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Staff & Board

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.

Staff:

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 at Kingston. She has a degree in History from Queens 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: 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 studying history at Trent University. She then continued her studies at Sir. Sandford Fleming College, completing the Museum Management and Curatorship program. She gained 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 for all ages.

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.

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 Chair of 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 has served as Recording Secretary, and chairs the 2032 Project Steering 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
  • Neil O'Brien

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