Heritage BC Quarterly Fall 2014

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FALL 2014

Awards Special

Conference & Awards Gala Highlights

Heritage Tools & Evolving Relationships

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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.

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Our annual conference was a tremendous success with over 120 participants and a record 140 Awards Gala guests. With a creative, committed volunteer conference committee and expert speakers (also all volunteers), we succeeded in creating an educational and networking event that people are still talking about! Thank you to the many people who contributed time, energy and expertise to help ensure the 2014 Building Bridges Conference was such a wonderful event.

We have already started planning for our 2015 conference in Rossland. In late October, I had the pleasure of touring the Kootenays, where I met with Jackie Drysdale, Chair of the Rossland Heritage Commission and lead volunteer for our next conference. Jackie is planning a feast of exciting activities for heritage enthusiasts. Rossland has a unique cultural and built heritage that spans over a century, with buildings and landmarks that originate from early resource mining days. Set on an ancient volcanic valley deep in the Monashee Mountains, Rossland is an outdoor adventure mecca. Just minutes down the road is the City of Trail, and a little further along you’ll find historic Nelson. While making your plans for the conference next fall, be sure to add a few extra days to explore the beautiful surrounding areas. We’re looking forward to 2015 with a broadened base of supportive members and a clear path forward. With the goals of supporting heritage, helping to create local jobs through tourism, and other economic stimulation activities, we will: • Expand our programs to include multiethnic Canadians – with an understanding of how diverse history impacts heritage conservation in B.C. • Grow our membership and provide a network hub through our website and other online opportunities. • Increase skills and training programs with more webinars, group trainings and online expertise sharing. • Build the Heritage Legacy Fund to help meet demand. Since June 2005 there have been requests to support over $35 million in heritage property project costs. The endowment fund has supported $1.8 million of those costs. We look forward to working with all of you in the coming year and wish you the best of the holiday season. Kathryn Molloy, Executive Director, Heritage BC Email: kmolloy@heritagebc.ca

ON THE COVER: Queen Mary Elementary School, North Vancouver (2014 Heritage BC Heritage Conservation Outstanding Achievement Award)



2014 Conference Highlights On September 26 and 27, more than 120 people participated in Heritage BC’s Annual Conference at the Cloverdale Recreation Centre in Surrey. Participants came from over 25 communities across British Columbia, from Alert Bay to Esquimalt, and Rossland to Barkerville. The geographic diversity of participants was matched by the diversity of organizations and occupations. Architects, heritage commission members, representatives from heritage societies, museum professionals, heritage and municipal planners, archivists, heritage consultants, tourism organizations, university professors and administrators, BC Heritage Branch representatives, historical archaeologists, business improvement associations, heritage foundations, First Nations cultural organizations, and students presented and participated in conference workshops and events.

“Great workshops bringing attention to contemporary issues in heritage.”

The conference opened with a traditional welcome from the Semiahmoo First Nation and remarks from Tim Sheldan, Deputy Minister for British Columbia’s Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations. Associate Professor Maged Senbel, from UBC’s School of Community and Regional Planning, gave the keynote address.

Clockwise from top: Richard Linzey, BC Heritage Branch; Gord Macdonald, Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd; Heritage Market Place; Associate Professor Maged Senbel, UBC School of Community Planning; (GROUP left to right) Janice Henry, Chair, Heritage BC; Norman Lee, Executive Director, BC Heritage Branch; Kathryn Molloy, Executive Director, Heritage BC; Tim Sheldan, Deputy Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations; Jennifer Iredale, Director, BC Heritage Branch PHOTOGRAPHER: LORRI DAUNCEY

The Members Reports session featured presentations from architects, heritage societies, heritage sites, and heritage commissions, including Eric Pattison who talked about “Heritage Neighbourhood Revitalization: Maillardville, Coquitlam,” and Christine Kashuba who spoke about the Mackie Lake House Foundation. Following the Heritage BC Annual General Meeting, which took place over lunch, participants attended two sessions of workshops on Friday afternoon, selecting from topics such as “Heritage and Sustainability” and “How to Guide: Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places.”

“It’s been a wonderful opportunity to share experiences with others in the field.”


The 2014 Heritage BC Awards Gala was held at the Fraser Downs Racetrack and Casino, in Cloverdale on Friday, September 26. 144 people attended this special evening to acknowledge award winners in heritage conservation and awareness projects across the province. With a “night at the races” themed photo booth to capture special moments, and a live race teller on hand to place bets, this was a fantastic evening from starting post to finish line! Clockwise from top: Semiahmoo First Nation Traditional Fishing Village Exhibit; Christine Kashuba, Mackie Lake House Foundation at the Heritage Market Place; Ben Gourley, Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd; 2014 Heritage BC Photobooth Award Winning ladies; Berdine Jonker and Richard Linzey, BC Heritage Branch; Heritage BC Board of Directors and staff. PHOTOBOOTH CREDIT: JEFF MOLLOY

The rain held off on Saturday morning for two more sessions of workshops, including outdoor interactive presentations from Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing on the conservation of timber structures, historic mortars, masonry and plasters. On Saturday afternoon, conference participants had opportunities to learn more about the history and heritage of the Cloverdale area of Surrey through guided walking tours, visits to the B.C.Vintage Truck Museum, and the Surrey Museum’s new exhibit, “Every River Tells a Story.” The Heritage Marketplace was a new feature at this year’s conference. Exhibitors included conference sponsors Vancouver Maritime Museum and Nickel Bros, and other organizations such as the University of Victoria’s Cultural Resource Management program and BC Heritage Fairs. Thank you to everyone who helped to make our 2014 Annual Conference a stunning success! See you in the beautiful community of Rossland in October 2015 for our next conference.



Recognizing Achievement. Celebrating the Stories. Bringing Heritage Alive. The Heritage BC Awards Program recognizes achievement by individuals, associations, businesses, and governments in the field of heritage conservation and awareness. We celebrate the stories and images of award-winning conservation projects, advocacy and planning initiatives, interesting and relevant books, and the dedicated people who bring heritage alive in British Columbia.


Queen Mary Elementary School Franci Stratton, North Vancouver Board of Education The Honourable Mayor Darrell Mussatto, City of North Vancouver Mark Ehman, DA Architects + Planners Queen Mary Community Elementary School is reflective of the Edwardian Baroque style with an eclectic mix of classical references including Greek pediments, Baroque broken pediments, quoining and decorative windows. The heritage restoration and reconstruction of Queen Mary began in mid-2011 and was completed in early 2014. The strategy for the restoration involved seismically upgrading and modernizing the school while maintaining and restoring the heritage exterior. “We are very pleased to receive the Outstanding Achievement Award from Heritage BC. The North Vancouver School District and the Project Team worked very hard to sensitively restore this important heritage resource, while at the same time creating a safe, healthy school that supports current learning requirements. This award is a recognition of this success and the entire team’s hard work.” —Mark Ehman, DA Architects + Planners




Outstanding Achievement

St. Paul’s Indian Church Donna Oseen, St. Paul’s Indian Church Preservation Trust Dave Mathieson, Nu-Tech Roofing & Waterproofing Ltd John Polglase, Syncra Construction Corporation St. Paul’s Church is associated with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, a Roman Catholic missionary order that played an important role in the introduction of Catholicism to western Canada and the Lower Mainland of British Columbia. The original chapel, built in the mid-1860s on the north shore of Burrard Inlet, was replaced by a larger frame church with a projecting front steeple in 1884. The overall conservation framework for St. Paul’s Church was outlined in a comprehensive Conservation Plan developed in 2013, which established the relevant heritage values of the National Historic Site and how they would be preserved and conserved. The 2013 restoration to St. Paul’s has significantly contributed to ensuring longevity of the site while maintaining the heritage character and value of the historic building. “Receiving the Heritage Award for St. Paul’s Indian Church means a lot to me. I started as a Trustee of the Preservation Trust in 2011. I was the person who made things happen on the building project once the additional funds had been raised to begin the project. It was a very exciting project and to be able to work with Don Luxton and do everything to restore this heritage building means a lot to me ... sometimes I just drive by to admire it; it is a work of art.” “The Trustees of St. Paul’s Indian Church Preservation Trust and our wonderful contractors, John Polglase of Syncra Construction and Dave Mathieson and Steve Ryan of Nu-Tech Roofing Ltd had a really great time at the Heritage BC Awards Gala. It was very interesting to see the other award-winning sites. I certainly would attend again.” —Donna Oseen, St Paul’s Indian Church Preservation Trust PHOTO ABOVE: John PolgLase, Dave Mathieson, Helen Cain, Donna Oseen.



Rebirth of the York Theatre Gregory Henriquez, Henriquez Partners Architect Bruno Wall, Wall Financial Corporation Originally built in 1913 as the Alcazar Theatre, this East Vancouver building changed appearances and identities numerous times over its storied 100-year history. It hosted everything from live theatre, to Bollywood movie screenings, to punk and grunge rock concerts (performers included Nirvana, Sonic Youth, D.O.A. and the Dead Kennedys). Henriquez Partners Architects were hired to undertake the renovation of the York Theatre, and their revival of this historic building involved fully restoring the entry to match the 1940 art deco façade, completely renovating the theatre space so that it can again serve as a performance venue, and adding a modern two-storey glass lobby. PHOTO: Ed White Photographics


Harris Barn Conservation Gord Macdonald, Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd Scott Kemp, Architect Robin Zirnhelt, ISL Engineering and Land Services Ltd This project involved the careful study of the historic barn, the documentation and subsequent dismantling of its frame, and the specification of a program of repairs to the historic structure as a precursor to the design process. Throughout the project the design focused on the retention of the historic timber wherever possible; new material was only introduced to repair decayed or damaged timber and to facilitate a new floor level. All of the introduced timber for stairs, handrails and floors was reclaimed from a local shipyard. “It was very satisfying to play a part in the conservation of the Harris Barn, and to help save this lovely old building from demolition as a result of land development. Saving the object was important, as was the process that was used to raise the historic barn on its new foundations. The traditional hand-raising was made with over 400 volunteers from the local community, and used craft techniques that are also under threat of being lost. The grand occasion of a community barn raising was once a frequent occurrence around our province, bringing people together in common effort and celebration. It was a privilege to be welcomed into the community of Delta, and to help them rediscover the excitement of an old-school hand-raising!” —Gord Macdonald, Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd



Prefontaine Residence Eugene and Ilona Sawka, Owners Donald Luxton, Donald Luxton & Associates Inc Ryan Bahris, Extraordinary League Contracting The Prefontaine Residence in Vancouver, constructed in 1902, is an important example of an early residential building built at the advent of a period of intense growth throughout the entire Lower Mainland. For eleven decades, the Prefontaine Residence has stood as a reminder of the early history of the South Cambie neighbourhood, and is listed as a category “B” building on Vancouver’s Heritage Register. Donald Luxton & Associates prepared the Statement of Significance and Conservation Plan for the Prefontaine Residence in July 2012, which outlined the heritage value and character-defining elements of the historic house, and the proposed scope of work that would enable the full restoration of the property. On-site restoration work was undertaken by Ryan Bahris of Extraordinary League Contracting. “It means a lot to the company and me personally [to receive this award] as these projects are not straightforward and are often riddled with surprises. You need to know the current building code inside and out, and be able to tie that into 100-year-old windows, doors and balustrades. We work in a niche market that is very small in the residential sector so it feels great to be recognized for what we do.” —Ryan Bahris, Extraordinary League Contracting


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Merrick Hunter, Chercover Massie & Associates Ltd Donald Luxton, Donald Luxton & Associates Inc The McClary Manufacturing Company Building is a landmark warehouse structure in the heart of the Gastown National Historic District. This handsome building was designed in 1897 by architects Moore & Henry from London, Ontario. The conservation strategy was to preserve the existing historic building while undertaking a rehabilitation that provided structural and service upgrades to increase functionality for commercial and retail uses. The overall rehabilitation scheme was prepared by Chercover Massie & Associates Ltd, in association with heritage consultants Donald Luxton & Associates Inc.. 8

PHOTO: Suraj Gupta, HELEN CAIN, Merrick Hunter, Donald Luxton



Central Elementary School Central Okanagan School District no. 23 Kurtis Topping and Glade Schoenfield, Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd

PHOTO: Glade Schoenfield, Ken Kovacs, Kurtis Topping, Helen Cain, Douglas Watts.

Central Elementary School, built in 1913, is Kelowna’s most impressive school building. The building has significant heritage value for its high-quality beaux-arts architecture, and as a symbol of a progressive and stable public education system in Kelowna. Leading up to the schoolhouse’s centennial, Central Okanagan School District no. 23 undertook repairs to the building’s foundation. Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd. was engaged to design a preservation strategy for the original red brick walls and wood windows. The masonry and window preservation projects were designed to meet the City of Kelowna’s objective to preserve and protect heritage resources which are of historical significance to the City. “We feel a great deal of pride. Not just in the great work and commitment of everyone on the team but in the whole community that supports the conservation of historic buildings.” “It was a privilege to work with the Central Okanagan School District, Greyback Construction,Vintage Woodworks and Dunbar Masonry. Also, we would like to note the positive support for the project when it was presented to Kelowna’s Community Heritage Committee.” “We would most certainly attend [the Heritage BC Awards Gala] again. It provided us with a great opportunity to see some of the other great conservation work that is taking place around the province.” —Read Jones Christoffersen Ltd



Queen Margaret’s School Chapel Gord Macdonald, Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd In the summer of 2012, Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd assisted members of Queen Margaret’s School in Duncan in their effort to repair one of Duncan’s most cherished designated Heritage Buildings. Built for the school in 193234, this log chapel is a rare survival of early twentieth-century vernacular ecclesiastical architecture. The chapel is made entirely from local wood species, and includes a great variety of native softwoods and hardwoods. It has served an important role both for the school and local community for nearly a century. Services have been held in the chapel continuously since it was consecrated in 1934.

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“It is an honour to receive a Heritage BC Award, but the best part of the process is having an opportunity to shine a spotlight on the project and entire project team. The projects that Heritage BC recognizes as examples of good conservation all have one thing in common: a dedicated team. In most cases this means striking the magic combination of a motivated owner, willing specifiers, a passionate contractor, and strong communitysupport. An award from Heritage BC is the gold standard for recognition in this province, and the growing fraternity of award winners is a testament to the great heritage work that is being done across our province.” —Gord Macdonald, Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd



Recognition Award

Seventh Day Adventist Church Byron Williams, B.A.N. Holdings Ltd Mark Lesack, Ankenman Marchand Architects Ltd Donald Luxton, Donald Luxton & Associates Inc The conservation strategy for the Seventh Day Adventist Church involved the overall preservation of the building, including the restoration of the first-floor windows on the east and west façades and the restoration of the front-gabled entrance and front steps. The building was relocated to the northwest corner of the existing lot to provide for parking and to enhance the prominent corner location of the historic structure. All character-defining elements of the main façades were preserved.

Recognition Award

Jeff’s Residence Timothy Ankenman, Ankenman Marchand Architects Ltd Donald Luxton, Donald Luxton & Associates Inc Using historical black and white photos from when the house was first built, carpenters recreated original architectural details and Jeff’s Residence, a heritage residence in East Vancouver, was restored to its former glory. After layers of stucco were chipped away, fragments of the original wood siding appeared, allowing original paint colours to be replicated. Today, the home contains seven units and is now registered on the City’s Heritage Registry, ensuring the home will remain a neighbourhood landmark in perpetuity. “Receiving the Heritage BC Heritage Conservation Award raises awareness about the importance of heritage conservation in our province. It was very nice to be recognized for the painstaking efforts that so many people, including our client, James Evans, put into the restoration of the Jeff’s Residence.” —Timothy Ankenman, Ankenman Marchand Architects Ltd



Advocacy, Awareness AND Planning Awards Outstanding Achievement

Hands on Heritage Ted and Lynda Lightfoot, Langley Heritage Society The “Hands on Heritage” campaign was created in August, 2013 to raise awareness of the heritage character of Fort Langley’s commercial core. Dedicated volunteers worked alongside Ted and Lynda Lightfoot, who collectively spoke to approximately 4,000 visitors and handed out leaflets explaining the implications of certain developmental changes to the village scale and aesthetic. Hands on Heritage received 1,000 handprints and generous donations from many supporters of heritage preservation. ReCOGNITION AWARD

Fort Langley Citizens for Sustainable Development The Society of Fort Langley Residents for Sustainable Development The Langley Heritage Society has been working diligently for over thirty years to preserve and protect heritage and heritage values within the Langley Township. A small group of community members formed the Fort Langley Residents for Sustainable Development Society to raise awareness of the importance of Fort Langley’s heritage value and to advocate for the future preservation of this historic village. “For our organization to receive the Heritage BC Advocacy Award offered a welcome sense of vindication for us and for the countless people who have supported our position. We knew we were doing what was best for our community, and to have our work recognized by Heritage BC gave us some much needed confidence and encouragement that we are on the right track.” —Harold Whittell, Fort Langley Citizens for Sustainable Development


“Kudos to award winners & nominees working to conserve the heritage of our province.” Eric Pattison, Architect AIBC, CAHP Heritage BC Past President


Celebrating the City of Armstrong 1913-2013 Jack Jamieson and Jessie Ann Gamble, authors Armstrong Spallumcheen Museum and Arts Society The Armstrong Heritage Advisory Commission nominated Celebrating the History of Armstrong 1913-2013 for the Heritage BC Advocacy Award. This book, written to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the City of Armstrong, documents significant events that occurred in each of its 100 years.

Heritage Week: February 16-22, 2015

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At the Heart of the Community Since 1973, the third Monday in February has been celebrated as Heritage Day in Canada, to encourage the preservation and promotion of nationally significant historic, architectural, natural and scenic heritage. In British Columbia, the third week in February is Heritage Week, an opportunity for communities and organizations to share their local history and heritage through special events. This year’s theme, “Main Street: At the Heart of the Community,” recognizes the historic and contemporary significance of Main Streets and traditional downtowns as centres of commerce, civic institutions, community commemoration and community events. Many communities’ traditional downtowns and Main Streets experienced decline with the advent of car culture and the rise of regional shopping malls and big box stores. Recent efforts to leverage the heritage of downtowns as assets to stimulate tourism, attract new residents, provide affordable housing, and encourage investment by creating affordable space for smaller businesses and new start-ups, as well as authentic retail experiences, have led to the revitalization of downtowns and Main Streets across North America. In the United States, the National Main Street Centre, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, has worked with communities for 34 years to preserve and revitalize traditional downtowns and commercial districts. In 2013, the Government of British Columbia produced the Dynamic Downtowns Workbook: Using Heritage to Build Strong,Vibrant Downtowns. This important resource is for communities that want to know more about how to include heritage buildings as part of their downtown revitalization strategy.

Let us know your plans for Heritage Week 2015. Contact us for a Heritage Week 2015 poster. Look for new Heritage BC programs to help your community celebrate. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

These strategies are paying off as traditional downtowns are becoming attractive places for people to work and live. According to a recent article in the New York Times, “the number of college-educated people age 25 to 34 living within three miles of city centers has surged, up 37 percent since 2000.” 1 The National Historic Trust’s study Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring how the character of buildings and blocks influences urban vitality describes the economic benefits of heritage conservation in downtowns as “older, smaller buildings house significantly greater concentrations of jobs per square foot of commercial space.” 2 How can your organization and community celebrate Heritage Week 2015? Both Heritage Canada and Heritage BC have many creative suggestions ranging from walking tours to photographic or artistic contests. Many communities have Business Improvement Areas and organizations which could be valuable Heritage Week partners for events and activities promoting downtowns and Main Streets. Check out these websites for more suggestions: » www.heritagebc.ca/events/heritage-week/ideas » www.heritagecanada.org/en/visit-discover/heritage-day/suggested-activities Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia: » www.bia.bc.ca “Where Young College Graduates are Choosing to Live,” Claire Cain Miller, New York Times, 20 October 2014 Older, Smaller, Better: Measuring how the character of buildings and blocks influences urban vitality, National Trust for Historic Preservation, May 2014 1 2



Board of Directors 2014-2015 Janice Henry, Chair Kelowna Helen Cain,Vice Chair Victoria Eric Pattison, Past Chair New Westminster James Ma, Treasurer Vancouver Bjorn Simonsen, Secretary Victoria Perry Hale, Director Nelson Gord Macdonald, Director Mill Bay

The Heritage BC 2014 Conference is just a memory now. Tremendous thanks go out to all those who helped shape the conference including sponsors, planning committee members, presenters and staff. I so enjoyed the hands-on demonstrations, and the Night at the Races was such fun! My husband and I enjoyed our own tour guide at the Truck and Car Museum and really appreciated Cloverdale’s smalltown feel. The presentation of our Heritage BC Awards to projects from across the province is always a highlight, and a worthy celebration of the good work being done in heritage conservation.


We are absolutely delighted to be planning the 2015 Conference in Rossland. Even though I have lived in the interior of British Columbia for thirty-plus years, I am sorry to say that I have not had the opportunity to travel there. This is one of the great added benefits in moving the annual conference around the province— we are encouraged to visit communities outside of our usual travel patterns. We learn and grow with these new experiences, and develop a greater sense of heritage projects and organizations across B.C. Janice Henry Chair, Heritage BC

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Heritage Tools and Evolving Relationships Twenty years ago the B.C. government passed the Heritage Conservation Statutes Amendment Act into law. Seven years in the making, this Act marked the transition from the early years of enthusiastic community animation to established and institutionalized programs centred on local government. The earlier Heritage Conservation Act of 1977 had introduced the notion of community-based heritage conservation programs. This gave local governments new powers to establish heritage advisory committees and to designate—and therefore legally protect—properties as heritage. The significance of this legislation lay in the delegation of heritage conservation authority to the local level; however, it did very little to define how this authority should be exercised. In 1986, the Province took things to the next level when it launched the Project Pride Task Force, chaired by government backbencher Kim Campbell. The Task Force’s objective was to canvass B.C. communities about the state of local heritage programs and to learn what the province could do to improve the situation. The Task Force submitted a report the following year, based on the nearly 400 submissions. While the submissions covered a wide variety of issues, it was clear that the dominant concern was the need for a tool to manage heritage property at the local level. The Province replied with the Heritage Conservation Statutes Amendment Act of 1994.

The Heritage Conservation Statutes Amendment Act of 1994 not only changed how heritage conservation happened at the local level, but it also helped to define the respective roles of provincial government and its local counterparts.

While the Act included amendments to 21 provincial statutes, the numerous changes and additions to local and regional government statutes were by far the most significant. These included the introduction of the concept of the Community Heritage Commission, the Community Heritage Register, temporary protection powers, refinement and clarification of the designation power, the ability to create Heritage Conservation Areas, and—possibly the most innovative measure—the Heritage Revitalization Agreement, which gave local government wide powers in negotiating the rehabilitation of historic properties. The advent of these new heritage powers was a gamechanger. They were based on a mature conception of how community-based heritage conservation should work and turned over a new and sophisticated tool box to local governments to enable them to get on with creating their own programs. It was a very steep learning curve for many who effectively had to catch up with the seven years of thinking, discussion and refinement at the provincial level that had preceded the final draft of the Act. Many had assumed that the much-anticipated Act would be some sort of panacea. They had to learn that the new powers were indeed just tools, and that the creation of heritage programs at the local level was still up to each community. For years after 1994, people referred to the “new” heritage legislation. But in time the heritage tools introduced by the Act were absorbed into local government routines and procedures. The Act not only changed how heritage conservation happened at the local level, but it also helped to define the respective roles of provincial government and its local counterparts. On the twentieth anniversary of the Act, it may be useful to pause and reflect on how that relationship has evolved over the past two decades, and where it might go in the future. Rick Goodacre, Retired Executive Director, Heritage BC





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Membership Survey Results As Heritage BC prepares for a new year of programs and services, it’s important that we consider the value of membership in our organization, examine how our members feel about being part of the organization, and think about how we can add value to membership benefits. In a recent survey, we asked members for feedback. Eighty percent of those surveyed found Heritage BC membership to be of significant value:

“It helps to keep us up-to-date with other heritage projects around the province.”

“It is a way to stay current on what’s going on in the provincial heritage sector.”

“It’s a source of information about perspectives and changes in approaches to conservation in B.C.”

When asked about the value of services provided by Heritage BC to members, you responded:

“These services are valuable to all the local heritage societies, especially those unsupported by local governments.”

“It provides the ability to network with other heritage professionals in the province.”

You gave us some great ideas for new initiatives you would like to see developed in 2015, including:

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Providing opportunities for members to connect with heritage professionals. Assisting members in applying for heritage grants across the province.

A section on the Heritage BC website and in the Quarterly for our members to promote their products and services.

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Support important education and heritage conservation work. We are proud of our recent work with heritage commissions and municipalities in which we offer education and training, and help develop policies and procedures that ensure the conservation of some of our most precious places in B.C. At this year’s annual conference more participants than ever enjoyed value-added learning and networking opportunities. Since February 2013, in our new role as sole fund advisors for the Heritage Legacy Fund, we’ve helped distribute over $150,000 to B.C. communities for heritage conservation and awareness projects. This month we’ve approved distribution of another $100,000.

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Heritage Education & Training Opportunities Heritage BC Workshops Heritage BC will bring expertise to your community with a selection of interactive workshops. Need something specific? 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 needs. The fee will be dependent on workshop content and length and includes multiple participants. Join with another community to make it more affordable for all! To discuss options, book a workshop or get more information, call our office at 604.428.7243.

Heritage Basics This workshop is for communities new to heritage conservation or those wanting to incorporate new legislative tools or values-based management into 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. Tailored to reflect your community’s needs, goals and capacity, this workshop includes an introduction to values-centred heritage conservation and a discussion of the social, environmental and economic benefits. We’ll help you to identify your own heritage values to guide your decision-making process. We can also include an environmental sustainability component if sustainability is integrated into your community’s Official Community Plan. NO heritage background necessary. fee: $500 (non-member $600) plus travel and accommodation if required, for any number of participants | two hours

Identifying Heritage Values Are there places in your community that have special meaning but which may not conform to conventional ideas of what “heritage” is? This workshop is for communities that want to develop and understand their own heritage values to inform their Official Community Plan or to develop their Community Heritage Register (either existing or new). This workshop is a great opportunity to engage people of a variety of ages and backgrounds in community heritage planning, and is aimed at both local governments and a diverse cross-section of the community. We’ll encourage you to think beyond the traditional heritage label and consider places that are special for social and community reasons. Bring together business,

the tourism sector, educators, heritage and recreation advocates, and First Nations representation—you might find that some of your best “experts” are right in your own community.

University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management (HRM) Athabasca University

fee: $1,100 (non-member $1,200) plus travel and accommodation if required | full day

This comprehensive program of study is designed for people who want a broad perspective on heritage resources management, who wish to pursue careers in heritage resources practices, who are working or volunteering in the field, or those who wish to improve their skills in heritage practice.

Writing Statements of Significance This hands-on workshop will help participants develop a Statement of Significance (SOS), a necessary part of the documentation for identified sites on a Community Heritage Register. Get the tools to update your Community Heritage Register to meet the documentation standards of both the B.C. Register of Historic Places and the Canadian Register of Historic Places. An essential element of historic place record documentation, the SOS 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, which elements should be included in a well-written document, and guidance on researching and developing a draft SOS. This workshop is aimed at local governments and heritage advocates with an existing understanding of values-based management and heritage conservation concepts. This workshop can also be condensed to a half-day format that will provide a general overview of the SOS development process.. fee: $1,100 (non-member $1200) plus travel and accommodation if required | full day

Other Opportunities in Heritage Education and Training Heritage Building Conservation Certificate at College of New Caledonia (Prince George) This accredited program, offered through Continuing Education, focusses on wood structures and includes 22 weeks of theory and hands-on work experience. It is competency-based and incorporates online eLearning, classroom instruction and field experience.You can attend full- or part-time.

CONTACT: 1-800-788-9041 ext 6955 email: hrm@athabascau.ca

Heritage, Culture and Museum Studies University of Victoria The University of Victoria offers both undergraduate and graduate diploma and certificate programs in Cultural Resource Management. These flexible programs combine on-line and on-campus learning opportunities and provide participants with contemporary perspectives and best practices in the cultural resource management sector. Participants can also choose to take individual courses offered in the programs. Contact: crmp@uvcs.uvic.ca

Vancouver Heritage Foundation The Vancouver Heritage Foundation offers an assortment of interesting, interactive and hands-on learning activities. These include “Brown Bag Lunch and Learns,” evening lectures, workshops, house tours, bus tours and walking tours. The VHF also offers the award-winning Old School: Maintaining Heritage Buildings program, in which participants earn a Certificate in Heritage Conservation and other Professional Development Credits. Contact: www.vancouverheritagefoundation. org/learn-with-us/

Master of Arts in Tourism Management Royal Roads University Royal Roads offers online and full-time on-campus options focussing on leadership, strategy, marketing and sustainability. Heritage tourism is an important area of study and can be a specialization based on your own electives and research. This program is ideal for early to mid-career individuals interested in a versatile skillset and recognized credentials to advance career and personal development. contact: Geoff.2bird@royalroads.ca

fee: $5,896 | contact Quesnel Continuing Education: 250-991-7500


Heritage BC CORPORATE Members Absolute Space Engineering Ankenman Marchand Architects Barkerville Historic Town The Bastion Group Brian Childs & Co. Construction Ltd. City of Rossland Comox Valley Regional District Coquitlam Heritage Society Dewhirst Lessard Donald Luxton & Associates Inc. Eileen Fletcher, Architect Golder Associates Iredale Group Architecture Jonathan Yardley Architect Inc. Kickstart Technologies Ltd. Ladysmith Maritime Society Macdonald & Lawrence Timber Framing Ltd. McGinn Engineering & Preservation Ltd.


Donald Luxton I have been a supporter and member of Heritage BC for many, many years! After graduating from architecture school in 1983, I wanted to learn more about heritage conservation, but there were few educational opportunities in this new and emerging field. For many of us (yes we were young at the time!) it was a starting point in our careers, and possibilities were starting to open up through many newly established heritage societies. My first Heritage BC conference was in Nanaimo in 1984. Founded in 1981, the “Dogwood Heritage Society of BC” was just three years old at the time. It was a fun and exciting time, and the start of my personal adventure in the heritage world, which continues to unfold. And, if the 2014 conference in Cloverdale is any indication, it’s just as much fun today! A few years ago, during a time of economic downturn, Heritage BC was struggling to maintain a vibrant and healthy organization, and hit a point at which renewal became essential. In 2011 it was time to roll up our sleeves and get to work. I joined the Board of Directors to assist in the development of the Strategic Plan 2012-2015, a key element in the renewal process. This resulted in the implementation of a Sustainable Business Model supported by the Province of BC, including key elements such as building an online network, expanded training and skills development and diverse revenue stream development, which are integral to the organization’s ongoing success. Looking forward, I will continue to support the growth and development of Heritage BC, and hope that ever greater opportunities lie ahead. I look forward to supporting the organization for many more years to come! —DONALD LUXTON, member since 1982

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