2009-2010 Executive

As of the recent AGM here is the current Executive and Board of Directors for the Port Moody Heritage Society:

  • President Wayne Beggs
  • Vice President Darrell Penner
  • Treasurer Irene Reid
  • Secretary Al Davies
  • Past President Dianna Brown
  • Director Mary Anne Cooper
  • Director Curtis Fullerton
  • Director Pamela Hagen
  • Director Ann Hulbert
  • Director Dexada Jorgensen
  • Director Amanda Maplethorp
  • Director Bruce Schroeder
  • Director Andy Wickey
  • Honorary Al Sholund
  • In memorium Weldon Haley
  • Manager/Curator Jim Millar
  • Programs and Events Coordinator Rebecca Clarke
  • Bookkeeper Deb Naso

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.

Museum Aims High – Seeks Leaders

MUSEUM AIMS HIGH – SEEKS LEADERS

Port Moody, BC, May 14, 2008 – “We are not a sleepy little museum in a corner of a bedroom suburb.” So says Dianna Brown, President of the Port Moody Heritage Society, the group that oversees the Port Moody Station Museum. Brown has big plans for the Museum and is looking to build the base of community leaders that can help make it happen. On Thursday, May 22nd from 7:30pm to 8:30pm, the Museum will host an information session for those interested in becoming a board member. The evening will include a quick review of the Museum’s plans, a short tour of the Museum’s significant collection and an outline of some of the Museum’s opportunities.

“There are literally thousands of new families moving to Port Moody. We want to give these people an understanding of the community in which they live” says Brown .

The Museum’s ambitious plans include a series of displays over several years that will show various parts of Port Moody’s history. The Museum will draw on its collection of over 10,000 artifacts to make these exhibitions happen. The Museum also plans to shift its events calendar to focus on the Museum collection. “We want to host events to open our exhibitions and displays” noted Brown. “We are very proud of our collection and we want to be out in the forefront of small Museums in Metro Vancouver, showing our collection. We aim to be the best small museum in Metro Vancouver.” Big plans for a small facility. Not too big, says Brown. “The key to meeting our new goals will be harnessing the energies of additional board members. This is why we’re hosting a leadership opportunities night.”

Who might be interested in attending such an event? Jim Millar, the Museum’s Manager Curator notes that it could be anyone. “From students looking to add skills to their resume, to seasoned retirees who want to give back to their community. We are really looking forward to expanding our volunteer team.” Volunteer applications will be available at the session.

The Port Moody Station Museum (http://vcn.bc.ca/pmmuseum) is located at 2734 Murray Street in Port Moody, next to Rocky Point Park.

To learn more about this volunteer opportunity,

Contact:

Wayne Beggs
Chair Board Development Committee
604-949-1030
wbeggs at telus.net

President's Corner

From the Winter 2007 Edition

President’s Corner
Dot Harinen

As the end of another year draws near we reflect on the passing of 2007 and upon our accomplishments for the year. The beginning of 2007 saw the demolition of the Freight Shed display area. Careful thought went into the planning of the new display cabinets and the laying of a new floor. This work was undertaken by local artisans using recycled woods giving us a new Large Exhibit Hall where artifacts not previously seen, due to lack of space, can be displayed.

Our summer students spent their time constructively working and developing our Education Program, accessioning artifacts and scanning pictures and newspapers in our collection. They also pitched in with the July 1st Military Day Event, general clean up in and around the Museum, lead tour groups and many other day to day chores. Thank you, you have made a large dent in what still needs to be done.

To celebrate the Festive Season various events are planned including our ever popular Christmas Teas taking place in the Venosta. Drop into the Museum, take a break from your hectic schedule and enjoy what we have to offer. …see details outlined in this newsletter.

As we jump forward to the New Year I would like to stress our need for volunteers. The success of our events is dependent upon our volunteers. When you are making your “New Years Resolutions” please consider promising to become a Museum volunteer. We need and appreciate all the help we can get. Without volunteers our events will not happen.

On behalf of the Board of Trustees and staff of the Pt Moody Heritage Society I send out wishes to you and yours for a Festive Season and best of health and good wishes in 2008 and I look forward to seeing you in 2008.

Excerpt from the “Station Telegram” Winter 2007 – Holiday Edition

President's Corner


President’s Corner

Dot Harinen – President, Port Moody Heritage Society

Wow… Life at the Museum is very hectic at the moment with many things happening at once… hireing and training of five new summer staff members to work on various ongoing projects throughout the Museum: assisting in the planning of events, leading tours of the Museum for school students and groups, Fathers’ Day and the upcoming Canada Day Celebration in honour of Veterans.

Volunteers and staff worked long and hard in a race against time to complete final touches to the newly renovated Freight Shed, now the “Large Exhibit Room”, in time for our June 10th A.G.M. New flooring and display cabinets, from recycled wood, have turned this area into an attractive inviting space for new displays, events, and activities. Here new displays based on specific themes will be featured. The planning of a schedule for future displays is in progress.

On the business side of Museum operations, a committee has been struck to undertake the revamping and updating of our existing Strategic and Marketing Plans. These new guidelines will be the tools to provide which direction we need to funnel energies for the best use of our existing resources.

Let’s shed our Canadian modesty and step out and promote ourselves loud an clear. “We are something very special!” Let the world know we are great and worth supporting. Remember these words when you are speaking to your friends about us… every little plug counts.

In closing “Thank you” to my fellow board members, museum staff, volunteers, members, and of course our many visitors. You are all very welcome to enjoy what we have to offer – hopefully you will come back again.

Excerpt from the “Station Telegram” Summer 2007 – Canada Day Edition