About Us

Through arts, culture, and storytelling, the Lakeshore Grounds Interpretive Centre aims to interpret the natural and built heritage of the Lakeshore Grounds and to engage the surrounding community through exhibitions and cultural programming. We focus primarily on themes of education, mental health, indigenous history, environmental sustainability, and civic engagement.

Operated by Humber College, under the Office of the Principal, Lakeshore campus and the Faculty of Social and Community Services.

 

Read more about us in our 2019-2023 Strategic Plan.

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Meet the Team

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Nadine Finlay (she/her)
Curator

Nadine holds both a Master of Museum Studies and a Master of Information, with specialization in Archives and Records Management from the University of Toronto. She focused her research on investigating Indigenous information within institutional settings, and the roads for reconciliation and building collaborations between communities and institutions. Through Humber, Nadine completed the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program, the Culturally Inclusive Educator certificate, the Indigenous Knowledges courses, and the Four Seasons of Reconciliation training. Before coming to the Interpretive Centre in 2017, She earned an Honours Bachelor’s degree from Western University in English and Anthropology. 

 

Nadine’s work explores the intersections between education and information, with the goal to positively influence heritage work in Ontario in decolonizing, preserving, and sharing information through exhibitions, programming, collections, and archival information. Her goal as Curator is to activate the Interpretive Centre’s mission to share the rich heritage in South Etobicoke with a responsibility to the stories, communities, and people who engage with our work, and a mind for diversity, equity, inclusivity, and accessibility for the communities we serve.

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Sarah Lefresne (she/her)
Assistant Curator

 

An emerging arts and cultural heritage professional, Sarah holds a BA in Art History from York University and a MA in Anthropology from the University of Toronto. During that period, her research focused on the merging of the visual arts and traditional ethnographic methods as a new medium for ethnographic practice and dissemination of knowledge. Currently she is completing her final semester in Arts Administration and Cultural Management from Humber College. 

 

Sarah’s primary interests lie in using interdisciplinary methods as a way to share information and provide learning opportunities for the public. As Assistant Curator, she strives to engage with and share the rich heritage of South Etobicoke responsibly and mindfully.

 

When she’s not working, you can probably find her in her art studio. Inspired by old masters, nature, and plenty of contemporary artists, she jumps around between styles and subjects, and loves every minute of it.

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Emily Schimp (she/her)
Programming Coordinator

 

Emily Schimp is an art administrator living and working in Toronto, ON. She is a published writer and artist, and an alumna of the OCAD University Drawing & Painting program. She is currently completing the Arts Administration and Cultural Management program at Humber College. Emily’s focus is arts management and program development for museums, galleries & arts organizations. She is extremely passionate about arts programming and building accessible art programs and creative spaces across Canada.             
Emily has worked for the League of Canadian Poets, Harbourfront Centre Toronto, Art Starts TO, and YMCA Youth Leadership Development as an Arts Facilitator. 

 

Fun fact: She used to play competitive basketball! For 5 years you could catch Emily on the court throwing up 3-pointers with the Toronto Lords Basketball Association. She has always loved being a part of a team, and is so excited to be a part of this one at the Interpretive Centre. 

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Vana Chainani (she/her)
Collections Archivist

 

Vana holds a Master of Arts degree in History with a focus on decolonization of Canadian narratives abroad and locally. In her role as the Collections Archivist she supports the Interpretive Centre’s collection through implementing collections management software, historic research, cataloguing and building relationships with scholars and archivists interested in amplifying local history. While working on her Honours Bachelor Degree her training at the Harriet Tubman Institute was a game changer revealing a different side of historic research for those that may have lacked agency. Vana also holds a certificate from the ROM on Indigenous Professional Knowledge and a Yale University certificate, ‘The Science of Well-Being.’ Vana has been awarded a Dagonas Award for her academic excellence.

 

As a historian, Vana states that she is constantly deep diving into historic and current stories of women, racialized groups, disabled persons, Indigenous, 2SLGBTQ+, and many more marginalized groups. Among Vana’s major goals is to move towards further decolonization and intersectionality, while amending the current narrative, moving forward to diversity, equity and inclusion. Vana’s goal is to be able to contribute to amplifying and creating agency for subaltern and marginalized people who may have been neglected and silenced. Her desire is to acknowledge these voices while giving support to the current and historic spaces they deserve.