New Board Executive Named

October 18, 2019

WEMBLEY, AB – The Board of the River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society – which oversees operation of the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum – has a new executive.

Linda Waddy is now Chair of the Board with Linda Side’s term complete.

“I’m pleased to take on this new leadership opportunity with the Society’s Board,” says Waddy, appointed to the Board by the County of Grande Prairie in November 2017.

“This is an exciting time for the dinosaur museum as we move into our fifth year of operation. I am looking forward to working with the Board and Administration to take this wonderful regional tourism attraction to the next level.”

Joining Waddy on the Executive are Vice Chair Brian Bildson, Treasurer Rob Neil and Secretary Karen McGriskin.

Directors include: Janina Carlstad, Greg Wald, Kevin O’Toole, Ross Sutherland, Tyler Olsen, Marilyn Grubb, and Vashti Dunham.

Passing the Torch

“I leave the museum board extremely proud to have contributed in some small measure to the accomplishments made there,” says outgoing chair Linda Side.

“Over the last five years, we have gone from completing design and building, to opening, to operations. Today it is about the next chapter – the future – which from my vantage looks very bright. I have every confidence that under the guidance of the new Board and in the capable hands of Executive Director Linden Roberts and team, the Philip J. Currie Museum will thrive.”

Linda Waddy Background

Waddy is a long-time entrepreneur, having bought her first farm at age 21. She was born on a dairy farm turned beef operation in Manitoba, then subsequently moved to Calgary in 1985. While there, she was involved for 15 years in the operation of over a million square feet of commercial office space at various levels in the finance and management areas. Waddy and her husband, Harvey, operate a 250 cow/calf farm near Hythe.

Community involvement is vital to Waddy. She has also volunteered as Secretary/Treasurer for Goodfare Hall for the past three years. She has two grown sons.

About The Society

A not-for-profit society formed in 2010, the River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society operates the Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum under a tenancy lease agreement with the County of Grande Prairie No.1 and extends an endowed professorship in palaeontology with the University of Alberta. Membership with the society is open based on an annual membership fee.

Background

The Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum – a 41,000 square foot world-class facility named for Canada’s preeminent palaeontologist and highlighting the rich fossil resources of Northern Alberta – opened its doors to the public on September 26, 2015. It is Canada’s second devoted dinosaur museum, and is located 19 kilometres west of the City of Grande Prairie in the Town of Wembley.


Media enquiries may be directed to:

Linda Waddy Board Chair River of Death and Discovery Dinosaur Museum Society 780-897-5609 lwaddy@countygp.ab.ca

Linden Roberts Executive Director Philip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum 587-771-0662 lroberts@dinomuseum.ca

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