N@N – Kirstin Evenden: The National Trust for Canada
November 23, 2023
Empowering Canadians to save historic places that matter
When you think of heritage conservation, do you think of saving old brass doorknobs? Preserving heritage is much more than that. Did you know that heritage places and older buildings can be integral to solving community challenges and meeting contemporary needs?
For 50 years the National Trust for Canada has been this country’s only national charity that works to support communities saving historic places that matter. During that time, what ‘heritage’ means and our assumptions about preserving special historic buildings, landscapes, and sites — and indeed what we ‘save’ — has evolved. Join us to find out more about the work of the Trust and what communities are doing to save and renew historic places to address some of the biggest issues of our time: climate resilience, diversity and inclusion, sense of place, community wellbeing, social cohesion, and economic vitality.
Kirstin Evenden has been working in the field of heritage, museums, and galleries for 30 years. Since early 2022, she has been the Director of Business Development and Partnerships at the National Trust for Canada, based in Ottawa, where she leads fund development, sponsorship, and programs. Prior to the Trust, she was the Executive Director of the Lougheed House National and Provincial Historic Site in Calgary, Alberta for 8 ½ years. Kirstin has a diverse background including museum and historic site leadership and management, fund development, community engagement and communications. Early in her career, she was an art curator and has always been interested in amplifying the stories and histories of all who call Canada home. Kirstin is based in Calgary, Alberta, the traditional territories of the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, and the Métis Nation Homeland (Region 3).
Presented in person in the Gallery Hall, ground floor Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary