By Lisa Terech, Community Engagement & Jill Passmore, Visitor Experience Co-ordinator
April 11-15 is National Volunteer Week, and during this week, the Oshawa Museum celebrates Canada’s 12.7 million volunteers!
Our volunteers, their thoughtfulness, generosity, kindness towards staff, visitors and respect for their volunteer positions knows no bounds. This year volunteers have tended to the gardens around Henry House and Guy House, helped with collections and archival management, delivered tours and assisted with programs and special events, and so much more. In addition, we are thankful for the support from co-op students and interns who become a wonderful complement to the staff.
Our high school volunteers are part of a group known as OMY: The Oshawa Museum Youth. In 2015, the OMY Volunteers helped with our special events and with our Four Corners: One Story project. What is Four Corners: One Story? Oshawa’s downtown is full of history, and this project helped to raise awareness of it. In early Spring, OMY volunteers toured through Oshawa’s Downtown, learning about the history with Oshawa Museum staff guiding them. Volunteers went back to the Museum, found historic photos, and on a further tour, we tried to recreate those photos today. Five buildings were chosen, a co-op student designed the template, and over the summer, five posters were created with historic information, photos, and current images. These posters are not only on display at the Museum, but also at Oshawa City facilities, and around Downtown Oshawa.
Throughout 2015 staff at the Museum have worked with 45 youth and adult volunteers who volunteered 886 hours, and our 11 students contributed 743 hours! We can’t do what we do without the support and enthusiasm from our volunteers. Thank you.
To learn more about volunteer opportunities at the Oshawa Museum, please visit our website, or call 905-436-7624 x 106.