MacDonald has worked on several fronts over the years to promote public
education about Ontario archaeology, archaeology in general, and the
awareness of cultural resources and heritage preservation.
a teacher, she has written curricula for high school and elementary
school students, stressing archaeological methods and theory as well as
ethical issues and the stewardship of Ontario archaeological heritage.
In addition, she has developed supporting workshops for teachers.
MacDonald's students, working with licensed archaeologists, have
excavated and contributed to publications about local sites, sharing
this work with the general public via displays. Her teaching has
inspired many students to pursue further studies in archaeology and
MacDonald works to promote links between the archaeological and
educational communities. She has presented workshops for the Canadian
Archaeological Association and the Ontario History and Social Science
Teachers' Association. She has served on the Public Education committee
of the Society for American Archaeology and on the Public Education and
Outreach Committee of the CAA. She has presented papers to the CAA, the
SAA and the World Archaeological Congress.
The OAS is proud to honour Ms. Catherine MacDonald with the 2011 Peggi Armstrong Public Archaeology Award.