Annual Meeting Report: A Record Year For TMC Volunteers
The Volunteer Association of the Textile Museum of Canada held its 16th Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 22.
In the year ending March 31, 2010, 148 volunteers contributed a record 15,340 hours of time and talent to the museum. Our fundraising efforts exceeded last year’s, thanks to the generosity of donors and the hard work of volunteers.
The Volunteer of the Year award went to Joan Johnston, who has managed the H.N. Pullar Library at the museum since 2003.
As lead librarian and enthusiastic volunteer, Joan has mentored many of us on arrival at the museum. She has shared many volunteer activities, helping with sales and donating her own creative sewing since she joined the museum in 1996.
Pam Craig was elected Vice-chair of the committee. Pam joined the museum as a volunteer in 2001, and has served as a docent, in the shop, in collections management and as an enthusiastic participant in fundraising sales. Trained as an architectural historian and urban planner, Pam brings great depth of professional and personal experience to our committee.
The annual meeting also heard about two new collaborative ventures with museum staff in the past year.
Quilting Among the Generations brought volunteers, students and staff together to teach visitors how to make quilting squares during March Break.
In addition, gallery animators have been working on Wednesday evenings and on Saturday afternoons demonstrating textile techniques for visitors to the museum.
We look forward to another successful year in supporting the Textile Museum of Canada.
Susan E. Helwig
Chair, Executive Committee
Volunteer Association of the Textile Museum of Canada