Air Force Museum Staff Member Recognised for Special Project

Individual Achievement Award recipient Michelle Sim.
Individual Achievement Award recipient Michelle Sim

20 May 2016

Air Force Museum communications officer Michelle Sim has been honoured for her efforts in founding and chairing the Emerging Museum Professionals (EMP) network. She received the Individual Achievement Award at the National Museum Awards on 18 May.

Michelle created and initiated the highly successful network in 2013 and has been its inaugural chair and champion. The EMP network now numbers some 300 young professionals and is providing an essential platform for leadership growth, engagement, and development in the sector.

Air Force Museum Director Thérèse Angelo said it was well-deserved recognition. 

“The number of younger and newer members attending Museums Aotearoa conferences has grown exponentially, and their involvement is essential to the preservation and growth of the sector. Michelle has contributed an enormous amount of her own time to managing the demands of growing the EMP, alongside work, the birth of her first child, and more recently a more senior role at the Air Force Museum,” she said.

The Assistant Chief of Air Force (Support), Group Captain Colin Marshall, said that the award reflected the outstanding calibre of the museum staff. 

The museum has now had two individual achievement awards presented to current staff, as well as a unique special award to the institution as a whole for the work done as part of the Christchurch earthquake recovery.

Michelle is not resting on her laurels: she is now busy looking at new ideas for supporting mid-career museum professionals.


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