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

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Your donations enhance programming and exhibits at Ken Seiling Waterloo Region Museum, Doon Heritage Village, Schneider Haus, and McDougall Cottage, bringing history to life!

Vision Statement

Since 1956, the FRIENDS of Waterloo Region Museums has been working in partnership with 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

2024-25 Board Members

  • Kelly Smith (President)
  • Shalagh Cassidy (Vice President)
  • Glenn Roach (Treasurer)
  • Lynette Zehr (Secretary) 
  • Julie Arthur-O'Hare
  • Lisa Weinreich
  • Tuncer Kiyak
  • Mark Kerr
  • Warren Stauch
  • Beverley Davis
  • Yisong Wang
  • Pamela Hutchings
  • Heidi Peller-Oliver 
  • Giovanni Giuga
  • Alayne Kleser

Mission Statement

To support the mandate of the Region of Waterloo Museums 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 Museums.
 Starry Night

Starry Night is the Friends of the Waterloo Region Museums' 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. 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 door prize draw.

Check back for dates on our 2024 season.

Quilt Auction

The FRIENDS of Waterloo Region Museums have partnered for many years with two very creative local quilters to hand sew a Mennonite quilt to support our fundraising.  Quilts of this calibre are highly prized locally, nationally and even internationally.  Stay tuned for your chance to take home our latest quilt!

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 Museums Plant Sale, typically held on the Saturday of the May long weekend. 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

2023 President's Report

2020 Achievements/Highlights

Last Year's Financial Report

2023 Financial Report

2022 Financial Report

2020 Financial Report

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