After 10 years at the helm of the Stratford Perth Museum as its director curator, Linda Carter has resigned her position.
A volunteer transition team has been put in place by the museum’s board of directors that will oversee the day-to-day operations of the museum pending a structural review and development of a director recruitment strategy over the coming months.
The board stated Carter resigned to pursue personal and career opportunities.
“Linda guided the museum faithfully through some challenging times,” said board chair Wayne Treitz, in a press release.
“We thank Linda for her many contributions. Fortunately, we’re blessed with a cadre of remarkably talented, experienced and committed staff and volunteers.
“We’ve put together a multi-disciplinary team that will look after the museum’s administration in the short term, and I know things will run smoothly.”
Treitz will head up the transition team and serve as interim director on a volunteer basis.
Museum education and public program co-ordinator Will Kernohan collection and exhibit co-ordinator Micaela Fitzsimmons have “a wealth of talent in the programming, exhibit and collections management side of the business, so we know we’re in good hands with our public exhibit and school board programs, going forward,” Treitz said.
This past year the museum put into place a 10-year funding agreement with the City of Stratford and the County of Perth, providing a solid and dependable revenue base.
“This agreement, coupled with the clear direction of our strategic plan and our comprehensive committee structure, stands us in good stead for the future,” said board vice-chair and incoming 2013 chair David Stones.
“We’re very focused on our strategic objectives and on ensuring that the Stratford Perth Museum remains central and relevant to our community’s rich cultural heritage.”
Treitz and the transition team assume their new roles immediately. The museum is already laying plans for next year’s exhibit agenda, including its involvement with the International Plowing Match.
“These are exciting times,” said Treitz. “With Linda’s departure, also comes opportunity. The museum’s volunteer and staff team is absolutely committed to our collective vision. We’re looking forward to a great 2013 and beyond.”