M.A.: SFU Heritage Resource Management M.A. Candidate
B.A.: University of Alberta, 1989
Supervisor: Dr. John Welch
Research Areas: Un-researched Museum Archaeology collections; public access to collections.
I have worked in Museums since 1996, mainly in collections. I started my career at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta, working with Ethnology and Cultural History collections. I moved to the lower mainland in 2007 where I began a series of Museum positions at the Museum of Vancouver, Vancouver Art Gallery, White Rock Museum & Archives and Richmond Museum. I am now the Assistant Curator at the Richmond Museum where I have been since 2012.
Using a small, defined but un-researched archaeology collection I hope to demonstrate that publicly accessible collections raise support for future collections projects. My project will provide a methodology for other Museums approaching under-utilized collections projects and will arm them with solid evidence that public access projects are of value. In particular, the subject museum will benefit by learning the important elements of Archaeology collections data, by building better knowledge of and relationships with their community and by adding value to the collection.
Aside from my work in collections at the Richmond Museum, I am also an avid runner, marathoner and triathlete with one Ironman under my belt and probably at least one more in my future. I am happy when I am gardening and I am a proponent of anything that involves getting outdoors.