Orillia seeking input on Leacock Museum master plan  

An opportunity to help shape the future direction of the Museum

The City of Orillia is looking for public input on the future of the Stephen Leacock Museum.

“Orillians helped shape the legacy Stephen Leacock left in his whimsical Sunshine Sketches of a Little Town in 1912 and can do so once again through the museum’s master plan community survey. This is your opportunity to help shape the future direction of the Leacock Museum,” said Mayor Steve Clarke.

The city is putting together a master plan to create what it calls a bold new vision for the museum beyond 2020.

“It has been nearly 20 years since the museum underwent a comprehensive review of its practices,” said Jacqueline Soczka, Manager of Culture. “Facility assessments and conservation reports have been done in recent years to preserve existing buildings. However, the master planning process goes well beyond that, looking at all aspects of Museum operations including staffing, budgeting, programming, rentals, food service, promotion, curation, parkland usage, community outreach, and visitor services.”

The survey is available until October 14 and will take approximately 10 to 15 minutes to complete. Paper copies can be picked up and dropped off at the museum during office hours (Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), or filled out online at leacockmuseum.com.