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.

Nanci Langford – Vice President

Nanci Langford is a recent transplant to Qualicum Beach. Nanci teaches at Athabasca University and her research area is Canadian women’s history. She was active in Alberta for many years collecting and depositing women’s archival materials and working on the Alberta Women’s Memory Project, a website and digital archive. Nanci has published research about Alberta farm women, prairie school teachers, international teacher exchange programs and women’s experiences during the homestead years. She is currently editing a book of articles on women’s social and political activism in the Canadian west. She is interested in sharing her keen interest in social and public history and in memoirs and oral history with Qualicum Beach Historical and Museum Society.

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.

Norm Whiteford – Secretary

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.

April Steel – Recording 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.

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.

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.

Myron French – Director

Myron was born in 1943 and educated in Manitoba, where he received a B.A. in Economics and Psychology, as well as a M.Ed in Educational Administration. He spent 30 years in high schools as head of the Business Education department. Additionally he was involved as producer/director of musical plays. He has enjoyed playing sports such as track and field, tennis, curling, canoeing, downhill and cross country skiing. He also owned a construction company for 12 years, a food manufacturing company, a mobile food business for 23 years and a fast food mall business for 4 years. He has traveled northern and central Europe and lived for 5 years in Mexico. Currently he is retired and continues to enjoy a very active life. He and his wife MaryLynn moved to Vancouver Island in 2014 and enjoy being involved in the local Qualicum Beach community.

Frances Goodman, Director

Frances is a recent graduate of Kwalikum Secondary School, and 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 paleontology collection 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 planning to pursue 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.

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.

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 – Qualicum First Nations Liaison

Bill was born in 1952 and has lived in the Qualicum are 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.

Barry Avis – Town of Qualicum Beach Liaison