Dr. Ruby Edet is an adept leader with over ten years of experience in Leadership internationally and in Canada. She is passionate about heritage and fostering diversity. She has worked with Somersetwest Community Health Center as the first Systems Change Manager working with Leadership to ensure equity, diversity, and inclusion is reflected in its systems processes and practice. She also worked with the Leadership of Restore Medical Clinics, Restore-International Foundation, and the University of Ottawa Co-Creath lab, among others, in leadership and management roles fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion in leadership spaces. In addition, she served on numerous boards internationally and nationally, including in the City of Ottawa’s Antiracism board, as Executive Co-chair for the Ottawa Black Mental Health Coalition, and Vice President of the Canadians of African Descent Health Organization. Co-chair of the Data Governance Committee for the National expert working group in collaboration with Public Health Access Canada. She was recently nominated to sit on the Social Planning Council of Ottawa Board.
Ruby holds a bachelor’s degree in medicine and surgery (MBBS) from the University of Jos in Nigeria, West Africa. She also has numerous certifications from the University of Washington, including Project Management in Global Health and Leadership and Management in Health.
She brings a unique experience collaborating with diverse critical stakeholders and communities in Ottawa to this position. She is widely traveled, passionate about people, and desires the restoration of life values in these unprecedented times. She is a family woman and loves to cook and learn languages in her spare time.
Meghan is a passionate heritage professional and she is excited to bring her love of heritage and passion for advocacy to the National Capital Region. She holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Anthropological Archaeology from Trent University and a Post-Graduate Certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College.
Meghan has experience in Alberta and Ontario, having traveled to Banff, Alberta to intern in collections & archives at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies. She later accepted two other positions there: Collections Management Coordinator for the Alpine Club of Canada Library Collection, and was the first to take on the role of Digital Content Coordinator. While in Alberta she was also fortunate to participate in Travel Alberta’s 2018 SHiFT Experiential Training program which brings industry professionals together to workshop new and innovative ways to transform products into experiences. In Ontario, she has worked at the Greater Sudbury Museums, the City of Kingston, and at the School of the Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) in various capacities.
She currently sits on the Group of Ontario Emerging Museum Professionals Committee (GOEMP), working with like minded colleagues to support Ontario EMPs in their budding careers.
Meghan looks forward to collaborating with Members and finding creative ways to advocate for the heritage sector in Ottawa.
Melissa is joining our team as our new Communications Coordinator. She brings with her a passion for building an ever more vibrant and creative Capital region. Melissa completed her Bachelor of Design at Ryerson University, where she also studied communications and marketing. Throughout her studies, she volunteered as a writer for The Eye Opener, and at Toronto Fashion Week.
Melissa has been an active member in Ottawa’s arts and cultural sector since 2014 in a wide breadth of areas including: apparel design, graphic design, UX/web design, marketing, and event planning. She has collaborated with many local artists, entrepreneurs, and businesses to develop, execute, and maintain their unique creative visions.
She looks forward to implementing innovative solutions to promote the initiatives of CHC’s members, and continuing her work in Ottawa’s heritage and cultural communities.
Originally from the UK, Sam has lived in Ottawa for nearly three years. He is a student of linguistics, specialising in historical sociolinguistics, and is currently studying for his PhD at the University of Ottawa. He has an MA in English Language and Linguistics from the University of Sheffield, and a BA in English Language from the University of Chester.
As a former beneficiary of the Capital Heritage Mentorship Program, Sam is excited to be able to see things from the other side of the river, and give back to the organization that supported him early on in his Canadian adventure. He began his mentorship mere days after arriving in Canada, and found it to be an amazing introduction to the city, the country, its culture and its heritage. Sam is a big supporter of social responsibility, and preserving and promoting local heritage is a key aspect of this.