Our Board & Staff

Carolyn Hyslop

Executive Director

Carolyn has been with the museum since 2002 in roles including Education Co-ordinator, Public Programs Manager, Interim General Manager, and Director of Operations. Prior to joining the museum, Carolyn held positions at Camp Kawartha, Outward Bound Canada, Canada World Youth, Quetico Foundation and the Bluewater District School Board. She earned a Bachelor of Education from Queen’s University’s Outdoor and Experiential Education program and a Bachelor of Kinesiology from McMaster University. She is devoted to outdoor education, and has active memberships with the Ontario College of Teachers and the Ontario Recreational Canoeing and Kayaking Association (instructor level).
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James Raffan

Director of External Relations

James has been a part of the museum since its inception, having held a number of roles including, most recently, the Director of Development and Director Emeritus. He served as the Executive Director from 2008 to 2014, the Curator in 2007, and worked on the first education program in 1999. This work stemmed from his volunteer involvement on the museum’s Education Advisory Committee in the 1990s, which he undertook as a professor at Queen’s University in the Faculty of Education. He held a number of positions with Queen’s from 1982 to 1999 and is also a graduate of the University. James holds a Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Education, Bachelor of Education and Bachelor of Science. He is a celebrated author of numerous books including Circling the Midnight Sun: Culture and Change in the invisible Arctic, and the national bestsellers Emperor of the North: Sir George Simpson and the Remarkable Story of the Hudson’s Bay Company and Deep Waters: Courage, Character and the Canoeing Tragedy of Lake Timiskaming. James has been honoured with numerous recognitions and awards, including the Meritorious Service Medal from the Governor General of Canada, Honourary Doctor of Laws from the University of Guelph, and a number of others related to his considerable work as a writer and outdoorsman. Years spent as a camper and staff member at Camp Kandalore from 1959 to 1973 inspired James’ lifelong interest in the collection. 

Jeremy Ward


Jeremy’s involvement with the museum began as a volunteer. He joined the staff in 1997. Previously, he coordinated a field school for Trent University in the Nunavut community of Pangnirtung, and undertook cabinetmaking, birch bark canoe building and archaeological work in Greece. A graduate of Trent University’s Canadian Studies and Indigenous Studies programs, Jeremy’s work has included curating or producing more than ten major exhibitions, many of which are still on display or travelling. He has also researched, and been featured in, documentaries aired on the Discovery Channel and the BBC, including most recently The Nature of Things. A notable project was the research and construction of a 36-foot birch bark canoe. Working before the public at the museum along with a team of volunteers, Jeremy built an authentic, functional example of the canot du maître, the workhorse vehicle of the 18th and early 19th century fur trade in Canada. Jeremy has also acted as the Director of the Museum Small Craft Association on a volunteer basis.
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Shirlanne Pawley-Boyd

Director of Philanthropy

Shirlanne joined the museum in 2016 and is a senior fundraising executive with more than 25 years’ experience. She has held a variety of leadership roles in education, health care and the not-for-profit sector for organizations including Trent University, Fleming College, BC’s Children’s Hospital and United Way. She is a graduate of Fleming College and has taken on volunteer roles with numerous groups including The Rotary Club of Peterborough, The Mount Project, The Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough’s 2015 and 2016 Philanthropy Forum, Peterborough Regional Health Centre, United Way of Peterborough & District, Strath McLean Child Care Centre and the YWCA of Peterborough.
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Karen Taylor

Director of Programs

Karen has been with museum since 2007 and in the role of Education Manager since 2012. Previously, she facilitated school programs as a Part-Time Animator. Prior to joining the museum, Karen led the coordination of the Peterborough Parent-Child Mother Goose Program and taught private music lessons. Past volunteer roles include Executive Director of the Peterborough Folk Festival and as a Board Member of Children’s Stage Lakefield. Karen holds a Bachelor of Arts Joint Honours in History and Anthropology from McGill University. In 2012, Karen’s education team won the Samuel Armour Heritage Award from the Peterborough Historical Society. 

Stacey Arppe

Volunteer Manager

Stacey came to the museum in 2012 from the Heart and Stroke Foundation, where she held the position of Program Manager. Her past roles include Outdoor Education Instructor and Wilderness Guide at Project Canoe, Nipika Mountain Resort, Camp Kandalore and Boundless Adventures. She has an instructor level membership with ORCKA, as well as professional memberships with the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association and Therapeutic Recreation Ontario. She holds a Bachelor of PhysEd (Outdoor Adventure Leadership) from Laurentian University, and both a Masters in Environmental Studies (specializing in Adventure Therapy) and an Environmental Sustainability & Education diploma from York University. She has volunteered her time as the Director of Finance for the Association of Managers of Volunteer Services. 

Rachelia Giardino

Marketing & Social Media Specialist

Rachelia is passionate about storytelling and relationship building. She enjoys bringing alive the countless stories held within the 650 canoes and kayaks in our collection, and the people and places they connect us to. Rachelia joined the museum in 2018 as Interim Volunteer Manager before taking on the role of Marketing and Social Media Specialist in 2019. She has more than ten years of experience in program development and community organizing and comes to the museum from the Kawartha World Issues Centre. Rachelia holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Gender Studies from Trent University
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Beth Stanley

Associate Curator

Beth has been with the museum in many different capacities since 2006. After starting as seasonal staff, she worked to grow the Artisan Workshop Program and took on her current role in the Curatorial Department. Beth has had a life-long love of making things, and she found her passion for sharing history and traditional skills in a previous position at Lang Pioneer Village. She earned an Honours Degree in Arts and Science at the University of Guelph combining her interests in History and Biology into her studies. 

Dayne Jespersen

Retail & Visitor Services Manager

Dayne joined the museum team in November of 2018. With a background in both museum and gallery retail, education and tour guiding, Dayne brings a passion for storytelling to the Tumblehome Shop and to every visitor experience. Previously in her role at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery she worked to create accessible and inclusive public programming that centered on both fine art and Canadian History. She connected community members to a diverse range of artists and artisans to drive a local economy in the heart of Oshawa, ON and looks to do the same for The Canadian Canoe Museum. Dayne holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Trent University and a Museum and Gallery Studies Certificate from Georgian College. 

Susan Dunkley

Annual Giving Coordinator

Susan joined the museum in the role of Annual Giving Coordinator in March 2020. She has worked with businesses and organizations to develop partnerships and has supported the not for profit community both as a volunteer as well as working for organizations such as The Peterborough Humane Society and The Alzheimer Society Peterborough, Kawartha Lakes, Northumberland and Haliburton. She has most recently worked for Redstone Media Group acting as Director of Operations for their start up I Heart Saving. She is a graduate of the University of Waterloo and has her management diploma from the Canadian Institute of Management.

Susan is well known throughout Peterborough for her commitment to community, regularly volunteering her time and skills to support local projects including the Inspire: The Women’s Portrait Project and the Peterborough Chamber Board. When not working or volunteering, Susan can be found singing with the Peterborough Pop Ensemble or the Peterborough Singers or walking the trails with her beloved dog Zoey.

Jen Burnard

Lead Animator

(Part-time) Having volunteered as a tour guide with the museum for several years, Jen joined the Education Program as an education animator in 2001 and took on leadership responsibilities with the team in 2012. Jen studied Indigenous Studies and Anthropology at Trent University and Nursing at Fleming College prior to becoming part of the award-winning team – twice recognized with the Peterborough Historical Society’s Samuel Armour Award for heritage education. A love of the canoe and its place in the Canadian experience is an important aspect of Jen’s every day, both at the museum and as an occasional ORCKA instructor. 

Karen August

Campaign Associate

Karen joined the development team at the Museum in April 2018, to work on the campaign which will see the museum make its move to the water’s edge. As the General Manager of Market Hall Performing Arts Centre in Peterborough, Karen helped raise $9.7 million for a comprehensive rehabilitation of the heritage building, ensuring its future as a performing arts centre. Most recently, she has been the Manager of Membership Services at the Greater Peterborough Chamber of Commerce. As a volunteer, Karen has worked with the YWCA, Kawartha Land Trust, The Mount Community Centre and the Community Foundation’s 2016 Philanthropy Forum.

Kate Kennington

Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Kate joined the museum in 2018 and has a varied career background including the healthcare, education and charitable sectors with over ten years’ experience in administration in Ontario and Manitoba. Most recently, Kate was the Family Support Manager at Threads of Life – the Association for Workplace Tragedy Family Support. With a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology & Sociology from Trent University, she is also a graduate of the Post-Grad Event Management Program at Fleming College and is proud to call Peterborough home. 
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Diana Francis

Finance Officer

Raised in Peterborough, Diana returned to her hometown in 2018 and joined our team as Finance Officer. With diplomas in Accounting, Office Administration and Human Resources, Diana brings over twenty years experience in payroll, employee benefits, finance and business operations. Diana’s employment history includes working for accounting firms in both Calgary and Peterborough, Office Manager for Dart Canada in Campbellford and a finance position at Ste. Anne’s Spa, in Grafton. Given her employment history it’s evident that Diana is pleased with her role as Finance Officer with The Canadian Canoe Museum which allows her to continue in a position she enjoys and remain in Peterborough. 

Alicia Doris

Director of Communications

Alicia joined the team in early 2018, having spent six years working with not-for-profit and public sector organizations as a strategic planning and communications consultant. Previously, she worked for a decade with Peterborough Regional Health Centre, and for several years with Trent University, with a focus on community and stakeholder relations. A graduate of Ryerson University, Alicia is formally trained as a journalist, and storytelling continues to guide her in her work. She serves on the board of the Community Counselling and Resource Centre and as chair of Children’s Stage Lakefield. 

Kelly Pineault

Program Manager

Kelly has been with the Canoe Museum since 2011 as an animator, as well as providing support to program revisions and French program resources since that time. She brings a deep understanding of our education programs and the needs of the department to the role as well as demonstrated skills in a similar role, as Education Coordinator at Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute, Ouje-Bougoumou, QC. Kelly has her MA in Indigenous Studies and Canadian Studies, and her BA Hons in Indigenous Studies and History from Trent and is currently completing her Certificate in Museum Studies (Ontario Museum Association.) 

Allison Lawler

Registration Assistant

Allison joins the Canadian Canoe Museum with experience in office administration and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Guelph. She has worked extensively as an artist instructor and camp counsellor at various museums and art galleries in Peterborough and Durham Region, including the Art Gallery of Peterborough, the Peterborough Museum and Archives and the Station Gallery. Allison interned with the Canadian Canoe Museum in the Education Department as a placement student in Recreation and Leisure Services at Fleming College. She is excited to integrate her skills as the Registration Assistant. 

Carolee Tindale

Events Coordinator

Carolee, along with her husband and two year old son, recently started calling Peterborough home after a spontaneous move from Toronto in 2016. After many years of event industry experience in Toronto, she now enjoys the more intentional way of living in the Kawartha’s. When Carolee isn’t busy planning weddings or parties she loves to take off on a trip with her family. Carolee completed an advanced diploma with George Brown College in Event Management specializing in Catering Management. 

Meet our Education Program Animators

Lauren Beauchamp


Lauren joined the Canadian Canoe Museum in the Fall of 2018 as an Education Animator. In the summer of 2019 Lauren expanded her role here at the museum working as the Visitors Services Facilitator. As a student of the School of the Environment at Trent University Lauren is passionate about Nature and the outdoors and spends her free time canoeing and camping. Lauren worked for two years as a Nature Interpreter at the Oak Hammock Marsh Interpretive Center in Stonewall, Manitoba, was involved with her local French community and was a volunteer at the Festival du Voyageur.

Gloria MacCurdy


Gloria has been a part-time bilingual animator with the Canadian Canoe Museum since 2015. She studied at York University’s Glendon College and earned an Adult Ed/Trainer certificate from Seneca College. Prior to arriving at the museum, Gloria worked as a corporate trainer for customer service, a school presenter, taught and tutored French to all age levels. On weekends, she sings in a choir and teaches children. Gloria brings a love for history, languages, and the outdoors to the Education team.

Museum Board of Directors


Vicky Grant, Chair

Vicky Grant is from the Loon Clan, Teme-Augama Anishnabai Qway, (Deep Water Woman) whose Traditional Territory is the Temagami area in Northern Ontario. She is a status Indian registered as a member of the Temagami First Nation, a status given to her through Canada’s Indian Act. She would describe her most important roles in her life is that of being a wife, mother, and grandmother. Throughout her career, always with a passionate voice, in her work and in her volunteer activities has always been and continues to be an advocate for more robust Indigenous engagement. She has served on board of directors for a number of Foundations, locally, provincially and nationally, including as Chair of the Board of Directors for Community Foundations of Canada. 

Rob Clark

Rob Clark, CPA, CA, ICD.D, is the President and CEO of DLF Pickseed Canada, a private company that is a leader in the development, production and distribution of turfgrass and forage crop seed. Rob previously held senior management positions in the poultry farming, food processing and beer industries. Rob is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Ontario with voyageur ancestral roots.

Jocelyn Brown

Jocelyn is Vice-President Customer Success with Allocadia, a recognized leader in Marketing Performance Management. Prior to Allocadia, she spent nine years at Eloqua, where she proved her aptitude and talent for building and managing high-performing customer success teams. Her love of canoes and canoe tripping began as a camper and then staff member with Camp Wapomeo, a Taylor Statten Camp in Algonquin Park.

Meredith Brown

Meredith Brown, a champion for freshwater protection, is widely known throughout the vast Ottawa River Watershed as the founding Riverkeeper and former leader of the charitable organization Ottawa Riverkeeper, a licensed member of Waterkeeper Alliance.

Meredith holds degrees in biology, environmental engineering and resource and environmental management. Meredith is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society and was awarded the Nature Inspiration Award from the Canadian Museum of Nature.

Over 15 years as a Riverkeeper, Meredith significantly raised the profile of the Ottawa River and brought together community organizations, municipal, provincial, federal governments, First Nation leaders, industry and civil society to work collaboratively to protect and restore the ecological health and resilience of the watershed. Under Meredith’s leadership, Ottawa Riverkeeper brought annual paddling events back to the Ottawa River, created a large network of dedicated citizen scientists and was a founding affiliate of the Waterkeeper Swim Guide.

Connecting Canadians to their local lakes, rivers and oceans is Meredith’s passion and she is continuing her work in this field through several exciting projects, always with a focus on water protection and restoration.

Brian Groves

Brian Groves is an avid paddler and outdoor enthusiast originally from Temagami, Ontario, who lives in Whitehorse, Yukon. He is a graduate of both Trent University and Fleming College and had his first job in the museum sector welcoming visitors to the Kanawa Canoe Museum – Temagami Collection. He has been working in the museum and heritage sector for close to 20 years.

Brian is currently the Manager, Museums and Heritage for the Department of Tourism and Culture, Government of Yukon. He is responsible for managing a broad range of programs and technical services in support of Yukon museums, interpretive centres and First Nation cultural/heritage centres and oversees the management Yukon’s archaeology, palaeontology and place names programs.

Brian has served on the executive of the Alliance of Natural History Museums of Canada, including as President from 2014 to 2016. Brian has worked with other cultural heritage institutions, including the Yukon Beringia Interpretive Centre as Manager.

Dr. Jenny Ingram

Dr. Jenny Ingram is a specialist in Internal and Geriatric Medicine, practicing in Peterborough, Ontario. She is the Founder and Principal Investigator at the Kawartha Regional Memory Clinic, a specialty geriatric and clinical research facility. Jenny is also the founding Chair of both the Peterborough Council on Aging and the Peterborough chapter of Osteoporosis Canada. In 2016, Jenny received the Irma M. Parhad Award for Excellence from the Consortium of Canadian Centers for Clinical Cognitive Research and the Glenn Sawyer Service Award from the Ontario Medical Association for outstanding contributions to the medical profession and the community.

Deborah Jacobs

Deborah Jacobs is a Councillor with Curve Lake First Nation and an active member of her community. Having lived in Curve Lake all her life, Deborah worked for many years at the Curve Lake Day Care Centre and also taught early childhood education classes for the Anishinabek Education Institute in North Bay. Her parents, Aileen and Amos Irons, are full-blooded Ojibway, both from Curve Lake. Deborah’s family is her “pride and joy.” She has been married for 46 years and has three sons and 10 grandchildren. She has always enjoyed the water; fishing, boating and canoeing at her family cabin on Dead Horse Island have played a significant part in her life.

Dianne Lister

Dianne Lister practiced social justice law before holding executive roles in Canada’s charitable sector. Dianne is the immediate past President & CEO of the ROM Foundation (2011-2014), was the Vice President, External Relations and Advancement at Trent University (2016-2011), and President & CEO of Sick Kids Foundation (1991-2003). Currently the Principal of The Dianne Lister Group, her consulting focuses on executive coaching and strategic planning. Dianne has served on many boards, including the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough, McMichael Canadian Art Collection and the Kawartha Lakes Arts Council. Dianne is a photographer who explores themes within remote and rural environments, and often takes her camera along in her kayak.

Bill Lockington

Bill Lockington is a partner and business lawyer with LLF Lawyers. He has been an active member of the Peterborough community for decades through his involvement on a number of boards and with community projects. He serves on the Community Foundations of Canada Board and is the Founding Chair of the Community Foundation of Greater Peterborough. Bill has also been involved with organizations including the Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster, Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, YMCA Canada and Peterborough, Festival of Trees, Jr. Lakers Lacrosse and the Art School of Peterborough. Has been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow by Rotary for outstanding community service and was chosen Peterborough’s Business Citizen of the Year in 2009.

Kevin Malone, Treasurer

Kevin Malone has been with BMO Financial Group for over 30 years in senior leadership roles with two business groups, BMO Private Banking and BMO Capital Markets.  Kevin began his banking career at BMO in Corporate Banking in 1985 and moved to the Investment Banking Group in 2000 where he was a senior relationship manager in the two industry sectors, Media and Telecommunications and Diversified Industries where he advised public and privately owned Canadian companies with respect to mergers and acquisitions, recapitalizations, debt and equity financings.

Kevin joined BMO Private Banking in 2009 and is currently responsible for the overall leadership and strategy of Ultra High Net Worth Group in the Greater Toronto Area.  With many years of experience serving corporate, ultra and high net worth clients, Kevin and his team work with wealthy Canadian families and assist in managing their complex wealth management needs.

Kevin has an MBA from the Richard Ivey School of Business, University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) from Queen’s University, and a certificate from the Sauder School of Business Family Enterprise Advisor Program, University of British Columbia

Kevin is active in the community; he is a Trustee of Lakefield College School, a Director and past President of Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme’s National Board, and has served on the fundraising committees for a number of not-for-profit organizations including Nature Conservancy of Canada, Stratford Express and Dixon Hall.  Kevin is a recipient of Her Majesty the Queen Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012).

Kevin and his wife Mona are proud parents to 3 children and as a family are actively involved in amateur sports, travel, the arts and numerous charitable organizations.

Chris MacLean

A resourceful global procurement professional with over 40 years experience with leading fortune 500 companies most recently with Molson Coors Brewing Company. Chris’s background includes familiarity and a good understanding of contract management, risk management and managing large budgets for capital projects, materials and services. As a change leader, Chris continues to consult on a part-time basis with small innovative start-ups. As a canoe enthusiast throughout his life, Chris has many fond memories canoeing at the cottage in Muskoka or attending summer camp as an avid tripper at Camp Ahmek, a Taylor Statten camp in Algonquin Park and receiving his secondary education at Rosseau Lake College an outdoor school, in Muskoka.

Val McRae

Val McRae grew up in Toronto and attended the University of Western Ontario. After teaching for four years, she turned her attention to raising their four children. Meanwhile, Val’s involvement in the Peterborough community has focused on education and health care, including work with Lakefield College School, Festival of Trees, School for Young Moms, Beaver Club Gala, and the Osteoporosis Ladies Golf Classic. She currently serves on the Peterborough Regional Health Centre Foundation Board and the Osteoporosis Peterborough Chapter Board. She and her husband, John, enjoy spending time in Whitney on the edge of Algonquin Park.

Raif Richardson

Mr. Richardson is Co-CEO of PSI Engineering, which manufactures and integrates automation solutions for high volume warehouse and distribution centers. Mr. Richardson has a Master of Business Administration degree from the Asper School of Business at the University of Manitoba and a Bachelor of Arts degree of Economics from Queen’s University. He currently serves as a Governor of the Banff Center for Arts and Creativity, as a Director of the Richardson Foundation and the Siobhan Richardson Foundation.

John Ronson, Past Chair

John Ronson is an executive with TELUS, and a lawyer by training. He previously held the position of Chief of Staff to Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-Term Care. John has served on the Waterfront Toronto Board, and on both provincial and national boards for the Canadian Cancer Society. A Peterborough resident, he is an avid canoeist and camper.

Heather Stelzer

Heather Stelzer has experience in international and national management and business development, and is currently involved in an array of activities that further the respect of the land and the water. She has brought extensive experience in mentorship, fundraising, and strategic planning to numerous community organizations including the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation, Community Care Access Centre, Fleming College, YWCA and Stony Lake Cottages Association, as well as to political campaigns at all three levels of government. She is on the board of Voices for the Trent-Severn Waterway, a member of the Age-Friendly Business Academy, and a Partner in Nordixx Pole Walking Canada. Her outstanding contributions to the community earned her the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal.