December 17, 2015

Dear Subscriber

2015 has been an outstanding year for Heritage BC. Together we have helped to conserve British Columbia's heritage through a number of educational programs including: Heritage BC webinars, the 2015 Heritage BC Annual Conference, on-site workshops, Chinese Historic Recognition Map, the Heritage Legacy Fund, the Stop of Interest location program, War Memorials Map, Heritage Week, the Charles Hill speaking tour and so much more.

None of it could have been achieved without our members and supporters. Thank You!

Despite all this excitement and progress, we have more to do. The coming year is set to be equally as jam-packed with the 2016 Heritage Week - 'Distinctive Destinations' taking place February 15-21. The Heritage BC Awards have moved and now will also take place during Heritage Week (nominations open until January 7!). We also are celebrating the important links between heritage and the arts with our joint conference with Arts BC. The conference PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide will take place May 5-7 on Granville Island and will be bigger and better than ever! As well as these annual events there will be a number of new and special programs, webinars and workshops helping to face the challenges in heritage conservation in 2016.

To help Heritage BC grow and improve, please ensure that you take a couple of minutes to complete our 2015/16 membership survey. Your feedback is so important.

» Heritage BC 2015/16 Membership Survey

Please enjoy some well deserved rest with family and friends during this holiday season, and let's get right back to it in 2016!

 » 2015 Heritage Legacy Fund

» Heritage BC Awards 2015

» Chinese Historic Places Map

» Heritage BC 2015 Annual Conference - The Main Thing

» Heritage Week 2016: Distinctive Destinations

» Heritage BC & Arts BC Conference 2016

» Heritage BC Awards 2016






Thank you to those who made a donation to Heritage BC these past weeks. 

If you have not yet made your charitable contribution, December 31, 2015 is the last day to have your gift matched dollar for dollar, up to $1,000 (cumulative) and get a charitable tax receipt for 2015.

There are three easy ways to make your tax-deductible donation to Heritage BC today:

Heritage BC Charitable Tax #125320382 RR0001

Your donations make a real difference in our ability to support heritage conservation province wide.

 If a community has no heart, it has no soul; and its heart should beat faster at the core. For here is the glory of the past, the symbol of stability, the structures that our fathers and their fathers erected, the visual reminder of another time that gives every small town a sense of continuity.

Pierre Berton, author and journalist

Thank you again for your generous support of Heritage BC in our work to foster thriving communities, across our province, through heritage conservation.

Give us your feedback! Take a couple of minutes to fill out our membership survey

» Heritage BC 2015/16 Membership Survey




ArtsBC and Heritage BC are inviting proposals for our collaborative 2016 Conference "PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide", taking place May 5-7, 2016 on Vancouver's Granville Island.

We are inviting proposals for workshops and presentations that explore the range of intersections between the arts and heritage. Conference themes include: Building Places for the Arts and Heritage; Contesting and Caring for Places; New Frontiers and Collisions; Organizational Capacity and Partnership Building. 

Proposals are sought for presentations in the format of traditional presentations (15-30 minutes); conference sessions or roundtables (90 minutes); workshops (90 minutes). Deadline for proposal submission is February 15, 2016.

For more information about conference themes and possible topics go to Heritage BC's website:

» Call for Proposals

Download and share the Call for Proposals:

» Call for Proposals pdf

Become a Heritage BC member with membership starting from only $15. Student, Individual, Group, Government and Corporate memberships are available. 

» Heritage BC Membership





Deadline Extended For

Heritage BC 2016 Awards

Our deadline for accepting nominations for our 2016 Heritage BC Awards has been extended. You now have until January 7, 2016 to apply. The 2016 Awards Gala will take place during Heritage Week in February.

Heritage BC's Annual Awards Program recognizes the outstanding and significant achievements in heritage conservation of individuals, organizations, groups, businesses, and governments in communities across B.C.

There are four categories for Heritage BC Awards: Heritage Conservation; Heritage Education and Awareness; Heritage Planning and Management; Ruby Nobbs Volunteer Award. Nominations for all categories can be submitted through Heritage BC's website. For more information and to submit an awards nomination:

» Heritage BC Awards Program

Find out more about Heritage Week 2016 and the theme of Distinctive Destinations

» Heritage Week 2016



Heritage and Cultural Tourism Webinar

To coincide with the 2016 Heritage Week theme of Distinctive Destinations: Experience Historic Places, Heritage BC will be offering a new webinar on Heritage and Cultural Tourism. This webinar will introduce the topic of heritage and cultural tourism, what is meant by heritage and cultural tourism, benefits of heritage and cultural tourism, and best practices for developing and delivering heritage and cultural tourism experiences. Using examples from British Columbia, this webinar will introduce case studies and several valuable resources. The webinar is offered at the following dates and times:

Wednesday January 13, 2016 at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm

Tuesday February 16, 2016 at 10:00 am and 7:00 pm

» Webinar Registration

Give us your feedback! Take a couple of minutes to fill out our membership survey

» Heritage BC 2015/16 Membership Survey



Get on the Map: War Monuments and Memorials in B.C.

Heritage BC is excited to announce a new mapping project, Get on the Map: War Monuments and Memorials in British Columbia. Across Canada there are over 6,000 monuments and memorials dedicated to Canada's war dead as the First and Second World Wars touched nearly every community in Canada, big or small. Heritage BC is seeking the public's help to collect information about all the World War monuments and memorials in communities across British Columbia.

This information will be used to create an interactive online map that will serve as a valuable educational resource about Canada's war effort and the effects on local communities. It will also provide opportunities for local communities to share their stories, heritage, and history.

Submit photographs and information regarding the War Monuments and Memorials near you using the online form before 5pm on March 1, 2016.

This project is funded in part through the Department of Canadian Heritage's World War Commemorations Community Fund, Young Canada Works and generous in-kind support from Split Mango Web Designs (who supported the Vancouver Heritage Foundations' Heritage Register map).

» Get on the Map - Submissions


» Get on the Map: War Monuments and Memorials in B.C. media release

» Get on the Map: War Monuments and Memorials in B.C. English poster pdf

» Get on the Map: War Monuments and Memorials in B.C. French poster pdf


Help Heritage BC Locate and Assess B.C.'s Stop of Interest Signs

Deadline Extended to Monday January 4, 2016!

We have received so many great entries for our Stops of Interest sign photo competition! You can still be in it to win it though with the competition closing on January 4, 2016!

» Stops of Interest Photo Album

There are a number of ways you can take part. Share your photographs on Twitter or Instagram by following @HeritageBCanada or Heritage BC on Facebook and using #bcstopsofinterest and note the location of the stop.

For those less social media inclined, you can also submit your entries on the Heritage BC website by taking a photograph of the sign, a note of its location and filling out the online form using the link below before the deadline of January 4, 2016

Prizes include: One free conference registration for our May 2016 Conference in Vancouver - Arts BC & Heritage BC, four different games from Electronic Arts, two free webinars of your choice (more prizes coming available soon - watch our website for details).

» Stops of Interest Competition

This is a fun way to get people out and exploring local areas and heritage sites, plus there are prizes to be won, so spread the word!

Spread the word about the competition by downloading our promotional poster:

 » Stops of Interest Photo Competition Poster for Print

 » Stops of Interest Media Release


City of Vancouver approves measures to protect unique character of Chinatown

Vancouver council has moved to preserve Chinatown’s heritage for present and future generations.

 » The Georgia Straight Article


The National Trust Canada have launched a new blog called Regeneration. Sign up to receive notifications of new posts using the link below.

» Regeneration

Get a Grant with Vancouver Heritage Foundation

Get financial help for the repair and maintenance of heritage exteriors! Application deadline Feb 1st, 2016!

 » Vancouver Heritage Foundation Grants

2016 Courses from the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria

In the spring of 2016 the Cultural Resource Management Program at the University of Victoria is offering two new, 6-day, professional development courses.

Condition Assessment, Recording and Measured Survey; March 14-19, Victoria BC 
 » Find out more

Cultural Landscapes; May 9- 14, 2016; Victoria BC
» Find out more



We want to hear about our members heritage news and events!

Send your links and a brief description to Anisa Musmary.

 » Email Anisa Musmary


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