The Canadian Canoe Museum is delighted to welcome Debborah Donnelly as its 1000th member – a new milestone in its membership program, which has grown significantly from 275 members in 2011.

Debborah Donnelly, a Veteran Canadian Naval Officer, archaeologist and gemologist from Toronto became the Museum’s 1000th member. Debborah has been involved in the museum industry for over eight years as an Archaeological Site Supervisor, Surveyor and Instructor on various international excavations with the University of Toronto and Royal Ontario Museum, among others. Debborah has a keen interest in boats, and decided to join the Museum’s membership program before ever stepping foot into the building. The Museum looks forward to Debborah’s first in-person visit in the near future! 

“Growing up canoeing in British Columbia, and as a former Naval Officer, I am very interested in boats and ships in general. I am also a museum and archaeological professional, and these areas of interest intersect at the Canadian Canoe Museum. I joined the Museum’s membership program because I wanted to support such a noble heritage collection that speaks to Canadian history,” Debborah says “I am very much looking forward to visiting the museum next time I am up near Peterborough, and I would like to say thank you to the other 999 members who joined before.”


Building relationships with our members is a key part of the fabric of the museum. The continuing growth and loyalty of our membership and its engagement with the world’s largest collection of canoes are instrumental to the success of the Museum’s projection onto the local and national stage.  

The Museum’s members span the nation with 47% of members residing outside the city and county of Peterborough, members in 9 out of the 13 provinces and territories as well as members from as far away as the US, Germany, England, Ukraine and the United Kingdom.

“Along with my board member colleagues, I would like to welcome Ms. Donnelly and also thank all our passionate and dedicated members of the Museum for their invaluable commitment and inspiration,” says Bill Morris, Chair of the Board of Directors for the Canadian Canoe Museum. “Given that only 1% of membership-to-date is businesses, we also aim to increase support and partnerships with the corporate sector and to see significant growth in local and national corporate memberships. The Museum’s goal of adding 200+ new members in 2016 will continue to foster the outstanding momentum we’re experiencing in the membership program.”  

Memberships are available in three categories, for individuals, families and corporations and can be purchased online, over the phone (866) 342-2663 (long distance) or (705) 748-9153 (local) as well as in person at the Museum (910 Monaghan Rd, Peterborough, ON)

View official news release here