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OMAH's new fundraiser aims to raise money for endowment fund

Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell will be guest speaker at event and will 'give us pause to think about how we interpret and honour history,' says OMAH official
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Rita Shelton Deverell will be the guest speaker at a new fundraiser being presented by the Orillia Museum of Art & History in January.

The Orillia Museum of Art & History (OMAH) is hosting a fundraising event on Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023 at Hawk Ridge Golf Club. We are pleased to have a guest speaker with local roots, Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell, Lakehead University’s 10th chancellor.  

Dr. Deverell’s talk, entitled Honouring Thy Neighbour’s Histories, will be engaging and thought-provoking.

Dr. Deverell is also an independent scholar, author, as well as a theatre and media artist. In 2022 she was honoured with the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, Lifetime Achievement in Broadcasting. She and her husband Rex, who grew up in Orillia, have made their home in Oro-Medonte for 29 years.

“We are so pleased to host Dr. Rita Shelton Deverell as our guest speaker for this new event. At the initial stage of planning for the event, I had been reading about her many accomplishments and I was lost in admiration and knew that Dr. Deverell would give us pause to think about how we interpret and honour history,” said Event Chair, Barbara Jones. 

Funds raised from this event will support OMAH’s endowment fund for long-term sustainability as well as programs for children and youth. 

Tickets are $100 each and include dinner, a complimentary glass of wine, and a $40 tax receipt. Guests will be entertained by the Will Davis Jazz Duo featuring Will Davis and Chris Robinson.

If you are a local business, we have sponsorship opportunities. People who attend our events are local professionals, business people, arts, heritage, and cultural supporters, and community influencers — a great opportunity to reinforce your community connections. For more information, visit or contact Ninette Gyorody, [email protected].

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