BC Museums Win Big at the annual CMA Awards

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.

Request for Proposals: Roundup Editor and Designer

The BC Museums Association is seeking BC-based contractors to fill two positions for BC Museums Association Roundup.

The BCMA is seeking two people to fill the roles of Editor and Designer, respectively.

Roundup‘s Editor works with an existing province-wide editorial committee to identify themes for each issue, playing a key role in producing and writing for Roundup.  In this role, the Editor produces four issues per year.

The Designer for Roundup liaises with the Editor in the layout of the publication, taking it from idea to a completed product, four times per year.  Roundup is currently published online, as well as a small print run.  The publication underwent a refresh in 2016 and should adhere to the general layout and established branding.  The Designer must have access to Adobe Creative Cloud software.

Note: The BCMA is looking for both an Editor and a Designer.  We welcome proposals from individuals as well as Editor/Designer teams.

DEADLINE for submissions is Saturday, April 21, 2018

Click here to read the full RFP for Roundup Editor and Designer.

BCMA Launches new Podcast

The BCMA is excited to launch the first episode of the new BCMA Podcast!

Join the BC Museums Association as we explore topics of importance to the museum community in BC, and around the world. Listen as we talk with museum workers, volunteers, and audiences about their work in BC museums.

Our first episode features an interview with Luc Desmarais.  Luc presented the first BCMA Regional Workshop of 2018 in Abbotsford on March 19 about caring for collections in small- and medium-sized museums in BC, focusing on how deaccessioning – the act of cleaning out a collection – is important to museums in their daily role as stewards of artifacts and histories.

Listen to the full episode here

This episode was recorded at the Sikh Heritage Museum and Gur Sikh Temple in Abbotsford, BC.  Luc will be presenting the same Caring for Collections: The Long Road to Deaccessioning Workshop in Quesnel on April 30.  Get your tickets today!

This new audio project will be expanding through 2018. Stay tuned for more content, and feel free to provide suggestions of future topics by emailing us.