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Tracey Donaldson: Manager & Exhibitions Curator

Tracey’s keen interest in history, the arts and literature led her to pursue a degree in Art History and English Literature at Carleton University and then a Master of Science in Scottish studies in Scotland. Her time and exposure to Scottish culture and local people impressed upon her the importance of connecting with her local community to create a sense of meaning and shared experiences. She joined the Goulbourn Museum in order to become an advocate for history within her local community. With over 10 years of experience working in the not-for-profit sector she has mastered many of its challenges. Working with tight budgets, creative thinking and writing grants are a few of her specialties. In addition to her work at the Museum, Tracey currently serves as the Chairperson of the Ottawa Museum Network, and has worked as an educator for Algonquin College in their Applied Museum Studies Program. Tracey can be reached at 

Sue Woodford: Communications Officer

Sue has been managing the Museum’s marketing and communications initiatives since 2012. A communications specialist with over 25 years of experience, Sue implements the Museum’s overall marketing and communications strategies as well as oversees the daily communications, graphic design, social media, and marketing activities. Sue studied Photojournalism at Loyalist College and worked in the newspaper industry for 8 years receiving awards for both writing and photography from the Ontario Community Newspaper Association (OCNA). Other previous experience includes a freelance career in communications and managing the creative services for one of Ottawa’s top real estate teams. Sue added to her education and skill set in 2012 when she received her post-graduate certificate in Interactive Multimedia from Algonquin College. In 2016 and 2017 she returned to Algonquin to teach Public Relations in the Applied Museum Studies program.
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Sarah Holla: Collections Officer

Sarah’s adventure in heritage began in 2004, since then she completed an honours degree in Classics specializing in Ancient Art and Archaeology, studied archaeology in the field with The Canadian Institute in Greece and completed a post-graduate certificate in Applied Museum Studies. History has taken her amazing places, from the temples of Greece, to documenting an historic cemetery, interviewing a veteran of the Great War, and rebuilding a regimental museum in Ottawa. Sarah supports Goulbourn Museum by managing research initiatives and caring for the collections which includes 10,000 objects as well as 40,000 pieces in the archaeological collection. Sarah is known for drawing people in with a story and sharing her passion for Goulbourn’s history. When away from her white cotton gloves, Sarah loves knitting baby hats, gardening and DIY projects in her family’s Victorian country home. Sarah can be reached at

Paige Mawson: Education Officer

Paige is a graduate of McMaster University’s Arts & Science program and is currently pursuing her Master’s Degree in Museum Studies at the University of Toronto. She came to the Goulbourn Museum with a background in pedagogy and curriculum. She is based in Toronto (thank goodness for Zoom meetings!) and is excited to learn more about exhibition planning and community outreach to further enrich her skills as an emerging museum professional. Paige can be reached at

Jonah Ellens: Programming Assistant

Jonah was born and raised in Ottawa. He studied history at Carleton University and Museum Studies at Algonquin College. In September he will be heading back to school to begin his Masters in Public History. This summer he will be taking on the role of Assistant Curator of Collections. His first tasks are to oversee the transcription project of Sefton Stewart’s letters from the First World War, and to help develop the weekly ‘What’s It Wednesday’ posts. Over the next few months he’s hoping to learn what makes a meaningful community museum collection and discover more about the history of Goulbourn Township. Jonah can be reached at

Miriam Tepper: Program Coordinator

Miriam has a M.Sc. in Museum Studies from Leicester University, England. She has spent most of her life in museums thanks to her mother, who worked in that field. She has worked at Upper Canada Village, the City of Ottawa museums, and has volunteered at Museum of History, Museum of Nature, and the Museum of Life and Science (N.C.). She is an avid gardener who maintains an eighteen-year-old native plant butterfly garden. She will be running Growing Goulbourn, a program that brings students into the garden and teaches them how to grow their own vegetables and flowers. Miriam can be reached at

Stefan Hiratsuka: Collections Intern

Stefan holds an Hons. BA from the University of Ottawa with a specialization in history and a minor in classical studies. During that time, he also acquired experience participating in archaeological excavations in Bulgaria and Romania. A long-time resident of Stittsville and a world traveler, he is currently completing his final year of studies in the Algonquin College Applied Museum Studies program. Over the coming months, he hopes to learn the fundamentals of working with a historical collection in a heritage context. Stefan can be reached at


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