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Claudette Martin

Engagement Manager

I grew up on a farm in Ontario just outside the small, French-speaking village of Grande-Pointe. I always knew what I wanted to do when I grew up: I wanted to work in a museum!

After my first summer student job at the Wellington County Museum, I was hooked. Curatorial work with artifacts? Love it. Helping to plan exhibits? You bet. Giving tours, delivering programs and telling stories? Right on!

Since then, I’ve earned my Honours' BA in Archaeology from Wilfrid Laurier University followed by a Master of Science Communication degree from Dalarna University in Sweden where my focus was on museum best practices and visitor experiences in “free-choice learning” environments. It’s been great putting a lot of that theory into practice throughout my career.

I’ve worked in a variety of organizations ranging from a space-science centre, a Chinese Garden, a west coast botanical garden and a bee farm. I love every aspect of working in public attractions from marketing, to volunteers to working with front line staff. But for me, I love to bring about “aha!” moments so nothing beats working in education and interpretation.

I have a natural affinity for farms, nature and history. I thrive on working with the public and teaching them about the natural world and our context within it. Through programs, exhibits and events, I like to break down complex themes into fun, meaningful experiences for visitors that keep them coming back for more.