Project Team


Dr. Lynne Howarth — Principal Investigator

Lynne C. Howarth, PhD, is a Professor and a Dean Emerita at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto. Funded by the Social Science and Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), she has completed two studies relating to objects, memory, and storytelling. The first, “Enhancing Pathways to Memory,” explored how individuals with early stage Alzheimer’s Disease use tangible mementos to recall life stories. The second study, conducted with Profs. Cara Krmpotich (UofT), and Heather Howard (MSU), involved object handling and storytelling sessions with a group of seniors associated with the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto (NCCT). Participants engaged with a unique collection of community artefacts, including moccasins, bead work, tamarack geese, wood carvings, quill boxes, and other objects, to explore indigenous identity and maker-culture. Lynne is interested in what objects and their stories say about an individual, and how they work to connect people in groups. She and the Show, Tell, Bridge team are developing object-storytelling programs for establishing rapport, finding commonality, and building community, particularly in settings where people may feel alienated or excluded.

Dr. Lisa Quirke — Research Associate

Lisa Quirke is a qualitative researcher with a background in Information and Immigration Studies. She is interested in the role of leisure in shaping information practices and fostering social capital, and has explored this topic in online spaces, in public libraries, and in different immigrant communities. Lisa holds a PhD from the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto.


Maeghan Jerry — Research Assistant

Maeghan is currently doing a Master of Information and a Master of Museum Studies at the University of Toronto, and holds a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Linguistics from the University of Alberta. She is interested in how public institutions like libraries, archives, and museums shape and are shaped by public knowledge, identity, and community.


Karen Cheung — Research Assistant

Karen is a Master of Museum Studies and Master of Information candidate at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor of Arts in History and English, Rhetoric and Professional Writing (RPW) from the University of Waterloo. She is interested in how institutions like archives and museums preserve and shape memory through the narratives inherent in collected information.


Emily Meikle — Research Assistant

Emily is a Master of Museum Studies candidate at the University of Toronto and holds a Bachelor degree in English Literature and Anthropology from McGill University. Her current research examines issues of access and collaboration in Indigenous archaeological collections in Ontario. Emily is interested in the role objects and heritage play in forming identity and community.


Rossini Yue — Research Assistant

Rossini received her Master in Clinical Engineering from the University of Toronto and her Bachelor in Engineering Chemistry from Queen’s University. Inspired by cancer patients she encountered as a volunteer at the Princess Margaret Hospital, she is currently pursuing her PhD at the Institute of Health Policy, Management and Evaluation (IHPME) at the University of Toronto to study the relationship between health and happiness. Specifically, her dissertation aims to examine the meaning of happiness within the context of health from the perspectives of health researchers, health professionals and members of the public. She hopes to use the findings from her dissertation to develop tools to help people identify and articulate their conceptions and meanings of happiness.