BCMA’s advocacy, research and communications build awareness about the value and impacts of our members and the BC cultural sector among policymakers and the general public.

The BC Museums Association defines advocacy as: The development and maintenance of ongoing relationships with influential people and/or groups that results in sustained recognition, and supporting the resources required to promote culture and heritage as valuable, essential assets and museums, art galleries and cultural centres as keepers of legacy, places of learning and economic drivers for the community.

 

Advocacy Committee

  • Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Lynn Saffery, Manager, Surrey Museum (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Connie Baxter, Connie Baxter Consulting
  • Lee Boyko, Executive Director, Sooke Region Museum
  • Stephanie Halapija, Executive Director, Gulf of Georgia Cannery
  • Stephen Topfer, Collections Manager, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria

 

Click here to read the Advocacy Committee Terms of Reference

Advocacy Committee (2018)

Terms of Reference

 

1.1 – Purpose

The purpose of the Advocacy Committee is to increase awareness and understanding of British Columbia’s cultural sector, and advocate for stable funding.

 

1.2 – Role

The Committee’s role is to initiate and implement an annual advocacy action plan, advise BCMA, and develop position papers as required.

 

1.3 – Membership/Composition

The Committee should be composed of one third council members and two thirds BCMA members with strong representation from across the BCMA membership. Membership is two years.

 

1.4 – Duties and Responsibilities

The duties and responsibilities of the Advocacy Committee is to advise BCMA administration and membership on advocacy issues and progress. The Committee will create and implement an annual action plan that will have a minimum of two new initiatives. The Committee will develop position papers as required and be mindful of using RoundUp magazine as an advocacy/communications tool.

 

1.5 – Reporting

The committee reports to BCMA Council.

 

1.6 – Meeting Frequency

Monthly, or as agreed by membership.