Born in Equatorial Guinea and raised in Spain, Silvia is now a proud Canadian. Before coming to Canada Silvia lived in six different countries in Europe: Spain, England, Finland, Denmark, Belgium and Ireland. To this experience, Silvia says “I took from each country the cultural aspects I liked the best and applied them to my personal life. My life experiences in these countries have helped shape who I am today” Silvia holds a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration with a major in Human Resources from Camosun College and a postgraduate diploma in Intercultural Education from the University of Victoria. Silvia is an entrepreneur, she is the founder and manager of two businesses, Kulea Love and Kulea Culture. Silvia’s passions among many others are women’s issues, her two businesses, and fitness and wellness.
Robert G. Allan is a third-generation naval architect who with his predecessors have practised naval architecture continuously in BC since 1919. That business, incorporated as Robert Allan Ltd. in 1961, is the oldest in its field in Canada. He is a Registered Professional Engineer in BC, and a Fellow of both SNAME and RINA. Mr. Allan has authored numerous papers and several textbook chapters on the subject of tugboat and workboat design. He has received numerous major peer awards for this work. He is a long-term Trustee of the Vancouver Maritime Museum, and a member of the SS Master Society.
Dr. Angela Clarke is the Museum Director and Curator of Il Museo at the Italian Cultural Centre in Vancouver. She holds a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of British Columbia specializing in Italian women, religion and decorative art. Recent publications include a book on Italian Renaissance marriage plates, entitled Ideal Brides: Deruta maiolica and marriage c.1500 to 1550. Since 2015 Dr. Clarke’s research has focused on generational differences in the Italian community and shifting cultural interests and needs. This has led to exhibitions exploring generational attitudes towards family, spirituality and gender such as Family Lines: Lesbian Family Heraldry, An Achievement of Arms and the immigration-themed European Union Project Performagrations.
Britney Dack is the Heritage Planner at the City of New Westminster. In this capacity, she administers the City’s Heritage Conservation Area, Historic Districts, Heritage Revitalization Agreement program, and a variety of protected properties. She has a Master’s degree in Community and Regional Planning from UBC and an Honours degree in Public Policy from Carleton University. Britney has been working in the heritage sector for eight years between museums, historic sites, education, and community planning, though currently specializes in development policy and long-range planning. Britney is Past President of the BC Heritage Fairs Society, a Heritage BC award-winning program form youth engagement in local history, past Chair of the City of Richmond’s Community Heritage Commission, and a current board member with Heritage BC.
Lucas Hung is a member of the BC Heritage Fairs Society. He is currently embarking on the “Taking Reconcili-Action” project, where he had the opportunity to interview three elders of the W̱SÁNEĆ First Nations and is now creating teaching material to help educators bring traditional knowledge into their classrooms. From 2013-19, he served on the BCHFS Alumni Council, taking on a variety of responsibilities including leading fundraising initiatives, volunteering as a student leader at three provincial heritage fairs, and facilitating discussions on conference calls with fellow alumni. Lucas is extremely grateful and excited for the opportunity to participate in another Heritage BC Conference!
Anna Irwin holds a BA from the University of the Fraser Valley in History and French and a Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management from the University of Victoria. Anna began her career at the Matsqui-Sumas-Abbotsford (MSA) Museum Society (now Heritage Abbotsford Society), working several exhibition, collections and education-based contracts before obtaining a permanent position in museum education. Anna is now the Curator at the Chilliwack Museum and Archives.
John MacFarlane has been interpreting and preserving Canada’s natural and cultural heritage resources since 1969. After a brief career in the navy, he joined Parks Canada and stayed with them for twenty years. Afterwards, he was the Director and curator of the Maritime Museum of British Columbia in Victoria. He is the Curator of the website – The Nauticapedia – which shares a vast resource related to British Columbia’s nautical history – and has two extensive searchable databases of ships and people. He has written many articles and books on this theme.
Fran originates from Nova Scotia, graduated from the Business Administration and Management Program, Cape Breton University in 1972, earned the Project Management Professional (PMP®) certification in 2002, and then completed programs in Project Management Strategies and Negotiating Skills, Strategies, Tactics through George Washington University and the Sauder School of Business, UBC. Her work experience includes business administration, project management, contract management, communications management and information technology in both the private and public sector.
Fran moved to B.C. with her family in 1992; she joined the BC Black History Awareness Society in 2008 and has served on the Board of Directors since 2010. Fran manages the Society’s website which is an important medium for relating the stories of BC’s Black Pioneers and she is the project manager for a current initiative with the Virtual Museum of Canada.
Nav Nagra is a writer, facilitator, and friend. The Communications Manager and Diversity and Inclusion facilitator at Vantage Point, Nav has had the pleasure of working with many organizations to find their path to better inclusion and equitable practices. A certified coach through Essential Impact, Nav understands the importance of compassion, listening, and understanding and what it takes to find care for one’s self and others. Nav has also served on the board of the Vancouver Art Book Fair and on the Professional Development Committee of AFP Vancouver. Nav is also the current Publisher of Room Magazine.
Christina Reid is the Executive Director for Heritage Abbotsford Society. She holds a Master’s Degree in Archaeology and Heritage from Leicester University (UK), with a specialty in built heritage. After starting a career in interpretation and CRM in Sweden, Christina moved to British Columbia, where she has continued pursuing a career in heritage services. Her passion is training and mentoring emerging heritage professionals – helping them “find their passion” – as a way to not just support them, but a way to build a stronger foundation for heritage to thrive on in the future.
Adrian Sinclair was born in Winnipeg Manitoba in 1981. He is Northern-Scottish on his father’s side and Ukrainian Mennonite on his mother’s side. Adrian is co-founder and Director of Engagement at The Vancouver Mural Festival (VMF) and Visiting Faculty at SFU’s CityStudio. Adrian’s superpower is producing thoughtful public art via a mix of intersectional analysis and public engagement where he fosters a passion for dynamic, creative and inclusive cities. At VMF, he has been blessed to co-create public projects with organizations like the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Nation, SFU Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, Overdose Prevention Society, Indian Summer Festival, and Downtown Eastside Centre for the Arts. Adrian completed his MA in Philosophy at The University of Western Ontario.
Lorisa Williams was born in Chilliwack, BC, and has Indigenous and European family background. Experienced in not-for-profit work, Lorisa started at Heritage Abbotsford Society as a summer student in 2019, funded through Stó:lō Aboriginal Skills & Employment Training, and has been hired for the permanent-fulltime position as Collections Manager. Lorisa is a current student at the University of the Fraser Valley in the Bachelor of Arts program, completing a major in History and minor in Indigenous Studies. Lorisa is passionate about learning and promoting Indigenous history, which has created opportunities and partnerships in her role at Heritage Abbotsford Society.