Speakers: Karen VandenBrink and Libby Walker, City of Waterloo Museum
Interpret This…a look back at the career paths of two “museum ladies"
Karen VandenBrink began as a weekend volunteer at a local historic site in her hometown. This experience sparked an interest, which eventually launched her career in the museum profession. She has worked at a variety of sites from government to not-for-profit in Essex, Brant, Halton, Ottawa, Perth, and Waterloo Regions. Throughout her work journey, she has held various positions, beginning as a front-line costumed interpreter but settled into curatorial and management roles. Karen is particularly interested in sharing the ‘historic gossip’ that can be told of the objects held in collections. Currently, she is the Manager/Curator of the City of Waterloo Museum and is particularly proud of being able to launch the City’s first civic museum in a mall.
When not at the museum, Karen resides in Tavistock with her husband Rob and son Josh, along with their indifferent calico cat, Zipper. As a family of foodies, who love to travel, they are always in search of their next experience!
Libby Walker has worked in the field of museum programming and interpretation for many years in both Halton and Waterloo Regions and Wellington County. She is particularly interested in social history, education and the history of community development. Libby has experience ranging from seasonal summer staff and front line historic interpretation, to a variety of program coordination roles. Currently, she is the City of Waterloo Museum Program and Engagement Associate, a new position created two years ago to develop programs and engage the community as part of the city’s ongoing Heritage Strategy.
Libby and her husband Steve are parents to two adult children and pet parents to one wheaten terrier (or terror) Oban. As a family they love sports and travelling the world, preferably both at the same time. Along those lines, she is a Board member of the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in St. Mary’s, Ontario, and hopes one day to make it to every major league ballpark.
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