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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  • 21 Sep 2011 10:38 PM | Danielle Robichaud


    Out of the Box and Off the Shelf: Using Historical Sources for Storytelling
    Friday September 30th, 2011, 7 pm
    Salon A, 395 Wellington St. (Library and Archives Canada), Ottawa

    The Eastern Ontario Chapter is excited to announce our upcoming partnership with the Ottawa Storytellers to celebrate Culture Days, a Canada wide celebration of arts and culture. Storytellers Leah Sander (also a member of the EOC!) and Sherry Yazdani will tell historical tales and then discuss how they created the stories from historical resources. This is the Chapter's first time partnering with the Ottawa Storytellers, and we look forward to exploring the links between archives and the stories they tell.

    Refreshments will be served, and afterwards we will continue to a nearby pub for drinks. Hope to see you there!

    Please see our web site for further details, and upcoming events http://aaoeast.blogspot.com.

  • 12 Sep 2011 8:05 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    What: Out of the Box and Off the Shelf: Using Historical Sources for Storytelling

    When: Friday, September 30th, 7pm

    Where: Salon A, 395 Wellington st (Library and Archives Canada), Ottawa
    EOC will be partnering with local cultural organization Ottawa Storytellers to host an event as part of Culture Days, a cross-Canada celebration of arts and culture. Members of the Ottawa Storytellers Leah Sander (also a member of EOC!) and Sherri Yazdani will tell historical tales and then discuss how they created stories from historical sources. This is EOC's first time partnering with the Storytellers, and we look forward to exploring the links between archives and the stories they tell.

  • 23 May 2011 10:40 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    AAO East Nominatons and Elections Chair for the 2011-2012 Executive has submitted his report as follows: The following slate of Officers for Archives Association of Ontario, Eastern Chapter, has been put together on the basis of formal and informal discussions for nomination at the AGM on the evening of Thursday May 26 at the new City of Ottawa Archives. The following members of the current Executive have agreed to put their names forward for the following positions on the 2011-2012 AAO East Chapter Executive: *President- Margaret Dixon * Vice- President- John Lund * Treasurer- Theresa Sorel * Secretary- Allison Gregor * Communications Officer- Jennifer Wilhelm * Member at Large- Rebecca Geisbrecht The 2010-2011 Executive agreed to increase the number of positions on the 2011-2012 Chapter Executive to include two additional Members-at-large. Jenna Smith has approached the nominations committee and has been accepted by the incumbent officers as part of the slate for one of the new positions as Member-at-large. There remains one Member-at-large position to be filled as of date of writing (May 19, 2011) NOTE: As per the Constitution of the Chapter, nominations from the floor will also be entertained at the appropriate point in the agenda of the AGM on May 26. Nominations may be for any position. In the case of more than one nomination for any given position, a ballot election will ensue immediately for the positions being contested. If there are no positions contested, the election will be declared by acclamation. This memo constitutes the summary report of the Nominations Committee to the membership Brian P. N. Beaven Chair of the AAO-E Nominations Committee for 2011-2012 brian.beaven@lac-bac.gc.ca 819-934-7333

  • 18 Apr 2011 10:42 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    The Archives Association of Ontario (AAO), Eastern Chapter is hereby giving notice that elections for its 2011-2012 Executive will take place at the AAO East Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Thursday 26 May 2011, beginning at 7pm.

    Nominations are being accepted for all eight elected positions which include:

    • President
    • Vice-President
    • Treasurer
    • Secretary
    • Communications - Web Master
    • Member-at-large
    • Member-at-large
    • Member-at-large
    Anyone wishing to serve as a member of the executive must make their intention known or be nominated by someone and accept this nomination either by contacting the Nominations and Elections Chairperson by e-mail on or before Tuesday 24 May 2011 at 5 pm, or by presenting themselves for election at the AAO East AGM on Thursday 26 May 2011 when the Nominations and Elections Chairperson makes a call from the floor. Persons wishing to stand for election and are unable to be at the AGM may do so providing they have made their intention known to the Nominations and Elections Chairperson in adherence with the stated deadline. In the case where there is more than one person nominated for the same position, there will be a vote by the members in attendance at the AGM.

    The terms of office are currently for a one year period. Anyone interested in participating in the Eastern Chapter but not sure in what capacity may contact the Nominations and Elections Chairperson for clarification or advice. A description of the duties and role of the executive is available upon request. All nominations, intentions and inquiries concerning the 2011-2012 election should be directed to the Nominations and Elections Chairperson: Brian Beaven

    The AAO East AGM will be held on Thursday 26 May 2011 from 7 to 9 pm at the Central Archives and Ottawa Public Library Materials Centre located at 110 Tallwood Drive, Ottawa, Ontario.

    A separate notice concerning the programme for the AGM and other related details including guest speaker will be posted shortly.

  • 21 Oct 2010 10:49 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    Last Night the Annual General Meeting of the Eastern Ontario Chapter of the AAO was held in Ottawa at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library.

    Following a stimulating presentation by Jennifer Wilhelm on the topic of Library and Archive Canada's project to identify non-archival holdings and dispose of the same, the AGM was held.

    The main elements of the meeting dealt with the reports of the out-going president, vice-president and the Treasurer's report, all of which revealed that the Eastern Chapter has had a successful past year, and is financially solvent. Immediately following these reports an election was held for the Board of the Eastern Chapter.

    As a result of this election, a new broom has swept the old regime out. The uncomfortable cronyism that saw the Board dominated by staff from just two institutions (Library and Archives Canada and the City of Ottawa Archives) has ended as three of the former Board did not stand for re-election. In the finest tradition the new executive thanked the outgoing members (Daniel German and Dara Price of LAC and Serge Barbe of Ottawa City Archives) for their contributions and will now proceed to planning the events for the rest of the year.

    The new executive of the Eastern Ontario Chapter are as follows:

    • President - Margaret Dixon (LAC)
    • Vice-President - Jonathan Lund (Ottawa City Archives)
    • Treasurer - Theresa Sorel (Ottawa City Archives)
    • Secretary - Allison Gregor (Public History Inc)
    • Member at Large - Jennifer Wilhelm (LAC)
    • Member at Large - Rebecca Giesbrecht (LAC)
    Members of the Eastern Ontario Chapter are invited to contact the new Executive with any of their concerns.

    With thanks to for all the support,
    Daniel German

  • 18 Oct 2010 10:46 PM | Danielle Robichaud

    On October 23, archivists from across the National Capital Region and Canada gathered in Ottawa to discuss the current state of our profession. Despite what appeared to be an inauspicious start to the dayundefinedour intended venue (the main Library and Archives Canada building) closed suddenly due to a misadventure with the heating systemundefinedabout thirty hardy souls turned out to discuss what it means to be an archivist in Canada today. Not only was the Eastern Ontario Chapter of the AAO pleased to welcome the participation of l’Association des archivistes du Québec (AAQ)undefinedRégion Ouest, but we were also fortunate enough to welcome colleagues from farther afield due to the coincidental CCA Annual General Meeting.

    The evening kicked off with our four panelists, representing various perspectives in the profession. Anne LeClair is an archivist at the University of Ottawa, and the current president of the Western chapter of the AAQ. Her talk was also informed by her previous experiences as the archives advisor in New Brunswick. Karine Burger is a recent graduate of the joint Library and Archival Studies program at UBC, and a fresh recruit at Library and Archives Canada, where she works in the Digital Office of the Government Records Branch. The third speaker, Shane McCord, is also a recent graduate of SLAIS and has just completed an internship at the archives of the National Gallery of Canada. Finally, the panel was moderated by Andrew Horrall, presently a manager in the Government Records Branch at LAC, where he has recently returned after serving several years as the archivist at NATO. As such, the panel sought to provide a cross-section of perspectivesundefinednot only pertaining to education and training, but also with respect to recruiting and employee retention, and the longer term trials and tribulations of rationalization and program review.

    Anne launched the discussion by underscoring the importance of the archivist’s role as lobbyist. Particularly in these leaner, meaner times, we need to accept that that resources will always fall short of need (indeed, haven’t they always?), and that it is not just our job but our responsibility to continually articulate the scope of the need to those holding the purse strings. After all, if not us, then who? We may daydream about broad, popular recognition of and support for the importance of archives, but this is unlikely to become a reality.

    In extension of Anne’s discussion, Karine and Shane both considered the degree to which current archival studies programs prepare students for a career as an archivist, and touched on a couple of specific challenges that we currently face. Karine focused on her role as a ‘digital archivist’, and asked some probing questions about the adequacy of the status quo in equipping us to deal with the digital realities of today. Given that most records are now born digital (even if they are not managed and transferred in digital form), do we have what we need to carry out our professional responsibilities conscientiously? While the fundamental nature of archival work may not have been compromised by the digital age, it cannot be denied that inherent in the reality of this new world is the need for ongoing and proactive professional development that is very different from its analog counterpart. But who is responsible for creating and making accessible such opportunities? Can the individual or the employer realistically be expected to understand the parameters of a constantly changing (and increasingly sophisticated) skill set, and, moreover, to find opportunities for the necessary (and highly specialized) training? It is evident that we should act nowundefinedand continuallyundefinedin order to ensure preservation of new forms of information; at the same time, it is equally evident that discerning how to do this is (and will continue to be) complex and difficult. As a profession, we must take collective responsibility for this challenge.

    Shane recounted his memories of being a fresh-faced student starting in an archival studies program, and pondered the personal and professional repercussions of the divisions in archival theory and education across the country. Indeed, he and Karine both wondered aloud about the identity of the archivist in Canada: are we primarily historians or other subject matter experts? Or are we formally trained archivists for whom a specific and defined skill set (learned, one presumes, within the bounds of a graduate degree program) is paramount? Who decides this, and how do hiring practices and asymmetrical power dynamics (particularly amongst institutions) across the country influence this debate? Subsequent discussion with the audience revealed no strong opinions about this questionundefinedwe generally agreed that effective and ongoing professional development is more important than strict entrance criteriaundefinedbut that may reflect, of course, the unique makeup of a predominantly National Capital Region group.

    Shane also highlighted the utility of familiarity with librarianship, if only because many Canadian archives are actually managed by librarians; their professional perspective therefore has an impact on the realities of archival practice in this country. Indeed, the recurring comparison between archivists and librarians was considered by the group, particularly in terms of what we can learn from the accreditation framework of our sister profession. As Shane suggested, this might have the ancillary effect of mitigating the differences and/or competition between archival schools, and thereby strengthening the profession more generally.

    It goes without saying that an hour and a bit on Friday evening allowed us to but scratch the surface of this topic. Indeed, one hopes that the greatest benefit of the session has been to contribute some momentum to a dialogue which we must sustain if we are to emerge as a robust and coherent profession in the twenty-first century. In particular, we should be aware that the important corollary to the question about how others view usundefined which seems to come up regularly enough in our professional communityundefinedis how we view ourselves. That is, not only how we view the community as a whole, but how we perceive and treat each other as individuals within that community. Is there consensus about the role of formal archival training, and do we have an effective forum for dialogue about this? Do we think there is a need for tighter regulation, or some type of audit of our professional identity? And how do we decide? In short, the theme chosen for the ACA conference in 2010 is both necessary and timely. In fact, let’s not wait until June; let’s start talking now.

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