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Joanna Dawson is the Community Engagement Coordinator for Canada’s History. Her blog will highlight all of the great history happening in our local museums, heritage sites, and schools.


Sarah Reilly is completing her Honours History B.A. at the University of Winnipeg, and has applied for the University of Manitoba - University of Winnipeg Joint M.A. program for fall 2011. When she begins her Masters, Sarah will focus her studies on Canadian history, Oral history, and the history of Cuban & Latin America. Currently, she is working as a student intern for Canada's History.


Vicky Vinh Tran holds a B.A. in History and English Literature from the University of British Columbia, and an M.A. in Public History from the University of Western Ontario. She lives on the west coast in a beautiful city defined by mountains, trees, ocean, and, well, rain. Fortunately, she doesn’t mind precipitation.

Vicky is interested in history, archives, communication, technology, photography, literature, and design. She believes that history matters, and that it can also be fun, exciting, and downright riveting! She is currently working at an exhibit design and planning firm in downtown Vancouver which inspired her to pursue Public History in the first place.


Growing up in Alberta, I finished my B.A. in History at the UofA in 2007. I decided to take a few months off after my B.A., which somehow turned into a two-year bartending stint. Thankfully, I have returned to school and am currently completing my M.A. at Western.


Shelagh Staunton has a B.A. in History from Queen's University, and is a Master's student in Public History at the University of Western Ontario. This year she has been fortunate enough to publish a collection of family letters from the First World War. The book is entitled Now Far From Home, and is set to be printed this summer.

Shelagh is also in the midst of an internship with the Promised Land Project, a joint project between a number of universities and community partners in Canada that aims to create a database of primary sources regarding the experience of the black community in the Chatham-Kent area of Ontario.


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