About Louise Gauvreau
Upon ceasing to work full time a few years ago, I finally had the time to devote myself to becoming a museum guide. The MMFA guide program is provided through Concordia University as well as the MMFA’s Department of Education and Wellness. Studying to become a guide was a dream come true! In the 90’s, I had flirted with Art History classes at Université de Montréal while working full time. Widely known and beloved Art Historian Marc-André Gagnon gave me a taste of what I could expect later on, as I was 30 years away from my goal! I was already involved in a journalism and radio/TV host career. Since becoming a guide in 2019, my life has been enriched with the MMFA 160+ guides’ generosity, esprit de corps, thirst for knowledge and professionalism. The Museum’s dialogical approach means engaging with the public in a reciprocal, rich and humanistic manner.
My connection to the NDSC
In 2020, the pandemic provoked my desire to remain connected. Truly connected. In the Spring of 2020, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts struck a deal with the Québec Fondation des Petits Frères with one-on one pairing of a guide with an elderly person, thus breaking each other’s isolation. What a way for a guide to remain connected and pertinent! Later on, in the Fall of 2020, the Museum’s Association of Volunteer Guide asking to find a volunteer for NDSC Canada East was timely. Since then, with the support of Canada East Regional Director Shelagh Barrington as well as NDSC volunteer and MMFA colleague Louise Emond, we set up a regional forum with eight museum Director from the province of Québec. We found that these institutions, distant from one another, were already sharing best practices and tricks of the trade and we still enjoyed our additional layer of connection and we intend to nourish those precious ties.