I joined the Heritage Resource Management program at Athabasca University in early 2007 as the Administration and Production Coordinator. My role in this program is the culmination of several years of involvement with a wide range of heritage-related projects and activities, including academic study, work as an intern in the Historical Resources Intern Program, professional work as an employee and contractor, and also extensive volunteer activities in a number of museums, heritage places, and organizations.
The basis of my interest in the study of history developed as I discovered it as a foundational method for exploring cultural and social identity and process.Viewed from this perspective, the material heritage collected and interpreted by museums, heritage places, archives and other agencies is particularly poignant and engaging as a tool to shape our understanding of the world around us, heighten our social awareness and cultural sensitivity, and ultimately advance and improve society. Consequently, I am strongly dedicated to furthering the work and resources of these institutions, so it is both humbling and exciting to have the opportunity to assist in shaping the education of future heritage professionals through this program.
Besides coordinating the Heritage Resources Management program, I also operate and manage a grain farm near Athabasca, Alberta. The farm was established by my grandparents in 1937, and it is home to a myriad of neat old stuff that fostered my hobby of collecting antique agricultural tools, equipment, and related artefacts.
Please feel free to contact me with any questions about the Heritage Resources Management program (or to chat about antique tractors!)
Updated February 10 2015 by Student & Academic Services