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.
Acting Executive Director
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.
Meghan looks forward to collaborating with Members and finding creative ways to advocate for the heritage sector in Ottawa.
Acting Program Manager
Vaibhavi Dhote has a Masters in Architectural Conservation and over 5 years of experience in research and site-work in built heritage. She is passionate about preserving cultural identity through the conservation and interpretation of cultural heritage. Her background in architecture, cultural heritage conservation and policy making inform her value-based approach.
She has been part of international award-winning conservation projects and a World Heritage nomination. Her experience includes preparing management plans, infrastructure design, heritage impact assessments, historic research, policy development, site supervision, site-visit and conservation reports, material analysis, condition assessments, and interpretation design of built, urban, and intangible heritage.
Vaibhavi is a new-comer to Canada and member of ICOMOS Canada and citizen member of the Built Heritage Committee with the City of Ottawa.
Jemimah, a recent graduate from Algonquin College, is an outstanding individual who participated as a facilitator in the bilingual public engagement session on Ottawa’s commemoration. Through this experience, she developed an unwavering love for the preservation and promotion of the past, exploring the complexity of different traditions and customs, always seeking greater understanding of heritage.
She understands and values that preserving heritage is crucial in representing the society’s special history, traditions and social norms. By preserving heritage, there is continuity in cultural identity, and future generations will not miss out on the valuable resources that teach us about diverse cultures, hence promoting understanding.
Jemimah is also an advocate for social justice, striving to see the world as a more inclusive place.