AAO East/Est

AAO East/Est is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organization that has supported the Eastern Ontario archival community for over 30 years. The Eastern Ontario Chapter of the Archives Association of Ontario originated as the Eastern Ontario Archivists Association (EOAA) in 1978. The association provided programs and workshops for archivists and attempted to promote archives to the public through various events. In 1989, the EOAA became a chapter of the AAO's predecessor, the Ontario Association of Archivists.

Operating under a newly approved Chapter Constitution (2013), AAO East/Est continues to foster a strong archival community in eastern Ontario and to support its members and connect them to services and programs offered through its parent institution, the AAO. Each year, AAO East/Est organizes a number of events where ideas are exchanged, new and old friends connect, and the Eastern Ontario archival community is strengthened.

For the most up to date information on events and activities check out the AAO East/Est Facebook page.

For a description of events and more long term information see the AAO East/Est blog

We may be reached at aaoeast@gmail.com.

Name Position
Jacinda Bain, City of Ottawa Archives  President
Claire Sutton, City of Ottawa Archives  Vice President
John Lund, City of Ottawa Archives  Past President/Member at Large
Theresa Sorel, City of Ottawa Archives Theresa Sorel, City of Ottawa Archives 
Aida Tesfai, House of Commons  Member at Large
Emery Leger, Skate Canada Member at Large
Vacant Secretary


Jacinda Bain President

Jacinda Bain fell into the archival world quite by accident during a family reunion in Nova Scotia and a visit to a small archives. Once she returned home Jacinda promptly quit her job and went back to school at Algonquin College, enrolling in the Archives Technician Program (Intensive) and hasn't been the same ever since. Upon graduation, she has been working in the archival field for several years and has worked in many archival and records management environments in the Ottawa-Carleton region. Currently, she is working as an Archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives specializing in municipal records and in the curation of exhibits.

Theresa Sorel, Treasurer

Theresa Sorel has been Treasurer of the Eastern Chapter of the Archives Association of Ontario since 2006. A native of Nova Scotia, Theresa holds an Honours B.A. in History from St. Francis Xavier University and an M. A. in History (Scottish Studies) from University of Guelph, as well as a certificate in Museum Management and Curatorship from Sir Sandford Fleming College. She has worked at several archives, art galleries and museums in Peterborough, Toronto and Ottawa and is currently the Special Media and Exhibitions Archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives.

Claire Sutton, Vice President

Claire Sutton has been an Archives Assistant, Reference Services at the City of Ottawa Archives since July 2015. She has an M.A., History of Art from the Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London and a Certificate in Archives and Records Management from Algonquin College, Ottawa, as well as B.A.s in Art History and English Literature respectively from McGill University, Montreal. Prior to her current role with the City of Ottawa Archives, she worked with the Canadian Museum of Nature Archives in Gatineau. In 2015, Claire received the Shirley Spragge Bursary from the AAO, awarded to emerging archives professionals to attend the annual AAO Conference.

John D. Lund, Past President/Member at Large

John D. Lund hails from the dark recesses of British Columbia where tourist migrate on an annual basis. He is a corporate archivist at the City of Ottawa Archives specializing in electronic records. John’s previous positions, include, Collections Management Archivist, City of Red Deer, and Visual Records Archivist, Provincial Archives of Alberta. John has provided workshops on born digital and traditional photographs at the provincial/national level. He has presented papers on visual records and digitization at ACA conferences and has provided peer review for Archivaria. He continues to provide workshops on a variety of topics including photographic records, copyright and audio preservation and digitization. Outside of the nine to five John is a photographer, writer and general punk.

Aida Tesfai, Member at Large


Emery Leger, Member at Large 


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  • 06 Apr 2017 11:01 AM | John D. Lund

    The AAOEe Chapter & Library and Archives Canada would like to invite you to a series of short presentations on A Day in the Life of an Archivist.  As Archivists on any given day we may learn of the strange, the wonderful, the odd or the profound. The symposium will include presentations in both French and English. The event is open to archives professionals, heritage colleagues, students and any members of the public with an interest in archives and history.

    Where: PDLC Boardroom 203, Library and Archives Canada, 550, boul de la Cité, Gatineau, QC
    When: 10am to 12pm, April 20, 2017
    Followed by: Tour Gatineau Preservation Centre, 1pm to 2:30pm

    IMPORTANT: Please RSVP by Tuesday April 18th and indicate whether you wish to also attend the Tour, RSVP to aaoeast@gmail.com. RSVP is required to know total numbers and for putting our lunch order in for pizza.

    John D. Lund, President
    AAOEe Chapter
    613-580-2424 x13684

  • 24 Feb 2017 12:23 AM | Amanda Tomé

    The AAOEe invites archivists and colleagues out for a night of games at The Loft, 14 Waller Street, 2nd floor, Thursday March 2, 2017, start 6pm

    Please RSVP by March 1st to aaoeast@gmail.com.

    The AAOEe Chapter is covering the cost of game play.  The Loft has a great selection of food and drinks.  Take a load off, relax and have some fun with your colleagues.

    Check out the range of games available at The Loft on their website: http://www.theloftlounge.ca/.

    Hope to see you there!

    Check out our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/AAO-EastEst-209300655827038/.

  • 19 Apr 2016 8:47 AM | Danielle Robichaud

    Hello AAOEe Chapter Members,

    • AGM Date: Thursday, May 5, 2016
    • Start time: 6:30pm    
    • Location: The Loft Board Game Lounge, 14 Waller St.
    • RSVP by May 3rd: aaoeast@gmail.com

    Last episode we found our archives heroes dangling from a cliff pondering what will be revealed about the AAOEe AGM...

    Come join us for our Annual General Meeting at The Loft Board Game Lounge, located upstairs at 14 Waller Street just off of Rideau Street.

    A ½ hour of AGM seriousness followed by up to 3 ½ hours of Board Game Excitement!

    The AAOEe will cover the per person fee, food and drinks are covered by participants. Important: RSVP, we have reserved a block of limited seats.

    AAOEe AGM notification to members:

    All positions are open for nomination, if you are inclined, step on up or push your neighbour to the fore,  direct nominations to:

    Nominations Officer, Paul Henry, paul.henry@ottawa.ca

    Available positions: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Member at Large

    Standing for the following positions:

    • John Lund will stand for President
    • Jacinda Bain will stand for Vice-President
    • Laurie Doherty (current Secretary) will stand for Member at Large
    • Theresa Sorel will stand for Treasurer
    • Saara Mortensen (currently Member at Large) will stand for Secretary (Saara also agreed to continue her assigned social media duties.)



    John D. Lund, President

    AAOEe Chapter

    613-580-2424 x13684

  • 11 Apr 2016 8:37 AM | Danielle Robichaud

    Hello AAOEe Chapter Members,

    It is that time of year again when we celebrate by offering for your taste buds the tantalizing, always medium rare, Annual General Meeting.  And like any good mixed metaphor we are going to leave you with an episodic cliff hanger.

    AAOEe AGM notification to members

    All positions are open for nomination, if you are inclined, step on up or push your neighbour to the fore, for: President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Member at Large

    • John Lund will stand for President
    • Jacinda Bain will stand for Vice-President
    • Laurie Doherty (current Secretary) will stand for Member at Large
    • Theresa Sorel will stand for Treasurer
    • Saara Mortensen (currently Member at Large) will stand for Secretary (Saar also agreed to continue her assigned social media duties)

    Date of AGM

    Thursday, May 5, 2016

    The Expected start time is 6:00pm or 6:30pm

    The location and special event to be held in conjunction with our AGM is to follow.  We hope to have the details completed and announced by next week.  We anticipate a riveting announcement!


    John D. Lund, President

    AAOEe Chapter

    613-580-2424 x13684

  • 04 May 2015 9:36 AM | Danielle Robichaud

    We welcome all Chapter and general AAO members to attend the AAOEe Chapter AGM to take place on Friday, May 22, 2015 at the Royal Oak on the Canal, 221 Echo Drive. The AGM and Social will begin at 6:30pm and conclude around 9:00pm. We will begin with the AGM.

    Please: RSVP to aaoeast@gmail.com

    The current Executive is as follows:

    • John D. Lund, President
    • Jacinda Bain, Vice-President
    • Theresa Sorel, Treasurer
    • Dalton Campbell, Secretary
    • Candace Vanskiver, member-at-large (our social media guru)

    Dalton Campbell and Candace Vanskiver are stepping down.  I would like to thank them for all the great work they have done and the time and effort they have put into supporting the Chapter and its members.

    Vacant positions are:

    • Secretary
    • Member-at-large

    We have two members who have chosen to stand for election to the executive:

    • Saara Mortensen, Archivist, Ottawa Jewish Archives
    • Laurie Dougherty, Archivist, Arnprior & McNab/Braeside Archives

    All positions are open for nomination.  Please direct nominations to the Nominations Officer: Paul Henry, City of Ottawa Archivist. Paul will be sending out an updated slate prior to the AGM.


    John D. Lund, President

    AAOEe Chapter

  • 14 Jan 2014 10:32 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Hello AAO East/Est Members,

    The City of Ottawa Archives will be a regional host for the Canadian Archives Summit: Towards a New Blueprint for Canada’s Recorded Memory. The AAO-Ee encourages all of its members to take this opportunity to have their say on the future of archives in Canada.

    The Summit will be held on Friday, January 17, 2014 from 8:00am to 5:00pm. The City of Ottawa Archives will have two rooms for live streaming of the event. There will be the opportunity to discuss the papers and presentations. Summaries of the discussions will be made and returned as feedback to the Summit.

    The City of Ottawa Archives is located at 100 Tallwood Drive. Room 115 (capacity 60) will provide the opportunity of discussion in English, while room 226 (capacity 17) will provide the opportunity of discussion in French.

    For more information about the Archives Summit and to access background papers please visit the ACA website under the Advocacy tab, http://archivists.ca/content/canadian-archives-summit.
    To register your attendance at the City of Ottawa Archives please email John D. Lund at john.lund@ottawa.ca by Wednesday January 15th.

    See you there!
    John D. Lund, President
    AAO-Ee Chapter

  • 01 Nov 2013 10:33 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Hello to all,

    Due to the very low number of RSVP's (under 10) and news that November 21 is a very busy day for many of our members, we will be postponing our Monuments and Melodies Charity Trivia Night until the new year.

    We will send out a vote request for trivia night dates and membership interest level, because (of course) we would like to get as many of you together as we can!

    Our apologies for postponing to those of you who had sent out your RSVP.


  • 21 Oct 2013 10:34 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    AAO East/Est Monuments and Melodies Charity Trivia
    $10/person, additional donations always welcome! You're invited to try your hand at AAOEe custom trivia!

    Monuments and Melodies trivia will consist of a selection of questions about various monuments located in Eastern Ontario, as well as musical tune questions sampled from local stars, and a series of general knowledge music questions.

    ~ Play solo or build a team! ~
    ~ Reserve your spot today! ~

    RSVP: aaoeast@gmail.com
    Tickets: $10.00/person minimum donation @ the door
    Charity: VOTE! Suggestions welcome – or fill out a voting card at the event.

    Lunenburg Pub & Bar, 14 Waller Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1N9C4
    7:00 pm to 10:00 pm, Nov. 21, 2013

    *We will confirm your reservation for the event via email*

    Visit us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/AAO-EastEst/209300655827038.

    John D. Lund, President
    AAO East/Est Chapter

  • 02 Apr 2013 10:35 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    You're invited to try your hand at trivia! Come flex your brainpower and snap some synapses with us.

    Date: April 19, 2013 @ 6:30pm (7:00pm take-off)

    Space is LIMITED, reserve your spot today!

    RSVP: aaoeast@gmail.com
    Tickets: $10.00/person @ the door
    Charity: The Ottawa Food Bank
    Location: The Georgetown Pub, 1159 Bank Street
    Ottawa, Ontario
    K1S 3X7

    *We will confirm your reservation for the event via email*

  • 01 Jan 2013 10:36 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    What We Have Lost: What We Stand to Lose
    The Future of Archives and Archivists in Canada

    Wednesday January 16, 2013
    7.00 PM

    City of Ottawa Archives
    Room 115
    100 Tallwood Drive
    Since the 1970s an archival system has been built up in Canada and now it is threatened by recent funding cuts and program decisions at the federal level. This panel will examine the future of archives and archivists in Canada in the light of the decisions Ottawa has taken.

    Our Panelists will address the following topics

    The effects of the disappearance of the National Archival Development Program Patti Harper, Department Head, Archives and Research Collections, Carleton University

    The new Library and Archives Canada: will it be able to serve its constituencies? James L. Turk, Executive Director, Canadian Association of University Teachers.

    The new archivist: is digital and web all we need to know? Jim Burant, Adjunct professor (Art History) at Carleton University and former manager of Art and Photography Archives at Library and Archives Canada and Laurie Dougherty, Archivist of the Arnprior McNab/Braeside Archives

    A question and answer period will follow the presentations.

    Event sponsored by the Eastern Ontario Chapter Archives Association of Ontario (AAO East/Est).

    For more information: John Smartjsmart@rogers.com

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