Museum Staff

General manager

Carolyn has been with the museum since 2002 in roles including Education Co-ordinator, Public Programs Manager, Interim General Manager, and Director of Operations. Prior to joining the museum, Carolyn held positions at Camp Kawartha, Outward Bound Canada, Canada World Youth, Quetico Foundation and the Bluewater District School Board. She earned a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University’s Outdoor and Experiential Education program and a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University. She is devoted to outdoor education, and has active memberships with the Ontario College of Teachers and the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (instructor level). 

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James has been a part of the museum since its inception, having held a number of roles including, most recently, the Director of Development and Director Emeritus. He served as the Executive Director from 2008 to 2014, the Curator in 2007, and worked on the first education program in 1999. This work stemmed from his volunteer involvement on the museum’s Education Advisory Committee in the 1990s, which he undertook as a professor at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Education. He held a number of positions with Queen’s from 1982 to 1999 and is also a graduate of the University. James holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Education, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science. He is a celebrated author of numerous books including Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and Change in the invisible Arctic, and the national bestsellers Emperor of the North: Sir George Simpson and the Remarkable Story of the Hudson’s Bay Company and Deep Waters: Courage, Character and the Canoeing Tragedy of Lake Timiskaming. James has been honored with numerous recognitions and awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada, Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph, and a number of others related to his considerable work as a writer and outdoorsman. Years spent as a camper and staff member at Camp Kandalore from 1959 to 1973 inspired James’s lifelong interest in collection.

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Jeremy’s involvement with the museum began as a volunteer. He joined the staff in 1997. Previously, he coordinated a field school for Trent University in the Nunavut community of Pangnirtung, and undertook cabinetmaking, birch bark canoe building and archaeological work in Greece. A graduate of Trent University’s Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies programs, Jeremy’s work has included curating or producing more than ten major exhibitions, many of which are still on display or travelling. He has also researched, and been featured in, documentaries aired on the Discovery Channel and the BBC, including most recently The Nature of Things. A notable project was the research and construction of a 36-foot birch bark canoe. Working before the public at the museum along with a team of volunteers, Jeremy built an authentic, functional example of the canot du maître, the workhorse vehicle of the 18th and early 19th century fur trade in Canada. Jeremy has also acted as the Director of the Museum Small Craft Association on a volunteer basis.

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Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd
Director of Philanthropy

Shirlanne joined the museum in 2016 and is a senior fundraising executive with more than 25 years’ experience. She has held a variety of leadership roles in education, health care and the not-for-profit sector for organizations including Trent University, Fleming College, BC’s Children’s Hospital and United Way. She is a graduate of Fleming College and has taken on volunteer roles with numerous groups including The Rotary Club of Peterborough, The Mount Project, The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough’s 2015 and 2016 Philanthropy Forum, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, United Way of Peterborough & District, Strath McLean Child Care Centre and the YWCA of Peterborough.  

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Director of Programs

Karen has been with museum since 2007 and in the role of Education Manager since 2012. Previously, she facilitated school programs as a Part-Time Animator. Prior to joining the museum, Karen led the coordination of the Peterborough Parent-Child Mother Goose Program and taught private music lessons. Past volunteer roles include Executive Director of the Peterborough Folk Festival and as a Board Member of Children’s Stage Lakefield. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts Joint Honours in History and Anthropology from McGill University. In 2012, Karen’s education team won the Samuel Armour Heritage Award from Peterborough Historical 

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Karen August
campaign Associate


Karen joined the development team at the Museum in April 2018, to work on the campaign which will see the museum make its move to the water’s edge. As the General Manager of Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough, Karen helped raise $9.7 million for a comprehensive rehabilitation of the heritage building, ensuring its future as a performing arts centre. Most recently, she has been the Manager of Membership Services at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. As a volunteer, Karen has worked with the YWCA, Kawartha Land Trust, The Mount Community Centre and the Community Foundation’s 2016 Philanthropy Forum. 

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finance & administration Manager

Marina has been a staff member since July 2009, and has more than 20 years’ experience in financial administration with non-profit organizations. She spent more than a decade with the Royal Canadian Legion and is a graduate of the Business Administration program at The College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, British Columbia. Marina’s career has also included administrative support roles at Business Management Services and Meyers Transport in Peterborough.

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Devon Bathurst
Annual giving Coordinator

Devon joined the museum staff in 2016. Previously, she was the Associate Manager in Partner Relations at the WE Movement (previously Free The Children). She also held the title of Catering Coordinator on the WE Day team, and contributed to events across Canada, the US and the UK. Devon has held volunteer roles at Reach for the Rainbow and as an event fundraiser at the Jays Care Foundation. 

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Stacey arppe
volunteer manager

Stacey came to the museum in 2012 from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, where she held the position of Program Manager. Her past roles include Outdoor Education Instructor and Wilderness Guide at Project Canoe, Nipika Mountain Resort, Camp Kandalore and Boundless Adventures. She has an instructor level membership with ORCKA, as well as professional memberships with the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association and Therapeutic Recreation Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of PhysEd (Outdoor Adventure Leadership) from Laurentian University, and both a Masters in Environmental Studies (specializing in Adventure Therapy) and an Environmental Sustainability & Education diploma from York University. 

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Beth Stanley                                               Associate Curator 


Beth has been with the museum in many different capacities since 2006. After starting as seasonal staff, she worked to grow the Artisan Workshop Program and took on her current role in the Curatorial Department. Beth has had a life-long love of making things, and she found her passion for sharing history and traditional skills in a previous position at Lang Pioneer Village. She earned an Honours Degree in Arts and Science at the University of Guelph combining her interests in History and Biology into her studies. 

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Liz Watkins
Collections assistant

Liz has been working at the museum since May 2016, when she began in the position of Database Coordinator. Previously, she coordinated Doors Open for the City of Peterborough and held an internship working on collections review with the Niagara Historical Society & Museum. With an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History from Trent University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management & Curatorship from Fleming College, she has held volunteer roles at the museum, Hutchison House Museum and with the Canadian Diabetes Association.

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Melissa came to the museum in November 2015, following roles in retail management and merchandise coordination at lululemon athletica and Sitka Surfboards. She is a registered yoga teacher, and has also worked as an Admissions Counsellor for Pacific Rim College, as a Resident Supervisor at St. Margaret’s School, as an adventure-based learning guide for the Boys & Girls Club on Vancouver Island, and as a flight attendant at CanJet Airlines. Melissa earned a diploma in Recreation & Leisure Services at Fleming College. She is ORCKA certified level 1 and 2.

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Jen Burnard
Lead Animator


Having volunteered as a tour guide with the museum for several years, Jen joined the Education Program as an education animator in 2001 and took on leadership responsibilities with the team in 2012. Jen studied Indigenous Studies and Anthropology at Trent University and Nursing at Fleming College prior to becoming part of the award-winning team – twice recognized with the Peterborough Historical Society’s Samuel Armour Award for heritage education. A love of the canoe and its place in the Canadian experience is an important aspect of Jen’s every day, both at the museum and as an occasional ORCKA instructor. 

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kate salmon
event coordinator

Kate has been a museum team member since September 2016. During her undergraduate and post-graduate years, Kate was an Event Supervisor for the Trent University Conference and Hospitality Services department. She has facilitated events large and small, and gained on-the-ground, practical experience by working at restaurants and golf courses. Kate holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts in History with a minor in Geography, as well as aBachelor of Education with distinction from UOIT. Kate spends every moment she can exploring the outdoors. 

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