Our Board of Directors
Cate Breaugh, Chair
Cate was born in Brockville and grew up in Woodstock. She worked as a reporter/photographer for the Paris Star newspaper and has also written for Woodstock Sentinel Review, the Brantford Expositor, the Globe and Mail and various other publications. Cate was also employed in research at McMaster University. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Dramatic Arts. Her volunteer life over the last twenty plus years has been in the non-profit sector where she has been involved in advocacy, committee work and governance.
Carol Goar, Secretary
Carol Goar, secretary of the board and writer for the PMHS blog and website spent 40 years as a full-time journalist at the Toronto Star, Maclean's Magazine, the Canadian Press and the Ottawa Citizen. After her retirement in 2016, she channelled her energy into volunteering at the Paris Museum and Historical Society, the Canadian National Institute for the Blind, the Paris branch of Friends of the Library and Meals on Wheels. She is a new, but already proud, resident of Paris.
Marie Williamson, Director
Marie was born and raised in Paris and attended Brantford Business College. Her first job was at Penmans Head Office then the Department of National Defence, Bonnyville, Alberta; Alta School Board; Marco Sales; Landsdowne Childrens' Centre; Harbridge Real Estate and the Paris Star. Besides volunteering at PMHS, Marie volunteers for the Cancer and Heart and Stroke Societies. Marie was also a volunteer for the Society for the Preservation of Paris' Architectural Heritage.
Stephanie Pile, Director
Stephanie has been a board member at the Paris Museum for the past four years, and is proud of and humbled by what has been achieved in that time. She works primarily in the non-profit sector, with a focus on heritage and language. She has held positions with the Canadian Language Museum, the Woodland Cultural Centre, the Adelaide Hunter Hoodless Homestead, and the Indigenous Knowledge Centre at Six Nations Polytechnic. She is currently completing a Masters in Linguistics at Memorial University in Newfoundland. Stephanie's grandparents Ron and Kay lived in Paris for 30+ years, and she is thrilled to be able to give back to the community they called home.
Ursula O'Brien, Director
Ursula has an advanced certificate in Information Systems Management from Ryerson University and a certificate in Instructing Adults from George Brown College. She has worked as a reporter and in the publishing industry. She spent over 10 years managing and administering databases. Ursula is recently retired from working as a credit administrator and has lived in Paris for 10 years. When not doing presentations for the PMHS Outreach program she is busy electronically cataloging the museum's collections.
Andrea Nechita, Director
Andrea is a graduate of McGill University's Library and Information Studies Masters program in the Archival Stream (M.L.I.S.), and she also holds a Master of Arts in Comparative History (Medieval Studies) from Central European University in Budapest, Hungary. Her work experience includes museums, archives, and archaeology, with a focus on database management, special collections, event and exhibit coordinating, and improving standards and practices. Andrea is also a professional fine artist specializing in abstract expressionist and minimalist science fiction and fantasy paintings.
Jim Graber, Director
Jim was born and raised in Paris and attended York (Glendon), McMaster and the University of Wisconsin. Jim recently retired after a lengthy career in Maintenance Engineering and Research at Bell Canada, Stentor and Bell Northern Research. As a longtime resident whose family moved to the Paris area in the 1830's, Jim is honoured to be part of the PHMS volunteer team and support them in their mission.
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