Board of Directors
- Teresa Carlson, Diefenbaker Canada Centre, Saskatoon
- Corinne Daelick, Western Development Museum, Saskatoon
- Darlene Brown, Kamsack Powerhouse Museum, Kamsack
- Karen Grenier, Hudson Bay Museum, Hudson Bay
- Kaiti Hannah, WDM Corporate Office, Saskatoon
- Tracene Harvey, Museum of Antiquities, Saskatoon
- Yvonne Hotzak, Ft. Pelly Livingstone Museum, Pelly
- Katrina Howick, Moose Jaw
- Jennifer Matotek, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina
- Merissa Scarlett, Regina
Teresa Carlson, Diefenbaker Canada Centre, Saskatoon
I moved to Saskatoon with my husband and two sons in 2001, and although we are originally from BC, Saskatchewan is now our home.
I started working at the Diefenbaker Centre in 2003 as the Assistant Director, then became Acting Director, and am now the Curatorial, Exhibits and Collections Manager.
This year I will have been involved in the heritage field for 30 years – privately, as a volunteer and as a staff member in many museums and cultural centres. 2019 also marks the 4th year I have been on the MAS Board. It has been my privilege to have served as your Vice President, and am now finishing my first year as President. I have learned so much from the other board members and I can truly say that this is the best board I’ve even served on! I encourage all of you to consider joining us.
Over my years on the Board, I have seen the crucial support that MAS provides in assisting museums navigate the changes that have been happening in our communities and facilities. I am committed to assisting MAS achieve its vision and purpose, to helping advance heritage across Saskatchewan, and to ensuring that the Board is a strong voice that represents your interests.
Corinne Daelick, Western Development Museum, Saskatoon
I was born and raised in Saskatchewan, growing up on the family farm near Esk. A love of history and all things Saskatchewan inspired me to earn a Bachelor of Arts, Double Honours, in History and Political Studies from the University of Saskatchewan specializing in Saskatchewan history.
My involvement in the heritage sector began after university when I was hired on a term contract to work in the Collections Department at the Western Development Museum (WDM) Curatorial Centre in Saskatoon. This term was followed by a second term position with the WDM, this time as an Education Assistant. These varied positions helped me gain valuable experience in artifact care, research and program development. Once these terms were complete, I continued as a volunteer at the Curatorial Centre while working outside of the heritage sector.
In 2006 I jumped at the chance to return to the WDM when the position of Education/Volunteer Coordinator at the WDM Saskatoon became available. This was a role I loved as I got to work with so many fantastic volunteers, museum staff, teachers and school children. Another exciting opportunity arose in 2013 when I took on a new role within the WDM, Director of Education, based at the Curatorial Centre. In this position, I oversee and support school and public programs and the volunteer program at all four WDM locations.
I’ve volunteered with various organizations over the years. I served on the Heritage Festival of Saskatoon Board from 2011-2016, which included three years on the Board Executive. I have also been a member and volunteer with the Army, Navy & Air Force Veteran’s - Unit 38 in Saskatoon since 2001. I was elected to the Board of Directors for the Museums Association of Saskatchewan in 2016 and, in 2018, was appointed as Board Vice-President. I joined the MAS Board as I believe Saskatchewan museums are a very important part of our communities. The added perk of being part of this Board is the opportunity to meet other museum professionals and volunteers and to visit lots of wonderful Saskatchewan museums.
Darlene Brown, Kamsack Powerhouse Museum, Kamsack
2019 will be my third year serving on the board of the Museums Association of Saskatchewan.
I live in Yorkton, SK and enjoy the amenities offered by this small city. We have a great aquatic centre, walking trails, art gallery, Western Development Museum, good shopping, etc.
I am a believer in volunteerism, and have been volunteering all my life and believe in giving back to your community as much as you can. I have volunteered in many organizations such as hospital auxiliaries, church, transit bus committee, Ducks Unlimited, libraries, Opportunity Class, etc.
Being a Board member of Kamsack Power House Museum since 2014 in the capacity as a volunteer as well as their Treasurer, Chair of the Planning Committee, Event/Program Committee, and Policy Committee, has really opened my eyes to the hard work that museum volunteers/board members do every day of the year.
I am a great believer in knowing where we came from, appreciating all the hard work and hard lives lived by our ancestors, so that we as a society have a better life. It is a history we cannot lose.
We as a local museum Board are very concerned about the future of our museum and we are trying to be proactive in diverse collections which represent the culture of our community. We must welcome newcomers and be inclusive in representation of our Boards and volunteer staff.
I look forward to be a Board Member for the next exciting year.
Karen Grenier, Hudson Bay Museum, Hudson Bay
As far back as I can remember I have loved museums and the stories they tell. I also have a passion for learning and a love for the arts.
As a Home Educator I taught K-12 from 1993 until my sixth child graduated in 2017. I frequently adapted/created programs. My programming needed to meet the educational outcomes, while at the same time accommodating the learning challenges of my predominantly dyslexic students.
From 1991-2003 our family had the opportunity to live out some of the experiences of the original homesteaders. We had moved to an undeveloped piece of land in Alberta. We learned and used many traditional skills.
From 2005-2018 I was the treasurer for the Hudson Bay Art Club (with a brief stint as president). This experience allowed me to assist in hosting some incredible artists and participating in many art workshops. I continue to be involved in the local visual arts community.
In the summer of 2017, I became the manager of The Hudson Bay Museum. This position allows me to utilize my love of history, my organizational skills, my artistic talents, and my passion for education. It’s my dream job and the MAS courses are “icing on the cake”!
I became the Networker for the North East Museum Network in April 2018. I am enjoying learning what the role entails and appreciate all the help and guidance that I’ve received from MAS.
Kaiti Hannah, WDM Corporate Office, Saskatoon
I earned my Honours BA in History and Archaeology from McGill University in 2015 and went on to complete my MA in Public History from Western University in 2016. I began my career heritage through summer jobs at the Diefenbaker Canada Centre in Saskatoon in 2012, 2013, and 2015. Since then, I have also worked at Batoche National Historic Site, the Saskatchewan Archaeological Society, Barkerville National Historic Site, and the Museum of Ontario Archaeology. Additionally, I helped develop a virtual exhibit on the Underground Railroad for the Canadian Museum of History at Pier 21 in Halifax in 2016.
I currently work as a Curatorial Assistant at the Western Development Museum’s Corporate Office in Saskatoon. In addition to this, I am a member of the Saskatoon and Area Archives Group and helped organize the Saskatchewan Archives Week Variety Night in February of this year. I have also been active in writing for ActiveHistory.ca since September of 2018.
I am a member of the Canadian Museums Association, the Museums Association of Saskatchewan, Saskatchewan History and Folklore Society, the Canadian Historical Association, the Association of Critical Heritage Studies, and the National Council on Public History.
Tracene Harvey, Museum of Antiquities, Saskatoon
Dr. Tracene Harvey has been the director and curator of the Museum of Antiquities at the University of Saskatchewan since 2008. As an archaeologist, she is interested in Saskatchewan history and heritage and the role museums play in the province’s cultural preservation. As an MAS board member, she looks forward to learning more about, and serving, the museum community in Saskatchewan.
Yvonne Hotzak, Ft. Pelly Livingstone Museum, Pelly
Hi! My name is Yvonne Hotzak, currently Past President of the Board of Directors of Museums Association of Saskatchewan. I also serve on the Board of Directors of my local museum in Fort Pelly-Livingstone as President. I also served as networker for the Seneca Root. I am a Registered Nurse in our Long-Term Care Facility and OR/Recovery Room Nurse in Yorkton Regional Health Region.
I am First Nations and have worked overseas with 51 other nationalities. I feel that I have offered much culturally to our organizations.
I have committed to a 7-year term on the Board of Directors and served 5 years to this point. I thoroughly enjoy my positions and have learned a lot and continue to learn about policy governance and working boards. I wish to help plan for the future and next steps as time and circumstance changes our organization.
I am committed to continuing to meet our challenges, assisting to lead our efforts together in support of our new President, and working collaboratively with other board members and MAS members, stakeholders, and strengthening our organization.
I encourage others to step up and volunteer. It is an educational as well as social mix, meeting with networks and at AGM! Thank you for your support and I look forward to meeting you!
Katrina Howick, Moose Jaw
I hold a Master’s degree in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester and a Bachelor's degree in Archaeology from the University of Saskatchewan. My Masters dissertation was on the affect of display architecture and exhibit design in archaeology museums and the effect it produces on museum visitors, including opinions, length of stay, and repeat visits.
I am currently employed as the Library Outreach Technician at the Moose Jaw Public Library and have a contract for developing and delivering family literacy programming with the Moose Jaw Literacy Network. I serve on the Board of Directors for Moose Jaw Pride, chairing the Sponsorship Committee, and am Vice Chair of the Transportation Services Advisory Committee for the City of Moose Jaw. I am on the Audit Committee and Bargaining Committee for Cupe 9 and serve as the Co-Chair of the OH&S committee for the Moose Jaw Public Library. When time allows, I enjoy volunteering at the Moose Jaw branch of the Western Development Museum and other cultural organization and events in my community.
In the past I have worked as a Museum Technician for the Western Development Museum and as the Director/Curator of the Souris Valley Museum. I also had the privilege of having a Curatorial Student Placement at the Roman Baths Museum & Pump Room while I was studying in the UK.
Jennifer Matotek, Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina
Jennifer Matotek has held curatorial and administrative positions at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), The Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery, and the Art Gallery of Hamilton. She has curated numerous exhibitions for galleries and artist-run centres across Canada. She has held the position of Director/Curator, Dunlop Art Gallery since June 2013.
Matotek holds an MA in Art History from York University and a Diploma in Curatorial Studies. She completed an MBA from the Schulich School of Business, York University. Outside of her interest in serving to invigorate the province’s museum and cultural sector, her other cultural interests include contemporary dance, improv comedy, and music. When not working, she likes to snuggle with her family (particularly her cats), and enjoys traveling, reading, playing Dungeons and Dragons, putting together jigsaw puzzles, and playing video games.
Merissa Scarlett, Regina
Merissa Scarlett was raised outside of Sudbury, Ontario. Following a love of science, she pursued her Bachelor’s Degree of Behavioural Neuroscience, following it with a Graduate Diploma in Science Communication at Laurentian University. She made the move to Regina after receiving a job at the Saskatchewan Science Centre. Her love of science, along with communication, developed into a passion for all non-profits and museums alike. At the Science Centre, Merissa led the Adult Science Nights, the Outreach team (and saw more of the province than most), ran events, and managed part-time staff. Joining the MAS Board in 2016 to deepen her understanding of museums and non-profits, she has enjoyed her time serving on the Board.
In June 2017, Merissa switched positions to another non-profit, the Saskatchewan Safety Council, as the Community Relations Coordinator. Based on her experience in a Science Centre and background with a board, she has been vital to developing an online safety education program for youth and broadening the relationships with community organizations for the Saskatchewan Safety Council. Being on the MAS Board has been an excellent resource to remain in the museum world and Merissa enjoys attending the Fall Network meetings and being a part of various committees for the MAS Board.