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Professional Experience

Senior Coordinator, Educational Programming and Exhibitions
Archives of Ontario (2012-Dec. 2014)

  • Managed and implemented exhibitions, programs, and partnerships that advanced the mandate and enhanced the visibility and public perception of the Archives of Ontario and its collections and research. 

Exhibitions

  • Developed and implemented a long-term exhibition strategy focused on the centennial commemoration of the First World War and future legacy projects. Strategy included gallery, on-line, and travelling exhibits as well as communications, promotion, and partnership development with heritage, cultural, and community organizations. 
  • Worked closely with exhibition curator and Archives of Ontario leadership and staff to conceive, develop, and install Dear Sadie: Love, lives, and remembrance from Ontario’s First World War, an innovative exhibition based on the Archives of Ontario’s rich collections. Dear Sadie has already proved to be the most successful public engagement strategy for the Archives of Ontario as evidenced by visitor numbers, media mentions, and programming bookings.
  • Created a positive, team-based culture that stressed high-standards of innovation and performance. Managed staff by assigning work, creating schedules, managing performance, conducting performance reviews, and providing training and development. 

Programs

  • Designed, developed, and implemented a strategically innovative history education program at the Archives of Ontario. This program created an accessible entryway to the Archives of Ontario for K-12 students, in-training and practicing teachers, and the York University community and resulted in an operational improvement of 250% in the first fiscal year. The program made the behind-the-scenes work of research and collection development visible to new educational audiences, built community and visitor familiarity with the work of the Archives of Ontario, and has ensured a dynamic and visitor-focused experience for program participants.
  • Collaborated with Archives leadership and staff in preparing materials for marketing and promotion, which included clear brand development in promotional material and resource offerings, redesign of programming presentations and support materials, enhancement of public-facing web content, and approach to stakeholder relations for increased community engagement. 

Partnerships

  • Worked with Archives leadership to develop a long-term strategic plan for building capacity and developing partnerships in order for the Archives of Ontario to be a more approachable point of contact for the general public, external partners, and internal stakeholders. This strategy has resulted in multi-year external partnerships with the Faculty of Education at York University, the Harriet Tubman Institute for Research on Africa and its Diasporas, Black Creek Pioneer Village, PAMA, City of Toronto, Ontario History and Social Studies Teachers’ Association.
  • Conceived and managed specific projects of mutual benefit with external partners, such as professional development conference held at the Archives of Ontario and sponsored by Canada’s History and the Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Teaching.
  • Presented and attended professional conferences, meetings, and courses for networking, professional knowledge sharing, and professional growth. 

PhD Candidate, “Creating Possibility: Understanding the opportunities for critical social justice in history education”

Faculty of Education, York University (2008-2012)

  • Developed and managed an innovative and engaging education initiative based on an understanding of Canadian social history and public education programming. Worked with cross-departmental teams at the university and at schools to successfully coordinate and deliver project goals. Program designed for under-represented communities in an effort to develop an understanding and appreciation of the rich Canadian social history based in Ontario curriculum and community needs and interests.
  • Managed a year-long operational plan, which including monitoring budget and performance measures, reevaluating expectations and adjusting operations accordingly, and reporting project outcomes in conferences and peer-reviewed writing.
  • Built relationships with key stakeholders and acquired knowledge of the mandate of the largest school board in Canada in order to conduct external research.

Social Networking Coordinator & Chair of the Graduate Student Committee 
The History Education Network/Histoire et Éducation en Réseau (THEN/HiER) (2011-2012)

  • Planned, developed, and delivered programs and initiatives to promote and develop the history education community in Canada, specifically through managing social media initiatives, planning a national conference, and chairing a pan-Canadian graduate student committee
  • Connected key stakeholders and reached out to new audiences in promoting organization and events, including establishing a Toronto-based speaker series and creating new partnerships with the Nova Scotia Archives, Canada’s National Museum of Immigration, and Dalhousie University
  • Developed and managed a national conference, including overseeing budget, registration, and an outreach and promotion strategy for engaging and building membership in the Maritimes 
  • Enhanced public facing web presence, including embracing new social media technologies such as Twitter and Facebook, redesigning a Graduate Student portal for communication and outreach, and managing a national blog with six regular writers

Project Manager, “Youth and Mental Health: Addressing stigma and discrimination through community-informed curriculum” & “Understanding Power, Appreciating Difference: A pilot project in e-learning for students, grades 9-12”
York University & University of Victoria (2007 & 2009) 

  • Managed an innovative and engaging web-based public education project that included supervising budget and four staff across two universities across Canada.
  • Design a website framework that included seven lesson plans, a 300-source archive, and support materials for stakeholders and community members. 
  • Developed and delivered presentation and support materials to launch project at an annual stakeholder conference.

Program Manager
Salon Speaker Series & The Munk Debates (2008) 

  • Managed logistical support for Canadian-wide speaker events, including planning Toronto-based events and maintaining a network of key VIP stakeholders across Canada.
  • Developed and implemented a system of organization and communication for increased efficiency and consultation across series. 
  • Completed expenses report detailing ongoing and one-time expenses, as well as including managed contractual agreements with service providers and partners. 

Program Assistant, Aboriginal Youth 2008 Writing Challenge & The Memory Project
Dominion Institute (2007) 
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  • Conducted community and promotional outreach for the Aboriginal Youth 2008 Writing Challenge, creating educational materials for both individual and classroom participation. 
  • Liaised with stakeholders to promote and increase awareness and understanding of program and benefits of participation.
  • Planned an awards reception for the 2007 Aboriginal Youth Writing Challenge in Ottawa.
  • Facilitated over 250 veteran visits into classrooms across the country for The Memory Project.

Interpretive Programming Assistant & Special Events Assistant
Black Creek Pioneer Village (2002-2005) 

  • Planned and implemented innovative public history programs relevant to 19th century Ontario social history under the museums’ existing interpretive strategy, integrating advice from interpretative team and the resources available from established exhibits to maximize programming benefits. Evaluated and made recommendations as to the direction of future programming.
  • Developed and implemented family-friendly Special Events programming to ensure cultural diversity and community involvement


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