Hey There! My name is Laura Mabee.
I am a graduate of the Honours History program from Wilfrid Laurier University, and the Web Development Post - Graduate program from Humber College. I am proven to be a very dedicated and hardworking individual and team mate. I have a passion for helping others, and love work that lets me do so.
I love to learn and look forward to new challenges. I really enjoy reading, collecting Russian History related material, playing video games, and continuing to learn the Russian language.
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Homer Watson House & Gallery is a multifaceted museum, gallery and educational foundation. Through the many years of working at this outstanding institution I gained many museum based skills.
During my time at the museum, I was the coordinator of the museum & archive department. In this role, I was responsible for digitizing the archives in the PastPerfect museum database, corresponding with public inquiries regarding archive records and art collection, researching and preparing educational publications on Homer Watson as well as the Homer Watson House & Gallery and running public tours. From 2009 onward, I was given the responsibility to research grant opportunities, develop projects, write grant applications and final grant reports. I am excited to say that the team and I were responsible for successfully receiving grant funding for multiple projects.
In the summer months, I was responsible for recruiting, training and supervising summer student staff and volunteers in the archive department. I provided ongoing administrative support, developed various policies related to museum archives, and was responsible for the overall management and administration of the museum archive and museum space.
I love design. I love development.
I love engaging with clients to find their perfect web solution. I have been working in web since the bygone days of Geocities, but began doing web development as a profession in 2012. In my years of experience I have been lucky enough to work with great not for profit organizations and small businesses. I am eager to work with you to find a web solution that meets you needs.
I love learning, and try to take every opportunity to expand my knowledge. I was a regular at Ladies Learning Code and other workshops when I lived close to Toronto. I have attended FITC many times, and have met many wonderful people in the development and design industry. I am now a huge WordPress junkie, and like to attend as many WordCamp conferences as I can. Each opportunity to meet and talk with people in the industry ignites inspiration for me in the development field.
In the professional field since 2007. I have had the privilege to work in both a museum and web development field giving me a robust and diverse set of hard and soft skills. See my experience below:
I have been playing with websites since the good old days of Geocities. However it wasn't until 2008 that I decided to take up web development as a part-time job. In 2012 I enrolled in the Post-Graduate advanced web development program at Humber College and graduated with a new set of skills. Since then, I have had the privilege to create many websites for some excellent clients.
Throughout the years of developing websites, I have worked in a variety of mediums. Building sites from the ground up in front-end code, to working with contemporary CMS systems (WordPress, and Drupal). While I mainly create sites in the WordPress CMS system these days, I still enjoy building from the ground up and exploring the exciting new world of HTML5, and CSS3.
As a history grad my passion for the subject runs deep.
Since 2007 I had the great opportunity to join the team at the beautiful Homer Watson House & Gallery in Kitchener, Ontario.
My roles have been diverse and rewarding. I began my role at the Gallery as the administrative assistant in 2007, and after a few years of moving throughout different positions, such as assistant curator, I moved into my final role of Research & Archive Coordinator. My skills in this profession include; grant writing, archive & collections maintenance, collection digitization, historical research, historical writing, lecture speaker, and more.
While holding the position of Research & Archive Coordinator, I couldn't help but draw on my other passion of web development. I built and launched a brand new website for the Homer Watson House & Gallery at the beginning of 2013 which has given the Homer Watson House & Gallery the online functionality of course registration, event sign up, membership database, Google API Map directions and more.
For more information on my role at the Homer Watson House & Gallery and other experience, please see my full resume.
Humber’s Web Development graduate certificate program focused on the development of websites and web services for multiple environments, including database-driven programming, content management and mobile services. I worked both individually and in teams creating commercial websites that applied theories of user-centered design, usability, information architecture, quality assurance testing and responsive design. Project management and presentation skills were also key components of the program.
Wilfrid Laurier's Honours History program is one of the most comprehensive and dynamic in Canada.1 Both engaging and challenging, my education at Laurier provided me with some of the best life experiences. I was part of the executive committee for the History Students' Association, and in my final year, I was given the opportunity to study abroad. I took an extra semester and traveled to Russia's St. Petersburg University to study the history, language and culture of Russia, with a focus on Imperial Russia 1818-1918.
St. Petersburg is Russia’s cultural capital and home to many theaters, museums, grand parks, gardens, canals, and palaces. The city of nearly 5 million people has retained its old-world charm (and stunning architecture) even as it has moved into a new political and economic reality.
Through the joint program exchange of Dalhousie University and St. Petersburg State University I lived and studied in St. Petersburg from January - May 2009. All courses were taught in Russian, and all extra-curricular events were hosted in Russian.
The immersive nature of the program truly helped me grasp the language. My passion for Russian history also allowed me to travel off the beaten path and see parts of Russia not normally seen by visiting tourists.
Truly a life experience I will never forget.