Gayle McIntyre, Ruggles Award Recipient 2012

Gayle is a graduate of the Art Conservation Techniques Program, Fleming College. She started her career as the Site Conservator for Lang Pioneer Village and then went on to be an instructor at Fleming. In 1996 she took over the role of Program Coordinator for the College’s Arts and Heritage Programs, a position she still holds now. Gayle ensures that students are fully equipped to enter the conservation field from the only college level conservation training program in Canada that focuses on heritage conservation.  One area where Gayle has separated herself is her work with Aboriginal communities and their collections. Gayle has been instrumental in training First Nations peoples to care for their cultural heritage in their own communities.  Gayle is an active member in the Canadian Conservation Profession and serves on a variety of committees including the Archives Association of Ontario: Preservation Committee, the Museum and Archives Advisory Committee for the Peterborough Museum & Archives; ad hoc committees for the CAC and the Ontario Museum Association; and assorted conference and workshop committees.  Gayle also participates in national and international conferences and training programs, both as a participant and as a presenter.