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    Vision Statement

    The Friends of Medalta Society is dedicated to developing the Historic Clay District as “A world-class cultural district with a heart of clay”.

    Mission Statement

    The Friends of Medalta Society (the “Society”) fosters an understanding and appreciation of the Medicine Hat Clay Industries National Historic District (known as the “Historic Clay District”), its importance in the development of Medicine Hat, and its impact across Canada through collection, preservation, exhibition and interpretation.

    Medalta Staff

    The Friends of Medalta Society is a not-for-profit organization established in 1986 which is dedicated to the restoration and development of Medalta Potteries National Historic Site and the 150 acre Historic Clay District as a world-class artistic and cultural hub. Within the District are the historic Medicine Hat Potteries, Hycroft China Provincial Historic Resource, the Medicine Hat Brick and Tile Provincial Historic Resource and the National Porcelain Site. Together, Medicine Hat’s clay industries formed one of Western Canada’s earliest and largest industries.

    Aaron Nelson

    Executive Director

    Darla Sawatsky

    Executive Assistant

    Laurie Switzer

    Finance Director

    Carolyn Freeman

    Education Coordinator

    Jenn Demke-Lange

    Studio Coordinator

    Noriko Masuda

    Studio Coordinator

    Debbie Eskildsen

    Customer Experience & Sales Coordinator

    Jessica Knodel

    Marketing/Communications Coordinator

    Cody Weiss

    Site Superintendant

    Safira Lachapelle

    Contract Curator

    Susan Mckinnon

    Collection Manager

    Alice Osmond

    Tour Leader

    Lisa Miklash

    Production Assistant

    Annette Unger

    Production Coordinator

    Karri Montean

    Facility Rentals Sales Associate


    Pamela Irvine

    Event Supervisor/Bar Manager

    Al Dillman

    MHBT Site Manager

    Alex Shwabe

    Collections Assistant

    Brett Nelson


    Wade Carrier

    Education Assistant

    Lauren Balderama

    Education Assistant

    Leah Spagrud


    Tyler Loeffler


    Kristin Murray


    Carlos Rojas


    Olivia Rozema


    Friends of Medalta Society

    Dr. Linda Rossler


    Mr. Ron Webb

    Vice Chair

    Mr. Drew Jackiw


    Mr. James Parsons


    Ald. Jamie McIntosh

    Council Representative

    Mr. Aaron Nelson

    Executive Director

    Ms. Kimberly Knight


    Mr. Roger Sept


    Mr. Harvey Fix


    Mr. Randy Lehr


    Dr. Dennis Schneider


    Dr. Denise Henning


    Ms. Laurie Switzer

    Finance and Human Resources Director & Recording Secretary

    Honour Roll

    Honour Roll recipients have made significant contributions to the Friends of Medalta Society. Many of the Founding Committee members continue to offer their services as advisors and volunteers for the society, as do many retired members of the Board of Directors. Volunteers are selected for the extraordinary effort they have extended to the society’s various programs, and staff are chosen for their selfless dedication and perseverance in achieving the goals of the Historic Clay District.

    Len Mitzel
    Joyce Yamamoto


    Barry Finkelman
    Jacquie Heard

    Marilyn Pacheco
    Ken Zollner

    Rino Basso
    Ronald Getty

    Basil Leismeister
    Tony Schlachter

    Lorne Simpson
    Laurie Switzer


    Brian Unger
    Bill Yuill

    Paula Armstrong
    Nancy Beatch
    Bert Hargrave (posthumous)

    Allan Jensen
    Audrey Malek

    Phyllis McLaughlin
    John Moldon

    Carol O’Brien
    Rob Renner

    Malcolm Sissons
    Dan Taylor (posthumous)

    Annette Unger
    Sharon Zollner

    Yvonne Anctil
    Bill Bauman
    Dianne Finch

    Jack Forbes
    Arne Handley
    Darcey Howells

    David Jamieson
    Reiny Lehr


    Jane MacKay
    Les Manning

    James & Lorine Marshall
    Sharon Sept

    Clayton Sissons
    Bob Townsend