Below is a brief outline of my professional experience and volunteering in the museum and heritage tourism field, as well as some personal interests. I have also provided a sample of media highlights and photos from my experiences throughout (see my portfolio for more). If you want to learn more about my experience or connect with me professionally, please visit my LinkedIn profile.
I have professional work experience in a variety of positions and fields across multiple the museum and heritage tourism sectors. I have worked directly with the public as a museum educator and tour guide with Craigdarroch Castle (Victoria, BC), Juno Beach Centre (Courseulles-sur-Mer, France), and SeaQuest Explorations (Victoria, BC). I have worked in festival co-ordination and event hosting with the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, BC), which also involved a great deal of public interaction. I have conducted historical research for British historian, Hugh Sebag-Montefiore and for the University of Victoria History Department’s A City Goes to War project, for which I also wrote online content. I have also worked in marketing and business development with Parks Canada at Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites (Victoria, BC), and as a heritage tourism marketing contractor with the BC Museums Association and Heritage BC.
Recently, I spent the summer in Whitehorse, YT as the Curatorial Programming Associate (government-funded contract) for the Yukon Transportation Museum and the Copperbelt Railway & Mining Museum. I created, implemented and evaluated such public programs as a weekly dinner event, a sensory-friendly morning (in collaboration with Autism Yukon), and summer camps, as well as supporting summer staff in tour development and other duties.
I am currently the Families Digital Intern at the Royal BC Museum (Victoria, BC), a unique position collaboratively shared among the Learning, Archives, Digital, and Exhibitions departments. I act as project co-ordinator for digital media and web components of the upcoming exhibition, Family: Bonds & Belonging, opening June 2, 2017. These projects include video and audio interviews for kiosks within the exhibit, promotional and instructional films relating to genealogical searches in the BC Archives, and web content creation for the museum’s Learning Portal. I am thankful to the new Young Canada Works at Building Careers in Heritage internship program for their part in funding this position.
— Royal BC Museum (@RoyalBCMuseum) November 15, 2016
I enjoy volunteering my time in both my professional field and my greater community. I have volunteered twice with the BC Museums Association as a discussion facilitator at their industry forums (2014 and 2016), as well as volunteering at the 2016 annual conference in Whistler, BC. I have volunteered at multiple Royal BC Museum events, most notably as a guide and station facilitator for the Night Shift events (19+), and was the guest editor for the museum’s innovative digital multi-media publication, Curious, as a volunteer intern in 2015.
Serving as an executive member of The History Undergraduate Society (THUGS) course union at the University of Victoria from September 2012 to April 2014, I co-founded and was the Editor-in-Chief for three issues of The Corvette, the university’s peer-reviewed undergraduate history journal, publishing works by 19 student researchers and providing valuable editing and reviewing experience for over 70 student volunteers. Listen to an interview about The Corvette‘s first issue with CBC’s Jo-Ann Roberts here.
I have also volunteered in and for my community in a variety of ways. I spent four weeks over four summers volunteering at Camp Imadene as a cabin leader, cook, musician, and activity team member. I have also volunteered with my church, the Summer Band music program, Ride for Refuge, festival events, and other small projects as they come around. In the Yukon I was able to serve moose soup at a local soup kitchen (moose soup!!!).
Speaking, Writing, Involvement in the Arts
Alongside my experience as a tour guide and presenter in museums, I have also presented at conferences and spoken to various groups. For example…
On February 3, 2013 I presented a paper at the Qualicum Graduate History Conference. I was one of five undergraduate students to present at this annual five-university conference in Parksville, BC.
I presented a keynote address at the 2011 Rotary District 5020 (Vancouver Island and Western Washington) District Leadership Training Assembly in Victoria, BC. My address was about the Rotary Adventure in Citizenship program which I attended in 2009.
I have contributed work to various publications over the years. For examples, please see:
- Royal BC Museum: Curious Quarterly
- BC Christian News
- Wave Maker Magazine
- Please also visit the blog section for more writing samples
I am an avid photographer and enjoy experimenting with various analogue photographic techniques. I have had my work shown in two exhibits, “Holga Dreams” at the Cedar Hill Arts Centre (video below) and “Dwelling” in downtown Victoria’s Bastion Square (my photo was featured on the poster – bottom photo).
I play the upright bass and the electric bass, having spent four years in the Victoria Conservatory of Music‘s Honours Jazz Orchestra and various jazz and rock groups, or as accompaniment. I once opened for Anaïs Mitchell at Lucky Bar in Victoria, but I also have the dubious distinction of playing a show where 2,000 people ran away from the stage during our first song (it was at the Light The Night charity run for cancer research, but it’s still a weird feeling).
I have played music for a Canadian College of Performing Arts musical theatre production and in four musical theatre productions with Mount Douglas. I once even got on stage and played the lead villain part of Uncle Jasper in The Mystery of Edwin Drood (probably the scariest thing I’ve ever done!). I have been fortunate enough to learn from some of Victoria’s (and Western Canada’s) greatest and most influential music teachers, and to have played with some great musicians.