About

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


Katherine Tingley

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


Raene Poisson

Collection Manager


Amy Duval

Studio Technician


Pamela Irvine

Event Supervisor/Janitorial


Terry Murphy

Maintenance Associate


Harley Challinor

Museum Assistant


Jocelyne Bouvier

Event Staff


Michelle Schneider

Event Staff


Chrissy Cruickshank

Event Staff


Nicole Nemo

Event Staff


Genevieve Mathieu

Event Staff


Marissa Hamill

Event Staff


Gillian Anderson

Event Staff


Nolan Schotanus

Maintenance Summer Student


Raiden Olson

Maintenance Summer Student


Gracia Isabel Gómez Cantoya

Production Associate/Year Long Artist


Brianne Siu

Year Long Artist


Matthew O'Reilly

Year Long Artist











Friends of Medalta Society

Randy Lehr

Chair


Kimberley Knight

Vice Chair


Melinda Arthur

Secretary


Graeme Cruickshank

Treasurer


Sarah Koch

Director


Jamie McIntosh

Director


Trudy Golley

Director


Lorne Simpson

Director


Dennis Schneider

Director


Roger Sept

Director


Clint Lawrence

Director


Linda Robertson

Director


Mike Onieu

Executive Director


Laurie Switzer

Recording Secretary


2020 Supporters

Allen Dillman
All-Niter Esso
Amy Duval
Ann Hall
Ann Renee Lasante-Lehr
Anton Cu Unjieng
Ashlee Welz
Astrid Kruse
Baumann’s Ventilation & Plumbing Ltd.
Brent Hider
Carole Epp
Chandel Lovig
Charles Curtis
Charles & Patricia Bouman
Cheryl Stromsmoe
Christine Foster
Christine Townsend
Cindy Meier
Clayton Sissons
Craig Henderson
Craig & Andrea Best
David Stalwick
Dean Brandt
Dennis & LaDonna Schneider
Diamond Link Fencing
Dietrich Brand
Donna Sheardown
Ed Pharm Partnership
Estate of Luke Lindoe
Fraser Valley Potters Guild Assoc.
Gena Lacoste
Graeme Cruickshank
Greenbarn Potters Supply Ltd.
Greg’s Remedy’s Rx
Guy Ambrosio
Gwen Strojich
Harvey & Loretta Fix
Hilary Munro
Hope Smith
Hugh Prodan
Ian & Phyllis McLaughlin
Jamie McIntosh
Jane Mackay
Jennifer Demke-Lange
Justin Boodhoo
Kelly Schlenker
Ken Blair
Kimberley Knight
KIWANIS Club of Medicine Hat
Kristin Hobson
Laurie Berg
Laurie Switzer
Lindsay Steiner
Lorne Simpson
Louise Proulx
Lyndsay McCarty
Maiah Crowley
Malcolm & Jennifer Sissons
Margareta Hedin
Mark Leeder
Marlene Semrau
Melinda Arthur
Michelle Stigter
Mireille Perron
Nicola Anderson
Orrie Whitford
Partek IT Solutions
Phyllis Pudwell
Plainsman Clays Ltd.
Pullen-Philmore Holdings Ltd.
Rachelle Knutson
Randy A Lehr
Robin DuPont
Saamis Rotary Club 973
Sacha Lay
Safira Lachapelle
Sandi Ratch
Sayler Steinke
Scott McCreath
Short Grass Ranches Ltd.
Siobhan Jubelius
Steven Lazzer
Terry Baumback
The Curtin Family
Tom Plante
Tourism Medicine Hat
Tyler Totman
Vancouver Island Potters Supply
Vernon McNalley
Virginia Marsh
Wayne Baumback
William Butler

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.

Linda Rossler

 

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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