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: Peggy Hause
Peggy joined the Brockville Museum in early 2018. She started her museum career as an interpreter at Ste. Marie-among-the-Hurons while a history major at Trent University. She then continued her studies at Sir. Sandford Fleming College for Museum Management and Curatorship. She has gaining experience in museum programming at the Orillia Museum of Art and History, Nancy Island Historic Site (Wasaga Beach Provincial Park), and the Melfort and District Museum in Saskatchewan. As the Interpretation and Public Program Coordinator, she creates, develops, coordinates, and delivers a variety of education and activity programs.
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: Ellen O’Dair
Ellen calls Brockville her hometown, and having spent two summers working at the Brockville Museum as a summer student, is thrilled to be back. With a combined degree in English and Ancient Mediterranean Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University, as well as a Master’s degree in Information Studies, Ellen is excited to continue working with the Open Drawer Project to get the Museum’s collection online. Her experience working with archival material will be a valuable asset to the project. Aside from collection management, Ellen handles administrative duties such as finances and payroll.