Professional historian Rebekah Mitchell is a Veteran spouse, mom to three children, and a lifelong learner. She understands the sacrifices of military family members as her grandfather-in-law, aunt, uncle, brother and husband have all devoted years of service to the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF). Following her husband’s medical release from the CAF, she has publicly discussed transitional challenges Veterans and their families face after service. She has also highlighted the importance of breaking down the stigma around mental health for the military and Veteran community and psychoeducation, which has transferred into her museum and archival work.
She is a graduate of Bishop’s University (Honours History) and the Master of Arts (Public History) program at The University of Western Ontario. She is Curator at the York Region District School Board Museum & Archives and serves as a guest lecturer at Fleming College in the Museum Management & Curatorship program and the Cultural Heritage Conservation & Management program. In addition to volunteering with Wounded Warriors Canada, the Highway of Heroes Clean-Up, her church community and other local charities, she has served the Veteran community as a member of the Veterans Ombud Advisory Council since 2019. She is also on the Together We Stand Military Family Advisory Committee and is a Legion member and fellow supporter within her local Operational Stress Injury Social Support (OSISS) chapter. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her family, and has a love-hate relationship with her road bike.