OMA at the National Culture Summit

May 05, 2022
At the OMA
Pictured: Minister of Canadian Heritage, The Honourable Pablo Rodriguez (left); ED/CEO of the Alberta Museums Association Jennifer Forsyth (second row), OMA ED Marie Lalonde (centre) and the British Columbia Museums Association Vice-President Lynn Saffery (right).  
OMA at the National Culture Summit

OMA ED Marie Lalonde was invited to Ottawa to represent Ontario museums at the Department of Canadian Heritage's National Culture Summit, "The Future of the Arts, Culture, and Heritage in Canada." The OMA joined a number of our provincial and territorial museum association (PTMA) colleagues, the Canadian Museums Association (CMA), other organizations and representatives of the culture sector to amplify the needs and potential of our members to the national level. Livestreaming allowed representatives to join and participate in the sessions of the Summit from all across Canada.

We look forward to providing more information on the outcomes of the National Culture Summit: The Future of the Arts, Culture, and Heritage in Canada and the discussions on items of interest to museums. 

Pictured: The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau, Prime Minister of Canada (centre) with OMA ED Marie Lalonde (left) and Alberta Museums Association ED/CEO Jennifer Forsyth (right). 
New and Renewing OMA Members
Beaver River Museum
Black Creek Pioneer Village
Blue Rhino Design
Canadian Language Museum
Canadian Transportation Museum and Heritage Village
Coldwater Canadiana Heritage Museum
Comber and District Historical Society Museum
Gardiner Museum of Ceramic Art
Lambton Heritage Museum
Lucan Area Heritage and Donnelly Museum
Markham Museum
Minden Hills Cultural Centre
Museum of Health Care at Kingston
Muskoka Discovery Centre
NHA / NHL Birthplace Museum
Niagara Falls Museums
Niagara Military Museum
Ontario Electric Railway Historical Association
Ottawa Art Gallery
Owl Virtual Tours / 
Penetanguishene Centennial Museum & Archives
RBWM Historical Society - Schoolhouse Museum
Textile Museum of Canada
The Algonquin Way Cultural Centre, Omamiwinini Pimadjwowin
The Delta Mill Society
The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada Regimental Museum
Thelma Miles Historical Museum
Thousand Islands Boat Museum
Uxbridge Historical Centre (Museum and Archives)
West Parry Sound District Museum
Young Associates
Sector News
Ontario Election to Be Held June 2, 2022

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, has accepted the premier's advice to sign a proclamation dissolving the 42nd Parliament of the Province of Ontario. 

Pursuant to the provisions of the Election Act, the Lieutenant Governor also called for the issuance of writs for the general election to be issued May 4, 2022 and naming June 2, 2022 as the date of Ontario's next general election. 

Read the News Release HERE. 
Read more about the Ontario Election process HERE.

Ontario Budget 2022 Responses
Where Resilience and Culture Meet:
Wellbeing, Accessibility & Community

Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries, and Historic Sites

Free Webinar
Thursday May 12, 2022
1:00pm to 3:30pm ET

Guest Partners: ROM Community Access Network and Pathways to Education (Kingston)

Cultural heritage is so much more than a recreational past time, but offering real impacts and implications for health and wellbeing within our communities.

This event explores how resiliency, wellbeing, community, and cultural heritage intersect. We begin with a film screening Resilience: The Biology of Stress and the Science of Hope, followed by a panel discussion and Q&A with guest partners discussing their work in building community connections through engagement, trauma-informed practices and social prescription.

Read more and register HERE.

Amherstburg Freedom Museum commemorates all-Black battalion at local Legions

On the eve of a long-sought federal government apology, the Amherstburg Freedom Museum is presenting framed photographs of the No. 2 Construction Battalion to local Legion branches for display.

The No. 2 was an all-Black unit formed in July 1916 and sent overseas during the First World War to build and maintain roads and bridges needed to transport supplies to the front lines. According to local historical records, more than 125 Black men from the local area volunteered for deployment with the battalion.

Read more HERE
Listen to a radio interview with the Museum's vice-president HERE.

Timmins Museum part of Northern tourism route

After months of work on years of stories and centuries of history, 101 Experiences and the Timmins Museum have launched In The Footsteps of Jocelyne Saucier, a tourist excursion to take through Northern Ontario by an active drive and informative virtual map.

Saucier's award-winning books often ground themselves in the real experiences and landscape of the area while telling emotional stories of more fictional figures. They established the basis for a literary and historic exploration of the culture and heritage of nine communities in the region, including Timmins.

Read more HERE. 
See the virtual map HERE.

Colleague Updates
The OMA congratulates three members of our museum community on their recent retirements, and we wish them all the best in their future endeavours!
Robin Etherington
Bytown Museum

"It is with mixed emotions that the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Bytown Museum, announces the retirement of our colleague, friend and Executive Director, Robin Etherington. Her last working day will be Thursday, April 28th, 2022.
Robin has been an integral part of our Museum for the last 10 years!"

Read more HERE.
Megan Richardson
Digital Museums Canada

"During her seven-year tenure as Director, Megan has overseen a major renewal of this important national program, which invests in online projects by Canadian museums and heritage organizations, helping them build digital capacity and share stories and experiences with their audiences. She has presented at museum and heritage conferences across the country and internationally and has led the DMC team in supporting the development and launch of nearly 200 online projects on diverse subjects, for a wide range of users."

Read more HERE. 
Laurie Mason
Moore Museum

"One of St. Clair Township’s long-time caretakers of local heritage is retiring after over 36 years of service.
Moore Museum Curator Laurie Mason had her last day of work on April 29.

Laurie was honoured for her service at a Heritage St. Clair meeting in early April, where she was praised for
her tireless commitment to the preservation of local history and her caring stewardship of the Moore Museum."

Read more HERE. (page 14) 
May is Museum Month
Some Museum Events this May:

Special Offers
Starting May 21st: 
Extended hours, open Saturdays - 
Brockville Museum

Special Programs & Exhibits
1st: What is Love? Past and Present Love Stories of Mississauga - 
Bradley Museum
2nd: Guided Public Tours - Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre
14th: Hands-on History: A Family Challenge - PAMA
14th: Coach House Restoration Celebration - Oakville Museum
18th: Exhibit featuring works by Lindsay, Buell, Wright and Hare - Brockville Museum
20th: Unmasking Influenza - 1000 Islands History Museum
28th: Patio Rosé: A Wine Tasting - Bruce County Museum and Cultural Centre

Seasonal Openings
21st: Re-opening of Oakville's First Post Office - 
Oakville Museum
21st: Tickets on sale - Upper Canada Village
21st:  Free tours of the mill - Old Stone Mill National Historic Site
24th: Celebrating 55 seasons - Lang Pioneer Village Museum

In the Media
Gardiner Museum presents Shary Boyle's new exhibition "Outside the Palace of Me," on until May 15 - CBCArts
Stratford Perth Museum is bringing back several exhibits this year - The Stratford Beacon Herold
Toronto celebrates Museum Month by announcing free general admission of its history museums - blogTO
Myseum of Toronto festival featured the stories of an earlier generation in "The Quiet Immigrant" exhibit - Toronto Star
What's On
Hutchison House Museum is hosting a special afternoon tea, "Jubilee Garden Tea & Tour," - June 5
Dryden & District Museum's new exhibition explores the history of community cookbooks, on until May 25
Joseph Brant Museum invites visitors to use their critical senses in "The Fun Science Exhibition," on until May 21
Toronto Railway Museum is opening its doors to visitors on May 28 & 29 during "Doors Open Toronto"
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