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.