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.

Jennifer Winter

Administrative Assistant

Email: admin@ansm.ns.ca

Originally from Cambridge, Ontario (a town her family has called home for nearly two centuries), Jennifer has been able to live and spend time all across Canada. She has completed an Honours Bachelor of Arts in Canadian History at Wilfrid Laurier University, a Post-Graduate Diploma in Art History from the University of British Columbia, and a Masters of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto. Successfully completing internships within the Canadian Art departments at both Sotheby's and the Art Gallery of Ontario provided Jennifer with further insight into the many sectors of cultural consumption.

After finishing her studies, Jennifer was able to share her passion for Canadian history and visual culture with the public through her roles as an historic interpreter and researcher at Black Creek Pioneer Village (Toronto, ON); as interpreter and education assistant at the Parliament Interpretive Centre and Enoch Turner Schoolhouse (both Ontario Heritage Trust properties in Toronto, ON); and most recently, as Administrative Assistant at the Association of Nova Scotia Museums. In her spare time Jennifer is an enthusiatic miniaturist, needlepointer, and freelance historian and writer for museums and galleries. 

Sandi Stewart

Museum Advisory Assistant

Email: advisory@ansm.ns.ca

Sandi's love of culture and history started at an early age when she ventured to museums with her family throughout the province. Born and raised in Nova Scotia, she decided to seek a bit of adventure and pursued her studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. It was there that she obtained both her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Folklore. During this time, she worked at the Memorial University of Newfoundland Folklore and Language Archive (MUNFLA) as a Graduate Assistant and at the Cupids Legacy Centre as an Archivist (Intern).

In her spare time she enjoys travelling, one of her most memorable experiences was when she studied abroad in England. After graduating, Sandi moved back to Halifax and later began her journey with ANSM. You will see Sandi touring our partnering museums, assisting in digitization efforts and exciting projects.