March 9, 2016

Dear Subscriber


Heritage BC Annual Conference Registration Goes Live March 14!

To celebrate the 35th year of the Heritage BC Annual conference we wanted to do something special. To celebrate this great milestone, we will be collaborating with Arts BC, two provincial organizations, one giant 2016 conference.

PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide will be a beautiful collision of arts and heritage speakers, workshops, tours, networking, and special events; all taking place at Performance Works and Revue Stage on Granville Island in Vancouver, May 5-7, 2016.

We are pleased to announce Dr Nancy Mackin as our keynote speaker! 

An architect canbecome, in some respects, an advocate for the community,” she says.“You can put things on paper or in a model or in a nice drawing that can become very compelling. Like adding a fitness area to a wellness centre or adding a culturally responsive playground to a daycare centre. Then the people who are supplying the funding for this say ‘You know, that might be a good idea.’”

At the northern most stretch of accessible coastline in BC, up past Terrace in the Nass River Valley, you’ll find multiple award-winning architect Dr. Nancy Mackin designing for the indigenous Nisga’a communities.  

Adopted by both the Nisga’a and Tsimshian (her Nisga’a name, Hiilagum Hlocks, translates to “Morning Sun”), Dr. Mackin has a PhD from University of British Columbia in Architecture, Landscape Architecture and First Nations Studies. She also holds a Masters of Advanced Studies in Architecture, UBC, and a BA (Music) from University of Western Ontario.

She practices her love of architecture and teaches in communities throughout northwestern Canada, with a focus on landscapes and building designs of indigenous peoples. 

» Book accommodation now for the best rates!

» PlaceMaking: Where Arts & Heritage Collide


It’s a Tree, it’s a Plane, it’s a Mountain - It’s a War Memorial! 

We have received such a great response for our War Monuments Mapping project so far! From memorial trees in Victoria to the Memorial Arena in Kelowna. But we know there are so many more out there to discover! Attend our Facebook event to join the conversation!

The project:

Over 700 World War memorials have been dedicated throughout BC, but not all are cenotaphs or plaques! Some of the commemoration is in the form of mountains, lakes, parks, rows of trees, streets and even aircrafts.

And don’t expect to find them in the customary places such as town squares and cemeteries - you’ll have to venture into the interior of small community churches, locate rural airports and ghost towns, stroll island beaches and hike through provincial parks to see them all. 

To submit photographs and locations of monuments and memorials you have three options:

1. Send information and the location along with a high resolution photo to getonthemap@heritagebc.ca
2. Post your photos on the Heritage BC Facebook event
3. Use the online form on the Heritage BC Website: www.heritagebc.ca/war-memorials-in-bc

» Get on the map: War Monuments & Memorials Pinterest board

» Get on the map: War Monuments & Memorials Facebook photo album



 Awards Gala Photos and Video Now Online!

On Thursday February 18 we celebrated heritage conservation in B.C. at the Heritage BC 35th Anniversary Awards GalaThe event took place at The Imperial, a beautiful space on Vancouver's Main Street, which was a Chinese-language movie house in the 1970s.

We now have photographs and video from the evening up on the website. Go check out the photos of B.C.'s heritage finest in their glad rags... and if you didn't attend (and why not?!) find out what you missed!

» 2016 Heritage BC Award Winners


Looking for Volunteers/ Partners in the Comox Valley Region!

We are looking for volunteers or an organisation to share our table at the BC Nature 2016 AGM and CVN 50th anniversary at the Filberg Centre, Courtenay, B.C., from May 12th-15th, 2016.

The Comox Valley Naturalist Society is expecting up to 250 attendees at the conference and we would love to display some of our items to spread awareness of our cause. 

We are looking for volunteers or an organization to partner with, to set-up and look after the display table for one or all of the days. If you are able to donate some of your time, please contact amusmary@heritagebc.ca


Vancouver School Board Accepting Proposals to Preserve General Gordon Schoolhouse in Kitsilano

The Vancouver Board of Education voted unanimously to retain the General Gordon Elementary Outbuilding, better known as “the little yellow schoolhouse” on the condition that it does not delay occupancy of the new school for September 2016 and that an interested party comes forward with a proposal to fund the restoration and future use of the building. The Board asked staff to issue an Expression of Interest by April 20, 2016 for proponents to submit proposals to retain and restore the yellow schoolhouse. Successful proponents would need to be responsible for all costs of planning, restoring and future maintenance of the building.

 » Vancouver School Board

Application Period for Herb Stovel Scholarship Fund Now Open

The Fund awards one or more Canadian students or young professionals (age 20-35) pursuing post-secondary or graduate studies in built heritage conservation, or working in the field of built heritage conservation. With assistance from the Fund, Herb Stovel Scholars will receive support to deepen their capacity in heritage conservation through special projects, experiential learning or conference attendance. Apply before May 27, 2016.

 » Herb Stovel Scholarship

CUVIC 2016: Reconciliation, Innovation and Transformation through Engagement

CUVIC 2016 is currently accepting proposals for conference sessions from anyone doing or researching innovative or transformative reconciliation work in five topic areas: child welfare, education, health, justice and language and culture. Submit your proposal by February 29, 2016.

 » CUVIC 2016

My Sweet Spot Contest

In celebration of Heritage Day, the National Trust for Canada invites you to participate in their My Sweet Spot contest. Whether it’s one of Canada’s National Historic Sites, a beloved childhood vacation place or the best country inn for a weekend getaway – show a photo of your favourite distinctive destination and you could win over $3,000 in great travel prizes! 

 » My Sweet Spot

Sawmills and Opera Houses: The Dr Sun Yat Sen Garden and the origins of Chinatown

There is a rich and complex layered history of significant cultural and historical activities on the site of the Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Garden and Park which are the origins of Vancouver’s Chinatown. A new exhibit, Sawmills and Opera Houses will explore the origins of Vancouver's Chinatown on this site through historic maps, texts and archival photographs. Planned to coincide with the celebration of the Garden’s 30th anniversary, the exhibit opens in the Hall of A Hundred Rivers in the Dr Sun Yat-Sen Chinese Classical Garden on April 2, 2016
The Garden is open in April 10:00 - 6:00Tuesday to Sunday. Admission $12.00

Volunteer & Visitor Experience Manager Posting

The Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea is looking for a Volunteer & Visitor Experience Manager for the Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre.

 » Volunteer & Visitor Experience Manager

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Photo credit: Vancouver Archives. Grand opening night at Lonsdale Theatre (1911). Ref: AM54-S4-: LP 362.



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