The purpose of the Ontario Museum Association Awards of Excellence is to
1. recognize outstanding contributions to the Ontario museum community, with emphasis on innovation;
2. advance the museum profession in Ontario;
3. encourage high standards of excellence in the museum field.
The OMA wishes to thank the following members of the 2011 OMA Awards of Excellence Committee: Cydna Mercer (Committee Chair), Head of Administration, Museum London; Dave Benson, Heritage Coordinator, Chatham-Kent; Katie Urban, Education & Community Relations Officer, Museum of Ontario Archaeology; and Meg Hamilton, Executive Director CHOO / COPO.
The 2011 recipients are:
Award of Excellence for Lifetime Achievement
Pictured L to R: Steven Davidson, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism and Culture; Bev Dietrich, Curator, Guelph Museums; Dave Benson, Heritage Coordinator, Chatham-Kent; Katie Urban, Education & Community Relations Officer, Museum of Ontario Archaeology; Meg Hamilton, Executive Director CHOO / COPO; Kathleen Powell, OMA Past President, Supervisor Museum Operations / Curator at the St. Catharines Museum; absent, Cydna Mercer, Head of Administration, Museum London.
Bev began her career at the Wellington County museum and Archives in 1983 and became the Curator at Guelph Museums in 1991, a position she continues to hold today. Bev has always worked with the local community to create relevant and engaging exhibits, and is one of the leading authorities on poet John McCrae. Bev has been a leader in the Ontario museum sector as the Course Director for the OMA’s Collections Management Certificate in Museum Studies course and with her award winning Policy Manual for Guelph Museums. Bev has always made time for supporting her colleagues and for mentoring countless other professionals with laughter and enthusiasm.
“When looked at in its totality, Bev’s work in the museum field has had, and will continue to have, positive effects at museums across Ontario – all for the betterment of the entire province. I can’t think of a more deserving person to be honoured with an Award of Excellence by the Ontario Museum Association.” – Tom Reitz, Manager/Curator, Waterloo Region Museum
Award of Excellence
Haldimand Museums for Haldimand Museums Educational Resources - WWI
Pictured L to R: Kathleen Powell, OMA Past President, Supervisor Museum Operations / Curator at the St. Catharines Museum; Anne Unyi, Head Curator, Edinburgh Square Museum - Haldimand Museums; Dave Benson, Heritage Coordinator, Chatham-Kent; Jill Shea, Coordinator of Strategic Initiatives, Haldimand County; Meg Hamilton, Executive Director CHOO / COPO; Katie Urban, Education & Community Relations Officer, Museum of Ontario Archaeology; Steven Davidson, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism and Culture
During a major Our Ontario Community Digitization Project, Haldimand Museums staff began discussing how to make this significant body of work into something more than just a digitized collection. Haldimand Museums staff approached the four history department heads of Haldimand County’s secondary schools to discover what web resources they were using and what type of resources would be helpful in teaching WWI history in the classroom. They discovered that there was both a need and an interest in sharing local connections with students.
Using the digitized material on the Our Ontario website as a foundation, Haldimand Museums created a “one-stop-shop” educational resource for educators, students and other researchers that showcases the contributions of Haldimand County individuals and organizations involved in the Canadian war effort on a national and international level. In addition to the online resources, a printed manual was provided to all six branches of the Haldimand County Libraries and made available to the County’s twenty-one primary and secondary schools.
“By far the most powerful appeal is the focus on local heritage. This has always been a weak spot in history teachers’ delivery of curriculum and your work toward beefing that up is most welcome. The fact that this local material is online makes it most convenient for classroom teachers.” – Victor Cassano, History Head, Cayuga Secondary School.
Award of Excellence
The National Gallery of Canada and The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art for The National Gallery of Canada at The Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (NGC@MOCCA)
Pictured L to R: Kathleen Powell, OMA Past President, Supervisor Museum Operations / Curator at the St. Catharines Museum; Christine Sadler, Chief, Exhibitions Management, National Gallery of Canada; Yves Théoret, Managing Director, Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA); Meg Hamilton, Executive Director CHOO / COPO; Katie Urban, Education & Community Relations Officer, Museum of Ontario Archaeology; Steven Davidson, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism and Culture
The exciting three year partnership between the National Gallery of Canada (NGC) and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), NGC@MOCCA, began in 2010. Working in close collaboration, the two institutions co-organize and present a series of exclusive exhibitions at MOCCA drawn from the NGC’s extensive Contemporary Art collection. The project has fostered an extensive level of resource sharing and creativity through its emphasis on collaboration, bringing together leading contemporary art curators from both partner organization and the Toronto area.
In addition to securing corporate sponsorship, MOCCA has developed a new patronage program, THE ART DEPT, a leadership circle of MOCCA patrons whose donations are allocated exclusively to the project. These creative funding initiatives allow NGC@MOCCA to be financially independent and highly sustainable.
“Through NGC@MOCCA, the NGC has brought important contemporary artworks out of its vault and to the largest urban centre and one of the most engaged audiences in Canada…by extending their ability to deliver new programs to new audiences and increasing the Canadian public’s access to exceptional contemporary art, I consider this partnership and its achievements truly excellent.” – Shirley Madill, Executive Director, Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery
Award of Excellence for Corporate Service
Corporation of the City of Peterborough for the Peterborough Museum & Archives partnership with the Arts and Heritage Programs of Fleming College
Pictured L to R: Katie Urban, Education & Community Relations Officer, Museum of Ontario Archaeology; Kathleen Powell, OMA Past President, Supervisor Museum Operations / Curator at the St. Catharines Museum; Ken Doherty, Director of Community Services, City of Peterborough; Susan Neale, Director, Peterborough Museum & Archives; Dave Benson, Heritage Coordinator, Chatham-Kent; Gayle McIntyre, Co-ordinator: Collections Conservation and Management & Museum Management and Curatorship Programs, Fleming College; Steven Davidson, Deputy Minister, Ministry of Tourism and Culture
The City of Peterborough’s municipal museum, The Peterborough Museum & Archives (PMA), is the only museum in Canada that serves openly as a college campus. The opportunity for Fleming College students to learn museological and conservation theory and practice in situ is an unmatched and extra-ordinary asset. The PMA has served as the primary host site for Fleming College’s Museum Management and Curatorship and Collections Conservation and Management programs since 1994, with ad hoc partnerships going back to the 1970’s. The value of learning in a museum setting; interacting and engaging with museums audiences, collections, and staff, is invaluable to the students.
“The Corporation of the City of Peterborough: Peterborough Museum & Archives stands out in our provincial museum sector because it functions both as a stellar site for visitors…but also as a teaching institution that has graduated a series of well prepared, conscientious and ethical heritage workers.” – Sarah Beam-Borg, Exhibition Manager/Assistant Curator, Bata Shoe Museum
Photos: Katie Shoemaker
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