The City of Brockville employs three full-time staff members at the Brockville Museum. Under the direction of the Board of Management (appointed by Council), staff manage all aspects of the museum’s daily operations, including collections management, exhibition development, programming, and visitor services. Museum staff are supported by over 40 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 MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, the Pump House Steam Museum, and the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes at Kingston. She has a degree in History from Queen's University, a Certificate in Museum Studies, a Certificate in Municipal Administration, and a Professional Specialization Certificate in Visitor and Community Engagement from the University of Victoria. At the Brockville Museum she manages the development of exhibitions and is responsible for the daily operation and administration of the museum.
Interpretation & Public Program Coordinator: Alice McMurtry
Alice McMurtry joined the Brockville Museum team in the summer of 2022. She has extensive museum experience, having worked at the Royal Ontario Museum, the Ontario Heritage Trust, the City of Toronto History Museums, the Bata Shoe Museum, Black Creek Pioneer Village, and other cultural institutions across the province. She holds a Master’s in Museum Studies and an Honours BA in History and English Literature from the University of Toronto. As the Interpretation and Public Program Coordinator, she develops public and educational programs for a range of audiences.
Administrative Assistant/Registrar: Veronica Vareiro
Veronica joined the Brockville Museum team in 2019. She started her museum training in 2010 as a volunteer Gallery Interpreter at the Royal Ontario Museum for 5 years. She went on to graduate with an Honours Double Major Degree in History and Humanities from York University and completed a Graduate Certificate in Museum and Gallery Studies from Georgian College. She gained extensive experience working with museum collections and archival documents with a focus on preventive conservation at the Rossland Museum & Discovery Centre in Rossland, British Columbia. As the Administrative Assistant/Registrar she oversees the care and management of the museum's collection, liaises with donors, and handles administrative and financial responsibilities.
Visitor Services Attendants: Michelle, Tina, and Tara
Visitor Services Attendants greet museum visitors and carry out reception desk responsibilities, including providing tourist information to visitors. They also carry-out special projects, including supporting work on the Open Drawer Project. They are dedicated to ensuring the best possible visitor experience.
Board of Management:
Check out our Board of Management Fact Sheet to learn more about the Board of Management.
Chair: Paul Naylor
Born and raised in Brockville, Paul studied International Relations at the University of Western Ontario. His career spanned investment management, advertising, and micro-manufacturing management. Paul volunteered at the Museum in various capacities before joining the Board of Management in 2011. He has been the Chair since July 2021, emphasizing governance and the development of the Board’s capacity to address the Museum’s and 2032’s growing requirements.
Vice-Chair: David F. Buck, B.A., M.P.A, D.Phil.
A native of Kingston, David settled in Brockville when he retired from U.P.E.I. where he was Professor of Classics and served on both the Senate and the Board of Governors. He has also worked in Strategic Planning and Regional Economic Development with SECOR INC in Montreal. David joined the Board in 2016 and is now Vice-Chair and chairs the Board Development Committee.
Recording Secretary: Margaret Lawrence
Margaret Lawrence holds a B.A. in International Relations from the University of Windsor, which led to a career as a foreign service officer with Global Affairs Canada. Prior to that, her love of history had been piqued while working at Library and Archives Canada. She began volunteering at the Museum (front desk and research) in 2015, and joined the Board in 2016. She serves as Recording Secretary, and chairs both the 2032 Project Steering Committee and the Outreach Committee.
Members at large:
- Joan Watt: Joan holds an honors B.A. in Sociology from York University, Toronto. After a lengthy career with Canadian National Railway in human resources, labor relations, project management, etc. in Toronto and Montreal she retired to Brockville in 2015 and joined the Board in 2022.
- Dr. John Arnott
Council Representative: Nathalie Lavergne
Interested in joining the Museum Board of Management? Check out our Fact Sheet and/or apply online: https://brockville.civicweb.net/Portal/BoardApplication