Staff Members

Tracey Donaldson

Manager & Exhibitions Curator
The Manager & Exhibitions Curator provides conceptual leadership in all areas of the museum operation and is directly responsible for administration, human resources, finance, and management of the museum buildings and grounds. This position is also responsible for the research, development and installation of exhibitions.

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
The Collections Officer is responsible for the overall management and care of the Museum’s collections, manages the Museum’s sales and summaries reports and deposits, and supports the manager in the research and development of policies, funding applications, events and exhibitions.

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 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.

Jessica Parsons

Programming Officer
The Programming Officer is responsible for the planning, development, and delivery of the Museum’s public education programs and services including local history presentations, craft programs/workshops, and special events and organizing the gift shop. The Programming Officer is responsible for the overall development and delivery of…

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

Stefan Hiratsuka

Communications Officer
The Communications Officer is responsible for the Museum’s overall public relations, marketing and promotion. Staying current with marketing and promotion practices, and innovative techniques, the Communications Officer strives to attract a new and wider audience within the context of the Museum’s policies.

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.

Georgian Parkes

Programming Coordinator
The Program Coordinator is responsible for the creation of a detailed program plan that comprises multiple modules and combines science and technology, education, historical interpretation, and experiential learning. They are tasked with supporting the Programming Officer in delivering Museum experiences to the public.

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

Matthew Davidson

Digitization Strategy Coordinator
The Digitization Strategy Coordinator highlights sustainable goals to improve access to Museum assets, and will evaluate how the Museum will develop digital content that fulfills stakeholder needs. The Digitization Strategy will ensure that digitization objectives are accessible, sustainable, ethical, and support the Museum’s mandate.

By training, Matthew is a historian- he holds an M.A. in History from Trent University and is currently completing a PhD in History at the University of Miami. 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. He is on Twitter at @md_ptbo or, can be reached at matthew@goulbournmuseum.ca.

Board Members

Linda Preston

Chairperson
The Chairperson is responsible for the operation of the Goulbourn Museum by: acting as Chairperson at all Board meetings; representing the Goulbourn Museum as required at meetings and events concerning the operation of the Museum with the City and/or the Province; performing all duties that…

Phil Sweetnam

Treasurer
The Treasurer shall have responsibility for all funds handled by the Goulbourn Museum. The Treasurer shall keep proper records of all receipts and disbursement of the Goulbourn Museum and shall prepare a Financial Statement for presentation at the AGM of the Museum.

Tanis Cappello

Secretary
The Secretary shall be responsible for the preparation of minutes of the Goulbourn Museum Board meetings, have custody of all books and records concerning all Goulbourn Museum meetings.

Tanya Hein

Director
Directors will serve on the Board to achieve its stated purpose and plan for its future development according to the terms of its Constitution, By-Laws and Statement of Purpose.

Jennifer Rowland

Director
Directors will serve on the Board to achieve its stated purpose and plan for its future development according to the terms of its Constitution, By-Laws and Statement of Purpose.

Jennifer Smith

Director
Directors will serve on the Board to achieve its stated purpose and plan for its future development according to the terms of its Constitution, By-Laws and Statement of Purpose.

Jazmin Lopez Muga

Director
Directors will serve on the Board to achieve its stated purpose and plan for its future development according to the terms of its Constitution, By-Laws and Statement of Purpose.

Barry Gray

Director
Directors will serve on the Board to achieve its stated purpose and plan for its future development according to the terms of its Constitution, By-Laws and Statement of Purpose.

Lesley McKay

Director
Directors will serve on the Board to achieve its stated purpose and plan for its future development according to the terms of its Constitution, By-Laws and Statement of Purpose.

Karen Weir

Director
Directors will serve on the Board to achieve its stated purpose and plan for its future development according to the terms of its Constitution, By-Laws and Statement of Purpose.