Volunteer Award Winner:
Staff Aides - 2005
Margaret Thomas is the Staff Aides Volunteer of the Year for 2005. She has been volunteering at the DIA for over ten years and has contributed much of her time and talents to support the museum. In the past, she has been a chairman for Staff Aides, first and second vice-chairman and chairman of Gallery Service, and a Volunteer Committee Enrichment chairman.
Currently, Margaret volunteers at the museum in many ways. She is the membership chairman for the Friends of the Detroit Film Theatre, promoting its auxiliary memberships, theatre seat sales, and coordinating membership events for the DFT. She writes “Margaret’s Musings,” a poetic column for the Gallery Service quarterly newsletter Art & Sole and is the editor for the Volunteer Committee Magazine. As a Staff Aide, she has been a long-time editor of the Staff Aides newsletter, The SAge, creates button designs, and keeps track of records and awards. She is a fabulous volunteer to work with!
This isn’t the first time Margaret has been recognized by fellow volunteers. She has been a recipient of the Luther Chaney Sunshine Award 2003 and a Volunteer to Volunteer Award recipient in 2000. She remarked, “I am so lucky to be recognized by these two awards because they came from the volunteers themselves. What a great group!” She is thankful for all the amazing people she has met as a volunteer at the DIA.
Margaret works on the Wayne State University campus in the Dean’s Office of Fine, Performing, and Communication Arts. Her husband is a WSU professor of theatre and teaches directing and script analysis. He directs at the Hilberry and Bonstelle theatres and takes 25 students to Moscow every summer to study at the Moscow Art Theatre. She hopes to join him this summer for a week or so.
After earning her B.A. in theatre, Margaret enjoyed acting and designing costumes for many years. Recently, she began working on her master’s degree in Media Arts and Studies. She plans to take a screenwriting class this semester and hopes to write a mystery that takes place in Detroit around the Cultural Center area. She has about 20 semester hours to go, plus a thesis.
Margaret Thomas has already co-written a book about Eastern Market with Lois Johnson, a former Gallery Service volunteer, and the two have recently signed a contract with Wayne State Press to update their book. She exclaimed, “We’re very excited and are aiming for a spring edition.” Margaret ended the interview with a quote from Thoreau: “One is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something.”
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