We are your current GOEMP Committee Members! Please scroll down to learn more about us.

Elisabeth Boekhoven – Conference & Programs Co-Chair

thumb_elisabeth-bio-pic_1024Elisabeth received her Double Major in History and English from Carleton University before moving to Peterborough where she completed a Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship at Fleming College. She is currently in the last semester of her Masters in Heritage Conservation through the School of Indigenous and Canadian Studies at Carleton University.

Before she started her Masters, Elisabeth worked at the Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village for roughly 3 years, and she spent this past summer at the Spencerville Mill and Museum. She recently started at Cumberland Heritage Village as a Heritage Specialist and is looking forward to her upcoming academic placement at the National Capital Commission.

She is passionate about museums in general, but a few of her areas of particular interest are interpretation and education, difficult histories, and cultural pluralism. For Elisabeth, museums present an engaging and unique stage for the exploration of identity and culture. She is continually excited by the increasing dynamic nature of museums as they present new and dynamic ways to educate, engage and challenge the communities they serve and the tradition they developed from.

Alison Deplonty – Member At Large

Alison DeplontyAlison holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and History from the University of Western Ontario, where she also completed her Masters in Archaeology in 2013. Alison’s MA field work had her returning to Peru for the third time, where she researched knowledge mobilization in a case study at the archaeological site museum Huacas de Moche.

Alison’s first museum role was in 2008 as a summer student at Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site, more fondly known as the Old Stone House in Sault Ste. Marie, the first museum she ever visited. With the nature of museum work being what it is, Alison has so far worked at four different museums: Banting House NHS, The Children’s Museum, the Museum of Ontario Archaeology, and Fanshawe Pioneer Village, in her new home of London, Ontario. Alison has been the Interpretation Coordinator at Fanshawe Pioneer Village for the past three seasons and she happily joined the staff full time in 2016.

Alison sees museums as places of connectivity – places that not only connect the past to the present, but also connect person to person. She believes that inspiring curiosity is the best way to get people to engage with the world around them and that each person’s museum experience should be unique, just like each of us.

William Hollingshead – Vice Chair

thumb_will-bio-pic_1024William has a Bachelor in Fine Arts – Sculpture/Installation Art from the Ontario College of Art and Design University and he has recently completed a Certificate in Museum Studies with the Ontario Museum Association. He has been working in museums and galleries for 6 years taking on a variety of roles and responsibilities. Having recently relocated to Sault Ste Marie, his hometown, from the Greater Toronto Area, Will is now Heritage Programmer at the Ermatinger Clergue National Historic Site. His areas of interest are public education programming, strategic planning, exhibit planning and design, and special events and volunteer management. He sees museums, galleries, and historic sites as a place where not only the past, but also the present can and should assist us in informing the future; a place where we can use artifacts and histories to foster a discourse, inspire, and engage not only the visitors we serve but also the staff that work in these facilities; a place where communities can come together to share in and experience culture.

Codie Kish – Member At Large

thumb_codie-profile-pic_1024Codie has a BA (Honours) in Museum and Curatorial Studies from the University of Western Ontario and a MA (Distinction) in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester.

Codie has been involved in the museum field for the past 6 years, on both local and international levels. Some of the institutions she has previously worked at include a fashion museum (Bath Fashion Museum), a living history museum (Fanshawe Pioneer Village and Museum), a historic bath house (Roman Baths), a recreated longhouse village (Ska-Nah-Doht), and an art gallery (Victoria Art Gallery). Currently, Codie is a Museum Attendant with Chatham-Kent Museum.

Codie’a areas of interest include Education and Communication, Museum Ethics, and Visual Culture. Codie believes that museum work is social work. Museums are meant to be transformative spaces that offer counter-hegemonic teachings of history.

Diane Pellicone – Conference & Programs Co-Chair

thumb_diane-bio-pic_1024Diane has a MA in Art History from Carleton University, and a BFA in Art History from Concordia University. Since 2011, she has worked with various institutions in cultural sectors across Montreal, Ottawa and the Greater Toronto Area. This includes a practicum with Carleton University Art Gallery as an Art Critic-in-Residence, and a Curatorial Writing and Publication Internship at RiverBrink Art Museum through Young Canada Works. Recently, she was a Curatorial Assistant with Aimia Inc.’s Corporate Art Collection and Installation, where she oversaw their permanent and borrowed art collections. Diane joined the Royal Ontario Museum in 2015 as Project Assistant, coordinating the distribution and exhibition of The Franklin Exploration pop-up display to museums across Canada while working with colleagues at Parks Canada on content updates. Her interests include provenance research, heritage preservation, and exhibition coordination. She is continually motivated by collections that aim to inspire viewers through their objects’ unique stories and endless research possibilities.

Madeline Smolarz – Communications Chair

thumb_madeline-bio-pic_1024After a high school guidance counsellor told her she could not make a career out of her love for history, Madeline decided to go for it anyway. She graduated from the University of Ottawa in 2014 with an Honours Bachelor of Arts specializing in Classical Studies and from the University of Toronto in 2016 with a Master of Museum Studies (MMSt).

Madeline has worked / volunteered in and around museums for the past 5 years and counting, including the Museum of Classical Antiquities at the University of Ottawa; a Roman excavation site in Italy with Queen’s University; the Brant Museum & Archives in her hometown of Brantford; the Royal Ontario Museum’s Hands On Bio Gallery; the   Craigleith Heritage Depot, and more. Today, she works as the Operations Coordinator of Ruthven Park National Historic Site. In this role, Madeline is responsible for earned revenue streams (such as facility rentals and membership), marketing in all its forms, tourism outreach, and anything that needs to be done to facilitate day-to-day operations. She is also the communications lead and chief evaluator of the museum component of the Centre for International Experience at the University of Toronto’s Intercultural Learning Program, a project she and a team of her MMSt peers started in 2015.

As the child of 2 first-generation Canadians, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and a person with an invisible disability, Madeline is deeply interested in the experiences of diverse populations in museums, specifically with regards to public programming, exhibition design, and strategic planning. She considers museums to be her “Third Place” and strives to foster that same relationship between her workplace and every museum visitor she encounters.

Emma Tennier-Stuart – Secretary

thumb_emma-bio-pic_1024Emma is currently located in Guelph, where, in addition to working towards finishing her Master’s degree in Folklore (from Memorial University of Newfoundland), she is also volunteering at Guelph Museums. Having discovered the world of museums at a young age – she started regularly volunteering as a costumed interpreter at a historical house at the age of seven – Emma has always been passionate about the way museums can spark people’s interest in history, and bring history to life. She has volunteered at the Scarborough Museum and at Killerton House, a National Trust property in England, and worked at Campbell House Museum in Toronto, as well as at the Ontario Museum Association as part of a Young Canada Works internship. Emma hopes to continue to work in educational programming in museums, but through the GOEMP Committee, she also wants to explore ways in which EMPs in Ontario can develop museum-relevant skills even while not working directly in the museum sector.

Lisa Terech – Chair

thumb_lisa-bio-pic_1024Lisa has a Bachelor of Arts degree in History (Honours) and Canadian Studies (General) from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Museum Management and Curatorship Certificate from Sir Sandford Fleming College.

Lisa started with the Oshawa Museum in 2007 as a volunteer and joined the staff in October 2010. In the role of Community Engagement, Lisa participates with the Museum team in developing and delivering creative, engaging and consistent public programs. She truly enjoys going out in the community and being a champion for Oshawa’s history and its future. An avid knitter, you’ll find her in a yarn shop when she’s not sharing stories from her community’s past.

Lisa believes that museums have an important role in communities, not only preserving and presenting known histories, but museums are in a unique position to challenge traditional narratives, seeking to tell stories that are under-told and underrepresented. Museums are special places that entertain, enlighten, and educate.

Julie Thornton – Member At Large

October 2016 onw 006After completing her Bachelor of Arts in History (Honours) from the University of Ottawa, Julie hopped on a plane to the UK, where she received her Master of arts in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and spent two years working in different museums and drinking as much tea as she could.

Before deciding to work in museum education when she grows up, Julie tried her hand at many different types of museum work, including collections management, visitor services, and exhibition work. She has volunteered and worked in small community museums, heritage sites, and large international museums like the Victoria & Albert Museum. In her current role as a Museum Guide at the Bank of Canada Museum, Julie engages visitors about their individual role in the economy (economics can be fun!) and the fantastic stories behind the objects in the National Currency Collection. Julie’s areas of interest include education, interpretation, community co-curation, and how museums can promote visitor well-being and social justice. She strongly believes in the UK Museum Association‘s vision that museums can and do change lives.

Alison Ward – Member At Large

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Alison Ward has a Bachelor of Humanities from Carleton University and a Master of Arts from Queen’s University. Alison first started working at museums through the Young Canada Works program and became hooked soon after. Upon graduation, she conducted research for an exhibition at the Canadian Museum of History. Alison then joined the Canadian Museums Association in 2014 as part of the membership team. She is now part of the business development division at Ingenium – Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. She loves learning, making discoveries, traveling, and, by extension, museums.

Updated September 28, 2017