John Golla is the Co-Chair of the Visitor Guides and a Member of the Membership Committee at the Department of Museum Volunteers.
What inspired you to volunteer at the ROM?
I love the ROM and it was a chance to contribute to the community. The opportunity for learning and meeting interesting people both visitors and other volunteers.
Tell us about your role at the ROM.
I am currently the Co-Chair of the Visitor Guides and a part of the Membership committee. This gives me tremendous opportunity to interact with the public and help them get the most out of their visit to the ROM. As part of administration I meet many of the volunteers and hopefully make a positive contribution to our service to visitors and the operation of the volunteer program of the DMV.
What do you love best about volunteering here?
I love the interaction with so many pleasant visitors from around the world and representing the ROM, Toronto and Canada.
Can you share a favourite memory of volunteering here?
It often happens that we have visitors from far away countries such as Iraq, Argentina and India that ask if we have any artifacts from their homeland. They are thrilled when I can tell them that we do and where to see them.
Apart from your volunteer work at the ROM, what do you like doing in your spare time?
I am an avid cyclist and skier. I am an amateur astronomer with the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada where I also volunteer. History and wine enthusiast.