It is with deep gratitude and sadness that the Sault Ste. Marie & 49th Field Regiment R.C.A Historical Society Board of Directors, operating the Sault Ste. Marie Museum at 690 Queen St. E., announces the departure of Julia Victoria Piskiewicz as Executive Director effective October 9, 2019.
Since 2016, Ms. Piskiewicz has played a pivotal role in the development and success of the Sault Ste. Marie Museum, and while we will miss her and her inspiring leadership, we wish her the best of luck in her new endeavor with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Regina managing their national collection.
The board thanks Piskiewicz for her three years of exceptional leadership which involved many significant accomplishments, including:
- Successfully receiving a significant Trillium Capital Grant allowing for important renovations and capital improvement to the interior of the Museum, as well as essential capital investments in Museum quality exhibition cases and partitions
- Revitalizing and reinvigorating the public presence of the Museum with the community
- Creating and developing new and exciting short-term and long-term exhibitions, as well as bringing in national travelling exhibits to further share in the history of Sault Ste Marie and how it fits within Canadian history
- Fostering new and significant partnerships, while maintaining and growing existing ones
- Inspiring and leading staff and students in the Museology field
“Though I am moving on and pursuing new challenges, I have a mix of emotions as I move into this next chapter of my career. I am extremely proud of all that the Sault Ste. Marie Museum staff and board have accomplished during the past three years. I am grateful to have had the opportunity to lead the Sault Ste. Marie Museum and help grow its presence within the community. I am honoured to have been the leader of this great organization and will watch with excitement as it makes strides with it’s new leader,” Piskiewicz said.
“The Board of Directors is appreciative of the advances made under Ms. Piskiewicz’s tenure. This includes significant renovations and updates to the interior of the Museum, the addition of new and overhaul of existing permanent exhibits and the addition of several national attractions such as the soon to open Space to Spoon exhibition,” said Lance Knox, President of the Historical Society Board of Directors.
“Over the last three years, the Museum has increased its membership and visitors thanks to the introduction of a number of new events and activities, as well as participating in more community outreach. The Board believes it is well positioned to continue the growth
and showcase the Museum as an essential piece of our community’s history. We welcome all community members and tourists alike to visit our local museum.”
“The RCMP Historical Collections Unit is fortunate to have Ms. Piskiewicz managing their national collection and we wish her well in her new position. The search for a new Executive Director will begin immediately,” said Knox.
The Sault Ste. Marie & 49th Field Regiment RCA Historical Society exists to collect, preserve, study and exhibit artifacts and archival materials which illustrate the history of the people and the development of Sault Ste. Marie and immediate surrounding area. As well as to foster a better understanding of our local heritage and the ways in which local history relates to provincial and national history. For more information, please visit the website at: www.saultmuseum.ca