Workstudy Profile: Rory Hibbs
Hello, my name is Rory Hibbs. I began working for the museum this past September as a Camp Activity Designer. I have bachelor’s degree in history from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario. I have had an interest in history for as long as I can remember. My first major assignment was a diorama on the Titanic in the 1st grade and I’ve been hooked ever since. Learning about our past in whatever form is always interesting.
What inspired you to work at MOA?
I came to the museum through a work-study program through Western University. What drew me to the position was the possibility of working around history and engaging with artifacts, which are our direct link to the past. I think it is a great thing to introduce young children to cultural artifacts. It is the best way to inspire children to get involved with their past.
What is your favourite part of your job?
I appreciate the opportunity to create content and activities that will be beneficial to younger minds. It took one little spark when I was a child to set me on a path to where I am today and maybe such an experience can happen for someone else’s child just the same.
If there was one thing you could tell the world about MOA, what would it be?
Our past is the interaction of different peoples and cultures over time and how the two opposing forces impact and influence each other. Canadian’s owe their heritage to the Aboriginal Peoples of this land. Coming to the MOA, you will have an opportunity to appreciate that heritage through a distinct community that called London home long before our descendants arrived here.
What are you currently working on?
I am currently working on a Summer Camp activity that will explore Canada from coast to coast for the camp theme “Journey Across Canada”.
How has your job changed since you started?
I’ve had opportunities to branch away from my camp designing and help with the annual Pow Wow as well as some birthday groups. I also represented the museum at this year’s “Halloween in the Village” in Wortley Village this past October, which was a great experience. It was nice to participate in an event that brings friends and community together. It was a very wet and gloomy looking day and yet hundreds came out with their children and Halloween costumes and had a great time.
What advice can you give others?
If it is worth your sweat and tears, then it is worth seeing to the end.
When you’re not at work, what do you enjoy doing?
I’m either reading some history book or looking for an interesting documentary to watch. Otherwise, I am unwinding with some music or playing guitar.