts for transportation, identified artefacts and assessed their condition, preserved and rehoused artefacts for storage, updated catalogues.
• Interpreted historic buildings and involved visitors in interactive learning activities

Assistant Curator (Summer Position)

July 2010-September 2014                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    The Canadian Military Heritage Museum, Brantford, Ontario

• Independently created an computerized archival records system using PastPerfect 5.0 software
• Seized initiative to locate, catalogue and re-organize museum artefacts in storage
• Supervised training of volunteers in use of new archival system
• Led group and individual tours, provided an interesting guest experience and encouraged return visitors
• Used own judgement to ascertain condition of artefacts and best method to repair them
• Created new displays and assisted efficiently in daily operations, to satisfaction of superiors
• Led tours and provided detailed information, improving guest experience and ensuring return visitors

Volunteering /Unpaid Experience

 Exhibit Designer for The Timberwolves of Hill 70

Under the direction of the Great War Centenary Association of Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations and the Woodland Cultural Centre, I researched, designed, fabricated and installed a short-term exhibit commemorating the centenary of the Battle of Hill 70. Map

HillThis battle was probably the highest single day of causalities for the Six Nations of the Grand River, as many of their men served in the 107th Battalion, (better known as the “Timberwolves” thanks to the Battalion’s Indigenous majority) which was a pioneer battalion charged with excavating vital communication trenches during the battle.

The exhibit commemorated the Battle, the role of the Timberwolves in the Canadian victory at Hill 70, and the lives of two members of the 107th. These members were Corporal Wilfred Lickers, and Lieutenant Oliver Milton Martin. Woodland Cultural Centre had access to artifacts from both men, which was why they were chosen to represent the other Six Nations men in the 107th. As well, Oliver Milton Martin would, well after the First World War, reach the rank of brigadier, making him the mostly highly ranked Indigenous solider in Canadian history.


Guest Curator for Online Component of Who Do We Think We Are

I was invited to contribute to the online promotional for Library and Archives Canada’s Canada 150 exhibit (titled Who Do We Think We Are). The promotional took the form of a series of guest articles on the LAC’s blog.  In each article, the ‘guest curator” would be invited to examine one artifact from the exhibit, provide extra information about the artifact and virtually add an item or two to the exhibition. To read my contribution to this project, go here.


Bell Homestead Museum Volunteer


Bell Homestead National Historic Site, Brantford, Ontario

•Assisted in daily operations, including opening and closing site, monitoring environmental conditions, answering inquiries and greeting visitors.

•Provided excellent costumed interpretation of historic site to varied groups of visitors.

•Cleaned, monitored and maintained interior and exterior of historic homes and assisted in seasonal decorating of Homestead.

•Utilized PastPerfect 5.0 to updat electronic collections database by conducting inventory of selected artifacts.


Volunteer Teaching Assistant at PMA R.O.C.K.S. (Robotics Club for Kids)

October-November 2016

Peterborough Museum & Archives, Peterborough, ON.                                                           

  • Assisted instructor in leading participants through developing and programming robots which could perform a variety of tasks, from maze navigation to one-on-one battles.

Museum Volunteer

September 2016- April 2017

Peterborough Museum & Archives, Peterborough, ON.                                 

  • Assisted Archivist with duties, including performing inventory, updating records, organising documents, performing research and re-housing documentary artifacts.
  • Assisted in completing inventory of recently relocated collection, including noting condition and location of artifacts.

Volunteer Patroller

 September 2010- May 2014

Western Foot Patrol, University of Western Ontario, London, ON.

  • Maintained good public relations by using teamwork to safely escort students around campus

Museum Volunteer

July 2010- September 2016

Canadian Military Heritage Museum, Brantford, ON.                                           

  • Created new displays and assisted in daily operations,
  • Led group and individual tours, provided an interesting guest experience and encouraged return visitors

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