Meet Lynne, President of the Volunteer Committee
What is your first memory of AGG?
My first memory of AGG is actually when it opened almost 40 years ago! I had friends who went to this place when it was a school and I came here for the opening reception when AGG became a public gallery. It wasn’t until the late 80s and early 90s that I began to visit the gallery. I remember thinking to myself, why haven’t I come here more often? It is such a great place with so much history.
Why do you volunteer?
Volunteering has been a part of my life for as long as I remember and I’ve never thought why before. It seems to be my niche. I first got involved as a volunteer here at AGG just over 10 years ago helping out in the Gallery Shop. This place seemed like a little oasis in Guelph and I soon began my role as Treasurer.
Why do you support arts and culture?
Well, I’ve always loved galleries and museums and I want everyone to have the opportunity to experience what looking and thinking about art has to offer. It takes you to another place, almost a spiritual experience. I find people are so busy these days, they don’t give much time to feel. Arts and culture does just that, it encourages you to realize galleries and museums are a place to loose yourself for a while. AGG is such a great educational resource, especially with such a large Inuit art collection.
What is it like being the newly appointed president?
I really had no idea all the work that would be involved! But I love it because I always get caught up in the enthusiasm of the staff here. The people are so nice and I feel as though I am giving back to my community. My family first came to this area just 9 years after Guelph was founded (that’s 181 years!), I just feel like I belong here.
If you are interested in joining the Volunteer Committee at AGG, email firstname.lastname@example.org