Doug Cowie

Museum Manager

Doug began working at the Marine Museum in 2011 after spending 34 years in the marine industry working on everything from boats, building boats, and surveying boats to writing about boats and industry standards for boating safety. A lifelong sailor, he has logged many nautical miles of ocean sailing, but enjoys dinghy sailing most in Kingston harbour and an occasional spin on his DN iceboat.

Doug is also a Director on the Board of the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites and is a member of its Marketing Committee.

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Dr Michelle Clarabut

Programs and Communications Manager

Michelle joined the Museum in April 2019 with a background in research, education and advancement. She holds a Bachelor of Arts Honours degree from Queen’s University in Art History and Italian, a Master of Arts degree from the University of Guelph in European Studies and recently completed her Doctorate in Cultural History from Royal Holloway, University of London. During her time at Royal Holloway, Michelle lectured in cultural history and worked in Advancement.

Michelle volunteers with the Kingston Association of Museums, Art Galleries and Historic Sites as Chair of the Marketing Committee and has been involved with numerous research and public engagement initiatives aimed at connecting people with the cultural heritage of Kingston. As a Kingstonian, Michelle also holds a personal connection to the Marine Museum, recalling fondly the visits she made with her grandfather all those years ago.

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Summer Students and Interns



Tia Bankosky

Museum Assistant, Summer 2020

Tia Bankosky joined us as a Museum Assistant for the summer, alternating working remotely and in the office. She supported research, communications and virtual programs initiatives. Tia was born and raised in Kingston and is now a 4th year Indigenous Environmental Studies student at Trent University.

'As someone who loves history, community engagement and education, I am super excited to be working for the Museum. Learning about the Museum's history was really inspiring, especially the story of Audrey Rushbrook. Her story makes be feel like I have a lot to live up to with respect to her memory. It is an honour to be a small part of her legacy. Thank you all so much for your work, support and engagement.'



Schuyler Van Dusen

Museum Assistant, Summer 2020

Schuyler Van Dusen joined us as a Museum Assistant for the summer and part of the autumn. She delivered virtual programs, supported research and dove into new social media series. Schuyler is a recent graduate of Queen's University with a degree in history and will be returning to school in September at St Lawrence College.

'I've had the opportunity to work at several Kingston museums and I'm thrilled to be a part of the Marine Museum's team this summer! I love the vibrancy and community engagement of Kingston museums and history, and am excited to assist with research and programs. I look forward to engaging with the extensive collections and history of the Museum, and exploring its connections to the social, economic, and political history of Kingston and the Great Lakes!'



Ethan Chan

Intern, Autumn 2020

Ethan is a second-year History Major at Queen’s University. Because of his love for history, he attended the Bader International Study Centre at Herstmonceux Castle, UK in his first year, where he travelled to the many historical places he'd always wanted to see. Ethan wanted to continue to experience new adventures for his second-year, so decided to pursue an internship with the Marine Museum of the Great Lakes. Ethan's current project involves creating articles for the Museum’s upcoming blog.


Sam Nicholls

Intern, Autumn 2020

Sam is a fourth-year History student at Queen's University. Her internship consists of a job-shadow with our Programs and Communications Manager. Sam has been working on a new educational program for schools that will consist of virtual and classroom learning, while also supporting research and communications. Sam hopes to continue her studies at the Graduate level in Public History or Cultural Studies with hope of working in museums in the future.

'History has always been an intimate passion of mine [... and as] a proud resident of Kingston all my life, I have had the incredible privilege to visit and familiarize myself with local history, and since my time at the Marine Museum I have been awarded an even more incredible opportunity to engage directly with local history. My interests in history are largely centred around Canadian History, but also public history and national memory, both interests that inspired me to apply for this position. There is nothing more inspiring than understanding the history of a city I have been lucky to call my home! My internship placement has already allowed me to explore the ins-and-outs of museum-related work while exposing me to some of the larger projects taken on in Kingston's heritage sector.'