Work Experience

Pallet Furniture Construction Project Coordinator

April- August 2016

Habitat for Humanity Brant, Brantford, Ontario

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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

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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

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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

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)

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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