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Petal Furness

Museum Manager

Petal is the Manager at Grey Roots Museum & Archives, a position she has held since October 2014. Prior to managing, she led the Heritage Interpretation team for ten years developing in-house exhibits, events and programs. Born and raised on the West Coast, Petal focused on Native Studies and Psychology, interrupted by summers working at Fort Langley National Historic Site. Her love for history and storytelling became her career and Petal’s first full-time job was an historic site interpreter. She relocated to Parks Canada’s regional office in Calgary to take the position of Heritage Interpretation Specialist and Aboriginal Liaison. Petal was able to travel all across Canada to work with Indigenous groups to help them tell their stories – primarily liaising with the Haida and the Siksika (Blackfoot) First Nations. Her greatest joy is working with Elders and youth.

Petal moved to Owen Sound in 1999 to assume the position of E.D. for Ontario Native Literacy and was instrumental in securing funds to start up Ningwakwe Learning Press, a national Indigenous organisation, whose mandate is to develop, design and print literacy materials for Indigenous adult learners. Petal is also a professional photographer who takes too many photographs of her four children, one still at home, and two grandbabies. She is the President of the Ontario Museums Association.

Petal leads a team of dedicated museum professionals and volunteers. She believes in the Vision of Grey Roots: “Grey Roots is the place people come to understand and reflect on Grey County’s place in the world – past, present and future – while instilling a sense of pride and belonging, thereby building better communities.”

Each day she lives and breathes the Mission of Grey Roots: “We engage and educate our communities in the human and natural history of Grey County by preserving and sharing collections, stories and memories that define our collective identity and guide our Future.”

Truly Grey Roots is building better communities by helping define our collective identity to guide our future.

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