Karla RasmussenPrograms Manager
Karla credits the influence of her late aunt for inspiring her with a love of history and museums at a young age; she and her younger sister would spend a week with their aunt and uncle in Winnipeg exploring numerous galleries, historic sites and cultural events each summer.
Originally from a small town in west-central Manitoba, Karla grew up in her family’s funeral home business. After completing the Visual Communications course offered through her vocational high school, she went on to become the fourth generation of her family to work in the funeral industry, where she found her niche in creating custom memorial designs in their monument sales office.
Moving to Moose Jaw in 2008, she explored several diverse careers where she was able to use her education in developing graphics, campaigns, media relations, promotional and fundraising materials for local non-profit organizations. In the fall of 2016, she accepted a position at the WDM Moose Jaw as the Education and Public Programs Coordinator, and in April 2023, she transitioned into her current role as Programs Manager for the WDM organization.
When she’s not in the office, she enjoys traveling, camping, photography and exploring the back roads with her family. Karla volunteers with the Moose Jaw Humane Society’s new building committee, and has enjoyed her work as a judge for Heritage Saskatchewan’s Virtual Heritage Fair for the last few years.
Karla is a strong believer in the Museum’s vision of “a Saskatchewan where everyone belong and histories matter”, and works hard to help make the WDM a welcoming place for all.