Heritage & Climate Change Summer 2015
Heritage BC Annual Conference 2015
Heritage Legacy Fund Projects
Corporate Member Spotlight: Judy Oberlander
Summer 2015 Heritage & Climate Change 3-6 HLF Project Profile 7 Heritage BC annual conference 2015 8-9 hlf 2015 projects 10 Training & Skills Development 11 board member call for nominations 12 corporate member spotlight 15
Protecting our Heritage from Climate Change
KATHRYN MOLLOY EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
The Seventh Generation Principle—based on an ancient Iroquois philosophy that prescribes that the decisions we make today should be considered for their impact on the seventh generation to come—is based in a vision for a sustainable world several generations into the future. A variation on this principle suggests honouring three generations in the past, acknowledging the current generation, and planning for our impact three generations into the future.
When we consider heritage conservation through the lens of the Seven Generations philosophy, and we add climate change and our built infrastructure into the mix, a gap becomes apparent, and an opportunity emerges. Heritage BC and our members can be leaders in developing programs that reduce CO2 emissions in the process of protecting and conserving heritage properties in the province and, most importantly, we can plan for the future protection of places that matter.
Heritage BC is a not-for-profit, charitable
Current climate modelling tells us that in the next thirty years, global temperatures will continue to rise. Climatologists warn that thirty years from now, we can expect even more severe weather changes—floods, heavy rains and winds, rising sea levels, and increased pest infestations. This means that, among many other concerns, our buildings will require more efficient cooling systems, new pest controls will have to be considered, and we must anticipate how changing microbial concentrations will affect ventilation performance.
We are passionate about building links between heritage conservation and tourism, economic and environmental sustainability, community pride and an appreciation of our common history.
Responsible heritage conservation must consider how we prepare our heritage buildings now for future weather calamities. We need to work with developers to ensure they are considering climate reduction models, while preparing for future climate ramifications to the buildings they are constructing—or reconstructing— today.
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.
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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In urban environments, the building sector is a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for about one-third of emissions in communities. The future impact of climate change on both heritage properties and new buildings needs to be well considered. All stakeholders—including multiple levels of government, developers, industry, non-profits, and funding agencies—must work together as partners in order to achieve the best results. Heritage BC is exploring opportunities for incentive programs for building projects with significant elements that help to mitigate climate change and its impacts. Watch our website for more on this project. It’s both practical and responsible to consider the Seven Generations concept as a lens for preparing and conserving our heritage. I look forward to exploring this topic with you in more depth at the 2015 Conference in October. In the meantime, please read the stories in this issue about how some companies in B.C. have already implemented successful climate change mitigation strategies in their development projects. Kathryn Molloy Executive Director, Heritage BC Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Climate Change Adaptation and Cultural Heritage We are aware of the idea of climate change mitigation: the need to address the root cause of climate change by reducing greenhouse gas emissions. The concept of climate change adaptation, however, is a more recent one. “Adaptation” seeks to lower risks posed by the consequences of climatic changes, as well as to harness any beneficial opportunities. It is a relatively new area in heritage management, and one that UNESCO takes seriously. In 2006, they introduced a requirement for World Heritage Site management plans to include an assessment of the possible impact of climate change on the site, and to include strategies to address these. What might some of these impacts be? The 2013 reports from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change provide an assessment of scientific understanding regarding human-caused climate change. Observations show that the atmosphere and ocean have warmed, the amount of snow and ice has diminished, and the global mean sea level has risen. At some heritage sites around the world, impacts from changes to weather patterns have already been felt. Increased coastal and riverine flooding, land instability, fluctuating levels of humidity, periods of drought, or changes to permafrost can cause damage, negative changes to visitor behaviour, generate site abandonment, or force inappropriate interventions (such as poorly designed adaptation and mitigation measures) that damage heritage or reduce its significance or authenticity. For example, changes in rainfall patterns and temperatures, even if not be perceived as a threat to modern buildings, may have significant effects on buried or exposed archaeological sites. This is a challenging issue. I carried out a study which looked at progress towards implementing climate change adaptation policies in heritage management in the UK. While there is progress, there are also challenges, including resource constraints, lack of trust in climate data, a perceived lack of information necessary to make fully informed decisions, and a need for more specialist skills and guidance. However, through collaboration and information sharing, ways forward have been found and steps have been
taken to increase resilience at some heritage sites, and to incorporate a consideration of climate change into broader risk-preparedness strategies. The effects are not all negative; in fact, there may be benefits to be taken advantage of. For example, in the UK the longer growing and visitor season are seen as an advantage for National Trust heritage sites which rely on visitors for economic viability. As human beings, we prefer to not think about hazards, and certainly not ones that seem off in the future or difficult to quantify. Alarming weather patterns such as those experienced in B.C. this year bring these issues to the forefront. The climate is changing. We care about our heritage, and so we must understand how it can be affected.
Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant Program The Vancouver Heritage Foundation has announced a pilot grant program to assist with energy retrofits for older homes in Vancouver. In partnership with the City of Vancouver, which will provide funding for the grants, the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant will offer up to three thousand dollars per house based on retrofits that deliver measurable reductions in greenhouse gases (GHGs). The pilot project will run for one year starting in September 2015, with a limited number of grants available. Qualifying retrofits include insulation, air sealing, window repairs and storm windows, and high-efficiency forms of heating and hot water. Qualifying houses must either be on the Vancouver Heritage Register or have been built in Vancouver before 1940. Only houses with oil or gas heating are eligible as these offer the largest GHG reduction opportunities. The Vancouver Heritage Foundation worked with the City of Vancouver Sustainability Group to create this tool to help owners of older houses with energy improvements. Retrofits in the program aim to improve comfort, and reduce energy use and running costs in ways compatible with the conservation of heritage fabric and character elements. It supports efforts in the retention of heritage and character homes while also contributing to the City’s GHG reduction targets as part of the Greenest City Action Plan. The Vancouver Heritage Foundation hopes to make the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant a regular part of its granting program. Current grants assist with drafting Conservation Plans, adding homes to the Vancouver Heritage Register, and restoring historic exterior paint schemes and exterior building fabric.
Prince of Wales Fort National Historic Site of Canada near Churchill, Manitoba. Within the last twenty years, the stone walls have begun to show water damage and degradation of mortar from increased sun radiation and temperatures (Image: historicplaces.ca). Image courtesy of Parks Canada
Helen Phillips Based on my PhD research, as well as case studies published by UNESCO and the UK National Trust.
The Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant pilot program is able to assist up to twenty owners of heritage houses, and will accept qualifying applicants on a first come, first served basis. The program is designed to complement Fortis BC and BC Hydro’s recently renewed Home Energy Rebate Offer, and applicants will be encouraged to pursue both the Heritage Energy Retrofit Grant and Home Energy Rebate Offer programs together. More information: www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/get-a-grant
Rebecca Bishop, Vancouver Heritage Foundation
Climate Change Impacts on Coastal Indigenous Heritage Landscapes In their 2012 book Asserting Native Resilience: Pacific Rim Indigenous Heritage Nations Face the Climate Crisis (Oregon State University Press), Zoltán Grossman and Alan Parker describe climate change as a “potential culture killer.” This stark reality is made clear in my recent consideration of the maritime heritage crisis—defined as the destruction of Indigenous heritage landscapes by coastal development and sea level rise—as it has been unfolding on the Pacific Northwest Coast, particularly in the heavily populated Salish Sea basin (Hutchings 2014: https://circle.ubc.ca/ handle/2429/50088).
and inconsolable loss of a sense of place and belonging. Cultural heritage is recognized by the United Nations as essential to cultural survival. As such, development and development-induced climate change constitute a major threat to living coastal cultures. That state-sanctioned cultural resource management is failing to protect Indigenous heritage landscapes only compounds the problem.
Richard M. Hutchings
My research on heritage destruction in the traditional territory of the shíshálh First Nation, known to many Canadians as the popular holiday and retirement destination that is the Sunshine Coast, exposes a deeply troubled landscape. Nearly seventy-five per cent of recorded archeological sites in this area have been disturbed or destroyed as a result of coastal development. A further eighty-eight per cent are at immediate risk of inundation and/or erosion resulting from sea level rise. Indigenous maritime heritage landscapes are highly threatened and vulnerable. As expressed by the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, cultural heritage landscapes are a “vital part” of Indigenous culture, integral to the preservation of cultural knowledge. Destruction of these landscapes may be experienced as solastalgia—an irrevocable
Protecting Museum Collections from Climate Change Climate change has placed many museums in a precarious position. One of our mandates is to preserve our collection for future generations. Most larger museums have heating, ventilation and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems that keep the interior environment—including temperature and relative humidity (RH)—stable. Standards were set in the 1960s and ’70s, and until recently were taken as doctrine. At that time, the cost of energy was relatively cheap and the world was naïve about climate change. Today, the high cost of energy required to maintain these settings combined with revelations about climate change have caused museums to respond in a few different ways. The Museum of Vancouver (MOV) has been instituting a variety of methods over the past two decades to improve our global environmental footprint and reduce costs while still protecting our collection. Most of these approaches have been co-funded by the City of Vancouver, which has resolved that it will become The Greenest City. From 1996 to 2006, MOV underwent a series of gallery renovations. To reduce heat loss, we replaced clear, single-paned windows with double-paned, tinted, thermally broken glazing, and blocked off some windows. We created standoff walls on interior walls to provide a buffer space using convection currents, keeping cold spots from forming behind art works mounted on the walls. Through 2009 to 2011, the City initiated an energy retrofit, replacing our inefficient HVAC systems with high-efficiency boilers, desiccant 4
dehumidifiers, and upgraded digital computer controls, all designed to dramatically reduce our use of electricity and natural gas and our greenhouse gas emissions while providing effective environmental control. The City is now installing CO2 sensors which will control the ratio of fresh air intake to re-circulated air, decreasing the costs and improving the system’s response to changes. When it was built in the 1970s, the Curatorial and Storage wing was a pioneer in the use of green roofs in Canada. The thin membrane and insulation layers were replaced recently with three-ply membranes with embedded leak detection and with higher R-value insulation. These improvements decrease the solar load on this wing and provide a more stable environment, decreasing the demand on the HVAC system. As an added bonus, the green roof is a net carbon sink. Since we are loosening our standards for the Museum’s interior environment, some sensitive artefacts need extra protection. With works on exhibit, this can be done with low-tech methods such as using sealed or low-leakage display cases. The cases slow the air exchange with the gallery air, smoothing out humidity fluctuations. In storage, we have placed some sensitive artefacts (for example, archaeological specimens such as tsubas) in bins or cabinets sealed with low-RH silica gel. Some artefacts that are very sensitive to chemical change (e.g. cellulose nitrate, rubber) have been sealed up and stored in our freezer to reduce the rate of deterioration. Not all methods to preserve artefacts in an era of climate change need to be expensive or high-tech.
Carol Brynjolfson, Museum of Vancouver Conservator
Heritage and Climate Change: New Westminster’s Irving House Keeping existing buildings, historic or otherwise, is a sound method to sustain our environment in this era of climate change—embodied energy in a standing building is real and quantifiable. However, it’s one thing to upgrade and restore a building’s structure and fabric; it’s another to bring energy efficiency and operations up to modern standards, or to determine what those standards should be.
The building was made more air-tight by caulking and weatherstripping. Crawlspace walls were insulated and a new ground seal installed. Loose insulation was blown into the attic using moisturetolerant mineral wool. Exterior walls were not insulated to maintain the original building’s breathability, and as drilling holes in each stud cavity would compromise heritage fabric.
Irving House in New Westminster—owned by the City and operated as a museum since 1959—was built with coal or wood-burning fireplaces and stoves, and no insulation. However, the displays and artefacts require an interior climate that meets current museum standards. The energy costs to heat a house with inefficient 1970sera electric radiant baseboards are not insignificant.
An HVAC system was designed with several small heat pumps throughout the house (the crawlspace, attic, and in the ceiling of the butler’s pantry)—more costly and complex to maintain, however no space was available for a single unit, and it would have required obtrusive ductwork. A central Dynamic Digital Controls software system monitors all operational aspects and enables maximum efficiency and user comfort.
The City retained a team of consultants to look at how the interior environment could be improved without affecting heritage values while still meeting operational targets. A building envelope assessment was carried out, and staff determined the environmental range artefacts on display could tolerate. Engineers reviewed Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) options, as well as capital and lifecycle costs, ease of operation, and long-term energy efficiency. The City was interested in not just improved operations and interior climate at Irving House, but also in achieving a lower carbon footprint using sustainable sources. Not unexpectedly, the final solution was a collaborative effort through which a series of small and large changes added up to an excellent result. Museum staff developed a better understanding of the house collection and the challenges of meeting museum climate standards in a 148-year-old house; they agreed to not display overly sensitive artefacts, thereby lowering HVAC performance targets.
The most dramatic part of the project was the installation of a ground-sourced energy—or geothermal—system to provide heating and cooling to the HVAC system. Seven 250-foot-deep boreholes were drilled in the yard and connected to a balancing manifold in the basement. A twenty-percent glycol liquid carries a constant ground temperature from the wells to the interior heat pumps, which then exchange either heat or cool from the liquid as needed. The sustainability solution for Irving House demonstrates how small measures involving users, owners, designers, and contractors can collectively meet environmental, operational, and energy utilization targets.
Eric Pattison, Architect AIBC, Heritage BC Past Chair
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The Exchange Project in collaboration with Harry Gugger Studio
When does a building become a heritage building? Does it have to be a particular age? Does it have to have architectural or cultural significance? These are some of the questions pondered when Ankenman Marchand Architects were tasked with either tearing down a fairly new (twenty-five-year old) building, or adding two storeys and completely repurposing it. Located on the northeast corner of East Seventh Avenue and Commercial Drive, the building was designed by Bruno Freschi, a notable Canadian architect best known for his role as chief architect for Expo 86. It originally housed a movie theater, two levels of offices above, and retail units at grade. The building’s former uses had exhausted their viability, and the existing building was lacking connectivity with the street. The retail space was set back from Commercial Drive by six feet and located behind a colonnade of large brick columns that meant the retail spaces were dark and inconspicuous from the sidewalk. Though the exterior of the building was run down and dated architecturally, the integrity of the body of the building, including two levels of underground parkade, functional elevators, and the steel and concrete structure, was in very good shape. Climate change considerations when analysing whether to keep the building included an understanding that all the energy that went into constructing the former building, combined with the energy that would be required to build a new building, effectively doubled the amounts necessary to create the new desired program.
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repairs • condition assessment • non destructive testing • structural analysis • roped access • repair specification • survey
The building was rezoned to allow two stories of additional height over current zoning. Two entirely new floors were added using a light-weight steel structure, and taking advantage of the unprecedented views that otherwise would not exist. The now five-storey building would hold fifty-eight new residential units and eight commercial units, adding density and creating a neighbourhood-
appropriate village-like atmosphere at street level. The project was developed with an emphasis on reducing the environmental impact of construction. Original bricks were kept in place or, if not possible, dissembled, cleaned, and re-used. The project preserved an impressive seventy-five per cent of the existing walls, floors, and roof; energy efficiency was improved by thirty-nine per cent; and innovative considerations were incorporated such as the installation of rainwater cisterns and water-efficient landscaping. As a result of this planning, the project was completed to a LEED Gold-standard equivalency. Many of the new homes in the building offer massive entertaining decks and stunning views, with over-height ceilings for a spacious, airy feel. The result is a blend of the new and the old—a new building designed for the residents of this lively community, while maintaining the eclectic Commercial Drive neighbourhood vibe.
Heritage Legacy Fund Project Profile: Rossland Miners’ Union Hall Façade Restoration In 2014, the Rossland Council for Arts and Culture received a grant of $13,000 from the Heritage Legacy Fund to support the restoration of the façade of the Rossland Miners’ Union Hall in downtown Rossland. By 1898, Rossland was the third-largest city in British Columbia, due largely to the discovery and mining of gold in the region. But gold mining was a hazardous occupation with long, painstaking hours of labour in often dangerous conditions. In response, in 1895 the first Canadian local of the Western Federation of Miners was formed in Rossland; in 1898, the miners voted to build a union hall on Columbia Avenue. The completed building was described in local news-
a central meeting place for the community. Rossland Miners’ Union Hall is valued as a monument to the Rossland Miners Union local of the Western Federation of Miners, the first metaliferous mines union local in B.C. The Miners Union fought for just and safe labour conditions at the end of the nineteenth century, which led to the legislation of the eight-hour work day, paving the way for the union movement in B.C. and Canada. Rossland Miners’ Union Hall is an important part of British Columbia’s heritage—a symbolic icon of the province’s early mining industry, and one of few extant wooden buildings of this era, stature, and use in the province.
Town Centres,” taking place October 1–3 in Rossland. Created by an endowment of the Government of British Columbia in 2003, the Heritage Legacy Fund provides grants for heritage conservation and heritage awareness projects across British Columbia.
Images courtesy of Larry Doell
papers as “the most substantial building of its kind in the Kootenays.” Designed by American architect E.J. Watson and built with funds raised by the Union and contributed by miners, the Hall served as a gathering place for Union members and the general community. The Hall incorporates a variety of spaces such as a lodge room, dance room, and a small stage. The Union hosted movies, arts performances, community dances, Union meetings, and strike rallies. It served as a central hub for the community until falling into disuse after the closure of the mines. However, community groups rallied to raise funds to undertake a major rehabilitation of the Hall, after which the City of Rossland would assume ownership. Today, the Hall once again functions as Jordan and Derek Choukalos, Rossland: The First 100 Years (Harry Lefevre: 1995) 45.
Today the Rossland Miners’ Union Hall is used for a variety of community purposes, from performances and pottery classes, to dances, theatrical productions, film screenings, public meetings, concerts, weddings, and other community events. Heritage BC is looking forward to using this historic and interesting venue as the main site for our 2015 Conference “The Main Thing— Memories of Main Streets to Help Revitalize
Join us in historic Rossland for the 2015 Heritage BC Annual Conference. We are hosting three days of informative and interesting workshops, tours, and speakers with topics based around our theme of “The Main Thing.” Come learn how to create a dynamic downtown by refreshing and renewing your revitalization strategies, and learn how to leverage your heritage assets to create tourism opportunities and discover sustainability practices. Registration is now open on the Heritage BC website! www.heritagebc.ca
Conference at a Glance Thursday, October 1 10 am – 6:30 pm — Kelowna Airport to Rossland bus tour 7 pm-9 pm — Mark Forsythe: Heritage Matters—How I Caught the Heritage Bug | Rossland Museum. Friday, October 2 7:30 am–8:30 am — Registration | Rossland Miners’ Union Hall 8:30 am–9:00 am — Welcome 9:00 am–10:00 am — Keynote Speaker: Jim Mountain 10:00 am–10:30am — Nutrition break 10:30 am–11:45 am — Member reports 11:45 am–1:30 pm — Lunch and Heritage BC AGM 1:30 pm–3:00 pm — Workshops | Rossland Miners’ Union Hall, Old Fire Hall, Rossland Gallery 3:00 pm–3:30 pm — Nutrition break 3:30 pm–5:00 pm — Workshops | Rossland Miners’ Union Hall, Old Fire Hall, Rossland Gallery 5:00 pm–5:30 — Wrap-up session | Rossland Miners’ Union Hall 6:30 pm–9:30 pm — Prospector’s Dinner | Rossland Miners Union Hall Saturday, October 3 7:30 am–8:00 am — Registration | Rossland Miners’ Union Hall 8:00 am–8:30 am — Morning Plenary 8:45 am–10:00 am — Workshops | Rossland Miners’ Union Hall, Old Fire Hall 10:00 am–10:30 am — Nutrition break 10:30 am–12:00 noon — Workshops | Rossland Miners’ Union Hall, Old Fire Hall 12:00 noon–1:00 pm — Lunch and wrap-up session | Rossland Miners’ Union Hall 12:00 noon–5:00 pm — Bus tour to Nelson and the Brilliant Suspension Bridge 1:00 pm–5:00 pm — Walking tours of Rossland Sunday, October 4 7:30 pm–12:30 pm — Return bus journey to Kelowna Airport from Nelson and Rossland 8
Conference Registration Rates
(Late registration rates apply after September 4):
Student (public school, university, and college) - $100.00 (includes complimentary one-year membership to Heritage BC) Heritage BC Member - $175.00 Non-member - $200 (includes complimentary one-year individual membership to Heritage BC) Volunteer - $75 Presenter - $75
Social Events Thursday, October 1 Join us for our opening social event of the conference, hosted by retired broadcaster and author Mark Forsythe at the Rossland Museum. Mark will be welcoming us to the conference with his talk “How I Caught The Heritage Bug”. Friday, October 2 Travel back in time to Rossland’s gold rush with our Prospector’s Dinner. Get together with fellow heritage professionals and enthusiasts at our Heritage Speed Meet. Be entertained by the Gold City Fiddlers and Boomtown Garter Girls and have a rootin,’ tootin’ good time!
Talks and Tours Thursday, October 1 Kelowna to Rossland Bus Tour - 10am - 6pm Let us help deliver you to the conference! We will pick you up at Kelowna Airport or designated stops along the route on this interesting adventure through the main streets of a number of Okanagan communities. Complete with a guided tour and a stop for lunch at the SS Sicamous Heritage Site in Penticton. Tour will be confirmed once a minimum number of travellers have registered interest using the conference registration form.
Saturday, October 3 Bus Tour and Walking Tour of Nelson - 12 noon–5 pm Join us for a bus tour to Nelson. The journey starts with a pick-up straight after the conference. You will be driven through beautiful local scenery to the Brilliant Suspension Bridge in Castlegar. After a short stop, you will be taken to Nelson for a guided walking tour of its historic downtown including the wonderful example of adaptive reuse at the Nelson Canadian Pacific Railway Station. At the end of the tour you will return to the centre of Nelson to take up your lodgings or to travel back to Rossland.
Sponsorship Opportunities Demonstrate your company’s commitment to B.C.’s heritage conservation by becoming a conference sponsor. Multiple opportunities are available. Contact Kathryn Molloy at email@example.com for more details.
Walking tours to take place Saturday afternoon: Heritage Walking Tour of Downtown Rossland This one-hour walking tour highlights the history and architecture of Rossland’s gold mining era. You will see how both fire and prosperity have shaped this little mountain town. In 1898, Rossland had forty hotels, five churches, four breweries, three banks, and a hospital. Many of these buildings and their stories survive to this day. Tour of Rossland Museum Join us for a one-hour guided tour exploring Rossland’s Boomtown days with stories of how tenacious locals turned rocks to riches. Explore the town’s mining past, right up to its present day life as a international ski destination built on the site of an ancient volcano. Tour of Trail A tour of Trail’s infamous rock walls reflecting the city’s great Italian heritage followed by a trip to the Teck Interpretive Centre, which has been the largest facility of its kind in the world since the 1920s.
Volunteers Wanted We are looking for a number of volunteers to lend a hand at this year’s conference. Contact Heritage BC at firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved.
Join us at the 2015 Heritage BC Annual Conference! For more information regarding workshops, social events, tours, and to register for conference activities go to www.heritagebc.ca
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2015 Heritage Legacy Fund Grants
Heritage Awareness Advantage Hope — Station House Heritage Awareness Project District of Saanich — Celebration of Saanich Municipal Hall’s Fiftieth Anniversary District of Wells — Wells Historic Walking Tour
Heritage Legacy Fund 2015 Projects In June, Heritage BC’s Heritage Legacy Fund (HLF) Committee approved grants for seventeen heritage conservation and heritage awareness projects across British Columbia. This year’s applicants and successful grant recipients include not-for-profit and charitable organizations, First Nations, and local governments from large cities like Vancouver to smaller communities such as Alert Bay and Port Edward. HLF Chair and Heritage BC Board Member Eric Pattison talks about the range of project applications this year: “The HLF committee was impressed by the diversity of project applications submitted from around B.C. Local communities are engaging with their historic places ranging from First Nations’ churches, to near derelict buildings, to grand train stations, and even a towboat and a flying boat! They are all rich with heritage values and significance for their communities. Our only regret is the limited resources the committee could allocate to each project. These projects are team efforts that will need many hands working together to realize community ambitions of a sustainable historic identity.” The Heritage Legacy Fund was established in 2003 by the Government of British Columbia with an endowment of five million dollars, held in trust by the Vancouver Foundation. The fund provides grants for heritage conservation and heritage awareness projects in B.C. Heritage BC is the fund advisor. Since June 2005, we have received requests to support over $35 million in heritage projects. The Heritage Legacy Fund has been able to support $1.8 million of these costs.
Heritage Vancouver Society — Web Articles and Video Series Village of Alert Bay — Cormorant Island Historical Signage Project
Heritage Conservation Catalina Preservation Society — Observation Blister Installation for Catalina Aircraft Central B.C. Railway and Forestry Museum — Historical Buildings Re-Roofing City of Quesnel — Restoration of Quesnel’s Cornish Water Wheel Gabriola Arts Council — Gabriola Arts Council Hall Restoration Green Door Society —Conservation and Exterior Repairs to Green Door Building Ktunaxa First Nation — Foundation and Flashing Repairs Lac La Hache Historical Society — Felker Homestead Barn Restoration Port Edward Historical Society — North Pacific Cannery Conservation Project
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Potato House Sustainable Community Society — Potato House Restoration Project
SS Sicamous Society — Restoration of Naramata Steam Tug
Unitarian Church Of Vancouver — Capping it Off Plus! Roof replacement
Fund Development Philanthropic Partnerships Judy Oberlander and Associates Inc. Tel: 778-688-1550 I Fax: 604-730-1551 E-mail: Judy.Oberlander@shaw.ca
Workshop with the Yukon Historical and Museums Association Board
West Vancouver Historical Society — Point Atkinson Lighthouse Restoration
Mark Your Heritage BC Training and Calendars: Skills Development Staff Update
Heritage BC Sponsors Speaking Events for Retired National Art Gallery Curator of Canadian Art Artists, Architects and Artisans: Canadian Art 1890–1918 was a groundbreaking exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada last year, curated by Curator of Canadian Art Emeritus Charles Hill. The exhibit considered the interaction among artists, architects, and artisans, as well as critics and collectors, at the beginning of the twentieth century. Through this exhibit, Hill explored how architecture, monumental sculpture, urban planning, mural and decorative painting, graphic design, decorative arts, and photography all came together in Canada during these prosperous decades. Charles Hill began work at the National Gallery of Canada in 1972, and was appointed Curator of Canadian Art in 1980. He has had a consistent interest in the relationships between art and society, and in the integration of art in the public and private spheres. Hill was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada in 2000, and received an Honorary Doctorate from Concordia University, Montreal, in 2007. Heritage BC is honoured to be sponsoring Charles Hill’s speaking tour. October 24, Seattle October 27, Vancouver October 29, Victoria Visit www.heritagebc.ca/events for details.
Heritage BC welcomes Maxine Schleger as our new Heritage Conservation Skills Development and Training Officer. Maxine will be working with Heritage BC for six months as an intern through the Young Canada Works Program, helping to assess the gaps and needs for training and skills development in heritage conservation in British Columbia. It has been Maxine’s goal since high school to work in the heritage sector and she is thrilled to have been selected for this position. Maxine pursued her passion for heritage by volunteering at the West Vancouver Museum and Archives, and became a founding board member of the North Shore Heritage Preservation Society in 2005. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the University of British Columbia, a Graduate Professional Certificate in Cultural Heritage Studies from the University of Victoria, and will soon be completing her PostDegree Diploma in Applied Urban and Rural Planning from Langara College. Maxine is excited for this opportunity to use skills from her educational and volunteer experience in a practical setting and to work with leaders in this field from around the province. She hopes to inspire other young planners and related professionals to appreciate how heritage conservation supports the creation of healthier, more sustainable cities and towns.
Community Update In October 2014, Heritage BC held an “Identifying Heritage Values” Open House on behalf of the Township of Esquimalt to allow participants to help guide the development of Esquimalt’s heritage conservation program. Heritage BC summarized
the results of the open house in the “Township of Esquimalt Heritage Values Report.” Members of the Township of Esquimalt’s Heritage Advisory Committee used this report to develop five Heritage Values Statements, which were formally accepted by the Council of the Township of Esquimalt on July 6, 2015. These Heritage Values Statements will provide a basis for strong, consistent, and community-supported heritage planning for the Township of Esquimalt.
Learning Opportunities Heritage BC
Heritage BC will deliver expertise to you through our interactive community workshops including the two-hour introductory Heritage Basics workshop, the full-day Identifying Heritage Values workshop, and the hands-on full-day Writing Statements of Significance workshop. Does your municipality, community organization, or heritage group need something specific? Let us know if you are interested in presentations on heritage incentives, heritage revitalization agreements, or establishing heritage conservation areas. Workshop fees are dependent on workshop content and length. Heritage BC also offers a series of educational webinars that explore best practices in heritage conservation and nonprofit capacity building. Webinar topics include: Heritage Legislation in British Columbia; Writing Statements of Significance; How to Use the Standards and Guidelines for the Conservation of Historic Places in Canada; and How to Write an Effective Grant Proposal. For more information about Heritage BC workshops and webinars, contact Karen Dearlove, Capacity Planner: email@example.com or 778-995-7243 More information: www.heritagebc.ca/education 11
Call for Nominations: Heritage BC Board of Directors Are you interested in and engaged with heritage conservation and awareness in British Columbia? Are you looking for a fulfilling way to support heritage conservation and Heritage BC with your skills? Heritage BC is seeking nominations to serve on its Board of Directors. We are looking for three directors for a commitment of a two-year term. Directors will be elected at Heritage BCâ€™s Annual General Meeting on Friday, October 3, 2015 at our conference in Rossland, B.C. We are looking for dedicated and enthusiastic individuals with experience and expertise in the following fields: legal, marketing, financial, business, local government, heritage, history, sustainability, fundraising, and education. Our board strives for diversity so your youthful/senior, cultural, or First Nations views and voice are encouraged. For more information or to be considered for nomination, send your resume and a brief personal statement of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org. Nominations must be received by September 2, 2015. If you are elected as a director you will be required to sign a directorâ€™s undertaking agreement. Help us build a strong future for heritage conservation and awareness in British Columbia.
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 Gord Macdonald, Director Mill Bay Kendall Jessiman, Director Vancouver Lynda Lafleur, Director Nakusp Timothy Ankenman, Director Vancouver
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As a member, you contribute to the conservation and sustainability of B.C.’s unique built, natural and cultural heritage. You elect your board of directors, which sets the policy and strategic direction of the society. Your membership supports Heritage BC’s goals of acting as a network hub and a collective and independent voice for heritage in British Columbia.
As a valued member, you will receive these great benefits: • Heritage BC Quarterly by mail • Discounts on display advertising rates in Heritage BC Quarterly • Heritage BC Update, our regular e-newsletter featuring member activities and events • Reduced registration fees at our annual conference, workshops and webinars • The opportunity to list your business or organization on our website and in other communications • Voting privileges at our AGM and member meetings • 30% discount on Heritage Canada The National Trust (HCNT) membership • You will be part of a network hub that collaborates on new and innovative ways to conserve B.C.’s heritage
Enjoy the satisfaction of supporting a dynamic and worthwhile organization. Becoming a Heritage BC member couldn’t be easier! Complete the online Heritage BC Membership Form with convenient Paypal/Credit Card payment: » heritagebc.ca/contact-us/become-a-member simply complete the form below and mail with your cheque to: Heritage BC, 102 – 657 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A4
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Help us find innovative ways to protect precious places in B.C. A cut in Heritage BC’s annual funding from the government means that we have had to find innovative ways to continue supporting heritage conservation in our province. Your help has made the difference. Thank you for continued support as members, conference participants, advertisers and contributors to the Heritage BC Quarterly, along with your help for our new Skills Training program and annual Heritage Week celebrations.
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 the 2014 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. In November 2014, we’ve approved distribution of another $100,000.
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A new Strategic Plan and a Sustainable Business Model are our road maps to financial self sufficiency. New staff members are in place, the board has grown and diversified, and we have developed programs and events to meet the needs of a growing membership. Heritage BC’s business model shows a diversified revenue mix that includes grants, fees for services, advertising revenue, and corporate and individual donations.
We need your help! Make a difference with a tax deductible gift. Be a part of protecting B.C.’s heritage. Know that your tax deductible donation is going directly to support important education and conservation work in our province. There are many options. Visit us online or complete the form below and mail with your cheque to: Heritage BC, 102 – 657 Marine Drive, West Vancouver, BC V7T 1A4
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Message from the Chair I will leave this Quarterly’s important theme of climate change to those with more knowledge on the subject. Instead, what I want to talk about as my two-year term as the Chair of Heritage BC comes to an end is the massive transformation we have undertaken over these past two years. There’s nothing like a little time to give you perspective on where you have been and what you’ve accomplished. I am delighted to have served on the Selection Committee that was responsible for hiring our most capable Executive Director, Kathryn Molloy. Together, with the support of our very talented board of directors and hugely aided by our excellent support staff, we have come so far. Our webinars are proving to be a successful way of engaging communities across the province with little expense. Our new professional office space has given us a
place to call home, and created the valuable opportunity for staff to work together in one physical space. A number of contracts with the Provincial government—including the Chinese Historic Places Recognition Project—have brought quality work experiences to our staff while expanding our level of knowledge and community engagement. We have expanded and fine-tuned the objectives and work of our standing committees. We have re-visited and updated our bylaws. And, following in the footsteps of our very successful 2014 Heritage BC Conference in Cloverdale, we are gearing up for a trip to Rossland in October, 2015. With such an ambitious bunch there is no shortage of work to be done. I look forward to moving into the Past–Chair
role while continuing to sit on the Heritage BC board. My husband and I are about to embark on our own heritage conservation project—we will begin work this Fall on a home built in 1929. With any luck at all (fingers crossed!) we will be living in it at some point in 2016. Thank you for the opportunity to have served you in the capacity as Chair of Heritage BC. It has been a privilege.
Chair, Heritage BC
Corporate Member Spotlight: Judy Oberlander Judy Oberlander’s connection to Heritage BC goes back to 1981, when she joined a new organization—the Dogwood Heritage Society—as she began her career at Heritage Canada in Ottawa. She had just graduated with a Masters of Science in Historic Preservation from Columbia University in New York, and she wanted to stay connected to B.C. Judy started her own firm, Judy Oberlander and Associates Inc., after establishing the City Program at Simon Fraser University (1993-2005), and having worked in the private sector with Commonwealth Historic Resource Management Ltd. She designs fundraising strategies and education programs for non-profit organizations, foundations, and government agencies in the areas of heritage conservation, arts, and culture. Her goal is to help organizations thrive through innovative fund development projects and strong governance frameworks. Judy’s consultancy firm works in B.C., Alberta, and the Yukon. They have shared many highlights with their clients including the North Vancouver Museum and Archives, which is transforming the 1940s Pipe Shop Building in Lower Lonsdale into their New Museum; a revenue-diversification strategy for the Yukon Transportation Museum; a Conservation Plan
for Vancouver’s Dr. Sun Yat-Sen Classical Chinese Garden (in collaboration with Joe Y. Wai, Alastair Kerr and Jeanette Hlavach); and earlier travels across Canada conducting site visits for the Urban Issues Program of The Samuel and Saidye Bronfman Family Foundation. Judy has always been drawn to the multidimensional nature of heritage conservation—the people, places, stories, and the ever-changing process of bringing to light what a community values. This passion led her to work in the public, private, and non-profit sectors in Ottawa and Vancouver. She also continued her own education with a Certificate in Fundraising from New York University and a Certificate in Non-Profit Board Education from BoardSource. Commenting on her commitment to heritage projects, Judy says, “Glimpsing into the extraordinary dedication of Canadians working on heritage conservation projects is so inspiring. There are many challenges to the management of these resources and how we enable communities to grow and adapt so that future generations may add what they value to our built and natural environments. Old and new need to find places to creatively co-exist.”
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In addition to her consulting practice, Judy designs courses and workshops for organizations including the National Trust for Canada, Yukon Historical and Museums Association, Simon Fraser University’s City Program, and the Vancouver Heritage Foundation’s Old School Courses for Building Conservation. Over the years, Judy has served on a variety of boards including ICOMOS Canada, APT, City of Ottawa Heritage Commission, the Vancouver City Planning Commission, Vancouver Development Permit Board Advisory Panel, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, Jewish Family Service Agency, and The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation. Judy has worked closely with Heritage BC on the Heritage Legacy
Heritage BC Quarterly Fall 2015
Heritage: On Location
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Fund as well as with the Board of Directors on board governance. This prompted her to further support Heritage BC by becoming a corporate member. Judy knows that every membership counts when Heritage BC is applying for grants. Judy’s volunteer and professional work have given her unique perspectives on community values; she says, “I often wonder, who will care about heritage conservation issues in thirty years? For the field to flourish we need to inspire the next generation, sustain and renew the leadership of our organizations, and—of course—reach out to new partners and engage new community members on issues including climate change, as we promote the environmental benefits of breathing new life into older areas. The bottom line: we need to widen the circle of financial supporters for heritage conservation.”
Heritage buildings and sites are increasing being used as unique and innovative venues. The theme of the next issue of Heritage BC Quarterly is Heritage: On Location, and will explore the growing entrepreneurial use of heritage buildings and sites for a variety of events and activities, including special events such as wedding ceremonies or film locations. Tell us about how you leverage the heritage value and properties of your building or site as a unique venue. Send us a short article (300 words) with images appropriate for print production, as well as ads for your heritage venue. Article and Advertising Deadline: October 19, 2015 Contact: Anisa Musmary—email@example.com
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