3:30 p.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Mentorship Q & A

Zack Anderson, Director, Group Experiences, TELUS Spark, and Abigail Stosky, Science Interpreter, TELUS World of Science - Edmonton 

Edward van Vliet, Facility Supervisor, Rutherford House and Stephansson House Provincial Historic Sites, and Graeme R. Belyea, Historical Interpreter, Fort Edmonton Park

Meredith Leary, Member Engagement Coordinator, Alberta Museums Association


About the Session

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In this Q & A with participants in the AMA's Mentorship Program, learn how the Program is helping to build a strong museum community by supporting networks and relationships across the province. Facilitated by the Program's coordinator, Meredith Leary, the discussion will explore how the Program connects museum professionals in different stages of their career development and in different institutions across the province, leading to skills development that strengthens the next generation of museum workers.

Participants, representing two mentorship pairs, will explore how they are learning together, identifying needed skills, and supporting each other in their professional development. Learn how the museum community is bettered through partnerships such as those built in the AMA Mentorship Program, the challenges and successes of mentorship, and how the program could contribute to your career development.


Questions to Consider

  • How do formal and informal mentorships build a stronger professional community?
  • What knowledge gaps exist in the museum community, and how can mentoring help to bridge the divide?
  • What is the value of building networks between museum professionals with a wide range of experience?


About the Speakers


Zack Anderson
he / him

Zack has been passionate about education and science from his early childhood days of sorting animal cards into taxonomic groupings, and he has had the distinct pleasure of pursuing both of those passions through his career in the informal education sector at such places as the Calgary Zoo, the Government of Alberta, and Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. He joined the science centre world in 2018 at TELUS Spark and has recently taken on the role of Director, Group Experiences, overseeing areas including youth education programs, professional learning, and community rentals. Ask him for his favourite random animal facts!



Abigail Stosky
she / her

Abigail has been sharing her passion for learning for over a decade. She's worked with several organizations including the Beakerhead Festival in Calgary, Fort Edmonton Park, and currently TELUS World of Science - Edmonton. She is also a Certified Educator at National Geographic and is starting a Master's in Science Communication at the University of Edinburgh this September. Museums have always been a huge part of her life; they are unique environments where everyone and anyone can be entertained, engaged, and inspired. She is very excited to be part of the Mentorship session at Conference and looks forward to "seeing" everyone there!



Edward van Vliet
he / him

Edward is easily distracted by new ideas and will take every opportunity to explore a rabbit trail. He combines a passion for learning with an insatiable curiosity. His most recently preferred personal statement is, to paraphrase Adventure Time's Demon Cat, "I have approximate knowledge of many things." Edward is currently the Facility Supervisor for Rutherford House and Stephansson House provincial Historic Sites. He has previously been employed as Program and Volunteer Coordinator at the Provincial Archives of Alberta, Visitor Experience and Engagement Manager at Fort Edmonton Park, Curator / Director of the Canmore Museum & Geoscience Centre, and Education Curator at the Art Gallery of St. Albert.



Graeme R. Belyea
he / him

Graeme is an archaeologist who has been an active member of the Heritage Sector in Edmonton (Amiskwaciw√Ęskahikan) for the last decade. With a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology he assisted in archaeological fieldwork in cultural resource management and heritage mitigation for western Heritage. In 2013, he studied the Middle Holocene hunter-gatherer culture of Japan with the Hokkaido-Baikal Archaeological Project. Since 2016, he has engaged the public with cultural heritage outreach at the Ukrainian Cultural Heritage Village, Royal Alberta Museum, and will be this 2021 Summer season at the Fort Edmonton Park. Through museum education, he strives to encourage deeper inter-cultural comprehension through engaging heritage story-telling.



Meredith Leary
she / her

As a lover of arts and culture, Meredith can often be found at events, festivals, or touring local museums. She is passionate about connecting with people, building relationships, and creating exceptional experiences. With a degree in Anthropology and a diploma in Arts and Cultural Management, Meredith has been supporting arts and cultural organizations since 2013. Meredith is currently the Member Engagement Coordinator at the Alberta Museums Association and recently developed the Mentorship Program for its launch in 2019.


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