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Archives Association of Ontario East est (AAOEe) Chapter


AAO East/Est is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization that has supported the Eastern Ontario archival community for over 30 years. The Eastern Ontario Chapter of the Archives Association of Ontario originated as the Eastern Ontario Archivists Association (EOAA) in 1978. The association provided programs and workshops for archivists and attempted to promote archives to the public through various events. In 1989, the EOAA became a chapter of the AAO's predecessor, the Ontario Association of Archivists.

Operating under a newly approved Chapter Constitution (2013), AAO East/Est continues to foster a strong archival community in eastern Ontario and to support its members and connect them to services and programs offered through its parent institution, the AAO. Each year, AAO East/Est organizes a number of events where ideas are exchanged, new and old friends connect, and the Eastern Ontario archival community is strengthened.

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President: Claire Sutton

Claire Sutton is an Archivist with the City of Ottawa Archives, where she has worked since 2015. She holds an MA, History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, and a Certificate in Archives and Records Management from Algonquin College, Ottawa. Her academic history also includes a BA (Hons) in English Literature and a BA, Art History from McGill University, with research interests focusing on identity studies. Prior to joining the archives profession, Claire worked in museum fundraising, and as an editor, writer, and project manager. In 2015, she gratefully received the Shirley Spragge Bursary from the AAO, awarded to emerging archives professionals to attend the annual AAO Conference.

Vice President: Matthew Moore 

Matthew Moore is an Archival Assistant at Library and Archives Canada in the Government Records Initiative Division. Matthew’s educational background is in Canadian social and military history and includes an Honours B.A. in history (2013) and M.A. thesis in history (2015) both from Carleton University. His thesis research focused on veteran identity and helped him develop a passion for archives as he sought out answers to his own historical questions. His current work focuses on the reappraisal of government textual and architectural records. As a lifetime resident of Ottawa, he has worked as an assistant historian at the Canadian War Museum and has held a number of research positions in the National Capital Region. 

Past President: John D. Lund

John D. Lund hails from the dark recesses of British Columbia where tourist migrate on an annual basis. He is a corporate archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives specializing in electronic records. John’s previous positions, include, Collections Management Archivist, City of Red Deer, and Visual Records Archivist, Provincial Archives of Alberta. John has provided workshops on born digital and traditional photographs at the provincial/national level. He has presented papers on visual records and digitization at ACA conferences and has provided peer review for Archivaria. He continues to provide workshops on a variety of topics including photographic records, copyright and audio preservation and digitization. Outside of the nine to five John is a photographer, writer and general punk.

Treasurer: Theresa Sorel

Theresa Sorel has been Treasurer of the Eastern Chapter of the Archives Association of Ontario since 2006. A native of Nova Scotia, Theresa holds an Honours B.A. in History from St. Francis Xavier University and an M. A. in History (Scottish Studies) from University of Guelph, as well as a certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Sir Sandford Fleming College. She has worked at several archives, art galleries and museums in Peterborough, Toronto and Ottawa and is currently the Special Media and Exhibitions Archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives.

Secretary: Marcia Mordfield

Marcia Mordfield is an Assistant Archivist at the Canada Science and Technology Museum and the Canada Aviation and Space Museum. She has worked for the Corporation for the last 20 years, primarily with the archival photograph collections. Marcia holds a B.A. in Anthropology from Carleton University and a Certificate in Archives and Records Management from Algonquin College. A highlight in her archival studies was participating in a placement at the Natural History Museum in London, England.

Member-at-Large (Social Media): Jacinda Bain

Jacinda Bain fell into the archival world quite by accident during a family reunion in Nova Scotia and a visit to a small archives. Once she returned home Jacinda promptly quit her job and went back to school at Algonquin College, enrolling in the Archives Technician Program (Intensive) and hasn't been the same ever since. Upon graduation, she has been working in the archival field for several years and has worked in many archival and records management environments in the Ottawa-Carleton region. Currently, she is working as an Archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives specializing in municipal records and in the curation of exhibits.

Member-at-Large: Anne Lauzon

Anne Lauzon, after university, has worked in records management and archives for more than 30 years. She has kept abreast of records and archival developments through night classes, readings, and implications in the records/archival community. During her career, she has had the opportunity to work with various types of organizations’ archives and records centers such as: the Centre-de-recherche-en-civilisation-canadienne-fran├žaise within the Faculty of Arts at University of Ottawa, the Ottawa General Hospital, the City of Ottawa Archives, and the Information and Archives Management Service of the University of Ottawa. She has had the chance to work with and adapt various archival and records management tools in collaboration with IM specialists. Anne is now part of a team of seven that consists of archival assistants, archivists and Information management specialists at uOttawa. This team works closely with the FIPPA Office, IT and the offices of primary interest on several projects to develop tools to enhance management of analogue and digital records, collaborative libraries, and managing access.

Member at Large: Emery Leger

Emery Leger is the former Archivist at Skate Canada and is a subject specialist in figure skating. Before his life in the archival field, he worked as a skating coach for 50 years, with a specialization in figure skating Singles-Free style. Some highlights during his career were coaching skaters to national and international medals, being a Mentor Coach for the National Coaching Certificate Program, and studying with Olympic Coach Douglas Leigh. Emery was the founder and director for the Mariposa - Moncton Skating Club, 1st Satellite School of Doug Leigh. He is also a past member of the Board of Directors for Skate Canada.

Member-at-Large: Heather Wilson

Heather has recently taken up the post of Archivist at the Museum of Lennox and Addington. She previously worked as Archivist and Archives Manager for the Charlotte County Archives in New Brunswick following an internship at the Provincial Archives of New Brunswick in 2019. Heather holds and MA in History from the University of Guelph, an MA in Public History from Western University, and has recently completed a Post Graduate Diploma in Archives and Records Management from the University of Dundee. She served as Vice President for the Council of Archives New Brunswick in 2022/2023. Having worked and volunteered in several small community archives she is passionate about finding solutions for the unique challenges they face, especially in the realm of digital preservation.

Member-at-Large: Olga Zeale

Olga Zeale is an Associate Archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives. She has worked for the Archives for the last 11 years, primarily with education, outreach, and reference services. She holds BA (Hons) in Anthropology from the University of Western Ontario, Diploma in Applied Museum Studies and a Certificate in Archives and Records Management from Algonquin College. Prior to joining the archives profession, Olga worked as a Curator of Collections for 12 years with the City of Ottawa museums.

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