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.
Sarah Faucher, Vice-Chair
Sarah studied gallery and museum administration at the University of Waterloo, and is currently pursuing a Library and Information Technician diploma at Confederation College. When not buried in books and photos, she can be found restoring old furniture and oddities or digging in the garden.
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.
Michael Flewelling, Director
Michael received his Chef's Red Seal from the NBCC Apprenticeship program. He worked many years for Hilton Hotels and is currently the Food Service Manager/Executive Chef at Chartwell Tranquility Place Retirement Residence. Michael is currently in his 4th year of volunteering for PMHS.
Sharon Murphy, Director
Sharon Murphy holds a Professional Learning Certificate in Genealogical Studies (PLCGS). The founder of TIMELINES Genealogical Research, Sharon is a professional genealogical researcher and author of two books: Researching Canadian Vital Statistic Records and Researching Canadian Land Records. She is head of the Canadian Department for the National Institute of Genealogical Studies at the University of Toronto.
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.
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