Staff Team

Get to know us

Rosslyn Shipp | Executive Director |

Rosslyn joined the Cumberland Museum & Archives as the Executive Director in March of 2020. Rosslyn has a degree in Public Policy and Criminal Justice from the University of Guelph and completed her museum studies at the University of Victoria. With over 15 years of leadership experience, Rosslyn is dedicated to strengthening the foundation of organizations in order to grow their potential. At the Cumberland Museum & Archives Rosslyn looks forward to the challenges of revitalizing the museum for spring of 2021 and living up to the legacy of the museum’s past programming excellence.

Lia Tarle | Curator |

Lia has recently joined the team after completing her PhD from Simon Fraser University, in Archaeology. Lia brings with her a wealth of knowledge in relation to collections management, exhibition development, design and evaluation. Her previous museum work includes research at the SFU Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology and for the Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage Project complemented by collections projects in the Archaeology and Repatriation Departments at the Royal BC Museum. In her role as an archaeologist, Lia co-supervised the collaborative 2019 K’ómoks First Nation/SFU Archaeology Field School. Through her academic work, Lia has been an invited researcher at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and the Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. At the Cumberland Museum and Archives Lia will be heading up the development of new exhibitions and undertaking the museum’s collections management program.

Tom Gooden | Collections Assistant

Tom’s inquisitive nature and hands-on approach landed him his first museum jobs over forty years ago at the Glenbow Museum in Calgary and more recently worked in collections management for the Burnaby Village Museum. Tom was among the contributing members that developed the Canadian History Information Network cataloguing system. Through his years of experience, Tom has worked with hundreds of thousands of artefacts caring for them behind the scenes and preparing them for exhibitions. Tom’s expertise provides the Cumberland Museum and Archives with a perspective on how museum practises have shifted over the years and how we can implement best practices with our collection. 

Sasha Hnatiuk | Exhibitions Assistant |

Sasha’s love of language and literature found her looking to further her education and she decided she would embark on the journey of museum studies. Sasha completed her Masters of Museum Studies at the University of Glasgow specializing in the History of Collecting and Collections with distinction. As a research consultant, Sasha worked with the Glasgow City Council on two projects looking at local history and provided recommendations for implementing local history projects in the community. These two projects were, ‘History of Slavery in Glasgow and ‘High Street Regeneration Project’. Sasha’s creativity and passion for researching collections, artefact provenance have made her a great addition to our team in the role of Exhibitions Assistant. Sasha will be working in collaboration with Lia to develop new exhibitions for the spring of 2021.
*This position is supported through the Young Canada Works program.