History of BC Museums Association’s Awards Program
By 1969, a survey was necessary to find out if the Association was headed in the right direction. The Leon and Thea Koerner Foundation funded the eminent anthropologist and museologist Dr. Carl Guthe to conduct the survey. One conclusion he made in his report to the Association was “[that] a system of awards be set up for presentations at the AGM along the lines of the American Association for State & Local History,” Museums Roundup- Fall 1980. The AASLH Awards Program “endeavours to establish and to encourage increasingly higher standards of excellence within the historical agency field in the USA and Canada.” Museums Roundup-Winter 1978-79.
Honorary memberships were given as early as 1961. These were the main vehicle for identifying exemplary service to the BC Museums Association.
The first Owl Award Presentation made its appearance at the banquet during the annual training seminar in Victoria, 1971. Devised by Ursula Surtees of the Okanagan Museum & Archives, Kelowna, BC, the categories and winners for 1971 were as follows:
Best Entertainment Short Award
Dan Gallacher for “Story Without End”
Mary Balf for “Anything Goes” based on the book, “How Green Was My Valley”
Special Mention Award
Len McCann for “Ship Without a Sail” based on “There’s a Girl in My Sloop”
Gisela Mendel for “Northern Lights” based on “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”
Outstanding Achievement Award
Phil Ward for “Haywire and Skyhooks”, latest methods of conservation and restoration, a sequel to his first book, “A Patch of Glue”
Best Documentary & Group Study
Shirley Cuthbertson for “Cabin Fever”, something old, some borrowed time, lots of blue days, plus the patter of little feet.
(Owl with both eyes closed)
Willard Ireland for “A Can For All Seasons”
Source: October 1971, Museums Roundup (see also photo in publication)
“Sue Morhun reported on the progress of the Awards Committee and their recommendations. These will be outlined in a report for the members to vote upon at the next Annual General Meeting. A motion to approve a memorial bursary in the name of Barrie Hardcastle was passed with the Secretary to look into its administration.”
Excerpt from Executive Council News, Museums Roundup, Winter 1982:
By Spring 1982, the bursary held $755. During a very successful fundraising effort at the Harrison Conference in 1988, the $5,000 mark was reached.
BCMA’s Awards Program, with the Distinguished Service Award and Award of Merit, was launched in 1983. At the first regular meeting of the new Council following the Dawson Creek Conference in 1989, Council “gave approval to a concept brought forward by the Awards Committee – that a trophy be presented for BCMA awards.
The design was eye-catching and interesting, and could make an excellent Association logo.” Museums Roundup-Number 152, February 1990.
New BCMA Logo Evolves
In 1990, the Awards Committee initiated the development of the former BCMA logo as a result of their desire to produce a three-dimensional award. They felt that the BCMA Awards Program should provide a more recognizable award for its recipients. The groundwork they did resulted in an icon, produced by Artec Communications Inc. of Duncan that appealed to Council, who voted to adopt the image for the entire Association.
Distinguished Service Awards
Harry & Audrey Hawthorn, Vancouver, 1983
- For their influential role in the development of the museum community in British Columbia.
Sue Morhun, 1984
- For her extraordinary devotion to the heritage resources of British Columbia.
John Kyte, 1984
- For exemplary service to the museum community of British Columbia.
Barbara Stannard, 1985
- For more than 50 years of devoted service to the heritage resources of the Nanaimo area.
Gerald Wellburn, Victoria, 1985
- For a lifetime of excellence in preserving and interpreting British Columbia history.
John Hamilton Smyly, 1986
- Display Technician with the BC Provincial Museum for his outstanding contribution and superb craftsmanship in the presentation and the preservation of the heritage of British Columbia.
Colin Graham, 1987
- For inspired leadership as first Director of the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria and for his positive influence in the artistic development of British Columbia.
Bob Broadland, 1987
- For many years of dedicated effort far and beyond the call of duty, and his steadfast devotion to the preservation of the heritage of the province of British Columbia.
Barbara Brink, 1989
- For reflecting the highest standards of commitment, leadership and contribution to the community of museums in British Columbia through her work for Science World.
Mary Thomas, 1989
- For her significant and comprehensive contribution towards preserving and sharing knowledge of the culture, heritage and language of the Shuswap Nation.
Barbara Brisse, 1990
Sigurd Teit, 1992
Ken Ellison, 1992
Marjorie Leffler, 1992
Ursula Surtees, 1997
- Director of the Kelowna Museum, for her tenacious dedication to the advancement of the museum discipline, for her long support to the BCMA, and for her personal inspiration to so many in the national heritage community.
Jack Morris, 1999
- In recognition of over 45 years of service to the community heritage of Kaslo – founding member of the Kootenay Lake Historical Society in 1958, spearheading the preservation and restoration of the S.S. Moyie, an important historical sternwheeler granted status as a B.C. Provincial Landmark and a National Historic Site.
Marjorie Halpin, 2000
- For over 30 years of inspiration, vision, and excellence to the museum community of British Columbia.
Jim Wardrop, 2000
- For 29 years of dedication, enthusiasm and service to the museum community of British Columbia.
Marlene McDonagh, 2000
- For 19 years of volunteer service, teaching, and advocacy for the art gallery community of British Columbia.
Jann L.M. Bailey, 2000
- For exceptional leadership, advocacy, and commitment to the arts and museum community of British Columbia.
Awards of Merit
Friends of the BCPM, Victoria, 1983
- For their outstanding work in the support and development of the British Columbia Provincial Museum.
Roger Terhune, 1983
- For his dedication in preserving the history of the Rossland area through the development of the Rossland Historical Museum.
Ron Candy, 1983
- For his excellent work in the preservation of the history of Barkerville through an active and imaginative conservation program.
Peter & Naomi Miller, 1983
- For their dedication in initiating, developing, and operating the Golden & District Museum.
Beverly Reid, 1983
- For the outstanding quality of the exhibition Kootenay Crafts ‘81 and its subsequent impact on the artistic community of the Province.
Edith Kyllo, 1984
- For a lifetime of service to the Hudson’s Hope Museum of the Peace River area.
Fred & Mamie Kerby, 1984
- For extensive service to the heritage resources of the Terrace area of the Skeena River.
Margaret Lang-Hastings, 1984
- For many contributions to the Museum and Archives of White Rock.
Ashcroft Museum, 1984
- For exhibits as designed by Bob Graham, which combine wit, humour, imagination, and good taste.
Judith A. Campbell, 1985
- For many contributions to preserving and interpreting the history of Wells-Barkerville.
Garry W. Anderson, 1985
- For inspirational leadership respecting the architectural and railway history of Cranbrook.
T. B.M. “Slim” & Margaret Fougberg, 1986
- For their many years of dedicated contribution to the preservation of the history of the Pemberton area.
Margaret Weir, 1986
- For her many years of dedicated contribution to the preservation of the history of the Abbotsford area.
Allan Wood Hunter, 1986
- For his vision and dedicated effort in the preservation of the history of Fort Steele.
Frank Merriam, 1987
- For his outstanding contribution to the preservation of heritage in the Kootenay area.
Harry Hamilton Burt, 1987
- For contributing his skills in the operation of steam engines toward a significant aspect of the history of the Prince George area.
Gladys Blyth, 1987
- For dedicated perseverance and leadership in saving the North Pacific Cannery and preserving this aspect of West Coast heritage.
Ruby Nobbs, 1987
- For her dedicated contribution to the preservation of the heritage of Revelstoke.
Mr. J.W.H. (Jack) Fleetwood, 1988
- For his outstanding contribution to the cultural heritage of the Cowichan Valley.
Ray Aitken, 1988
- For his outstanding contribution to the cultural heritage of Chilliwack.
Edna McPhail, 1988
- For her outstanding contribution to the cultural heritage of Dawson Creek.
Derryl White, 1988
- For his outstanding contribution to the cultural heritage of central British Columbia.
Verdun Casselman, 1989
- For his outstanding contributions toward the preservation and documentation of heritage resources in the east Kootenay region.
Lillian York, 1989
- For her dedicated work in documenting the history of the South Peace region (see photo in Number 148, October 1989)
Gisela Mendel, 1989
- For her extensive research into the culture of the Haisla people, the natural and pioneer history of the Kitimat area, and for effectively sharing this information through education programming.
The Ten Founding Members of the UBC Museum of Anthropology Volunteer Associates, 1989
- For playing a leading role in the development and management of the Volunteer Associates and the achievements of the UBC Museum of Anthropology.
Ken Harris, 1992
Alice Jeffrey, 1992
Rosa Ho, 1992
William Carie Jones, 1993
Art Sherwin, Doug Nelson, & Jack Rippengale 1995
- For pioneer and visionary efforts in preserving naval and coastal defence military history during the 1950’s and 1960’s in the Greater Victoria area. These three gentlemen exemplify determination and unfailing belief in the importance of preserving our military heritage for a fuller understanding of the historical evolution of our province. Their individual and collective work led to the preservation and initial development of Fort Rodd Hill National Historic Site, and establishment of the CFB Esquimalt Base Museum Society and the 5th (BC) Regiment R.C.A. Museum & Archives Society in 1980. Art Sherwin and Doug Nelson were founding members of “Save Fort Rodd Hill Committee” in 1957 and Jack Rippengale became the site’s first Superintendent in the early 1960’s.
Dr. Bernard Lunderg, The Jinwahsing Musical Association, 1995
Sue Morton, 1997
Production Team for the exhibition, “From Under the Delta”
UBC Museum of Anthropology, 1997
- For outstanding innovation and creative achievement. This exciting exhibition had collaborative elements that brought together a stunning array of artifacts and their interpretation, and featured the special problems and technologies of wet-site archaeology. Coordinated public programming was accessible and topical, and the design was captivating.
Fred Pepin, 1997
Karen Jamieson, 1997
Doreen Jensen, 1997
Frank Granzow, 1997
- Chilliwack High School teacher who introduced Grade 12 students to the world of museum work. Students gained first-hand experience in a broad range of practical and theoretical approaches to museum-related professions.
Barry Beaulac, 1998
- Retired from the Curatorial section, Fort Steele, continued with organizing and coordinating Masonic activities at the Masonic Lodge which he was instrumental in restoring. He was key to the research, funding and presentation of the story of the North-West Mounted Police Offers’ Quarters, and secured three performances of the RCMP Musical Ride to coincide with the exhibition opening.
Derryll White, Curator, Southern Interior Region writes, “…Barry continues to inspire old and new colleagues with his unbending conviction that we have a unique story to tell, and that we owe it to the coming generations to tell it. He is an ardent Canadian nationalist, a believer and supporter of British Columbia’s heritage in all its aspects, and an inspiring volunteer and sparkplug. At Fort Steele Heritage Town, we believe that Barry is what this award is all about. Great choice, BCMA!” Museums Roundup-No. 209, November-December 1998
Lorne Pearson, 1998
- For outstanding achievements as an advocate for the preservation of Surrey’s heritage. Retired as Surrey’s Fire Chief, 1993 became a volunteer for the Surrey Archives, helped negotiate the transfer of the Surrey Volunteer Fire Department records dating from the 1920s and City Fire Department records. Conducted oral histories of Surrey fire fighters and photograph identification on two projects and negotiated the transfer of fire fighting artifacts to the Surrey Museum.
David Stocks, 1999
- For his efforts to restore the S.S. Sicamous and the tugboat Naramata, Penticton’s heritage. His work demonstrates that passion, countless hours of volunteerism, and personal financial support has resulted in an important piece of heritage being preserved.
Surrey Art Gallery, “Like the Mighty Ganges: Life Continues to Flow” exhibition and “Nuclear Terror in the Economy of Scarcity” symposium, 1999
- The gallery established a strong link between itself and the Indo-Canadian and Pakistani communities, and stands as a model for future community programming partnerships.
Royal BC Museum, “Leonardo da Vinci: Scientist, Inventor, Artist” Exhibition & “Festa Italiana” Programming, 1999
- The public programming connected communities and citizens with British Columbia’s Italian Canadian heritage.
Green Door Society, Duncan, 2000
- In recognition of exceptional efforts to raise awareness of the importance of heritage within the community of Duncan.
Corporate Service Awards
Northwood Pulp & Paper Ltd., Prince George, 1996
- For financial and in-kind support of the development of the Discovery Room for children’s exploration in science and nature, at Exploration Place, Prince George.
Weyerhaeuser Canada, Kamloops, 1997
- For its strong support of the Kamloops artistic community through the work of the Kamloops Art Gallery. The company contributed $350,000 to the Kamloops Art Gallery’s capital campaign, and supported the gallery’s collections and programs over fifteen years.
Theo’s Restaurant, Penticton, 1999
- In recognition of 22 years of support for the Penticton Art Gallery and its annual art auction.
Dr. Carl Guthe, 1961
Grace Guthe, 1961
R. Yorke Edwards, 1967
Bob Broadland, 1973
– Provincial Parks Branch (1949-1975), Heritage Conservation Branch (1976-1983), serving as planner and coordinator for natural and human heritage parks and sites. Edited Museum Round-Up (1967-1972) that led to his receiving the American Association for State & Local History Award of Merit in 1971. At the time of becoming an honorary member, he was President of the Canadian Museums Association (1973-1974).
Philip Ward, 1978
John Kyte, 1978
Carol Grubb, 1980
Fred Grubb, 1980
Mary Orr, 1985
Dr. Clifford Carl, 1995
– Director, BC Provincial Museum – persuaded W.A.C. Bennett to build a new provincial museum as the province’s own cooperative project for the federal government’s 1967 centennial celebration. He and Willard Ireland organized the first meeting of BC museum workers in 1957, formally called “Short Course on Museum Management”. The formation of the BCMA was approved at the 3rd Annual Seminar in 1959 with Cliff Carl as the first President.
Willard Ireland, 1995
– Provincial Archivist and Librarian who toured through the province extensively, creating awareness and appreciation for the province’s history. Formed the BCMA with Dr. Clifford Carl and Wilson Duff. Willard knew that there would be provincial government financial support for worthy community projects and he could think of no better expenditure than those related to the heritage of respective communities. His enthusiasm bolstered the four provincial celebrations marking Centennials in 1958, 1966, 1967, and 1971. Chairman of the Provincial Historical Sites Advisory Board (1974 on), President of the BCMA (1971-1973). “Willard exerted a major role in the establishment, nourishment, and growth of the BCMA.” -Bob Broadland, Museum Roundup-No. 193, November-December 1995
Wilson Duff, 1995
– Curator of Anthropology, BC Provincial Museum (1951-1965), Associate Professor/Professor of Anthropology, UBC (1965 on), planning committee for the new Vancouver Museum, consultant to the National Museum of Man, Ottawa. His publications were classics in the field - contributions to the study of First Nations cultures that added considerably to the development of museums around the province. He was recognized as one of the leaders I the “redefinition of ethnological materials as fine arts” within the early Canadian museum community. Wilson along with Willard Ireland and Dr. Clifford Carl, provided the impetus for the formation of the BCMA, and served as the Associations third President from 1963-1964 and was active in encouraging native participation in the Association.
Ursula Surtees, 1997
Debbie Trueman, Nanaimo Centennial Museum, 1989
- UVic Cultural Resource Management course “Administration of Museums and Art Galleries.”
Deborah Chapman, 1991
Deborah Tuyttens, Museums Assistant, West Vancouver Museum & Archives, 1995
- To further her education through “Board, Community & Government Relations” course.
Sue Morhun, 1996
Jason Wilson, 1996
Susan Michi Sirovyak, Japanese Canadian National Museum & Archives Society, 1998
- SFU course, “Strategic and Operational Planning”
Sunshine Coast Maritime Museum, 1999
- For an upgrade of accounting practices and training for staff and volunteers.