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.

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.

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.

Chris Berndt – Director

Chris has lived in retirement, in Qualicum Beach since 2003.  He  grew up and raised his family in Calgary.  He was involved in the Calgary construction industry, having worked in housing, renovations and commercial projects.

David Ireland – Director

David is a retired Royal Canadian Navy naval combat systems engineer who has volunteered his technical expertise for many projects around the museum. Born and raised in Victoria, David’s family often vacationed in the Oceanside area where he now makes his home. Prior to joining the Navy, David was employed in truck driving, commercial fishing, technical sales, government radio systems installations & maintenance and as a baker’s assistant.   David also serves as President of the Mid Island Radio Association (MIRA), Vice-President of the Oceanside Community MakerSpace (OCMS), and as a member of the Oceanside Emergency Communications Team (OECT) …an organization devoted to providing emergency radio services when required by civil authorities.

Nadine Landa – Director

For the past 25 years, Nadine has been an educator working with a broad range of students and organizations. She is an experienced curriculum developer and has coauthored a number of children’s stories designed to scaffold learning in fun and creative ways. She continues to work as a mentor for students with unique educational challenges. Nadine and her husband Allan live in Qualicum Beach with their two golden retrievers.

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.

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.

Adam Walker – Town of Qualicum Beach Liaison