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 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.
Cliff Craven – Vice President
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, Anacondas in Venezuela, Yukon’s hard rock miners, Wildland Fire Fighters and Legends of the Okanagan First Nation. Target’s various projects have involved theatre & exhibit design, mobile & internet interpretive solutions, and staging of large events.
Sigrid Hackman – Treasurer
Sigrid is a retired Bookkeeper. 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.
April Steel – Secretary
April is a retired Certified Management Accountant with a background in financial reporting, revenue and tax accounting, financial policy and procedures and the development of financial systems in both the public and private sectors. April has had a long association with cultural organizations and recreational groups where she has held positions of Chair, Commodore, Treasurer, Secretary and Founding Director.
Norm Whiteford – Director
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 five years.
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 and Museum Society and curator of the museum’s paleontological collection and exhibits. Graham has authored a book on paleontology and continues to lecture on the subject. He also leads the paleontology tours at the museum. His reputation attracts visitors and scientists from elsewhere in Canada and abroad to the Museum.
Frances Goodman – Director
Frances is a KSS grad and VIU student. She began volunteering at the Qualicum Beach Museum in the summer of 2015 after falling in love with the museum’s paleontology collection. She has applied her skills in digital photography as well as her wide knowledge of paleontology to digital projects at the museum, such as documenting the palaeontology collection, developing exhibits, conducting tours, and taking the lead in developing the Virtual Museum of Canada paleontology exhibit. She has a strong interest in science, visual arts, and paleontology, and brings a youth perspective to the governance of the QBH&MS. Frances is pursuing a major in anthropology with a focus in hominid evolution and early human societies, and hopes to combine this with her love of science and museum work into her career development.
Halima Rogers – Director
Halima studied Cultural Anthropology at McMaster University and completed a Masters of Arts in Counseling Psychology. Her interest lies in stories, meaning and metaphor. Prior to moving to Qualicum Beach 5 years ago with her husband and three children, she volunteered as a Docent at Museum London, an art gallery and museum in London, Ontario. She served as President of the Museum London Tour Guide Association in her last year at the Museum. Locally, Halima has worked at the Qualicum Beach Museum, and held the Chair Position in the Qualicum Beach Elementary School Parent Advisory Council. She has a passion for community and enjoys life in Qualicum with her family.
William Recalma – Director and Qualicum First Nations Liaison
Bill was born in 1952 and has lived in the Qualicum area his entire life. He lived in Victoria for 19 years and returned home. He commercial fished for 25 years which ended in a fishing accident. He belongs to the Qualicum First Nation and was on the Band council for two terms in 1988. He went to Sprott-Shaw College to become a care aid, which he continues to do. He also instructs a young men’s group on Life Skills. He offers his extensive knowledge of the area as well as the history, culture and cultural protocols.
Adam Walker – Town of Qualicum Beach Liaison