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St. Catharines Museum Advisory Committee

Statement of Purpose

The Museum Advisory Committee (MAC) is a volunteer committee established to advise and assist City Council and staff on museum policy development, mandate review, and collection oversight, and to act as public advocates in support of the Museum's mandate.

The Committee will be responsible for the following:

  • Act as the Museum's Collections Committee
  • Review current Museum policies and provide recommendations for changes
  • Act as public advocates of the Museum's activities, including supporting fundraising and sponsorship development, attending Museum events, and enhancing public awareness of the Museum in the community.

The Committee appoints sub-committees to support Historical Services' special initiatives in the community, such as Doors Open, the 100th Anniversary of WWI (2014-2018), and the 150th Anniversary of Confederation in 2017. Notwithstanding the Simplified Meetings Procedures for advisory bodies, the Museum Advisory Committee may invite non-member participation on its sub-committees at the discretion of the Committee.


The Committee shall be comprised of up to seven (7) citizen members as follows:

Up to seven citizen members:

  • who are actively supporting and encouraging the on-going enrichment of the Museum's programs and collection, such as current volunteers, members, etc., and others who can demonstrate an active interest and participation in museums and history-related events or programs; or
  • who have qualifications and experience related to museum policy development, strategic planning, education and training, public programming and community engagement, cultural tourism, collections development, and collection management.

Reporting Structure

This Committee reports to Council through the Cultural Sustainability Committee. The Chair of the Museum Advisory Committee will also be a member of the Cultural Sustainability Committee.

Administrative support to the Museum Advisory Committee shall be provided by the Parks, Recreation and Culture Services Department, which shall assign a Secretary to the Committee.

Additional staff resources as required from time to time will be provided by the department.

Membership Term

Term of Council, or as determined by City Council.

Membership List

Brenda Zadoroznij - co-chair
Michael O'Neill - co-chair
Robert De Wolfe
Shane Johnston
Sarah Shedden
John Smith
Cameron Wilson

Member Schedule and Location(s)

The Museum Advisory Committee meets the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m., or at the discretion of the Chair. Meetings are held at the
St. Catharines Museum & Welland Canals Centre.


The Committee shall conduct its meetings in accordance with, and otherwise comply with, the City of St. Catharines' Simplified Meeting Procedures for advisory bodies.

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