Be Part of a Terrific Team
Since its inception in 1975, the Textile Museum of Canada has been supported by dedicated and knowledgeable volunteers, who contribute their time, effort and talent. Volunteers contribute more than 15,000 hours annually - the equivalent of nine full-time staff positions.
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There are many ways to contribute to the Museum as a volunteer. Volunteering provides opportunities to interact with the public, work with TMC staff and develop an interest in textiles and museums.
Every TMC visitor is greeted by a reception volunteer, who provides a warm welcome and an introduction to the Museum.
Docent volunteers lead Museum tour groups. To prepare, volunteers meet regularly. They study the historical and cultural contexts of the cloth on display, as well as research various techniques involved in textile production. With each new exhibition, docent volunteers meet with the curator.
Volunteer educators, working with staff, deliver school tours and interact with students on various projects.
In a beautiful environment surrounded by textiles from around the world, a strong team of volunteers plays an important day-to-day role in the operation of our Museum Shop.
Under the guidence of TMC staff, volunteers with specific training and skills may have the opportunity to work with our permanent collection on conservation- and storage-related projects. Volunteers also assist Museum staff in the preparation of artifacts for exhibition.
The H.N. Pullar Library, an important collection of reference works relating to hand-crafted textiles from all parts of the world, is also staffed by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Volunteers provide hospitality assistance at various special events. They also organize the annual "More than Just a Yardage Sale," an important Museum fundraiser.
Development and Marketing
Our Development and Marketing departments are also assisted by volunteers who help us keep in touch with the community.