Biographies of our Bloggers

Sunny Kim 

Hi, my name is Sunny, and this summer, I am one of four monument conservators at Woodland Cemetery. I am a recent graduate of Western University, where I will be returning to in the fall to pursue Masters in History. For my undergrad, I completed an honours specialization in history, with a minor in political science, and certificate in German. I am thrilled about and grateful for the opportunity to work at Woodland, uncovering and reviving the history of largely forgotten individuals. The fact that it is so closely related to the Confederation of Canada and Canada 150 makes it even more exciting. I hope I can do justice to Woodland and the diverse history it has to offer! In my spare time, I like to read books while drinking tea, or watch/listen to musical theatres. I hope you enjoy following our works as much as we enjoy discovering them.


MacKenzie Brash

Hi, I’m MacKenzie. I am from Port McNicoll, ON but moved to London in order to complete at BA in History at Western. I am a recent graduate of my undergraduate program, and will be returning in the fall to begin my Masters in Public History! During my undergrad, I completed an Honours Specialization in History, and spent my third year studying abroad in Malta. This was an excellent experience and really spurred my obsession for Mediterranean history and an interest in Byzantine Archaeological sites. In my travels I was able to visit cemeteries and catacombs all over Europe, and some of the most beautiful included Greyfriar’s Kirk in Edinburgh and the Addolorata in Marsa, Malta. Further, I have been visiting cemeteries for most of my life, as my mother is very interested in genealogical studies and brought me from cemetery to cemetery and church to church for my entire childhood. My interests include travelling, watching movies and documentaries, reading, and of course, history. Though I do have a specific interest in the history of Southern Georgian Bay. It is extraordinary to be a part of Woodland Cemetery’s Canada 150 project as it allows me to expand on the research skills I learned at Western as well as learn how to properly conserve monuments. I hope you enjoy our blog and come visit us sometime during the summer!


Levi Hord

Hi, I’m Levi and this is my third summer working at Woodland in the Historian/Archivist position. In past years, I’ve organized our Victoria Day Disaster Memorial walking tour and our “They Are Not Here” WWI Soldiers walking tour. I’ve also produced six self-guided tour brochures and produced two mini documentaries for Woodland (one on Annie Pixley and one on Londoners in WWI) which can be found on the cemetery website. I am a third year undergraduate student at Western University in the School for Advanced Studies in the Arts and Humanities, and hope to forge a future career based around the public humanities. In my spare time I compete as a slam poet and enjoy reading through my never-ending bookshelf. I’m excited to continue the work of unearthing London’s lost history and sharing these local treasures with Londoners!


Piotr Dobrynski

Alyssa Szilagyi

Hi, I’m Alyssa! I am a recent graduate of Western University, and will be returning in the fall to begin my Masters in History! During my undergrad, I completed an Honours Specialization in History, with a Minor in Political Science and a Certificate in German. I also spent my third year studying at the University of Leeds in England, where I saw plenty of beautiful old English cemeteries – I even found one right on campus! My interests include hiking, watching documentaries, trivia, and of course, history! I am extremely excited and honoured to contribute my efforts to Woodland Cemetery’s Canada 150 project and to learn new historical research and conservation skills as well. I find the intricate artwork found on many of the monuments at Woodland fascinating and I want to work to restore the beauty of the stones and preserve the memory of those memorialised on them. I hope you enjoy reading about our work!