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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 tracey@goulbournmuseum.ca 

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 sarah@goulbournmuseum.ca.

Stefan Hiratsuka: Communications Officer

Does Stefan look familiar? You might have seen him before working at the Museum in collections or administration! 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 archaeological experience on excavations in Bulgaria and Romania! Recently, he decided to round out his museum-related skills, and acquired his Applied Museum Studies Diploma from Algonquin College where he graduated with honors. He is a long-time resident of Stittsville and a world traveler, who loves fishing, gardening, and all doggos! Stefan can be reached at stefan@goulbournmuseum.ca.

Jessica Parsons: Programming Officer

Jessica’s passion for local history began from a young age. Growing up in rural Ottawa, she developed an interest in learning about how people lived and worked in the past and how to preserve and share these stories. This led her to pursue a Hons. BA in History and Canadian Studies from Trent University and a Masters Degree in Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. Jessica has worked and volunteered in many museums in Ottawa including the Nepean Museum, the Canadian War Museum, and Watsons Mill. This is where she developed a passion for public programming and education and learning how visitors interact with different programs. She was recently able to implement her passion and skills when developing new educational programming for the Neuberger Holocaust Education Centre in Toronto. When she isn’t busy at work, Jessica can be found playing golf (although not very well) or tackling a new puzzle. Jessica can be reached at jessica@goulbournmuseum.ca

Matthew Davidson: Digitization Strategy Coordinator

By training, Matthew is a historian. His research primarily concentrates on the history of Haiti and the Caribbean, and on the history of public health, disease, and medicine; more generally, Matthew is committed to encouraging and facilitating historically-informed perspectives. Prior to joining Goulbourn Museum, Matthew worked with the Digital Library of the Caribbean where he supported the digitization of historical and cultural patrimony from various Caribbean countries. Matthew holds an M.A. in History from Trent University and is currently completing a PhD in History at the University of Miami. Matthew’s position is made possible through grant funding with the participation of the Government of Canada. He is on Twitter at @md_ptbo or, can be reached at matthew@goulbournmuseum.ca.

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 miriam@goulbournmuseum.ca 

Georgian Parkes: Program Coordinator

Georgian is a student in her final year of undergraduate studies in English and history at the University of Ottawa. While her original intention was to obtain a teaching degree, after working in the Callander Bay Heritage Museum and Gallery she’s been hooked on museums! Helping people learn and making information engaging are some of Georgian’s passions- a perfect fit! Georgian can be reached at georgian@goulbournmuseum.ca

 



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