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Wednesday, August 17, 2022
Letter: Why joining the NOTL Museum was a great decision

Dear editor:

When I moved to Niagara-on-the-Lake almost five years ago, I knew six people who lived in the area.

Having lived in the GTA for most of my adult life, I had to build new connections and increase my social network. I also planned on having a lot of guests from Ontario, from other parts of Canada, and from the United States. For that, I was going to have to be the tour guide for my new town.

So I joined the Niagara Historical Society, now known as the Niagara-on-the-Lake Museum. I figured I would learn a bit about history and at least sound knowledgeable to my friends and family. What I got was so much more!

I found out the best deal in town costs a few dollars! For $10, every Saturday and Sunday in the summer at 11 a.m., I could book a walking tour that started at the popular gazebo and ended up at the museum and learn about local history.  

As a Niagara Historical Society member, I would have free access to visit the museum and attend, free of charge, several lecture series that made me learn even more local history. It was during one of those visits that I discovered the gift shop, where I found unique useful items (for myself and as gifts).

I was approached to become a board member and, once elected, I was asked to serve as the treasurer, which I accepted. I have realized since then that this organization is a model is many ways. It is fiscally responsible, is guided by and operates with clear guidelines, and is supported by many residents of the area.

I definitely get more than I have given. I have had the opportunity to lead an amazing team of volunteers to host the Canadian Forces Snowbirds in September 2019, participated in the set-up of the Niagara Polo event, and learned a ton about what it means to sit on a board of directors.

Recently, with COVID-19, the NOTL Museum staff was looking for ways to continue to connect with the community while doing a bit of fundraising.

So now I know that in addition to all that, the NOTL Museum takes care of my tummy! This summer, in partnership with PigOut Catering we’ve had two fundraising events. I will continue to support the NOTL Museum. I hope you will, too.

Mona Babin