Advocacy Committee members:

  • Stephanie Halapija, Executive Director, Gulf of Georgia Cannery (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Joelle Hodgins, Museum Director, Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre (Committee Co-Chair)
  • Lee Boyko, Executive Director, Sooke Region Museum & Visitor Centre
  • Stephen Topfer, Collections Manager, Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
  • Michael Schwartz, Director of Community Engagement, Jewish Museum and Archives of BC
  • kevin david meisner, Educational Experiences Designer, Britannia Mine Museum

Click here to read the Advocacy Committee’s Terms of Reference

Advocacy Committee – Terms of Reference 2020
Approved on March 6, 2020


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 support the BCMA’s advocacy action plan and assist with the development of 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 are to advise BCMA administration and membership on advocacy issues and progress. The Committee will assist the BCMA in the development and implementation of an annual action plan. The Committee will assist with the development of position papers as required using existing BCMA communications tool.

1.5 – Reporting

The Committee reports to BCMA Council as an operational committee.

1.6 – Meeting Frequency

Quarterly, as agreed by membership.