May – August 2017
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.
•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.
• 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
•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.
May- August 2015
Fanshawe Pioneer Village, London, Ontario
•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
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.
This 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 the introduction to this year long blog series, go here.
Volunteer Teaching Assistant at PMA R.O.C.K.S. (Robotics Club for Kids)
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.
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.
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
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