On your own. If staying at the Inverary Resort, included with room.
8:45 – 9:30 am Morning Storytime: Weaving Stories of Care
Inverary Resort – MacAulay Conference Centre (Room 1)
Description: Join renowned folklorist and storyteller Dale Jarvis as he takes us on a captivating journey of traditional storytelling to kickstart our second day at the Association of Nova Scotia Museums conference. Through the art of storytelling, Dale will inspire introspection and mirth, helping set the tone for the day ahead.
Dale Jarvis is the Executive Director of Heritage NL, helping communities across Newfoundland and Labrador safeguard traditional culture and historic architecture. Dale holds a BSc in Anthropology/Archaeology (Trent), and a MA in Folklore (Memorial). He has worked for Heritage NL since 1996, and is Adjunct Faculty with the Memorial University Department of Folklore. He regularly teaches on oral history, cultural documentation, and public folklore.
Thank you to our Sponsor: Canadian Museum of History and Canadian War Museum Travelling Exhibitions
9:30 – 10:30 am Keynote: Museums and the Wellbeing of People, Place and Planet
Inverary Resort – MacAulay Conference Centre (Room 1)
The Happy Museum Project invites people to think afresh about the role of museums, offering different perspectives and responses and stimulating and supporting change towards its vision: To re-imagine museums for a sustainable future by fostering wellbeing that doesn’t cost the earth.
In this presentation, Project Director Hilary Jennings will share the wider global context behind Happy Museum thinking and explore inspiring and innovative responses generated by the wide range of museums in the project’s Community of Practice. She will be joined by Anna Bunney, Engagement Manager at Manchester Museum, who will share the museum’s journey with the Happy Museum – from the Playful Museum to A Rubbish Night at the Museum and its Hello Future Transformation – building greater understanding between cultures and bringing to life the lived experience of diverse communities through its historic collections and new displays, with environmental sustainability and social justice at its heart.
The session will include an online presentation by the two speakers alongside interaction and discussion in the room facilitated by a member of the ANSM team.
Thank you to our sponsor: Canadian Immigration Museum at Pier 21
Hilary Jennings is Director of the Happy Museum Project. She also works freelance across the arts and cultural sectors with a focus on sustainability, leadership and facilitation. She is an Associate of the Clore Leadership Programme and Extend Leadership Programme and is a steering group member of the Co-Creating Change Network. She is Co-Chair of the Transition Network which supports an international movement of communities coming together to reimagine and rebuild our world.
Anna Bunney is Engagement Manager at Manchester Museum and a Happy Museum Board member.
10:30 – 11:00 am Networking Break
Includes Tea, Coffee, Water, Fruit and Baked Goods
11:00 – 11:50 am Concurrent Sessions 1 – Pick 1 of 2
1A – Community Museums during Community Crisis
Description: Join a conversation with three remarkable panelists, each representing a prominent museum in Nova Scotia that has demonstrated extraordinary dedication to their communities during challenging times.
The first panelist, Samantha Brannen, from Barrington Museum Complex, will share poignant insights into the recent wildfires that swept through Nova Scotia and the profound impact they had on her community and museums. Samantha will delve into the compassionate response of her museums, which played an integral role in aiding the healing process within the community.
Next, Tegan Rowlings from the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum will captivate the audience with her account of the heartwarming “Fill Your Caboose” initiative. This heartening project united the community in collecting food and gifts during the holiday season, extending a helping hand to those in need.
Lastly, Claire Roach, representing the Old Sydney Society, will shed light on the resilient spirit of museums in North End Sydney. Claire’s discussion will revolve around the museums’ response in the face of hurricanes, homelessness, and addiction, portraying the transformative power of museums as sources of solace and catalysts for positive change.
This panel promises to be a moving, thought-provoking experience, guaranteed to evoke tears, laughter, and inspiration as we celebrate the indomitable human spirit and the role of museums as pillars of support in times of adversity
Samantha Brannen, has managed the Barrington Woolen Mill, Old Meeting House, Seal Island Light, and Old Court House Museums as well as the Cape Sable Historical Society Archives and Research Centre and Fort Saint Louis National Historic Site as a part of the Barrington Museum Complex since 2018. She has a passion for history, especially archaeology, and has been very active in many aspects of her community since returning to Nova Scotia in 2007.
Tegan Rowlings, serves as the Curator of the Musquodoboit Harbour Railway Museum and currently sits as the Vice President of ANSM’s Board of Directors. Tegan’s roots in Musquodoboit Harbour run deep, and museum work is in her blood as she has proudly followed in the footsteps of her grandmother who served as president of the Heritage Society, and ran the museum when Tegan was a child. Tegan is passionate about local history and sees her position as an opportunity to seek out and share the stories about the happenings, places, and most importantly, the people whose stories make up that history.
Claire Roach, Claire Roach has worked and studied in Halifax and Sydney for most of her life. She is the Executive Director of the Old Sydney Society in the Cape Breton Regional Municipality, a member with the Cape Breton Genealogical Society, and is actively involved with other downtown business groups. She holds a Political Science Major from St. Mary’s University. She has a passion for community development and local history in Cape Breton. Her contributions to the community are bolstered by a career working in various government, business, and non-profit jobs. She loves to learn and share stories about the area’s diverse history and culture, and is keen to make her home a thriving community for future generations. Born and raised in Cape Breton, Claire currently resides in Sydney River where she and her husband raise their three children.
1B – Positive Social Impact at the Museum of Disasters and Tragedy (aka: the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic)
Description: The Maritime Museum views changing its practices as a necessary approach to ensuring its ongoing relevance and value to the community. During the first part of the presentation learn how the museum has been responding to social and global challenges facing our communities, and especially how they’ve applied a lens of equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility to museum work. Then participate in a short workshop exploring fictional museum scenarios and how the fictional museum might alter its practices to support positive social impact, including a reduction of barriers to inclusion. Opportunity to win an MMA prize pack!
Kim Reinhardt is the General Manager of the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, a part of the Nova Scotia Museum. She is on the Executive Council of the International Congress of Maritime Museums and has recently published an article entitled We Have To Change to Stay the Same, in the annual journal Drassana (2023). She volunteers and co-chairs a community-focused board and is on the Halifax Regional Municipality’s Local Immigration Partnership’s Family Reunification committee.
12:00 – 1:30 pm Lunch Break
Inverary Resort – MacAulay Conference Centre & Grounds
A “build your own lunch box” break will allow delegates to find their own spot to eat and recharge. Remain inside the conference hall to network with colleagues, find a quiet spot outside to reflect on your own, or have a little fun with the Inverary Resorts grounds with horseshoes, washer toss, or croquet.
1:30 – 2:20 pm Concurrent Sessions 2 – Pick 1 of 2
Thank you to our Sponsor: TRACK
NOTE: This session will be recorded and made available after the conference for all registered TRACK participants.
2A – Embracing Generational Diversity in Museums: Bridging the Gap
Description: “Age is the number one diversity issue in the workplace” – The Economist
The museum workforce is currently made up of five generations: Traditionalists, Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials, and Generation Z. This session will delve into the defining characteristics, values, and motivations of each generation.
Every generation has something valuable to share with the others. A workplace culture that embraces a growth mindset, values knowledge sharing, and supports mentoring can foster an environment of mutual respect across all ages. In this session, we will explore the value of embracing a growth mindset and some practical ways to create an inclusive workplace culture where everyone feels that their contributions and viewpoints matter.
Jennifer Mizzi is a diversity and inclusion champion who believes that every soul deserves to be valued and respected for the skills and perspectives they possess. She has devoted her professional life to supporting the development and growth of adult learners in the workplace as an essential skills practitioner, labour market language program manager and leadership trainer.
In her role as a Team Lead with the Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS), Jennifer spoke at several national conferences on the importance of workplace skills training, development, and integration. In her current role as the Manager of Learning, Development and Compliance for Shannex, she is responsible for the development and delivery of the internal leadership development program and all diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging education.
2B – Access Includes Everyone – Introduction to Accessibility in Museums
Description: This introduction to accessibility workshop will increase your confidence to include persons with disabilities in your museum and community by providing an overview of disability terminology and language, disability types, barriers to accessibility and ableism. It will include case studies by Ingenium’s Digital Innovation Lab on improving accessibility through digital projects.
Terri Lynn Almeda is the Director of Programs and Services at the Nova Scotia Accessibility Directorate in the Department of Justice, responsible for building capacity and collaboration across the province to support the goal of an accessible Nova Scotia by 2030. Terri Lynn’s commitment to social justice began as a young volunteer with Red Cross Youth International programs and has worked in non-profit and government policy and programs for over 30 years, with a focus on children and youth, the disabled, and seniors.
Lauren DiVito is the manager of the Digital Innovation Lab at Ingenium—Canada’s Museums of Science and Innovation. Through rapid prototyping, UX and accessibility testing, and collaborative partner projects, the DI Lab explores ways to improve access to its museum collections, spaces, and experiences for all Canadians. Lauren has a background in user experience design and biomedical illustration and communication and is passionate about how digital can be used to improve accessibility in museums.
2:20 – 3:00 pm Networking Break
Includes Tea, Coffee, Water
3:00 – 3:50 pm Concurrent Sessions 3 – Pick 1 of 2
3A – Africville Museum: Embracing Community, Honouring Legacy
Description: Discover the living essence of Africville Museum with Juanita Peters, its accomplished Executive Director. Join this multi-award-winning storyteller, director, and writer to explore how the museum transcends its traditional role. Beyond its exhibits lies Africville Museum’s vibrant heart.
This presentation will reveal how the museum actively serves and sustains its community, ensuring Africville’s legacy flourishes. Gain insights into fostering resilience within a team committed to preserving heritage and fostering connection. Join us for a captivating journey as Juanita Peters shares her expertise on nurturing both the Africville Museum’s enduring legacy and the well-being of those who bring it to life.
Juanita Peters, Executive Director of Africville Museum, is a multi-award-winning storyteller, filmmaker, and playwright. With 15+ years as a journalist and news anchor, she also hosted CBC’s Doc Side. Juanita is a Women In Film and Television Atlantic founding member and co-founder of Nova MultiFest. She’s Actra Nationals 2022 Woman of the Year and a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Platinum Medal.
3B – Candid Actionable Reconciliation Education (CARE!)
Description: The BC Museums Association (BCMA) created a Relationship Building Workbook to help address the self-reflection that non-Indigenous institutions can be doing to alleviate concerns and to lay a foundation for better relationships with Indigenous communities and partners.
Lorenda Calvert has worked as the BC Museums Association’s (BCMA) Program Manager since 2020. She possesses an extensive background in informal education, community building, partnership management and peer to peer connections. Lorenda has a passion for informal education and cross-generational learning. Her previous role as the Education & Public Program Coordinator at Burnaby Village Museum honed her skills of creating engaging educational opportunities and fostering connections between students, community groups,
informal educators, and members of the public.
4:00 – 5:00 pm Self-Care Activities – Pick 1 of 4
Description: Delegates will choose between one of four activities. Each activity will focus on allowing delegates to recharge after a busy few days at the Conference and a busy summer season.
Activity 1 – For the Love of Collections
The Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site holds millions of objects in their archaeological, curatorial, and costume collections that play a key role in telling the stories of the 18th-century fortress town. In this session, “geek out about collections” as you reignite your passion for pieces of the past by exploring some of Louisbourg’s most exciting treasures and participating in a conversation about the special objects that you’ve encountered in other collections.
Mallory Moran is currently the Parks Canada archaeologist for the Cape Breton field unit, and is based out of the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site.
Alynese Nightingale started with Parks Canada in 2021 as a Project Archivist at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site before entering the position of Collections Specialist. With an undergraduate degree in history and a master degree in Museum Studies, Alynese background includes historical research, archival work, collections management, and exhibition development. Her role Parks includes managing the archaeological collection at the Fortress of Louisbourg and providing reference and information to the field unit as well as internal and
Activity 2 – Yarn and Yammer: Chéticamp-Style Rug Hooking & Storytelling
Rug hooking can be a form of “zen” and “meditation” moment. Join for a dynamic “Yarn and Yammer” session, where you’ll learn about Chéticamp-style rug hooking while working on your own craft and sharing stories. Betty Ann will demonstrate basics of rug hooking, weaving in personal anecdotes and historical tidbits about this local art form.
Bring your ongoing craft project and a tales to swap about how your own craft is inspired by museum work. For the brave, get hands-on with rug hooking and try a few loops.
Betty Ann Cormier is originally from Cheticamp, NS, world capital of the hooked rug. When Betty Ann was but six weeks old, when her mother Isabelle began learning the art of rug hooking as her own mother and grandmother had in the past. Therefore, Betty Ann is the fourth generation who took up the craft of rug hooking. Betty Ann chooses bright colors and hooks whimsical art which she designs herself. Over the years and with experience, Betty Ann no longer sketches on the burlap. Her hook has now become her pencil. Moreover, she is now learning the art of dyeing from her mother. In addition to her work at the loom, she is fluently bilingual with thirty five (35) years experience in the Mental Health related field as a registered Social Worker. Over the years, she has worked in a variety of settings, including community, hospital as a sole-charge Social Worker, and with several provincial and federal public services.
Activity 3 – Breathe In, Breathe Out (Chair Yoga)
Experience the rejuvenating benefits of chair yoga. Discover a gentle and accessible way to reduce stress, improve flexibility, and enhance overall well-being, all while seated in a chair. Join us and embark on a mindful journey to restore and recharge your body and mind, leaving you refreshed and ready to engage with whatever challenge your museum might hold next. Jamie prioritizes leading a safe and accessible class. Participants will remain seated during this full session. No special equipment or change of clothing required.
Jamie Crane, Chair Yoga with Jamie. Through the practice of chair yoga Jamie aims to lower the societal and historical barriers of entry and allow all folks to explore yoga in a more safe, accessible and welcoming environment than modern studios often provide. Jamie was diagnosed with MS in 2012. In learning to reinvent herself after diagnosis the universe presented her with some incredible teachers offering the possibility of yoga as a practice. After four years of practice she decided to become a yoga teacher and completed her training in June 2018.
Activity 4 – Let’s Blow this Popsicle Stand
The Inverary Resort has many recreational activities for you to enjoy including Kayak, Paddleboard and Bicycle Rentals. Walk around the grounds. Sit by the Bras d’Or Lake. Toss washers or horseshoes. Get outside and enjoy!
6:00 – 9:00 pm Banter at the Bell (Dinner and Awards)
Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site, Baddeck
Make your way to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site – a 3-minute drive or 15-minute walk from the Inverary.
Hungry? You won’t be after eating dinner served by Baddeck’s locally owned and operated “Stand and Stuff Your Face” foodtruck. (The Conference Local Arrangements Committee’s praise for this food is very, very high). A variety of foods will be available.
Discover the spirit of innovation and creativity when you join us inside the Water Hall at Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. Mingle with conference participants under the Silver Dart, enjoy wine and cheese next to the hulking hydrofoil, and listen to the piano music the Bells loved to play while we hear from the new Executive Director and present the Association of Nova Scotia Museum awards.
Ticket included with Conference registration. Additional tickets can be purchased for $60. Drinks included with donations accepted towards ANSM’s Dr. Peter Cullen Memorial Bursary.
Thank you to our Sponsors: Support 4 Culture, Parks Canada, and Island Folk Cider House
9:00 – Informal Museum Pub Night
Inverary Resort – Thistledown Pub, Main Lodge
Description: The pub is open. Friends are here. Let’s get together at the Thistledown Pub for casual drinks and conversation. Join in a round of museum trivia and win some fun prizes. Cash bar.