Chris Lemphers – President
Chris is a graduate of Langara College, Dalhousie and UBC. He has extensive experience in working with First Nations and Inuit Health Branch of Health Canada in BC and Alberta. During his 36 years worklife, Chris has practiced in Community Health, Nursing Education and latterly in Nursing Management. During the last 6 years, Chris has helped the Nuu-Chah-Nulth tribal council Nursing programs in Nursing Management. Museums and valuing community heritage has always been an area of interest.
Norm Whiteford – Vice President
Norm has extensive managerial experience in both the Federal Government and private industry. He began as a Flight Service Specialist, and then licensed Air Traffic Controller with Transport Canada. He was managing the Whitehorse, Yukon Air Traffic Control Tower in 1996 when the Canadian Air Navigation System was privatised by Nav Canada. Norm continued with the new company and progressed into senior management, becoming General Manager Airport Operations – Pacific before taking early retirement in 2008. Norm has been volunteering at the museum for the past three years.
Sigrid Hackman – Treasurer
Sigrid is a retired Bookkeeper who is enthusiastic about the new challenge of being a board member and Treasurer. She has extensive bookkeeping experience in the printing industry where she began her career in bindery. Since moving to the coast she has become an enthusiastic gardener.
Lorne Tetarenko – Secretary
Lorne has been an islander for 15 years. He has been an active volunteer for many years. He has an Engineering degree and a Master’s degree in the Management of Non-Profit organizations. His work career began as an engineer, morphed into post-secondary education, and ended with his owning a management consulting firm. He is also a published author, including the biography of Qualicum Beach resident Art Skipsey.
Graham Beard – Director
Graham is a former High School teacher, a biologist and fossil collector, and has significant paleontology expertise. He is the President of the Vancouver Island Paleontology Museum Society. A part of his world class collection of 20,000 artifacts is on display in the Museum. Graham has authored a book on paleontology and continues to lecture on the subject. His reputation attracts others from elsewhere in Canada and abroad to the Museum.
Cliff Craven – Director
His company Target Multi-Media Inc is an award winning communication company covering a broad scope of subject matter, including Museums, Educational, Marketing, & Economic Development. Museum projects include Royal BC Museum, Nk’ Mip Cultural Centre in Osoyoos, Qualicum Beach and Parksville Museums. Cliff has produced for National Geographic, Discovery Channel, and APTN.
Subject matter includes Shamans of the Amazon, Anaconda’s in Venezuela, Yukon’s hard rock miners, Wildland Fire Fighters to Legends of the Okanagan First Nation.
Target’s various projects have involved theatre & exhibit design, Mobile & Internet interpretive solutions and staging of large events.
Cam Harrison – Director
Cam grew up in Vancouver and went to UBC . After graduation he moved to Prince George where he practiced law for 30 years. Cam, Dawn and their children spent many wonderful summers at the original cottages (owned by the Groves and Ellis families) on the beachfront at Beach Acres, Parksville. On retiring, moving to Qualicum / Parksville has felt very much like coming back to a second home. Cam has volunteered on several boards over the years and is very much interested in our local history.
William Recalma – Director
William, (Bill) is a member of the Qualicum First Nation and started his term on the QBH&MS board in November 2015.
Donna Dempsey – Director
Donna retired from the position of Operations Manager for The Reach Gallery Museum Abbotsford in June 2016 and settled in Qualicum Beach. She has 30 years of experience in community museums; eight years including start-up at The Reach and 22 years with the Matsqui Sumas Abbotsford Museum Society. During her career she was involved in all facets of community museum operations; administration, research, programming, volunteer management, exhibits, events and fundraising. She has participated in numerous community events partnering with local non profit organizations to promote and support culture. Donna is a charter member of the BC Heritage Fairs Society and has held the position of Director, Chair and Secretary Treasurer with the organization and assisted with both Provincial and National Heritage Fairs. She was coordinator of the Fraser Valley Regional Heritage Fair for ten years working with hundreds of students and their teachers throughout the Fraser Valley encouraging students to find their place in history and celebrate their Canadian heritage.
Auren Ruvinsky – Director
Born and raised in B.C., this is the first time Auren has lived on Vancouver Island. He came to the Island to work as a reporter and photographer at the PQB News in 2009 which he recently left to pursue other interests. He has a deep interest in history and museums, having studied history in university and he worked at the Nelson Museum in high school, including work on the protection and restoration of a historic boat. Auren has a Bachelor of Journalism and has worked in a wide variety of jobs from roofing to retail and managing a gas station to heavy equipment operation.
Wendy Maurer – Past President
Wendy has been an active community volunteer throughout her life and has served on a number of non-profit boards. Since moving to Qualicum Beach she has been Manager of the Chamber of Commerce, and served on Town Council. She was President of the Mid-Island Wildlife Watch Society, Chair of the Oceanside Spirit of BC Committee, and President of the Oceanside Women’s Business Network. Wendy and her husband volunteer annually with Parks Canada on Russell Island to talk about the history of the island and the Hawaiian settlement in BC.