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Educator Appreciation Night

Thursday, March 26th, 2009

Open House 3:30pm-6:00pm

The Port Moody Station Museum invites all educators to a night of appreciation. School teachers, ESL teachers, pre school teachers, home schooling parents and educators from all fields are welcome. Guests can learn about our new education programs for all ages and explore our new displays. Programs are designed to provide a fun outing for students as well as compliment the Social Studies and Art curriculum objectives for Kindergarten to Grade 10 and provide community heritage appreciation for adult ESL students.

Complimentary Refreshments and Prize Draws.

For more information please contact Rebecca Clarke – Programs Coordinator

604.939.1648 or pmmuseum@telus.net

New Program Coordinator – from the Station Telegram

New Program Coordinator

Rebecca Clarke is a Florida native who came to Vancouver in 1998 to complete a Masters degree in Educational Studies at UBC. In addition to a background in education research, Rebecca has worked with youth in pre-school and tutoring settings. She began her career as Educational Director at the Oxford Learning Centre, Richmond where she spent four years designing and delivering academic programs for children. She then worked at the Vancouver Museum as Programs Coordinator developing and delivering programs for all ages. She ahs also been a board member of the Westcoast Child Care Resource centre.

Major funding from Heritage Canada and the BC Arts Council along with support from the Port Moody Foundation, Westminster Savings and the City of Port Moody has enabled us to hire Rebecca Clarke as Education Program Coordintor until the summer of 2009. Rebecca will develop policy and pilot programs increasing our services in education.

Excerpt from the “Station Telegram” Winter 2008 Edition.

The “Station Telegram” is the newsletter of the Port Moody Station Museum and is available at the museum or mailed to Port Moody Heritage Society Members.

Education Project Underway – from the Station Telegram

Education Project Underway

The Museum is implementing a 10 month project to further develop educational programming. In the past couple of years, Board of Education policies for class field trips have changed creating some challenges for both the teachers and ourselves.

In order to meet these challenges, the project includes the development of an Education Policy to match and deliver our programs to meet course guidelines. This will include developing new educational products including ‘Discovery Boxes’ or ‘Heritage Kits’ to go to the classroom when the class can’t come to the Museum. A complementary idea is ‘Memory Boxes’ to take to community centres or senior care facilities. The results will be the development and implementation of a pilot project of educational programs for both children and adults.

The framework of the project links our substantial heritage resources to the needs of teachers in meeting specific course curriculum requirement thus attracting school classes to tour our facility more than once. The programs will also be directed to adults and families in the line of workshops and seminars with a heritage theme.

The project continues our efforts to build links into the community. Meeting the needs of our community and garnering community support for the Museum is very important. Therefore as always, we look for community and volunteer support, so if you have any ideas or suggestions, or if you would like to be more involved and participate in this creative project, please let us know.

We appreciate generous government funding for the project from Heritage Canada’s Museum Assistance Program and the BC Art Council’s Museum Projects. Additional community support comes from the Port Moody Foundation and Wesminster Savings Credit Union. This will help us hire a project coordinator, who will, over 10 months, develop program resources and position us to deliver the program in the future.

Excerpt from the “Station Telegram” Fall 2008 Edition.

The “Station Telegram” is the newsletter of the Port Moody Station Museum and is available at the museum or mailed to Port Moody Heritage Society Members.

President's Corner – from the Station Telegram

President’s Corner

Wayne Beggs

I would like to take opportunity to thank Dianna Brown for her leadership through last year. She has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Museum and her efforts are greatly appreciated. She continues in the Past-President position and is the Chair of our Display Committee.

Each year, the Museum plays an important role in building knowledge and appreciation of the history of the area. We do this work in the community, but we also introduce our student employees to museum work. Many of our student alumni go on to pursue careers related to their summer work at the Museum. As our dedicated student employees return to school, I would like to thank, Mark Perry, Sarah Billy, Nicole Gibson, Candice Holt, Darcy Crum, and Nick Czapiewski for their enthusiastic efforts this summer.

(image to left of 2008 Summer Students and Museum Curator)

Clearly, as an organization, the Port Moody Heritage Society lies at a crossroads. The plans for the Murray Clarke Connector will impact access to the Museum. Our Board and staff will be working closely with City staff and with Translink staff to ensure that our concerns are noted and addressed. At the same time, the City of Port Moody will be convening a discussion about the establishment of an Arts Precinct within the City. As an organization, we hope to actively participate in shaping this exciting possibility.

Our efforts to develop a base of members and volunteers are continuing. As the City grows, the Port Moody Heritage Society will be looking ot reach out to our new citizens, to offer quality volunteer opportunities. To ensure that we are attracting and retaining volunteers, Museum staff will be working to create a full Volunteer Program. If we have Society members with expertise in volunteer management and programming, I urge you to come forward to lend us a hand.

(image to right of Mr. Frank Tree – last Station Master in Port Moody)

Finally, I would like to acknowledge the efforts of our volunteers on the Education and Display Committees. These tow committees have worked hard to advance their committee mandates over the summer. The Education Committee, working closely with our Manager/Curator, Jim Miller has accessed funding to hire an Educational Coordinator and will be working to put educational programming into place over the next few months. I would also like to acknowledge the work of our Display Committee, which has investigated our significant collection and has established a draft plan for Museum exhibits that will take us to the middle of 2010. Both of these committees have advanced us towards the goal of becoming one of the best small museums in the Lower Mainland.

Thanks to you, our membership, for your ongoing support of the Port Moody Heritage Society. Please feel free to provide me with feedback about how we are doing. Call the Museum and we can set-up a time to talk.

Thanks.

Excerpt from the “Station Telegram” Fall 2008 Edition.

The “Station Telegram” is the newsletter of the Port Moody Station Museum and is available at the museum or mailed to Port Moody Heritage Society Members.

Job Posting at The Port Moody Station Museum

2008 Job Posting at the Museum

Port Moody Museum Job Description

Port Moody Station Museum seeking an: Education Project Coordinator

Working with the Education Committee, utilize and evaluate available resources of various program materials and assessment criteria to develop, market and pilot educational programs.

For information about this employment opportunity, please follow this link: Education Project Coordinator