Heritage Afloat SS Sicamous Heritage Week February 17-23 2014
Dorothy: A Living Legend Sets Sail Again
Who Will Pay for Heritage? By Briony Penn
Webinars Workshops & Training
WINTER 2014 DOROTHY LIVING LEGEND SETS SAIL AGAIN 4 HERITAGE IN 3D 6 WET PLATE COLLODION 7 WHO WILL PAY FOR HERITAGE? 8 HERITAGE BC AWARDS 9 LIGHTHOUSE UPDATE 11
Executive Director Message I am firmly ensconced in my new role as the executive director of Heritage BC. After three months of exploration and learning, I am ready to take a running start into the New Year. Although 2014 will still be a year of transition for Heritage BC, I expect it will set the tone for how we complete our strategic plan and become a resource hub for the heritage community of British Columbia. We still have a way to go before being financially self-sufficient, but the groundwork is being laid with budding new partnerships and opportunities. Heritage BC Priorities for 2014: • Building our membership and offering expanded resources • A new and improved conference in late September
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• Our first ever webinar: Dynamic Downtowns with Maria Stanborough on March 6, 2014 (see page 12)
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• The relaunch of our granting program – we hope to be open for submissions in this spring with grants disbursed in the fall of 2014
Heritage BC is a not for profit, charitable
organization supporting heritage conservation across British Columbia through advocacy, training and skills development, capacity building in heritage planning and funding through the Heritage Legacy Endowment Fund. We are passionate about building links between heritage conservation and tourism, economic and environmental sustainability, community pride and an appreciation of our common history. Programs include workshops, annual conferences, publications and grants for the conservation of historic buildings and special places. We are funded through membership fees, program and service revenues, charitable gifts and donations as well as sponsorships. Today we have a growing membership of individuals, groups and business members who share a common interest in heritage conservation, historic places, and promoting the value of British Columbia’s heritage for all.
604.428.7243 1.855.349.7243 www.heritagebc.ca
KATHRYN MOLLOY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
Update of our website with more online networking resources: - member profile pages - interactive message boards to support individual and group knowledge sharing - online library for photos and videos to share best practices and projects - advertising options for heritage related products and services
• Training and skills development for heritage professionals, heritage societies and commissions, local and senior government, trades and heritage property owners • Improving our financial security by diversifying our revenues including business sponsorships, more advertising, building relationships with other grantors to fund some of our programs, increasing individual donations and building the Heritage Legacy Fund endowment so we can continue to support our members with education, networking opportunities and grants This is my first time coordinating the Heritage BC Quarterly and it has been great to get so many submissions from our members. I look forward to hearing more of your stories. 2014 will be a year of developing fresh relationships, enhancing current ones, building our membership, improving member services and working towards financial independence. Please contact me with your ideas, your thoughts and your concerns. Kathryn Molloy Executive Director Email: email@example.com
Heritage Afloat Heritage Week February 17-23 2014
The SS Sicamous Paddle Wheeler The SS Sicamous is a beautifully restored heritage paddle wheeler (aka sternwheeler) built in 1914. Once upon a time it graced the waters of Okanagan Lake as a vital link for news, passengers and cargo to valley communities. Sicamous was one of three luxury-class passenger liners operated by CPR, the main carrier on the lake. It departed from Penticton at 5:30am, arriving in Vernon mid afternoon, and returning by 8pm. Tickets cost between 25 cents to $2 depending on the destination. Many passengers boarded the Sicamous as a short holiday to experience the first class service and the luxury of hot water, electricity and fine fittings of mahogany, teak and brass. For 75 cents they could enjoy a three course meal on monogrammed silverware and china, and for 50 cents they could have a private hot bath heated by the steam boiler. With its passenger and freight connections via the CPR, the Sicamous formed part of the national transportation network. As a freight vessel, it was altered to carry fewer passengers and more cargo – to the right you can see a rail car pulled up on tracks at the dock. The 1935 archival photo, with Captain Joseph Weeks and his crew, was taken during The Great Depression. In 1936, the ship was retired from service completely. The SS Sicamous, along with the steam tug Naramata, now rests on the waterfront in Penticton with cabins and exhibits ready for you to explore. Operated by the SS Sicamous Restoration Society, this iconic vessel celebrates its Centennial in 2014 and is an example of the importance of our waterways, lakes, rivers and ocean coastline to British Columbia’s history.
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Learn more about SS Sicamous Restoration Society: » www.sssicamous.ca Find the Statement of Significance and more here: » www.historicplaces.ca Poster Photo Illustration by Shirley L. Anderson Archive image Sicamous Heritage Museum PMA5285
The Dorothy: A Living Legend to Sail Again
The care of a classic wooden boat can be a delicate, uncertain thing. The fact that Dorothy has survived not only intact, but as a fast and sea-kindly little yacht for more than a century is owed in equal parts to her luck, her beauty and her solid Pacific Northwest timbers. At 117 years old, the 30 foot fantail cutter Dorothy is considered Canada’s oldest still-functioning sailboat. This lovely classic yacht is currently undergoing a full restoration commissioned by the Maritime Museum of BC, to prepare her for a new life this fall as a “living artifact” of maritime history. Dorothy is also the subject of a film, Between Wood and Water, documenting her restoration at the hands of Gabriolan boatbuilder and marine artist Tony Grove, and her life sailing the Pacific Northwest. Built in 1897 in Victoria by J.J. Robinson for W. H. Langley, an avid sailor and clerk of the legislature, Dorothy attracted admiration and drama from the start. Her European design and gorgeous 6 foot fantail were taken from plans by England’s Linton Hope, a goldwinning Olympic sailor. Langley wanted a fast yacht to race his contemporaries in the newly-established Victoria Yacht Club, and he got it in Dorothy’s efficient lines, racing her to many first place wins. The comprehensive documentation on Dorothy includes transatlantic letters between Hope and Langley that detail her construction. Included are gentlemanly disagreements on her sail plan, Langley’s meticulous lists of races won, and annual maintenance and sailing logs, making this a fascinating record of early 20th century coastal Victoria. Langley was reputedly heartbroken after the Great War when he returned to find his Dorothy sadly neglected, but he continued to sail her as a pleasure yacht for almost 40 years. 4
The care of a classic wooden boat can be a delicate, uncertain thing. Over the next four decades, Dorothy changed hands ten more times. Those who fell in love with her did their best to keep the pretty little boat alive. Vandals set fire to her in 1955, destroying her cabin and engine. She was neglected, then rescued, neglected again, then painstakingly restored until she shone as “Oldest Vessel” at Expo 86. In 1995, just shy of her 100th birthday, Dorothy was donated to the Maritime Museum of BC. Opting to keep the historic boat active rather than relegating her to a static display, the institution found keeping her afloat as great a challenge as her former owners. After almost a decade in storage, her future uncertain, a determined group of volunteers pulled Dorothy to the light in 2011, entrusting her restoration to shipwright Tony Grove. Once she is seaworthy again, Dorothy will be used in keeping with the museum’s mandate “to engage – particularly the young – in our history,” said John West, chair of the committee charged with her care. “A society that doesn’t know where it came from doesn’t know where it’s going. Dorothy is probably the clearest example we have on this coast on where we come from.” Two of Dorothy’s former owners, David Baker (1984-1991) and Angus Matthews (1973-84) are assisting the Museum with
a long-term maintenance and fundraising strategy for “their” Dorothy. “We must cherish icons of our shared heritage,” said Matthews. “Dorothy represents classic artistry, harmony with the environment, simplicity, beauty and handmade craftsmanship. She has a special place in enriching the awareness and education of kids.” “As a classic BC heritage vessel,” Matthews continued, “Dorothy is the only remaining example of a nautical era, from not only the last century, but from before. She will soon sail again and it is up to each of us to help make that happen.” For more information on Dorothy’s future, visit the Maritime Museum of BC:
» www.mmbc.bc.ca For more about restoration and the documentary:
» www.tonygrove.com » www.dorothysails.com PHOTOS From Left: LogBooks (MMBC) DOROTHY AT SAIL EARLY 1900 (MMBC) DOROTHY IN TONy’s Yard 2012 (T. GROVE) TONY GROVE WORKING ON DOROTHY 2012 (T. ELLIOT)
Tobi Elliot is THE documentary filmmaker who made ‘Between Wood and Water’ about Dorothy. Tobi lives on Gabriola Island.
Recording Heritage in 3D CyArk is an organization that was formed to digitally preserve and share the world’s cultural heritage. In 2009, CyArk completed the three-dimensional (3D) laser scanning of the royal tombs of Kasubi in Uganda. The scans turned out to be the equivalent of a fortuitous computer backup, when the tombs were destroyed by arson in 2010. Those 3D scans are now being used to reconstruct the tombs. Closer to home, companies like Vancouver’s Kickstart Technologies, are using the same technology to make a difference to heritage here. The applications extend from conservation to education. 3D Laser scanning, sometimes called ‘reality capture’, can capture a single historical artifact, a building or an entire street scene. A recent heritage application project on Vancouver’s west side, benefitted directly from 3D laser scanning technology. Project architect James Wu of TKL Architect, brought Kickstart Technologies in early to deal with the measurements and data collection necessary to create an accurate Revit 3D model, and develop the elevations and site drawings necessary to complete his work. “From the colour 3D scans I was able to pick up house and property details that would normally be very difficult to collect, like roof slopes and heights. I was blown away by the level of detail and accuracy,” says Wu. “To capture the house exterior, we took multiple full colour scans from different locations around the house and property,” said Gary Ponting general manager of Kickstart Technologies. “We then tie the scans together through our post processing applications and build a single complete, dimensionally accurate, 3D representation of the project. This point cloud data can be used to create extremely accurate 2D and 3D drawings and models.” ‘REALITY CAPTURE’ KICKSTART TECHNOLIGIES Laser scanned this totem pole in Stanley Park TO create an accurate 3D permanent historical record in a non-invasive manner
Scanning can also be used to assess damage and erosion to existing structures by comparing a current 3D scan to a previous one. This allows conservationists to plan for maintenance and refurbishment more accurately. Laser scanning will contribute significantly to the way in which we record the historic environment. Never before has the heritage world been able to record to this level of detail in such a timely and cost effective manner. GARy PONTING, KICKSTART TECHNOLOGIES
SCANNING S E R V I C E S
Kickstart Technologies can quickly capture highly accurate and detailed as-built conditions of historical structures and buildings with our High Definition 3D laser scanner. Our scanner collects a 360-degree point cloud data set that Kickstart can use to create accurate 2D/3D drawings and models used in building restoration or historic preservation plans. 3D HD Scan Data of 1922 Seaforth School at Burnaby Village
3D HD Laser Scanning / 3D Modelling / CAD Drafting / Blueprint to CAD
Wet Plate Collodion With all the perceived advantages of the modern digital age, why would anyone bother with the mess and trouble of a photographic process that has been “obsolete” for almost 130 years? Over the past decade, wet plate collodion photography has been making a significant come back in to the worlds of fine art and commercial image making. Invented by Frederic Scott Archer in 1851, the process almost entirely replaced the first practical photographic process, the daguerreotype, but by the 1880’s it in turn had largely been replaced by the relative convenience of gelatin dry plates. What the wet plate collodion process lacks for in convenience, it more then makes up for with its unique aesthetic and contemporary appeal to both photographers and patrons seeking an antidote to the constant flow of disposable digital imagery. All steps in the process, from the mixing of raw and potentially volatile chemistry, to the coating and development of the plate, demand superior technical and mechanical knowledge and skill from the photographer. Popularly known as tintypes, if made on blackened metal (usually aluminum), they can also be made on glass to create either a negative (on clear glass) or on blackened glass to make a luminous, positive image called an ambrotype. In all cases the plate material must be coated with collodion, a mixture of guncotton, ether and grain alcohol, sensitized, exposed and developed within about a fifteen-minute window while the plate is still wet. This necessitates the use of a portable darkroom for fieldwork away from the studio. Sensitive only to blue and ultraviolet-light (orthochromatic), and with an ISO value of less then 1, (exposures tend to be relatively long, generally from one to twelve seconds) the wet plate process yields a distinctive rendering of tone and a unique look due to the long exposure times. Renowned for its exquisite and virtually unmatched levels of detail, the distinctive look, and handmade qualities, many photographers are being drawn back to this historic process. “Our focus is on what we call ‘Modern Analogue’, a practice of working in a contemporary visual language, but with a deep appreciation for the qualities and characteristics of this historic photographic process,” says Luz Studio’s Diana Millar. “We aren’t trying to recreate historic images,” adds Quinton Gordon. We want to use the beauty of the collodion process to make new portraits and landscapes that will stand the test of time both technically and aesthetically.”
THESE TWO CONTEMPORARY WET PLATE COLLODION IMAGES BY QUINTON GORDON DEMONSTRATE THE DISTINCTIVE LOOK OF THIS HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHIC PROCESS. ABOVE: BEACONHILL PARK BELOW: FRANK D’AMbosio, architect
QUINTON GORDON & DIANA MILLER OFFER Workshops, Portrait sessions, STUDIO USE AND PRINTING SERVICES At LUZ STUDIOS, VICTORIA BC.
Who will pay for Heritage? Everyone wants to see heritage properties protected, but no one wants the responsibility. The Land Conservancy of BC went to court last month, as part of the restructuring process, to clarify our legal position on whether we could sell heritage sites, provided that the heritage values are protected. TLC is arguing that they were unable to manage their heritage properties through philanthropy alone and that selling into the private sector is at least ensuring that someone will pay for their upkeep. One question before the judge is: Can a charity be held to maintaining a heritage site without the resources to do it? The Land Conservancy is smarting from past attempts to do just that, where others knew better than to tread. And now Britain is moving into the same risky experiment on this front. The British government recently announced they are offloading the nation’s heritage sites. Stonehenge, Dover Castle, Charles Darwin’s home and 420 other places that adorn the postcards will no longer be managed by a Governmentfunded agency. Rather, with a pat on the head and $80 million endowment, it has given that enviable task to a newly-created charity which “will have more freedom to generate commercial and philanthropic income and eventually become self-financing.” Can heritage self-finance? The Land Conservancy of BC can attest to a number of problems and the main one is the math doesn’t add up.
ROSS BAY VILLA IN VICTORIA PHOTO: RICK GOODACRE
“Everyone wants to see heritage properties protected, but no one wants the responsibility.”
The interest on $80 million dollars at three percent only generates $2.4 million dollars a year. That amounts to about $5,500 per property for annual maintenance. That will cover one month’s work for one person with a small budget. Thankfully, TLC has never owned a castle, but five thousand dollars will not even maintain Darwin’s lawn where his earthworms roamed, let alone the rest of his house, the leaking roof, the ant control services, the heating bill, the heritage consultants’ fees or the girl selling the tickets. Even with a hoard of volunteers clipping the hedges and shining the brass, there is a need at least for a full-time person to manage the volunteers and send out the thank you notes. No, the new charity will have to raise money—lots of it. In today’s bleak philanthropic landscape that is more than a challenge. Try raising money for a leaking roof or an endowment for an old house when issues like poverty, climate change, endangered species, affordable housing, responsible journalism and more have been off-loaded into the non-profit sector. Relying on “heritage philanthropy” is a risky business.
Heritag Another problem is this new English charity will also be in competition with an existing charity, the National Trust of England and Wales, which emerged—like TLC did—when government agencies capped the number of sites they would protect. (Heritage continues to be created despite caps.) The UK National Trust relied on huge memberships coupled with tourism to fund new sites and management while retaining the public interest. But they are already stretching the extent of “heritage philanthropy.” And what appetite is there for funding sites that people assume are looked after by the state? From Britain with its Stonehenges to BC with its more modest, contemporary Abkhazi Gardens, Ross Bay Villas and Binning Houses, enough people have to care to give at a scale necessary for their long term maintenance—the voter, the donor or the owner or a combination of all three. The significance of the recent UK decision is that this has occurred with sites that are internationally known, has 63 million people to draw on for membership and where heritage sites underpin a $17.2 billion tourism industry. Canadian cultural heritage (not top of the destination hotspots) has no chance in this current political climate for reviving support. The federal and provincial government both got out of the business decades ago and did what Britain did: set up self-financing charities with a pat on the head and a paltry endowment for existing properties. Heritage Canada (Canada’s National Trust) just moved straight into a covenant-and-sell model. Heritage covenants
are agreements between the charity and landowner to meet a certain level of protection and they flow with land title. It provides flexibility for both owner and covenant holder, including the option of limited public access, but so far they are only available in Ontario. (Conservation covenants exist for ecological protection across Canada and TLC has been using this tool for years). Nathalie Bull, ED of Heritage Canada illustrates the value of a covenant-and-sell example with their heritage headquarters in Ottawa. “We bought it as business move, and sold it for similar reasons. Selling it was the very best solution all around: the building is now protected with a covenant, it is now in the hands of an owner with deep pockets, and the covenant requires them to open the building to the public on a limited basis.” New Zealand also adopted the same model after failing to emulate the UK National Trust, not having the membership base. They transformed their two national trusts (natural and cultural) into covenant-monitoring organizations like Heritage Canada and the interest on government endowments at least covered the costs of the annual monitoring of the covenant. Janice Henry of Heritage BC points to the rare BC success story of the Mackie House in Vernon where the donor left a million dollar endowment to cover maintenance of the buildings and grounds. Revenues are supplemented by bookings for private functions and is also open to the public at certain times, meeting the donor’s wishes for public accessibility. Privatised ‘repurposing’ is where most roads lead in the heritage world today. City of Victoria has been doing it for years. The Hudson’s Bay, Craigdarroch Castle, Saint Anne’s and Royal Roads are prime examples. As Bull argues, “Heritage advocates definitely need to think outside the box and pretty much forget the traditional house museum as the “go-to” solution. Covenants, new ownership models and commercial partnerships are essential tools in our new tool box.” But this is where the question of government versus private responsibility raises its interesting head. Can you or should you sell Stonehenge? Should Darwin’s house be privatized except for a few public open houses? What about Binning House or Ross Bay Villa?
Enter a naïve The Land Conservancy of BC 16 years ago who adopted the UK National Trust model of bringing membership and tourism dollars to keep the doors open to the public. Cultural heritage was always a secondary focus for TLC, but one that increased as government dropped the ball. TLC’s primary focus was ecological properties, but what kept TLC on rocky path of heritage was the assumption that memberships and tourism dollars would flow where the people flock—heritage sites in the cities. It was a risky experiment from the start, pointed out by Richard Goodacre, a heritage specialist. But it was a wellmeaning one. Every one of the heritage properties that TLC saved or accepted had a compelling story that made it worthy of preservation. When people left properties to us with no endowments, or they came to us asking us to save them it was difficult to refuse, and we believed the money and members to look after them would follow. They didn’t. Part of the problem was that none of them were Stonehenge or Darwin’s House. Even if they had been, it is doubtful that the kind of money needed to maintain them while keeping noble aims like public access would ever have materialized. Which begs the question: Will English heritage sites survive without big entrance fees, advertising plastered over the stones, or being privatized? TLC is now where New Zealand found itself years ago: in debt and needing to find good homes for their heritage properties as it has proved impossible to finance their maintenance through memberships and tourism. We have to eliminate our debt and build an endowment to ensure the 250 covenants we currently hold will be monitored and defended. If we survive, TLC will return to its primary mandate of conserving natural areas and monitoring our existing conservation covenants. Land donations will have to come with endowments or they will be refused. Conservation covenants will continue to be placed on properties, which can then to transferred or sold to local government or appropriate agencies, like we have done with many other properties, including the Sooke Hills. This is the plan we put before the judge last month and was granted under a restructuring process.
What’s left out of the plan is something that we cannot do—own and provide public access to heritage sites whether it is Abkhazi Gardens, Ross Bay Villa or Binning House—that will be the challenge for others. There are key missing elements in BC for protecting heritage: enabling legislation for heritage covenants, sizeable endowments and/ or government support so it begs the question who will take on that challenge? All eyes interested in heritage should be watching the judge’s decision. Like Britain and New Zealand, society will need to decide where the line between public and private responsibility are drawn.
Court Blocks Binning House Sale Update: On January 22, 2014 BC Supreme Court Justice, Shelley Fitzpatrick, stopped the sale of the Binning house. Her decision was based on evidence that the property was transferred to TLC to be preserved for future generations. TLC can still look for a buyer willing take on this work, but the conservancy cannot sell the property to deal with its other financial and operational concerns. For more information: » blog.conservancy.bc.ca
BRIONY PENN IS A CO-FOUNDER AND A CURRENT VICE-CHAIR OF THE LAND CONSERVANCY OF BC. THIS ARTICLE WAS PUBLISHED IN FOCUS JANUARY 2014
Heritage BC Awards Recognizing Achievement It is time to start thinking about Heritage BC awards 2014. We offer awards for Heritage Conservation, Advocacy, Awareness and Planning, as well as the Ruby Nobbs Award for exemplary volunteer commitment by an individual. We look for a wide variety of projects in all regions of BC that will honour achievement by individuals, non profit organizations, government and business. Projects that demonstrate dedication to the principles of heritage conservation, technical skills, creative solutions, investment, political will and personal commitment are given priority. Heritage BC depends on nominations to recognize deserving recipients. If you know an individual, organization or project that deserves to be honoured and recognized, please consider submitting a nomination.
Heritage BC Awards Recipients 2013 Advocacy, Awareness & Planning
AWARD OF HONOUR:
Conservation of the B.C. Permanent Building Eric Cohen, Owner; Ted Murray Architect Inc.; Donald Luxton and Associates
“Test of Time: the Enduring Legacy of Victoria City Hall” Victoria Civic Heritage Trust; Donald Luxton, Donald Luxton and Associates; Lis Bailly, Portfolio Art Services “Time Travel Sunshine Coast” Sunshine Coast Museum and Archives; Bruce Devereux, Good Samaritan Christenson Village AWARD OF HONOUR: The Hallmark Society: Forty Years of Advocacy
2014 Nominations Deadline March 31, 2014 Find all the details and online nomination form www.heritagebc.ca/awards
“Echoes Across Seymour” Janet Pavlik, Eileen Smith & Desmond Smith “Esquimalt Centennial 1912 – 2012” Sherri K. Robinson and the Esquimalt Centennial Committee
Heritage Conservation OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT: Heritage Renovation Daycare Project Japanese Language School & Japanese Hall, Vancouver Conservation of the Hollow Tree Stanley Park Hollow Tree Conservation Society; Cascade Engineering Group Inc.; Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd. The MV Saravan Restoration Project The Ladysmith Maritime Society Restoration of the Brilliant Bridge, Castlegar Regional District of Central Kootenay; Concreate Ltd.; McGinn Engineering and Preservation
Conservation of the Dixon Farmstead The Langley Heritage Society Rehabilitation of the Nanaimo Railway Station The Island Corridor Foundation; Tectonica Management Inc.; Young Professionals of Nanaimo Restoration of H. D. Riggs House, Kelowna Dave and Donara Krysko, Owners; Davara Holdings Ltd.; TEAM Construction CERTIFICATE OF RECOGNITION 97 & 50 Water Street, Vancouver Bensen Inc.; CMM Industries; McGinn Engineering and Preservation Rehabilitation of Napier Residence Extraordinary League Contracting W.J. Mathers Estate ‘Altnadene’ City of Burnaby; McGinn Engineering and Preservation; Cedar Crest Lands (BC) Ltd. Restoration of the Dunne Barn Friends of Historic Hat Creek Ranch Society Restoration of the Duncan & Margaret McGregor Estate ‘Glen-Lyon’ Amacon; Ron Allen Architect Inc.; Birmingham & Wood Architects Rehabilitation of Ridgeway School, Robert Lemon, Architecture; North Vancouver School District; DA Architects + Planners
Ruby Nobbs Award
Lorainne McLarty, Kelowna
Heritage Lighthouse Update Lighthouses may be critical in coastal navigation and look gorgeous in pictures and postcards, but heritage lighthouses are an integral part of Canada’s identity, culture and heritage. That is the view of Parks Canada. Parks Canada implemented the Heritage Lighthouse Protection Act to provide an opportunity for Canadians to participate in the conservation and protection of heritage lighthouses. Currently, across the country, 11 lighthouses have been designated and other designations will follow in the months ahead. Heritage BC, along with BC Heritage Branch of the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, supported the first phase of this initiative through communication to their respective province-wide networks. These efforts increased the total number of BC sites nominated, from an intitial three to 41 between May 2010 and May 2012. Four lighthouses have been designated to date: • Estevan Point lighthouse • Active Pass lighthouse on Mayne Island • East Point lighthouse on Saturna Island • Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Site of Canada The Active Pass, East Point and Fisgard lighthouses are administered by Parks Canada. In BC, 31 lighthouses are not considered surplus to need, and will remain in federal jurisdiction for the foreseeable future. Of the still undesignated surplus sites, the following have designation potential: • Race Rocks adjacent to Pearson College of the Pacific • Discovery Island east of Oak Bay • Sisters Islet near Powell River • Ballenas Island off Nanaimo • Amphitrite in the District of Ucluelet Parties wishing to aquire, or be responsible for sites, must develop a business plan approved by DFO before the site will be considered for designation. Time is limited for processing these requests, so act quickly. For a complete list of nominations and designations, or to learn more about the implementation of the Act, explore:
» www.parkscanada.gc.ca/lighthouses Read a recent Victoria News article about Active Pass and Estevan Point lighthouses:
Heritage BC is Hiring! Are you a hard working, fun-filled, creative and independent person looking for a professional career in heritage conservation in British Columbia? Heritage BC is building a team of passionate employees who will help build the links between heritage conservation and tourism, economic and environmental sustainability, community pride and an appreciation of our common history.
Capacity Building Planner (Full Time 35 hours/week, Permanent Position)
A new position for Heritage BC, the role of Capacity Building Planner will primarily provide heritage planning services to municipalities, develop training and skills development programs, and manage our granting process.
Office Administrator (Part Time 30 hours/week, Permanent Position)
This position provides administrative services to ensure effective and efficient operations of Heritage BC, as well as the granting process of Heritage Legacy Funds. Our offices are moving soon to Metro Vancouver where these positions will be based. Find out more: » www.heritagebc.ca
Building Conservation Specialists www.macdonaldandlawrence.ca
repairs • condition assessment • non destructive testing • structural analysis • roped access • repair specification • survey
Using Heritage to Build Strong Dynamic Downtowns Join us for a one hour webinar to explore best practices in heritage conservation for downtown revitalization. Communities are seeing their downtowns become less vibrant as big box stores set up outside of the community centre. The webinar material is based on a thorough analysis of downtown heritage conservation projects throughout BC, and is meant to provide a framework for all communities that are considering heritage as part of downtown revitalization.
Learn about: • Steps for successful heritage conservation and downtown revitalization • British Columbia heritage legislation • Other planning tools including zoning and design guidelines • Best practices of case studies from throughout BC • Economic impact analysis of heritage conservation projects
A one hour webinar to explore best practices in heritage conservation for downtown revitalization FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2014 10:30 AM
Presenter Maria Stanborough is an urban planner with expertise in heritage, economic analysis, and sustainable development. She was the project manager for the Dynamic Downtowns Workbook: Using Heritage to Build Strong, Vibrant Downtowns, and has presented the workbook material at a number of conferences and workshops throughout BC. She is currently a senior policy analyst with the Union of BC Municipalities.
MARIA STANBOROUGH One registration allows all staff members at one location to participate in the webinar. Access to the archived recording is included. $35 Heritage BC members / $50 non-members Register online through ‘Events’: » www.heritagebc.ca The webinar has been created in partnership with Heritage BC, c+s planning group, and the BC Heritage Branch of the Ministry of Forest, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Province of BC.
PEOPLE IN THE NEWS BC Museums Association Announces New Executive Director The BC Museums Association announced the appointment of Theresa Mackay to the position of Executive Director. Ms. Mackay, a prominent leader in the fields of marketing and culture and a former director with the Royal BC Museum, succeeds interim Executive Director, John Grimes.
THERESA MACKAY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR BCMA
Ms. Mackay has worked across Canada and internationally for such companies as the Royal BC Museum, Harbourfront Centre and HSBC, and through these roles has worked in partnership with such organizations as The Jewish Museum (NYC), the New York City Ballet, the British Museum and Roy Thomson Hall in Toronto. She is an Associate Faculty member at Royal Roads University, a certified Communications and Advertising Accredited Professional, holds a BA from Simon Fraser University and is completing her Master of Letters in Scottish history with the University of the Highlands and Islands, Scotland. Heritage BC looks forward to working with Theresa and we have already begun discussions about collaborative projects.
President’s Message 2014 is off to a roaring start. Our first board meeting of the year, held in Kelowna, confirmed our annual priorities and set the stage for this next year of transition.
JANICE HENRY PRESIDENT
The Kelowna meeting involved a Friday night Meet and Greet with Central Okanagan Heritage Society, as well as a number of heritage non-profits from the area. Over 25 people from across the region filled the hall at Benvoulin Heritage Church to share their successes and challenges in heritage conservation. It was a great way for the Heritage BC board to continue to understand the needs of our members and be inspired by the grassroots work in our communities.
Things continue to evolve at Heritage BC. Using our Strategic Plan and Business Case as our road-map, we are developing ways to bring our members the services and support you need. As a member service organization, we need contributions from every member to forward a successful agenda of community heritage conservation. To be part of that success I invite you to: • Ensure your membership is up to date • Make a donation to aid our strategic goal of financial self sufficiency • Sign up for Heritage BC Update, our email newsletter. If you haven’t liked us yet on Facebook, that is another easy way to receive regular updates. • Plan to attend our Annual Conference. We are working with the Surrey Heritage Society to co-host the 2014 conference in late September to create a conference that will bring our diverse membership together • Participate in member surveys. We will be inviting you to answer questions about what kinds of services your community requires to forward the heritage agenda • Advertise in the Heritage BC Quarterly. With a loyal and growing circulation of 2000, this unique full colour magazine is read cover to cover • Host a Heritage BC board meeting. To reach more communities, the Heritage BC board wants to spread out the quarterly board meetings across the province. To find out more about hosting a meeting, send an email to our Executive Director, Kathryn Molloy Thank you for your continued support of Heritage BC. I look forward to the coming year and meeting many of you at a conference or community meeting. For membership renewals, donations and more, please visit us online:
Board Members Janice Henry President Kelowna, BC
Helen Cain, Vice President Victoria, BC Bjorn Simonsen Secretary/Treasurer Victoria, BC Eric Pattison Past President New Westminster, BC Helen Edwards Heritage Canada Governor Victoria, BC Ranjit Gill Director Prince George, BC Zlatan Jankovic, Director Vancouver, BC Perry Hale Director Nelson, BC
Heritage Education & Training Opportunities Heritage BC Workshops Heritage BC will bring the expertise to you with these new interactive community workshops. Need something specific that is not listed here such as a presentation on heritage incentives, revitalization agreements, or establishing conservation areas? Heritage BC will work with you to develop educational workshops to meet your community’s goals. Fee will be dependent on work-shop content and length. To discuss options, get more information or book a workshop, call our office at 604.428.7243.
Introduction to Heritage (Two hours)
This workshop is for communities new to heritage conservation or those that want to incorporate new legislative tools or values-based management into already existing heritage programs. This is a great workshop for heritage society members, planners, elected officials, community heritage commissions, heritage property owners, the business and tourism community and the general public. The workshop can be tailored to reflect your community’s needs, goals and capacity. We’ll talk about the benefits of heritage conservation (social, environmental, economic) and help you identify your heritage values to guide decision making. We can include an environmental sustainability component if your community has integrated sustainability into your Official Community Plan. Participants will gain an understanding of values centred heritage conservation, including benefits, challenges, opportunities and possible next steps for their community. NO heritage background necessary. Fee: $500 plus travel and accommodation when required (non member $600)
Identifying Heritage Values (FULL DAY)
Are there places in your community that have special meaning but may not conform to conventional ideas of what ‘heritage’ may be? This workshop is for communities that want to understand the big picture of their own heritage values to inform their
Official Community Plan or to develop their Community Heritage Register (whether new or existing).
Other Opportunities in Heritage Education and Training
This is a great opportunity to engage a variety of ages and backgrounds in community heritage planning. The workshop is aimed at local governments and a diverse crosssection of the community, including business and tourism sector, educators, heritage and recreation advocates, and First Nations representation.
College of New Caledonia
Participants will be encouraged to think beyond the heritage label and consider places that are special to them for social and community reasons. Residents of your community may be some of the best ‘experts’ you have. This workshop is an opportunity for all participants to express their ideas about special places. Fee: $1100 plus travel & accommodation when required (non member $1200)
Writing Statements of Significance (FULL DAY)
This hands-on workshop helps participants develop a Statements of Significance (SOS), part of the necessary documentation for identified sites on a Community Heritage Register. Participants will get tools to update their Community Heritage Register to meet the documentation standards of both the BC Register of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places. The SOS is an essential part of historic place record documentation and should function as a planning tool to inform decision-making in the heritage conservation process. It provides guidance to property owners, architects, developers and others who are making an intervention to an historic place. By identifying key elements of an historic place, the SOS becomes a critical link between heritage values and conservation actions. Participants will gain an understanding of what an SOS is, how it can be used and what elements to include in a well-written document. We will offer guidance on how to research and develop a draft SOS. The workshop is aimed at local governments and heritage advocates with an existing understanding of values-based management and heritage conservation concepts Fee: $1100 plus travel & accommodation when required (non member $1200)
The College of New Caledonia in Prince George offers a Heritage Building Conservation Certificate. This accredited program, offered through Continuing Education, focuses on wood structures. The program includes 22 weeks of theory and hands-on work experience. It is competency based and will incorporate online eLearning, classroom instruction, and field experience. Fee: $5,896 Full-time or part-time. Quesnel Continuing Education 1.250.991. 7500.
Athabasca University Athabasca University offers The University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management (HRM). This is a comprehensive program of study designed for people who want a broad perspective on heritage resources management, who wish to pursue careers, with heritage resources practice, who are working or volunteering in the field or those who wish to improve their skills in heritage practice. 1.800.788.9041, Ext 6955 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
University of Victoria University of Victoria offers Studies in Building Conservation: Materials A primary goal of this on campus course is to understand the fundamentals of heritage building materials. Improve your understanding of typical building material properties, such as wood and stone. Learn to identify various historic building materials and their properties, understand the nature and diagnose the extent of decay in various building materials, determine an appropriate material conservation plan, understand material conservation techniques, assess conservation needs and develop a range of conservation options in the contexts of both preservation and renewal. Mon, March 24 – Sat, Mar. 29 / 9am–4pm Code: HA489D (1.5 units) / ON CAMPUS Fee: CAD $705.36 + GST Registration Deadline: Feb. 14, 2014 Late registrations accepted if space permits
Vancouver Heritage Foundation VHF offers ‘Brown Bag Lunch and Learns’, evening lectures and a variety of other workshops and talks. www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/ learn-with-us/
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