Museum Volunteer Receives Official Canadian Honour

The Bruce County Museum & Cultural Centre is proud to be recognizing one of their many dedicated volunteers. Tania Gilchrist has been volunteering behind the scenes at the Museum since 2003; now she has received The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers for her service.

Tania Gilchrist is presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for volunteerism by Bruce County Warden, Paul Eagleson

The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country and celebrates a wide variety of voluntary contributions. As an official honour created by the Crown, the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers is part of the Canadian Honours System. The program has incorporated and replaced the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award, which was created in 1995, by then Governor General the Right Honourable Romeo LeBlanc.

Tania joined the Museum Volunteer team in 2003 as she had an interest in history with the aim of contributing to the Museum. At that time, the Museum was beginning the process of undertaking the capital build project. Fifteen years later Tania is still volunteering and contributing her skills at the Museum. Through all this time, Tania has worked behind the scenes in the Collections Department on projects that directly affect the public and their Museum experience. Tania has also aided new staff, students and volunteers with orientation to the collections department.

“I like working in the Collections Department as the artifacts usually have a very interesting history of people, dates and stories. The staff at the museum are friendly and a pleasure to work with,” says Gilchrist reflecting on her experience with the Museum.

“We are extremely grateful for all of Tania’s contributions and dedication to her work at the Museum,” said Bruce County Warden, Paul Eagleson.