It is with a heavy heart, but also great optimism, that I announce my departure from the role of CEO of Myseum of Toronto. Over the last two years, it has been an honour to lead Myseum on its mission to become a world-class brand that actively contributes to a strong and diverse city. I’ve worked closely with the small but mighty team, and our countless community partners, to help share the inspiring stories of our city, particularly those from traditionally underrepresented perspectives. Together, we’ve presented unique and significant programming of which I have been very proud. Watching our audience grow, engage, and show their appreciation for our exhibits and experiences has been one of my greatest joys in this role. It has been especially heartening to witness Toronto’s resilience over this past year and to have had the opportunity to create responsive programming that matters to our communities during these difficult times.
It was not my intention to leave so soon, however, I was presented with a wonderful opportunity to build and lead a new charitable organization from the ground up in an area of which I am also passionate. Making this decision was difficult, but I’m confident that Myseum is being left in the very capable hands of Interim Executive Director and former Myseum board member Paula Hughes, until a permanent successor is found. In addition, our wonderful team, including Director of Marketing Josh Dyer, Director of Programing Nadine Villasin Feldman, and Director of Operations Katy Mountain, remain committed to our work and will help lead the transition into the new year.
I know I will continue to experience Myseum programming, now as an alumnus and forever close friend of the organization. And thanks to all of you for having shared in this journey with me, and for your continued support and commitment to Myseum. It has been a true pleasure. See you all again very soon.
A HEARTFELT WELCOME TO OUR INTERIM EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, PAULA HUGHES
Interim Executive Director
A native New Yorker, Paula spent many of her formative years in Asia, she has been a proud Torontonian since 2010, and served on Myseum of Toronto’s Board of Directors from 2018 – 2020. Paula is a dynamic executive with more than a decade of experience in strategic planning, coalition building and management. Passionate about preserving the environment and raising awareness around equitable access to greenspace, she spent three years as a volunteer Park Advocate for Evergreen Canada. In New York City she was a Site Manager for TechSpace Inc., a 23,000 square-feet incubator office space catering to high-tech start-ups. Prior to that she was a Director at the NYC Department for the Aging under Mayor Michael Bloomberg creating, implementing & overseeing energy efficiency & social support program solutions for income-eligible individuals across NYC’s five boroughs. Paula received her B.Sc in Economics & Business Administration from the College of New Rochelle and has completed advanced studies in Urban Policy Analysis at The New School in New York City.