Executive Director – Dr. Kelly Black (he/him)
Kelly is responsible for operations, curation, and strategic planning at Point Ellice House. Kelly has more than a decade of experience in heritage, museums, and non-profit management. He received his PhD in Canadian Studies from Carleton University in 2018 and his research interests include Settler-Indigenous relations, public/local history, the E&N land grant, and (re)naming. Kelly is also an Adjunct Professor in the Department of History at Vancouver Island University.
Assistant Curator – Christeah Dupont (she/her)
Christeah oversees the care and maintenance of historic Point Ellice House as well as the 12,000+ artifacts in the collection. She holds a BA in Classical History and Anthropology as well as a Graduate Diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the University of Victoria. Christeah employs her previous experience as a commercial archaeologist and as a conservation intern at the RBCM in caring for the large collection.
Visitor Experience & Programming Coordinator – Jeannine Worthing (she/her)
Jeannine oversees visitor services, event planning, and the development and implementation of our educational programming. She completed her MA in Public History at the University of Victoria and holds a BA in History from Thompson Rivers University. She believes studying history is an integral part of orienting ourselves in the present and works to incorporate that idea into our programming as well as her interactions with our visitors.
Visitor Experience Assistant – Ireland Good (she/her)
Ireland started as a summer student with us in 2021, and has continued on as a staff member, supporting our public operations, visitor experience, care of the collection, and helping anywhere else she is needed. She completed her BA with a double major in History and Germanic Studies from the University of Victoria last year and is currently working on her MA in Public History, also at UVic.
South Garden Coordinator – Laura Tait (they/them)
Laura is responsible for the planting, planning, development, and maintenance of the historic South Garden or Kitchen Garden at Point Ellice House. They have over 8 years of experience working in small scale agriculture on Treaty 1 and Coast Salish Territory. Their interest in food security has focused their work on connecting marginalized communities with access to affordable healthy food, education, gardening resources, and in-garden programming.
Heritage Gardens Coordinator – Beth Compton (she/her)
Beth is responsible for the maintenance and development of the formal gardens and grounds at Point Ellice House. She has an academic background (BA, MSc, PhD-ABD) in archaeological and heritage research, as well as a practical background in gardening, art and design, and community-oriented public programming. Along with documenting and conserving Point Ellice House’s horticultural diversity as a living collection, she is developing a cultural landscape management strategy that respects and reflects the heritage-designated nature of the site.