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Oil Museum of Canada receives Award of Excellence

Oil Springs, ON – The Oil Museum of Canada has been honoured by the Ontario Museum Association (OMA) with an Award of Excellence. Last month, the Association presented Educational Program Coordinator, Christina Sydorko with an Award of Excellence in Programs.

The OMA Award of Excellence in Programs recognizes programming that creatively engages new audiences, or provides exemplary service to existing ones. This award acknowledges Christina’s efforts to improve educational reach as a result of the pandemic, by offering both synchronous and asynchronous learning opportunities to educators, along with video content for the general public. Since Christina began her new approach in March 2020, the Oil Museum has seen tremendous engagement through their curriculum-linked and organized educational programs, YouTube videos and 360o tours. Offering a live museum educator in the classroom through online learning tools has expanded the Museum’s reach beyond Lambton County to 17 school boards in Ontario and three in Alberta.

“It is incredible that Christina has been able to present programs not only throughout Ontario but also nationally and internationally” said Curator/Supervisor, Erin Dee- Richard. “Christina developed a suite of virtual program offerings which ensured the museum stayed relevant while closed and has expanded the reach of in-person school programs available in a COVID safe and accessible way. She has invested much time and effort to achieve these goals and it’s wonderful to see her acknowledged on this provincial scale”, continued Erin.

View a complete list of Awards of Excellence winners with the Ontario Museums Association.

The Ontario Museum Association strives to strengthen capacity among institutions and individuals active in Ontario’s museum sector by facilitating excellence and best

practices, while improving the communication and collaboration of participating museums. The Association advocates for the important role of Ontario’s museums to society, working with all stakeholders, related sectors and industries, and other professional organizations.

The Oil Museum of Canada remains closed for renovation but virtual program offerings remain available to the public. Follow the Museum on Facebook or subscribe to E-news to stay up to date on its online offerings.

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