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Society Honorary Life Members

Joy OrmsbyJoy Ormsby
Joy has dedicated many valuable years to preserving the history of the town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and of Canada. Since arriving in Canada in 1952, she has been an active member of her community and has left a lasting impression through her years of volunteer work. Joy has written many books on the history of the community and contributed valuable research information to numerous others.

She has also provided guidance and assistance to Willowbank School of Restoration Arts, the Municipal Heritage Committee, the Niagara-on-the-Lake 2012 Committee and every heritage organization in town. She has provided visitors, businesses, politicians and the people of our community an understanding of the significance of our community and done so in a way that is both sympathetic and understanding of the intricacies of preservation in a growing community.

Chris AllenChris Allen

For over a decade Chris has been involved with the Museum's Collections Management committee and more recently has volunteered with exhibitions. He has grown up in NOTL, and has developed a keen eye for identifying significant pieces that tell the story of our town. An avid collector himself, he has donated hundreds of artefacts to the Museum’s collection over the years and has contributed to several of our exhibitions.

Dr. Richard Merritt Richard Merritt

Dr. Richard Merritt has been a volunteer for over 20 years.  He is extremely knowledgeable about our town’s history and has made great contributions to the preservation of our past.  His extensive knowledge has been a great asset to the Museum as a former Board President and long-time member of the Collections Management committee. He is a great supporter of the Society & Museum and has donated many significant pieces to the collection, preserving the town’s history for generations.


Bob Knight Robert Knight

Bob has volunteered at the Museum for over 25 years, first as a member of the Museum’s Board, then as a member of the Collections Management Committee, and latterly as its chair. He is presently cataloguing the early correspondence of the Society (1890’s-1930’s).

® Image: View of Fort George, Oil on canvass, C. Kreighoff 1823