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The Museums and Collections Advisory Committee advises on the City's civic museums and collection in consultation with stakeholders interested in the City's history and museums and other cultural heritage resources. It advances the role of Kingston's museums as preservers, storytellers and place makers. With the support of City staff, and reporting through the Arts, Recreation and Community Policies Committee, its mandate is to:

  1. Support implementation of the Kingston Culture Plan, particularly as it relates to the MacLachlan Woodworking Museum, Pump House Steam Museum, Kingston City Hall National Historic Site, Civic Collection and the broader Kingston museum community;
  2. Monitor and inform the development of policies, exhibitions and programs, initiatives, indicators and performance measures related to community cultural vitality in the context of historical interpretation, museums and collections;
  3. Advise City staff and Council of best practices in the museums' sector related to collections, exhibitions, and programming;
  4. Advise City staff on civic collections management, development and related policies – acquisitions and de-accessions and other collections-based matters;
  5. Advise City staff on the creation and review of framework and policy for collecting, narrating, and commemorating the Kingston story;
  6. Report to Council as to the state of Kingston's civic museums and collection and that of the Kingston museum community.


Council Members

  • Councillor McLaren
  • Councillor Schell

Citizen Appointees

  • Christo Aivalis
  • Briana Broderick
  • Diana Gore
  • Stephen Smith
  • Bill Visser
  • Lyndsay Wise

Technical Reps

  • Caroline Petznick, Managing Director of Kingston Association of Museums (KAM)
  • Patricia Fiori, Museum Professional Nominated by the Board of KAM
  • Edward Grenda, Museum Professional Nominated by the Board of KAM
  • Zermaan Khan, Member of the Islamic Society of Kingston
  • Peter Gower, President, Kingston Historical Society

Committee Work Groups: Museum Sector Working Group, Civic Collections Working Group, Historical Interpretation Working Group. Council may authorize creation of subject-specific temporary working groups as approved by Council in association with other municipal committees, other organizations and members of the public.

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