Volunteer spotlight: Patrick Morel-à-l’Huissier
Patrick Morel-à-l’Huissier had many volunteer opportunities when he retired from Natural Resources Canada, but he chose the Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation because it offered him the chance to use his expertise and experience to make a difference. “For me, it’s a way of giving back to society”, he says. He began his volunteer work in 2009 after retiring from an impressive career as a research scientist in geophysics and as a mineral advisor.
His expertise and commitment have been an incredible support for Anna Adamek, Curator of Natural Resources and Industrial Design, and her team. Patrick is particularly proud of his contributions in gathering missing information about many of the mining artifacts donated to the museum in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, and increasing the Museum’s collection from the mining industry.
He has also been a great help in transcribing the audio for From Rock to Reality – the Mining and Metallurgy Legacy Project. This extensive collection of personal stories from distinguished Canadians with careers in the mining sector uncovers the complexities and advances of the mining sector in safety, the environment, technology, and more.
This work of tracing the history, human stories, and artifacts of the mining sector is important work. Mining has been at the heart of the Canadian economy for centuries, and has fueled innovation from coast to coast to coast. Projects like From Rock to Reality and the new Transforming Resources gallery in the Canada Science and Technology Museum (re-opening November 2017) show Canadians not only this large-scale impact, but also how mining provides the materials for everything from steel beams to cell phone batteries. It’s a sector we can’t afford to ignore.
As a volunteer researcher, Patrick is proud to support the work of this new gallery and all the projects that engage Canadians with the mining industry. As he says, “Museums have a role to play in society. Not only in teaching the past, but in inspiring the children to innovate for the future.” We are grateful to him for his many years of volunteering and all of the knowledge he has made accessible to Canadians for today and tomorrow.
From Rock to Reality – the Mining and Metallurgy Legacy Project is made possible by the generosity of donors. If you have a passion for mining and metallurgy, discover how you can help support this project and others like it.