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A volunteer showing a couple a lady's boot from the 19th century.Museums conjure up many images, mostly involving displays of objects. But the real lifeblood of a museum is not only in the things it collects. The lifeblood of a museum is the people who immerse their time and talents in the work of the museum.

At the Western Development Museum, along with a handful of dedicated staff, museum work is accomplished by thousands of extra hands. The hands belong to over 1,000 volunteers who generously support Saskatchewan heritage every day, every year.

Thank-you to all of our volunteers for all of the time and talent they dedicate in helping make us a living and vibrant Museum!


Why Volunteer?

Volunteering has many benefits to the community – and many benefits to the person doing the volunteering!


Man stands beside hand cranked wheat grinder

“It’s a family thing. We have a good time. That’s what it’s for, to have fun!”
Greig Pearce
WDM Yorkton Volunteer

Man with big smile sits, arms crossed, in front of a steam traction engine and bright red truck

“I came along with [a friend] to see what he was working on and decided to keep coming.”
Bill Raynor
WDM North Battleford Volunteer

“It is a good feeling to be involved in an important aspect of sharing this country’s past and being in contact with the people who come to experience history.”
Mark & Evelyn Michener
WDM Moose Jaw Volunteers

Three men stand beside restored Chevy car

“Each project has provided the opportunity to learn… I have especially enjoyed researching the various artifacts and seeing projects come to life.”
Dennis Stanley
WDM Corporate Office Volunteer


Four photos of blacksmiths

“I am glad visitors can ask questions to blacksmiths. It’s nice explaining things about the Museum and the Blacksmith Shop.”
Blacksmith Volunteers
WDM Saskatoon



Blacksmith hammers a piece of metal on the anvil
How to Volunteer

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“Everyone has a role to play at the Museum and that the knowledge our volunteers have is irreplaceable.” – WDM Volunteer Stan Mills, 2023

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