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Ontario Museum Association Council 2016-2017

The Ontario Museum Association's governing body is its Council, whose 12 members are elected by the membership at the Annual General Meeting. Council gives strategic policy direction to the Secretariat. It also works to strengthen the Ontario museum community by representing the interests of members to government, the public and private sectors, the media, to public and other related institutions, and to citizens all across the province. 

Nathan Etherington, Program Coordinator, Brant Historical Society; Cathy Molloy, Director, Markham Museum; Sonia Mrva, Curator, City of Hamilton; Braden Murray, Museum Educator, Lake of the Woods Museum; Paul Robertson, City Curator, City of Kingston; Chantal J. Schryer, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Canadian Museum of History (retired); Kelley Swift Jones, Museum Curator, Simcoe County Museum 
 

 

CLARK BERNAT        

CLARK BERNAT, PRESIDENT
SECOND YEAR OF A FIRST TWO-YEAR TERM

Born in St. Catharines, Clark developed a great appreciation for museums due to his many visits to cultural institutions with his grandfather and parents. Clark has a degree in History from Brock University and a Master's Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester. His work at Leicester focused on cultural diversity in museums. Clark has worked in various capacities at the St. Catharines Museum, Battlefield House Museum, Backus Heritage Village and the Niagara Historical Society Museum, currently he is the Culture & Museums Manager for the City of Niagara Falls Museums. He has sat on the Steering Committee of the Children's Discovery Centre of Niagara, chaired Doors Open Niagara and the Museums of Niagara Association (MONA).

“I look forward to serving the museum community of Ontario on the OMA Council. As a director of a mid-sized museum I understand the diversity of needs of our sector. I would like to provide my experience and expertise in community building, partnerships, advocacy and public relations to Council and our community.”

           
PETAL FURNESS        

PETAL FURNESS, VICE PRESIDENT
SECOND YEAR OF A FIRST TWO-YEAR TERM

Petal Furness, Manager of Grey Roots Museum & Archives, located in beautiful Grey County, leads an inspirational team of museum professionals and volunteers. She has been a part of the Grey Roots team since 2004. Petal became a Heritage Interpretation advocate while employed as a summer student at Fort Langley N.H.S. Petal moved to Calgary Alberta to pursue her interpretation passion and there she held positions of Historic Site Interpretation Specialist, Aboriginal Liaison and Service Planner. Born and raised on the West Coast, Petal is proud of her Aboriginal roots and provides cross cultural presentations to increase understanding and forge positive relationships. She is an active volunteer in her community, an advocate for green living and Petal’s greatest joy is her ever expanding family.

“I have had the experience of being on council for two terms and appreciate the opportunity of working with other dedicated and talented volunteer board members. This has been a busy yet rewarding year as the OMA prepares for our cultural future with our 2025 Strategic Plan. And, as I say every year, our OMA staff are amazing to work with and represent cutting edge knowledge within the museum field.”

           
JOHN DALRYMPLE        

JOHN DALRYMPLE, SECRETARY
SECOND YEAR OF A SECOND TWO-YEAR TERM

John Dalrymple is currently Chief of External Affairs at Canada’s National Ballet School. Previously, John held three senior positions at the School as well as an appointment as Professor at Centennial College in the School of Hospitality, Tourism and Culture. From 2001 – 2010 John was on the management team of the Textile Museum of Canada, concluding with a term as Acting Executive Director. John is on the Board of the CreatiVenture Collective, a grassroots organization that focuses on partnering small and mid-sized dance organizations with active and emerging arts patrons in Toronto. He earned a Specialized Honours B.A. in Anthropology from York University and a Master of Museum Studies degree from the University of Toronto. John has conducted anthropological and archaeological fieldwork in Belize, Peru and Canada; his work has been recognized through awards from the Canadian Museums Association, American Alliance of Museums, Ontario Museum Association, the Ontario Association of Art Galleries and the Canadian New Media Awards. 

“Currently working in the performing arts and education fields at a leading national organization has given me fresh insights into strategic partnerships, revenue development and community engagement that I am keen to share with the Association and its members in my capacity as a Councillor. I am passionate about the role museums play in our society and committed to contributing to the OMA, a key player advancing the sector in Ontario.”

           
EMANUELE LEPRI        

EMANUELE LEPRI, TREASURER
SECOND YEAR OF A SECOND TWO-YEAR TERM

Emanuele Lepri, originally from Florence, Italy has been the Director of the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto since 2004. Before coming to Canada he served as Director of the Textile Museum in the Tuscan city of Prato from 1997 to 2003. While in Italy, Emanuele also worked in a management capacity for international theatre and opera festivals, organizing post-graduate classes related to careers in the arts. His experience in the museum field includes a number of projects under the UNESCO umbrella in countries such as South Korea, China, Israel and Angola, mainly in the area of Heritage Conservation. He has been a member of the European Museum Forum, participating in many exchanges and conferences throughout Europe. Emanuele has an MA in East Asian Studies and a Phd in International Relations from the University of Florence.

"Ontario’s social fabric is changing at a very fast pace. Museums need to adapt and keep being relevant to their communities. The OMA plays a key role as a resource for all museums in Ontario by encouraging innovation, governing change, and finding ways to keep a fruitful dialogue with a public of all backgrounds and ages. I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with my colleagues on the Ontario Museum Association Council and I look forward to contributing to the ongoing progress of our museums.”

           
NATHAN ETERINGTON        

NATHAN ETHERINGTON, COUNCILLOR
FIRST YEAR OF A FIRST TWO-YEAR TERM

Nathan Etherington received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Waterloo with minors in Earth Science and Geography.  He subsequently attended Western University for a Bachelor in Education focusing on equity and social justice issues in education.  With both of these experiences, he entered the museum sector as a Young Canada Works student focusing on adult education programming.  He then started as a volunteer with the Brant Historical Society before being offered the position of Program Coordinator.  Since May 2015, he has taken a more active role overseeing the day-to-day operations for the Brant Museum and Archives location.

“Working within the museum sector since 2012, I have witnessed the great work and support provided by the OMA. Finding a voice within the OMA for small, community museums with limited staff and finances is one of the interests that I bring to Council. As an emerging professional, I will work to enhance the professional development program offered by the OMA and further my own professional development by serving on Council. The third area of interest I have is a liaising with other museums to hear concerns, suggest solutions to these issues, and increasing collaboration within the sector.”

           
       

CATHY MOLLOY, COUNCILLOR
SECOND YEAR OF A FIRST TWO-YEAR TERM

Cathy Molloy is the Director of Markham Museum.  Working in the most demographically diverse city in Canada, Markham Museum has developed a program direction where the entire community feels welcome. Through the examination of basic human technologies that we have in common, Markham Museum creates a shared understanding of our past and present day. Cathy’s educational background is a mix of archaeology and accounting, with work experience in both the corporate and museum world.

“Although we have come a very long way, Museums still struggle to validate their relevance to their community. Many government and business leaders recognize the benefits that Museums bring to quality of life and economic development. However, we need to continue to work with our stakeholders to ensure we stay connected to our communities. The OMA is a venue to help all Ontario museums learn and develop, and help us continue the good work that we all do. I look forward to working with the OMA and the larger Museum community.”

           
Sonia Mrva        

SONIA MRVA, COUNCILLOR
FIRST YEAR OF A FIRST TWO-YEAR TERM 

Sonia is responsible for the management of cultural heritage resources for the City of Hamilton.  Her most recent work includes the Downtown Built Heritage Inventory Project, a cross departmental initiative between the Heritage Resource Management section and Cultural Heritage Planning.  This project was a departure from traditional built heritage inventories through its inclusion of the community in developing an understanding of the value placed on heritage resources.  Sonia believes that the inclusion of community is critical in developing a better understanding of the role Museums plays in our society.  Prior to her current position, Sonia held Curatorial positions at both Whitehern Historic House and Garden and Dundurn National Historic Site.  Sonia has a Bachelor of Arts, History with post graduate work in Museum Studies, Cultural Management and Leadership.

“Increasingly, communities are recognising heritage as having both social and cultural capital.  Our Museums enhance communities by providing a tangible connection to the past and emphasizing a community’s identity and sense of self while encouraging community cohesion.  By better understanding the role which museums play in society and the value derived from a “visit”, we can better position our institutions for the future.  The OMA is a venue which encourages these ideas of sustainability and encourages development in our field through shared learning.  I look forward to connecting with colleagues across the Province through the OMA Council.”

           
BRADEN MURRAY        

BRADEN MURRAY, COUNCILLOR
FIRST YEAR OF A SECOND TWO-YEAR TERM

Braden Murray is the Museum Educator at the Lake of the Woods Museum in Kenora.  He has been in the museum field since 2008, and has previously held positions at the Beaverbrook Art Gallery and Kings Landing Historical Settlement.  Braden has a degree in History from the University of New Brunswick, and a Masters in Public History from Western University.  He is interested in getting young people involved in museums, public engagement, cultural resources management, and uses of technology in museums.

“The Ontario Museum Association is the provincial leader in the museum sector, and plays a vital role in capacity building, professional development, and advocacy.  I consider it a privilege to be a small part of the OMA body, and look forward to working with the OMA Council and our partners to ensure a relevant, sustainable, and vibrant museum sector.”

           
       

PAUL ROBERTSON, COUNCILLOR
FIRST YEAR OF A FIRST TWO-YEAR TERM

Paul Robertson became the City of Kingston’s first City Curator in 2011. He holds degrees in journalism and Canadian history. A material history specialist and social historian for the past 25 years, Paul learned his trade working with different federal collections in Ottawa, including those at the Canadian Museum of Civilization (now the Canadian Museum of History). He is the former curator at the Museum of Health Care at Kingston. Paul’s currently leads the curatorial team in the historical interpretation the City’s civic collection, two municipal museums and historic City Hall, and acts as a liaison with the Kingston museum and heritage sector. Paul seeks to build stronger working connections between museums that help all institutions to meet their mandates and the needs of our communities more effectively.

“Ontario has a rich tapestry of museums and historic sites – without them, we would be significantly diminished. Museums today face a growing opportunity to reflect and respond to the changing face of Ontario in a way that is diverse and inclusive of all residents. I was honoured to serve on the Looking Ahead task force that resulted in Ontario’s Museums 2025 and I look forward to helping to make its vision a reality.  As an OMA councillor, I hope my experience working in the cultural heritage sector at the national and local levels can benefit the Ontario museum community.”

           
CHANTAL J. SCHRYER        

CHANTAL J. SCHRYER, COUNCILLOR
SECOND YEAR OF A SECOND TWO-YEAR TERM (retired)

Chantal J. Schryer is a professional communicator with over 30 years of experience. As a specialist in strategic communications, she has extensive experience with industry, government organizations, the arts and cultural sector, the academic community, and the public. She has led dynamic teams of professionals in delivering all aspects of external and internal communications activities. She has also led national and international communications and outreach strategies, as well as media and marketing campaigns around innovative programs, projects, exhibitions, and policy initiatives. Currently Vice President Corporate Affairs, Canadian Museum of History (Canadian Museum of History and Canadian War Museum), Chantal was previously Director of Communications and Parliamentary Affairs with Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), and also worked at Atomic Energy of Canada Limited.

"Serving on the OMA Council provides a unique opportunity to learn from museums across the province and to contribute to the richness of what Ontario museums have to offer their visitors."

           
KELLEY SWIFT JONES        

KELLEY SWIFT JONES, COUNCILLOR
SECOND YEAR OF A SECOND TWO-YEAR TERM

Kelley Swift Jones has been Curator for the Simcoe County Museum in Minesing, Ontario since 2008. Kelley has worked in the museum field since 1990, beginning as Historical Interpreter at a seasonal museum, and has held a variety of positions, including Curatorial Assistant and Education Director. A graduate of McMaster University in Hamilton, Kelley holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and is a graduate of the Ontario Museum Association’s Certificate in Museum Studies program.

"The Ontario Museum Association is a vital organization for museums in Ontario, providing invaluable resources, advocacy initiatives, and professional development opportunities to members throughout the province. I look forward to continuing on Council, supporting the OMA’s efforts to build capacity, and to ensure a relevant and sustainable museum sector in Ontario."

           

PAST PRESIDENT, Vacancy

Completing his term as President at the November 2015 AGM, Yves Théoret who has accepted the position of Head of Curatorial Affairs at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts will not continue as Past President due to his new and significant professional commitments. As per the Bylaws, the Nominations Committee does not recruit for the position of Past President which is assumed by the outgoing President; therefore the position will remain vacant. We thank Yves Théoret for his years of leadership, commitment and service to the Ontario Museum Association and to our sector. 

 


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