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

Laurie Switzer

Executive Assistant

Adeana Jesse

Finance Coordinator

Carolyn Freeman

Education Coordinator

Noriko Masuda

Residency Coordinator

Lisa Miklash

Production Coordinator

Jarrid Jenkins

Customer Experience Coordinator

Jessica Knodel

Marketing/Communications Coordinator

Alice Osmond

Booking Coordinator

Cody Weiss

Facility Coordinator

Susan Mckinnon

Collection Manager

Pamela Irvine

Event Supervisor/Janitorial

Al Dillman

MHBT Site Manager

Paula Nunweiler

Museum Experience Associate

Claire Goodfellow

Tour Guide/Museum Experience Associate

Shane Lewans

Janitorial Assistant/Events

Curtis Windover

Maintenance Assistant

Wendy Struck

Education Associate

Annette ten Cate


Chloe McKim


Melanie Gaudet

Event Staff & Instructor

Rob Froese


Grace Boyd

Studio Technician & Instructor

Michelle Schneider

Event Staff

Genevieve Mathieu

Event Staff

Jocelyne Bouvier

Event Staff

Faith Minor-Kozie

Event Staff

Nicole Nemo

Event Staff

Justine Wilton

Event Staff

Terry Murphy

Event Staff

Harley Challinor

Event Staff

Lucas Irvine

Event Staff

Zach Quin

Event Staff

Friends of Medalta Society

Dr. Linda Rossler


Mr. Randy Lehr

Vice Chair

Mr. Drew Jackiw


Mr. James Parsons


Ald. Jamie McIntosh

Council Representative

Ms. Kimberley Knight


Mrs. Jane Mackay


Dr. Dennis Schneider


Mr. Lorne Simpson


Mr. Roger Sept


Dr. Denise Henning


Mr. Aaron Nelson

Executive Director

Ms. Laurie Switzer

Finance Director & Recording Secretary

2016/2017 Supporters

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

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