Operating Team

Museum Staff

Administration & Visitor Services  
Museum Manager & Program Director Kevin Moorhouse
Programming & Communications Coordinator Claire Notman
Curatorial & Collections  
Curator Rowena McGowan
Collections Manager Kathy Karkut
Margaret Angus Research Fellowship  
Fellow (2022) Anna Krentz
Fellowship Supervisor Dr. Jenna Healey


Board of Directors

Dr. Ian Gemmill (President)

Dr. Ian Gemmill is the former Medical Officer of Health for Kingston, Frontenac and Lennox & Addington Public Health, where he served from 1997 until his retirement in 2017. He is a graduate of the Faculty of Medicine at Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario, a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Public Health & Preventive Medicine, an Honorary Life Member of the Canadian Public Health Association (CPHA), and a Fellow of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Dr. Gemmill has had 36 years of experience in public health in Ontario and continues to work in the system. He is the past chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunisation (NACI) and was a member for over 17 years. Currently, Dr. Gemmill is the chair of NACI's working group on influenza vaccine.

Eleanor Rivoire (Vice-President)

Eleanor is a former senior hospital executive with more than 35 years experience within the clinical, education and administrative domains of health care and professional practice. Recently retired from Kingston General Hospital, she continues as an independent healthcare advisor and is currently involved in activities with the Canadian Patient Safety Institute, the Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement and Accreditation Canada. She has a keen interest and expertise in transforming the patient experience with a focus on patient and family centred care, as well as with models of interprofessional practice and education. She is engaged in managing changes that bring about policy and process improvements within healthcare and professional practice, and result in improved quality and safety outcomes.

Jim Kennedy (Treasurer)

Jim is long-time citizen of Kingston. He is a former senior executive in healthcare in Kingston with 37 years of service at Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston General Hospital and Providence Care. His area's of expertise are in the financial and adminisrative functions of healthcare that encompassed hospital, long-term and community based care. He recently retired from Providence Care as its Chief Financial Officer. Jim is a Chartered Professional Accountant- CPA and was appointed to the Museum Board as Treasurer in July 2021.

Dr. Kim Turner (Secretary)

Dr. Kim Turner is an Anesthesiologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Medicine with a Cross-Appointment to Public Health Sciences at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario. Kim also serves as the Medical Lead for the Queen's University Master's of Healthcare Quality and as a Fellow of the American Society of Anesthesiologists' Wood-Library Museum where she continues committee work. Upon resigning her position as Archivist from the Canadian Anesthesiologist's Society, Dr. Turner created the Society's Committee on Archives and Artefacts where she remains an active member. As a past Guest Curator of the Museum of Health Care, it is important to Kim not only to preserve our medical heritage, but also to communicate its existence to others.

Brian Devlin

Brian's professional career as a teacher and Principal spanned 27 years with the Limestone District School Board.  Since 2014, he has been a member of the Providence Care Board of Directors and was Board Chair from June 2017 to June 2020.  Prior to joining the Providence Care Board, Brian served as a member and then President of the Frontenac Children’s Aid Society Board of Directors for seven years and has volunteer experience with several other organizations including the Community Food Sharing Project, Meals on Wheels, the Poverty Challenge and the Eagle Lake Property Owners Association. Brian currently is a member of the KFLA Addiction and Mental Health Services Board of Directors.  

Karen Humphreys Blake

Karen joined as a Board Member, as well as chair of the Advancement Committee, in July of 2021, but she recalls a previous happy association with the museum in the early 2000s. At that time, she collaborated with Museum founder Dr. Jim Low and provided support through Kingston General Hospital where she was Vice President of Public Affairs and Development. Karen is originally from London, Ontario and spent 16 years in Newfoundland before moving to Kingston in 2001. Karen's background is in journalism, communications, public relations and fund development and she worked in hospitals, government, a teacher's association and even on a major hydro development project over her career. She is semi-retired and currently teaches a course in business ethics at the Smith School of Business at Queen's. Karen has served on a number of community boards and currently sits on the board of the University Hospitals Kingston Foundation. Karen is married to Dr. Bill Blake, has two grown children, and recently became a grandmother.

Bill Hunter

Bill has enjoyed a healthcare career that has spanned more than 4 decades in Southeastern Ontario. For 25 years he held multiple positions at the Kingston General Hospital that included the senior executive role of Chief Human Resources Officer. Bill was also a senior executive with Shared Support Services Southeastern Ontario (3SO) retiring as Chief Executive Officer in 2018. Subsequent to retirement Bill has remained active as a volunteer at Providence Care Hospital as well as at the governance level just completing his term as Vice Chairman, Board of Directors, Kingston Regional Hospital Laundry.

Peter Milliken

Born and raised in Kingston, Peter is a graduate of Queen's University and Dalhousie University. Crossing the Atlantic, he also earned a MA in Jurisprudence from Oxford University. He was elected Member of Parliament for Kingston-and-the-Islands in 1988. Local voters returned him in 1993, 1997, 2000, 2004, 2006 and 2008, making him the longest-serving MP in Kingston's history. In 2001, MPs elected Mr. Milliken their Speaker. He was acclaimed to the prestigious and crucial House of Commons post in 2004. After the 2006 and 2008 general elections, Mr. Milliken was again elected speaker. In 2009 he surpassed the previous record and became the longest-serving Speaker in Canadian history.

Felicity Pope

Felicity is a retired curator with over 35 years experience in Ontario's museums and hospitals, who specialized in medical history. She has worked as an independent museologist for the Ontario government and its agencies, and the Canadian Museum of History. She gained an appreciation of the breadth and scope of Canada's health-care collections as a founder of the (now defunct) Coalition of Canadian Heath Care Museums & Archives. Felicity is a long-standing member of the MHC, serving on its Board of Directors in 2011-2014. Currently she is actively involved in heritage conservation in her home town, Cobourg.

Sherri Robertson

Sherri is a graduate of the Kingston General Hospital School of Nursing and curretly sits as the Chair of the Kingston General Hospital Nurses Alumnae Association. After her post-education at the University of Ottawa, she taught nursing at The Hospital for Sick Children, and has always enjoyed inserting historical anecdotes into her work.

Dr. Oyedeji Ayonrinde


Past Presidents

Eleanor Rivoire (President: 2021 - 2022)

Ian M. Fraser (President: 2017 - 2021)

A senior development officer in higher education, healthcare and the arts for more than 30 years, Ian has helped organizations in healthcare, education, community and the arts raise more than $275 million in private gift support. He currently serves as a consultant in philanthropy to charities and donors, and as the Director, Philanthropic Services for Gift Funds Canada. A Fellow for Life of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (AHP), Ian is recognized internationally for his expertise in all aspects of strategic planning for not-for-profit organizations, resource development and gift planning.


The Museum acknowledges with gratitude the contract professionals and volunteers who have contributed to the development of the Museum and its programs.