by Isabel Ward
Nancy Dillow, the last of the original Textile Museum volunteers, has retired after many, many years of hard-working service.
Nancy was one of the earliest members to volunteer at the Textile Museum. She started the docent program in 1991 with Hanna Martinsen. Well-known for her fine art and curatorial background she was asked by staff at the new museum to form a docent group.
Nancy trained new docents for at least 12 years. She had worked with docents during her art gallery career and knew the skills that were needed. She widened the textile world to include the art world. She was always willing to share her knowledge and time with other docents. Over the years Nancy did extensive research related to exhibits and shared her clear, thorough work. Much of this research is still relevant. Nancy also spent several years as docent co-ordinator.
Nancy’s commitment to the Museum has been extensive. She co-ordinated the Yardage Sale (now Textile Bazaar) for at least 12 years and after retiring from the role of co-ordinator, she continued to work hours and hours every year sorting donations of decorator fabric and notions at home and at the volunteer workroom. Everyone at the Textile Museum was pleased when Nancy won the Ontario Museum Association’s Volunteer of the Year Award in 2008. She was nominated by the Textile Museum and chosen by the Museum Association from many nominations.
Nancy has served the Textile Museum with dedication and enthusiasm. She also volunteered for over 10 years at the reception desk in the lobby, has made generous financial donations to the Museum and has worked tirelessly behind the scenes.
Thank you, Nancy, for your many impressive contributions to the docent program, the reception desk, the volunteer sales and to the Textile Museum. We are so glad that you volunteered your time and your talents 26 years ago.