We continue our series of volunteer profile with another member of the MIA family. Sahana Purvirajasingam began volunteering with us in September 2012 as a front desk volunteer. In the past year and a half that she has volunteered with us, Sahana has far surpassed the requirements of this role. She has dedicated time to delivering public program and also organizes social events for her fellow volunteers to enjoy. Most recently, she assisted in the development of our Adventure Packs that are currently in a pilot testing stage at the museum. We are happy to see that she will be pursuing a career in museums but we will miss her when she leaves to attend the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College this September.
Here is how Sahana describes her experience with the museum:
Why did you decide to volunteer with the Museum of Inuit Art?
I decided to volunteer at MIA for two reasons. The first was I needed museum experience to eventually get a museum job. The second reason was that I didn’t know much about Inuit art, history, or culture and this would be the perfect opportunity to learn more about it.
Describe your experience so far with MIA.
My experience so far at MIA has been unbelievably incredible! In just my 1.5 years at MIA I have gained more experience than I could have anywhere else. It also helps that the staff are friendly, supportive, and knowledgable.
What was the most memorable or rewarding moment that you have had while volunteering with the museum?
One of my most memorable and rewarding moment was finally completing the Adventure Packs (thanks to Lindsay for helping out!) and having it launched on Family Day. My other moment was the Volunteer Holiday Party that turned out to be an amazing night after months of planning!
What have you learned from your experience with the museum thus far?
I have learned many things from my time with MIA thus far. This includes developing an educational activity for a museum, being on a committee, developing front desk/receptionist skills, and most of all my knowledge about Inuit art, history, and culture.
What are you doing now?
Currently, I am a front desk volunteer at MIA. In September I will be moving to Ottawa to do the Applied Museum Studies program at Algonquin College.
– Post by: Brittany Holliss, MIA’s Digital Assets Coordinator