Engaging your Community and Building Public Value

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Session Title:

Engaging your Community and Building Public Value



Katie Huddleston, (Museum & Heritage Coordinator, Museum on the Boyne), Marilynn Havelka, (Curator, Ruthven National Historic Site) and Mary Collier (Professional Development Program Manager, Ontario Museum Association)
Moderator: Amy Barron (Faculty, Museum Management and Curatorship program, Fleming College, and Interim Curator, Scugog Shores Museums)


Session Description:

 What does community engagement mean to you and are you doing it? The Ontario Museum Association’s museumsuccession project has released a dynamic new toolkit to help museums explore and evaluate their relationship with their community. Engaging your Community: A Toolkit for Museums takes your museum step-by-step through a community-based process of assessing your museum’s strengths and weaknesses and stimulating discussion on ways to increase your museum’s engagement potential. Join a panel of museum professionals who have worked through this toolkit as they discuss how it helped them to re-define their public value.


Session Slides: 

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Presenter Biographies:

Katie HuddlestonMuseum & Heritage Coordinator (Museum on the Boyne)

Katie is a graduate of Queens University with a BA in History. She also completed the Ontario Museum Association's Certificate in Museum Studies. Katie started her museum career with the Lanark County Museums Association and was part of the team recognized with an OMA Award of Merit for its work to prepare exhibits for the International Plowing Match held in Lanark County in 2003. After learning the ropes of a municipal museum at Heritage House Museum, Katie took the lead role at the Museum on the Boyne and has been there for 8 years. Most recently, she has been taking courses to further her knowledge in the identification, conservation and celebration of built heritage. She is the proud mentor of several emerging museum professionals and is confident that they will one day rule the world.


Marilynn HavelkaChief Administrative Officer (Ruthven Park National Historic Site)

Marilynn Havelka is the Chief Administrative Officer at Ruthven Park National Historic Site in Cayuga. A rural not for profit, non government site it was a change from the many years she spent working for the City of Hamilton and ending her career there as Manager of Cultural Services. Marilynn is a past President of the Ontario Museum Association and currently serves as Treasurer on the board of Southwest Ontario Tourism Corporation (SWOTC). 


Mary CollierProfessional Development Program Manager (Ontario Museum Association)

Mary Collier is the Professional Development Program Manager with the Ontario Museum Association. A longtime museum lover with Degrees in History and Adult Education, and a Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship, Mary has been lucky enough to work in and with museums and museum associations in Alberta and Ontario since 2005. When she’s not working and spending entirely too much time on the train, she is probably either at or wishing she was at a sing-a-long.


Dr. Amy Barron, Faculty, Museum Management and Curatorship program (Fleming College), and Interim Curator (Scugog Shores Museums)

Amy Barron has worked in the museum field for over twenty years most recently as the Curator of the Scugog Shores Museums.  She is currently teaching full-time in the Museum Management and Curatorship graduate certificate program at Fleming College.  She has a PhD in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Toronto as well as a Certificate in Museum Studies from the OMA.  For the last three years Amy has served on the OMA’s museumsuccession Project Advisory Board, as well as teaching Museums and the Community for the OMA’s certificate course.

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