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.

*Staff photos taken by James Farrell

Mike Onieu

Executive Director

Laurie Switzer

Executive Assistant

Adeana Jesse

Finance Coordinator

Wendy Struck

Education Coordinator

Noriko Masuda

Residency Coordinator

Lisa Miklash

Production Coordinator

Alice Osmond

Bookings Coordinator

Jessica Day

Marketing/Communications Coordinator

Julia Clarke

Customer Experience Coordinator

Cody Weiss

Site Superintendent

Susan Mckinnon

Collection Manager

Amy Duval

Studio Technician

Pamela Irvine

Event Supervisor/Janitorial

Terry Murphy

Maintenance Associate

Genevieve Mathieu

Event Staff

Jocelyne Bouvier

Event Staff

Michelle Schneider

Event Staff

Chrissy Cruickshank

Event Staff

Nicole Nemo

Event Staff

Kira Vlietstra

Collections Summer Student

Chance Burnham

Maintenance Summer Student

Raiden Olson

Maintenance Summer Student

Nolan Schotanus

Maintenance Summer Student

Julie-Claude Vezeau-Croteau

Production Associate/Year Long Artist

Yvonne Kustic

Reception/Year Long Artist

Carmen Belanger

Year Long Artist

Friends of Medalta Society

Mr. Randy Lehr


Ms. Kimberley Knight

Vice Chair

Mrs. Melinda Arthur


Mr. Graeme Cruickshank


Ms. Sarah Koch


Ald. Jamie McIntosh


Mrs. Jane Mackay


Dr. Dennis Schneider


Mr. Lorne Simpson


Mr. Roger Sept


Mr. Clint Lawrence


Mr. Mike Onieu

Executive Director

Ms. Laurie Switzer

Recording Secretary

2018 Supporters

BMO – Bank of Montreal
Greenbarn Potters Supply Ltd.
Yuill Family Foundation
Bill Yuill
Clayton Sissons
Dennis & LaDonna Schneider
Ian & Phyllis McLaughlin
James Marshall
Jane & Sandy MacKay
Kimberley Knight
Ken Blair
Leslie Hirsch
Short Grass Ranches Ltd.
April Ruzycki
Malcolm Sissons
Servus Credit Union
Shaw Communications
Big M Ford Lincoln Ltd
Community Foundation of M.H. & S.E. AB
David Cocks
Dewayne Good
Dr. Linda Rossler
James Lehr
Kenneth MacPhail
Plato’s Superior Roofing Ltd
Dietrich & Kitt Brand
Drew Jackiw
FWBA Architects
Grant Stegen
Kevin Gregory
KIWANIS Club of Medicine Hat
Linda Lehr
Martin LaFrance
Medicine Hat Brewing Company
Mireille Perron
Patricia Horner
Saamis Memorial Funeral Chapel
Stringam LLP
Amy Gogarty
Ann Renee Lasante
Aaron Nelson
Baumann’s Ventilation & Plumbing Ltd.
Benevity Community Impact Fund
Bert & Donna Propp
Brian Robinson
Canada Helps
Courtyard Dental Centre
Derek Hirsch
Don Davis
Gordon Thompson
Grant Pisko
Hargrave Ranching Co. Inc.
Jamie McIntosh
Joanne Marion
Kaiden Vancuren
Kent Smith
Kent Walker
Kevin Gregory
Lauren Fishley
Laurie Switzer
Leanne Stega
Lenora Stein
Meghan Bidinger
Michael Benoit
Michael Bering
Mike Christie
Morgan Bath
Nurgul Rodriguez Del Ojo
P. Auger-Iannattone
Pat Borrrows
Randy A. Lehr
Robert Wanner
Robin Sherwood
Steve Pahl
Sandra Moore Consulting
Amyfit & DKFitness
Barbara Scott
Brenda Watson
Caleb Bloomfield
Catherine Young
Cathy Regier
Harvey & Loretta Fix
Ian McLean
Jayne Parsons
Jeanie Gartly
Jesse Bixby
Joan Bruneau
Joanne Marion
Joanne Pitman
Kalika Bowlby
Kerry & Brent Barrett
Karl Schwonik
Leanne Stega
Lorne Simpson
Luke Jackiw
Marilyn Pacheco
Michael Bering
Michelle Kamlocher
Nancy Bassendowski
Nathalie Lawrence
Orrie Whitford
Partek IT Solutions
Sandra Heather Black
Tiana Straga
Terrance Lazaroff
Virginia Marsh
Paula Murray
Vertical Element Ltd.
Tegan Pearen
Phillip Pype
Wayne & Rosemary Baumback

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.

Cody Weiss

Dave Stalwick


“The Kiln Diners” Bert and Donna Propp & Dennis and LaDonna Schneider

Jacquelyn Penner

Gwen Strojick

Larry Switzer


Sharon Aaltonen

Wayne Baumback

Allen Dillman

Darla Sawatsky

Quentin Brehmer

Earl Morris

Len Vandervaart

Jim Adams

Phyllis Harvey

Bert Kleis

Jim Pratt

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

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