Early bird deadline tomorrow, Sept. 21 for OMA Annual Conference!

Sep 20, 2022
September 20, 2022
OMA Conference early bird deadline tomorrow
Wednesday, September 21

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The OMA is thrilled to share the following announcements and upcoming deadlines:
Early Bird Deadline Tomorrow!
You asked, we listened! The OMA and the Conference Program Committee are glad to extend the early bird deadline and allow our Members and colleagues an opportunity to save on registration. We look forward to gathering with you at OMA Annual Conference!
  • Monday, November 7, 2022 In-person (Hamilton) – select sessions will be live-streamed
  • Tuesday, November 8, 2022 (Hamilton) Study Tours
  • Monday, November 21, 2022 Online – Full day of interactive online sessions
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#OMAConf2022: Post-Conference Study Tours
We are thrilled to announce the 2022 OMA Study Tours on Tuesday November 8, proceeding the Annual Conference. Explore the local area’s culture and heritage with two engaging tours: Dundas Museum and Archives and Hamilton Civic Museums.

Registration opens today! We look forward to seeing you in Hamilton!
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The Dundas Experience
Dundas Museum and Archives (Dundas, ON)
Tuesday November 8, 2022
9:30am - 5:00pm

“The Dundas Experience” will explore how Dundas Museum and Archives has adapted to better serve and reflect the community in which it is situated. Participants will explore the unique challenges faced by the community of Dundas as a former town which was amalgamated with Hamilton in 2000. The study tour will specifically highlight the significance of Black history in Dundas through the walking tour and guest lectures. Staff presentations and behind-the-scenes tours will provide insight into exhibition research and development, public programming, collections management, and community partnerships.

Learn about the itinerary and register HERE.
It’s the Little Things - Small Steps Towards Continuous Improvement at the Hamilton Civic Museums
Hamilton, ON
Tuesday November 8, 2022
9:30pm - 5:00pm

“It’s the Little Things: Small Steps Towards Continuous Improvement at the Hamilton Civic Museums” will give participants the opportunity to explore and learn about the City of Hamilton’s culture and heritage through some of their museums and historic sites: the Hamilton Museum of Steam & TechnologyWhitehern Historic House and Garden, and Dundurn National Historic Site, which includes Dundurn Castle, the historic Kitchen Garden, and the Hamilton Military Museum. Participants will engage with how front-line museum staff have actively worked to translate corporate strategic goals into bite-size, attainable actions, demonstrating how small things can make big improvements to the visitor experience and can help museums tackle big concepts in tangible ways.

Learn about the itinerary and register HERE.
Study Tours will depart from the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel (116 King Street West, Hamilton, ON, L8P 4V3) and return to the same location. All transportation, admission to each site and lunch is included in the registration fee.

In case of unavailability on hotel rooms at the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel on November 7, a number of rooms have been set aside for OMA delegates at Staybridge Suites Hamilton - Downtown (5 minute walk from the Sheraton Hamilton Hotel). Book your accommodation HERE.

Learn about the Registration Terms, Conditions & Cancellation Policy HERE.

If you have any particular accessibility requirements, and did not note these on your registration form, please reach out to our Professional Development Assistant, Megan Brohm, at conference@museumsontario.ca or the OMA office by phone at 416-348-8672 or 1-866-662-8672 by or before October 11, 2022. If you would like to be responded to by a particular method, such as email or telephone, please specify your preference.

Contact Us:
Email: conference@museumsontario.ca
Tel: 416-348-8672
Toll-free in Ontario: 1-866-662-8672
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OMA Council 2022-23: Call for Nominations
Submit your form and supporting documents before
Monday, September 26, 2022

The Nominations Committee is seeking nominations to Council at the 2022 Annual General Meeting, online on October 28, 2022 at 10am.

Interested and qualified nominees are encouraged to apply, giving consideration to the leadership skills needed for the museum sector’s pandemic recovery. The OMA fosters an environment of inclusivity and collaboration.

Nominees must be individual members of the OMA in good standing. The nominator and seconder must also be members in good standing. Please provide the following supporting documents: a biography/CV and a digital photo of the nominee. These may be featured in OMA publications such as the Annual Report, ONmuseums, and on the OMA website.

Please note: The webform, along with supporting documents, should be submitted before Monday, September 26, 2022.

For inquiries, please call the OMA toll-free at 1-866-662-8672 (ON) or 416-348-8672 (GTA), or send an email to nominations@museumsontario.ca. To confirm that your membership is in good standing, please contact membership@museumsontario.ca

Learn more & apply today!

The duties and responsibilities of Council members are legal, ethical, procedural, and guided by the OMA's strategic plan. Council is responsible for policy direction guiding the affairs of a museum association serving institutions and individuals across the province through a variety of professional services, programs, and products. Council is expected to provide sound fiscal and ethical management and is legally responsible for the activities of the Association. In accordance with existing bylaws, Council members are elected for a two-year term of office at the Annual General Meeting and serve without remuneration, save for travel expenses incurred to attend Council meetings.

The term of office is two years. Any individual who has been elected to serve one term as an elected Officer or Councillor-at-Large is eligible for nomination to a second term in that same position. Any person holding office by appointment is eligible for nomination without prejudice due to the previous appointment to Council.  There is no restriction on the total length of time a person may hold office on Council, providing that no specific office is held for more than two consecutive terms, and subject to any restrictions that apply regarding eligibility and terms of office. Further information on the present by-laws is available on request from the OMA Secretariat.

Attendance at meetings of the Council is required, in addition to the Annual General Meeting. Officers (President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, Past President) form an Executive Committee. The Executive members chair the following Council Committees. President – Executive Committee, Past President – Nominations Committee, Vice-President – Fund Development Committee, Treasurer – Budget & Finance Committee, Secretary – Governance Committee. Each Council member signs up for one of these committees. Interested individuals should expect to spend at least four hours per month, plus background preparation time, as a member of Council.

Learn more & apply today!
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