Brianne (Stone) Hunter (2008)
I believe I saw the position advertised both online and in the local newspaper, the Pipestone Flyer. I was in my last year of my undergraduate degree studying history and wanted to get some experience in a field related to my degree. It was my first introduction into cataloguing and description, handling and documenting artefacts, which I would continue to use and grow over the next few years. It was also an amazing way to learn about Travel Alberta and how many great places there are to explore within our own province. The volunteers have always stayed in my mind; they were so kind, involved and patient with us. Especially Mrs Scott.
Student grants like YCW were essential to my employment throughout my undergraduate experience. It allowed me to build skills and earn a decent wage while being a student and as an employer (in later years) it allowed small non-profits to support local students and complete projects that would otherwise never happen.
After working at the museum, I continued my education and completed a Graduate Diploma in Records Management and Archives. I travelled a bit before settling down to raise a family and continue my career in information governance. I currently live in Red Deer, Alberta. I am kept very busy working full time as an Archivist and raising two amazing little boys. Culture and heritage continues to be a part of both my career, community and personal life. As archivists we strive to preserve our local heritage and make it accessible to our local and world-wide community. We support culture services closely and work together often as well as with our local museum. Personally, I attend numerous cultural events in Central Alberta and take part in as many educational opportunities possible.
My advice to students would be to enjoy the opportunity to meet new people and learn about a sector that might just become a career path.