May 18, 2016

Dear Subscriber


Message From the Heritage BC Board 

During the 2016 joint conference with Arts BC, "PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide", Heritage BC held its Annual General Meeting and elected a new Board whose members selected a new Chair, Gord Macdonald of Macdonald & Lawrence Timber, who had been Vice-Chair since 2014. Mr. Macdonald replaces Helen Cain, Heritage Planner with the City of Richmond, who became Chair in 2015. Ms. Cain has stepped down to fill the vacancy of Past-Chair following the early departure of Janice Henry, Executive Director of the Central Okanagan Heritage Society, who is retiring to Florida. Ms. Cain, who has been a Board member since 2011, congratulated Mr. Macdonald and together they are working closely on succession and provide leadership for Heritage BC. Mr. Macdonald welcomed re-elected member, Kendall Jessiman of Iredale Architects Group and four new members:  Katherine Carlson, Curator, Railway and Forestry Museum, Prince George; Matthew Francis, Executive Director, Chilliwack Museum and Archives; Jennifer Iredale, retired Director of the BC Heritage Branch; and social historian Patricia Elizabeth Malcolmson.

"As Helen Cain takes up her new role as Past Chair of Heritage BC, and hands over to me as I begin my two-year term as Chair, I'd like to take a moment to express my thanks. Helen has worked tirelessly to consolidate the organization and to bring it fully up to speed in terms of governance, policy and procedures. This has included updating many of our legacy documents (policies, procedures and the like) as well as refreshing our Strategic Plan and revitalizing our committees. I can't overstate how hard Helen has worked to put our house in order, or exaggerate that number of hours that this has required of her. Truly a force to be reckoned with! As I take up my new role, I'm extremely grateful to the work that has been done before me, and I feel honoured to follow in such capable footsteps. I look forward to enjoying these next few years, and continuing to benefit from Helen's wisdom." - Gord Macdonald, Board Chair

Our thanks and warm wishes go out to Past Chair Janice Henry who leaves the board of Heritage BC after three and a half years of service. We are grateful to Janice for her leadership of the board during her time as Chair, for her contributions as Past Chair, and for the energy and diligence that she brought to multiple committees. 

 Photo credit: District of West Vancouver


Register Now for Upcoming Heritage BC Webinars!

Heritage BC Webinars can be accessed from anywhere in the world and one registration allows multiple staff members at your office to take part from the same location. Members of the Planning Institute of BC (PIBC) can receive 1.0 CPL Lus (Continuous Professional Learning Units) for each webinar.

“Grant Writing” Hosted by Robyn Ludwig
Friday, May 27th at 12:00 pm, noon


“Writing Statements of Significance” Hosted by Elana Zysblat
Friday, June 3rd at 12:00 pm, noon


“How to use the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada Hosted by Shirin Shad
Friday, June 10th at 2:30 pm

Detailed webinar descriptions can be found using the link below.

» Register now


Heritage Legacy Fund 2016 Applications Now Open! 

The Heritage Legacy Fund is now open (as of Monday, May 16, 2016), and all applications are due on Thursday, June 30th, 2016. Prospective applicants should contact Heritage BC to confirm the eligibility of the applicant and proposed project, and to receive online application log-in credentials. Even without credentials, applicants can get a jump start on their applications by completing a HLF Pre-application Worksheet 2016, which can be found on the Heritage Legacy Fund page.

» Heritage Legacy Fund

All applicants must confirm their eligibility at least one week before the application deadline, by Thursday, June 23rd, 2016, but confirming eligibility well in advance of that date is strongly encouraged.


Heritage Capacity & Economic Impact Surveys

This year, Heritage BC is conducting the Building Capacity in Heritage Conservation 2015 and Economic Impact of Heritage Conservation 2014/2015 Surveys on behalf of the Heritage Branch of the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resources.
The Building Capacity in Heritage Conservation Survey is an annual survey administered to local governments and regional districts across the province. Information from this survey helps the Heritage Branch to assess heritage conservation capacity, and supplies information to support Branch policy planning. Survey responses will also enable Heritage BC to tailor its capacity-building programs to the needs of communities and enhance heritage conservation support programs such as the Heritage Legacy Fund.
Grant-providing organizations in British Columbia participate in the Economic Impact of Heritage Conservation Survey. This survey assesses the economic and social impacts of heritage-related activities, and ask questions related to notable examples of heritage-related conservation or promotion. Survey results will help to demonstrate the importance of heritage-related activities to the public, government and other stakeholder groups, and to encourage expanded heritage conservation granting activities and programs.  
If you have been invited to participate, but have not provided your input yet, please do so as soon as possible. Contact Amy Calder, Heritage BC's Capacity Planner, at acalder@heritagebc.ca, to receive another survey link.
We thank you for your input and assistance.


PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide: Let Us Know What You Thought!

Did you attend PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide? What did you enjoy? What do you think we could do better next year? 

Give us your valued input by filling out our 2016 Annual Conference evaluation survey. It will only take five minutes of your time and your feedback will help us make our 2017 conference better than ever!

 » PlaceMaking: Where Arts and Heritage Collide Evaluation Survey


Job Opening: Heritage Planner

Heritage Branch is looking for a new Heritage Planner, with responsibilities including policy development and planning for the conservation of BC’s historic places. 
» Heritage Planner

The Eclectic Heritage Home Tour 2016

Ross Bay Villa presents a Sunday afternoon self-guided tour featuring 9 iconic homes selected from 150 years of domestic architecture, in and around Victoria BC. From Noon to 5:00 pm on Sunday May 29, 2016

» Eclectic Heritage Home Tour Tickets

Canada 150 Provincial Forum Resources

On Friday April 22, 2016, the BC Museums Association and Royal Roads University, in partnership, ran a day-long provincial forum for museums, heritage, arts and culture in British Columbia to discuss the marking of Canada’s sesquicentennial in 2017. Use the below link to download resources from the day.

» Canada 150 Forum

Local Government Awareness Week

May 15-21, 2016 marks Local Government Awareness Week in British Columbia.

» Local Government Awareness Week

Asian Heritage Month

May is Asian Heritage Month, a time to acknowledge the long and rich history of Asian Canadians and their contributions to Canada. Canadians are invited to take part in the events that honour the legacy of Canadians of Asian heritage and their contributions that have helped to make the nation we know today.

» Asian Heritage Month

Herb Stovel Scholarship

The Herb Stovel 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. Deadline May 27.

» Herb Stovel Scholarship

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



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