(With Permission: McKenzie Family and RMC Museum) J. Ross McKenzie was the first professional curator for the RMC Museum in Kingston, working in this position from 1990 to his formal retirement in 2015. Ross passed away in 2019 but is remembered not only for his passion and expertise in local and military history, but for his mentoring and coaching of the many students, RMC cadets, emerging sector professionals and colleagues that crossed his path over the years. He valued kindness and personal responsibility, was generous in sharing his expertise and interests, and recognized that everyone has a story to tell. He imbued these values in his work, and both KAM and Kingston & Area cultural heritage is the richer for it.
A nominee for this award category exemplifies the following:
- Demonstrate an exemplary commitment to the cultural heritage sector by enthusiastically and respectfully sharing their expertise, skillset, and knowledge in a mentorship capacity
- Eagerness to invest in others, willing to be a sponsor/ally, to share and create opportunities for success and growth
- Gives honest and productive feedback
- Supporting and mentoring others with challenges or issues that they may be experiencing
- Values reflective listening and empathy.