The City of Brockville employs four permanent staff members at the Brockville Museum: three full-time employees and one part-time employee. Under the direction of the Board of Management (appointed by Council), staff manage all aspects of the museum’s operations, including collections management, exhibition development, programming, public relations and volunteer coordination. Museum staff are supported by nearly 100 volunteers, who provide assistance in many of these areas.
Curator/Director: Natalie Wood
Natalie has been with the Brockville Museum since early 2013. Before that, she spent five years at the Old Stone Mill National Historic Site in Delta. Her previous museum experience also includes the McLachlan Woodworking Museum, the Pump House Steam Museum and the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes in Kingston. She has a degree in History from Queens University and a Certificate in Museum Studies. At the Brockville Museum she is ultimately responsible for the overall operation and administration of the museum and liaises with the museum’s Board of Management, City Hall, and Friends of the Brockville Museum.
Interpretation & Public Program Coordinator: Amy Mackie
Amy unknowingly began her museum training at age nine as a costumed volunteer at Fort Wellington in Prescott. From there, volunteer positions at Upper Canada Village, Homewood Museum and the Forwarder’s Museum filled her summers and piqued her interest in history. She spent 11 years at Charleston Lake Provincial Park as a member of the Natural Heritage Education staff. A graduate of Queen’s University she specializes in Canadian Military History, especially the First World War and has extensively toured battlefields in France, Belgium and the Netherlands. She has been with the Brockville Museum since 2007. Her ability to share Brockville’s story with depth and passion makes her a sought-after public speaker and she conducts museum programs both on- and off-site to a wide variety of age groups.
Community Engagement Officer: Viktor Kaczkowski
Viktor’s career path has taken him full circle. Although having completed a graduate degree in geography, much of his professional life was spent at the parliaments of Ontario and Saskatchewan as a Legislative Clerk. Now in a new phase of his life, he draws upon the knowledge and experience from his time as a summer historical interpreter at Ste. Marie-among-the-Hurons in Midland, Ontario, the town in which he grew up. His role as community engagement officer at the Brockville Museum, which he has held since 2009, includes volunteer coordination, media relations, public outreach, website maintenance, event planning, and fundraising support.
Administrative Assistant/Registrar: Alison McMahon
Alison joined the team in early 2014. Originally from Burlington, she has degrees in history and Museum Management and Curatorship. Her expertise managing and handling artefacts and collections while at the City of Hamilton’s cultural department and the Museum of Health Care in Kingston has proven to be invaluable. Not only does she handle the day-to-day registration of artefacts and management of the museum’s collection, she has led our “Open Drawer Project”. She also takes care of the museum’s payroll, money and accounts, and other administrative duties.