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The FRIENDS of Waterloo Region Museum is a voluntary public foundation dedicated to the preservation of Waterloo Region's history and cultures.

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Vision Statement

Since 1956, the FRIENDS of Waterloo Region Museum has been working in partnership with Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum staff and volunteers, to support and contribute to the preservation of the heritage, culture and traditions of Waterloo Region.

FRIENDS Board of Directors

Group photo of the FRIENDS board of directors

2023-24 Board Members

  • Kelly Smith (President)
  • Shalagh Cassidy (Vice President)
  • Glenn Roach (Treasurer)
  • Lynette Zehr (Secretary) 
  • Alison Jackson
  • Lisa Weinreich
  • Tuncer Kiyak
  • Mark Kerr
  • Warren Stauch
  • Yisong Wang
  • Pamela Hutchings
  • Kevin Ann Reinhart 
  • Heidi Peller-Oliver 

Mission Statement

To support the mandate of the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum by: Supporting and promoting the value of our volunteers, creatively fundraising, enhancing education, advocating for stakeholders, and enhancing community presence.

Impact Statement and Timeline

 Virtual Gift Shop
Purchase a limited edition collectible of a building in Doon Heritage Village, an ideal gift or keepsake of your visit. The resin-cast and hand-painted model of the Petersburg Grand Trunk Railway Station, designed by New Brunswick artist Catherine Karnes Munn, is available in our gift shop for only $5 plus HST. There are also a number of other items available. All funds raised through the sale of these item support the Friends of Waterloo Region Museum.
 Starry Night

Starry Night is the Friends of the Waterloo Region Museum’s annual Christmas extravaganza! Enjoy the sights, sounds and flavours of a Christmas past as you see Doon Heritage Village in its finest lamp-lit beauty. Over 100 lanterns and lamps light up the historic Village, set in 1914, so you can visit each building and activity at your leisure. Music, food and good cheer under the silent stars are sure to get you and your family into the spirit of Christmas. Each purchased ticket will be entered into a draw for a number of wonderful door prizes. 

Check back for dates on our 2023 season.

Quilt Auction

The FRIENDS of Waterloo Region Museum are holding a silent auction for a beautiful, hand quilted Mennonite quilt, crafted in the Waterloo Region by two very creative women.  Quilts of the calibre made by these talented ladies are highly prized locally, nationally and even internationally. They have generously partnered with the FRIENDS for many years to raise funds for the Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum and Doon Heritage Village. This is the third year that the annual quilt has been offered by silent auction, and all proceeds will go to the FRIENDS to support the programs and events.

Place your bid today. 

Our workshops run throughout the seasons. Please check the museums event calendar & subscribe to their e-newsletter to be notified of the next offering!
 Plant Sale
Join us in the spring for the annual FRIENDS of Waterloo Region Museum Plant Sale. A selection of the flower and vegetable varieties found in the gardens of Doon Heritage Village are available for purchase while supplies last. Check back for event information.
 Virtual Programming
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We are actively seeking partnerships, door prizes, etc. If you have an idea please contact us at

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Date of Annual General Meeting
Generally 7 p.m. First Wednesday in April
Annual General Meeting Agenda

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Annual General Meeting Minutes
Last Year's Highlights
2020 Achievements/Highlights
Last Year's Financial Report
2020 Financial Report

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