Staff

Staff implement the Association’s commitment to serve its members through training, outreach, and networking activities. They attend regional meetings, events, exhibitions and programs, meetings and planning sessions. They provide programs and services around the province including site visits, consultations and workshops.

Anita Price

Executive Director

Email: director@ansm.ns.ca

Anita joins the Association of Nova Scotia Museums as Managing Director with over 20 years experience in the museum world. She has worked for museums and heritage sites operated by municipal, provincial and federal levels of government as well as a non-profit society and has participated as a member in a number of heritage related non-profit umbrella organizations.

After attending J.L. Ilsley High School and Saint Mary’s University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Anita returned to her native Wales where she discovered MUSEUMS. Following a two year youth training program at Abergavenny Museum, South Wales, Anita returned to Nova Scotia and began her Nova Scotian museums career as an Interpreter at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic for two consecutive summers. In 1989, she joined the staff of the Dartmouth Heritage Museum as Assistant Curator and following that institution’s handover from municipal government to community operation in 1999, assumed the role of Curator/Manager. A change in career directions for Anita saw her join the Atlantic Service Centre of Parks Canada in 2006 for a two year term as Assistant Registrar for the collections of the 30 Atlantic Canada heritage sites operated by Parks.

A strong believer in contributing to your community, Anita has served on a variety of committees and boards over the years, including the Council of Nova Scotia Archives, the Public Archives of Nova Scotia Board of Trustees and the Heritage Trust of Nova Scotia. In 2002, she lead the Dartmouth Heritage Museum to anchor the Passage Project, a co-op based approach for community museums to leverage joint funding to improve their information technology capacity with a particular emphasis on collections management. A Canadian Museums Association award for excellence in museum management in 2006 underlined the success of the project and its importance to the community museums of Nova Scotia.

In spring of 2008, Anita moved to Prince Edward Island to pursue her long standing desire to experiment as a small business owner and established Forage Greenery & Heritage Services. The business was well on its way to a successful future as illustrated by the award of excellence from the CBDC Small Business Development Program and the Best Booth Award from the PEI Garden Show in the spring of 2009.

However, the lure of Nova Scotian museums was strong and Anita returns to her career roots with enthusiasm and dedication.

Karin Kierstead

Museum Evaluation Program Manager

Email: support@ansm.ns.ca

Karin's Maritime roots run deep, with Planter and United Empire Loyalist ancestors in both New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Born and raised in New Brunswick, Karin spent much of her childhood traveling around Nova Scotia visiting grandparents and other relatives, providing her with a familiarity of back roads and shortcuts that comes in handy when she's visiting museums.

Holding a degree in Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University and a diploma in Collections Conservation & Management from Sir Sandford Fleming College, she has worked with museums and heritage organizations in a variety of roles for over 15 years. Her work with ANSM has covered a broad range of tasks but the focus has largely been on the Advisory Service - digitization, database management, online collections and weaving community engagement into collections management work. She teaches the Museums 101 and Collections Management & Curatorship workshops of the Museum Studies Certificate Program, and manages the Museum Evaluation Program.

Ayla McKay

Member Services Assistant

Email: services@ansm.ns.ca

Ayla is a recent graduate of the Cultural Heritage Conservation & Management programme at Sir Sanford Fleming College, where she completed her internship here at ANSM in the fall of 2019. She has an undergraduate degree from Dalhousie University in Social Anthropology. Her first experience doing work for a museum was at eight years old, when her whole family volunteered to help with display construction at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Regina, Saskatchewan, where she spent most of her childhood. In her spare time, Ayla is an amateur gardener and creates art in various mediums.