The Canadian Museums Association (CMA) conference wrapped up last week in Vancouver.  A long-standing tradition at the CMA conference is the annual CMA Awards Ceremony, this year held on the Thursday night at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre.

BCMA members, including museums and museum professionals alike, were well represented in the the 22 recipient class, and we congratulate all those who won or were nominated!

The BC award recipients were:

Award of Distinguished Service:

Debbie Trueman, Nanaimo Museum

Shirley Sutherland, North Vancouver Museum and Archives

Dr. John Nightingale, Vancouver Aquarium

CMA Awards of Outstanding Achievement:

Museum of Anthropology at University of British Columbia for Traces of Words: Art and Calligraphy from Asia by Dr. Fuyubi Nakamura (category: Research – Art)

Ingenium – Canada’s Museum of Science and Technology for the 6″ Cooke & Sons Refracting Telescope (category: Conservation), the Petrovic Collection by Dr. George Petrovic (category: Research – Science), and the Exhibition Hall (category: Exhibitions – Science, budget over $1 million)

Museum Volunteer Award:

Sharon J. Proctor, North Vancouver Museum and Archives

Dr. Shirley L. Thomson Young Curators Award:

Ispreet Sing Anand and the South Asian Studies Institute at the University of Fraser Valley for their proposed project Desis in the Diaspora at the Sikh Heritage Museum


A special mention is also due for long-time Museum of Vancouver CEO, Nancy Noble, who was appointed to join the Fellows of the CMA for her dedication to upholding the CMA’s values and mission.  Nancy was named the Director and CEO of the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in 2016.

Another special mention is also due for Dr. Yosef Wosk, OBC who has been a long time contributor, supporter, and advocate for culture and heritage in BC.  Dr. Wosk was awarded the President’s Award in recognition of his many contributions and patronage of art institutions, artists and museums across Canada.

To view the full list of award recipients, please click here.

Debbie Trueman Nanaimo Museum CMA Awards 2018

Debbie Trueman (second from left) celebrating with Nanaimo Museum staff at the 2018 CMA Awards Ceremony. Image by Julie Bevan.