VOLUNTEER ASSOCIATION | Textile Museum of Canada
As I started out saying at the TMC Volunteers AGM… imagine 13 years ago… May 2000. I was 40 pounds lighter, smoked a pack-and-a-half a day, was single, had never been overseas and couldn’t knit. Well I still can’t knit.
It was my way of trying to make light of a decision that was long in coming and difficult to make. As you read this, I will have retired as the shop manager at the Textile Museum. As many of you know, I had a back injury almost two years ago, and it has been a long road to recovery. My decision to retire has basically been to look after my health and get my mobility back. I will miss all of your smiles and conversation because, when I started at the Museum so long ago, I not only gained a job, but a new family of sisters (and a few brothers, too).
I’m pleased to say that, with your dedication and support, the Shop has generated over $1 million for the Museum during the time I was the manager. It’s an accomplishment we can all be proud of. I couldn’t have done it without your help and support, and that’s something I will never forget and will always be thankful for.
I will be around the Museum two days a week for a while to help train our interim shop manager, June Lee. I trust you will make her feel as welcome as you made me feel.
I‘m hoping to do more photography and perhaps more ceramics with all the time I will have on my hands. (I know, I already have enough projects to fill two retirements.)
Some of you have asked about staying in touch: I hope that you will want to, and will come see what I’ve been up to when I do a show. You can also drop me a line at email@example.com, and I can add you to my mailing list.
Mostly I want to say thank you to all of the Museum volunteers… for great conversations, listening and learning, hard work, lots of smiles, and occasionally a shoulder to cry on. It has been a wonderful journey that I will be forever grateful for.
Thank You. Thank You. Thank You.