BCMA Council

A Council elected from the membership governs the BCMA. Councillors set policies for the Association while services are delivered by a small professional staff and volunteer committees.

President

Lynn Adam Saffery, Museum Manager
Museum of Surrey
Surrey, BC

Lynn Saffery began his career in heritage over 25 years ago at Canada Agriculture and Food Museum and the Canada Science and Technology Museum in Ottawa. After relocating to British Columbia in 1995, Lynn worked as Assistant Curator at the Museum of Surrey as well as various research and curatorial projects in a number of community and municipal museums.

Following six years as Design Supervisor at the Burnaby Village Museum, Lynn returned to Surrey in 2014 to become Museum Manager where he oversaw the design and construction of the Museum of Surrey expansion and the relocation of two heritage buildings. Lynn is interested in finding ways to build connection and engagement through storytelling and cultural sharing and believes our cultural heritage fosters local citizenship and community identity. He sees museums as ideal spaces for people to engage and connect. Lynn holds a diploma in Museum Studies, BA in Political Geography, and MA in Cultural Geography and is a member of CMA, American Association of Geographers and Heritage Vancouver.

Vice-President

c̓ris Jordan Coble, səxʷk̓ʷinmaʔm̓ – Councillor
Westbank First Nation
Westbank, BC

Jordan was born and raised in the heart of the Okanagan and is dedicated to working for his Nation, community and people. Through the celebration of living history, Jordan strives to provide transformative experiences empowering the voice of the Okanagan/syilx people to be heard and understood as valuable to all walks of life in relation to past, present and future generations. Jordan ensures the application and interpretation of Indigenous knowledge is valued in a respectful manner to create healthier relationships to serve as the stepping-stones in the reconciliation process. A more comprehensive understanding of the historical interconnectedness between people and place is essential in moving forward together and is rooted in Okanagan pedagogy.

Jordan has been fortunate to lead the Sncəwips Heritage Museum to a number of awards as well as successful projects and exhibitions through collaborations and partnerships. He was first elected to Council for Westbank First Nation in 2019 and was re-elected in the fall of 2022. Jordan continues to support and work closely with the Sncəwips Heritage Society serving as president as an overall heritage and culture champion.

 

Secretary

Jane Lemke, Curator
Burnaby Village Museum
Burnaby, BC

Jane is the Curator at the Burnaby Village Museum. She has worked in various museums in the Lower Mainland. Her educational background includes a Master of Arts degree in History and a Master of Museum Studies degree. Her research focus has been on trauma and memory and its role in shaping Canadian identity.

Jane sees museum work as a vital point of connection for communities to gain greater understanding of equality, inclusion and social responsibility. Her work in research and exhibits concentrates on fostering relationships with marginalized groups.

Treasurer

Chris Earle, Accountant
Redmond Advisory Group Inc
Victoria, BC

Chris Earle is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a Chartered Director, who has held progressive leadership roles in several of Canada’s larger publicly traded technology companies and emerging not-for-profit organizations. He is currently a principal at Redmond Advisory Group Inc. He has over 30 years of significant staff, board and board committee experience serving in a variety of roles such as: Vice President of Finance, Director of Finance (staff roles) along with Board Chair and Treasurer positions. The organizations include Telus, BC Hydro, Saint Michael’s Centre Hospital Society, Coast Funds, Legal Services Society (Legal Aid BC) and MPA Society. In these positions, Chris worked closely with senior management teams and boards to oversee the organization’s financial stewardship and governance.

Chris recently moved to Victoria from Vancouver and maximizes the opportunity to sail the Pacific Northwest and gravel bike on the island.

 

Past President

Catherine Ouellet-Martin, Senior Operations Manager
Beaty Biodiversity Museum
Vancouver, BC

Catherine is the Senior Operations Manager of the Beaty Biodiversity Museum. She has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and a Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Public History from Simon Fraser University in addition to having done archaeology and anthropology field studies in Europe.

Catherine’s past experiences in historic sites, museums and archaeological sites include archaeology excavations at Fort Langley National Historic Site; Historical Interpretation at the Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site in Steveston; and work in education programming before becoming Executive Director at the Delta Museums and Archives and later at the Fraser River Discovery Centre in New Westminster.  Over the years, Catherine has served on Boards and committees including Tourism New Westminster Board,  Coast and Mountain Tourism Region Board, The City of New Westminster Parks, Culture and Recreation Committee and the Corridor Management Plan Committee for the Gold Rush Trail.

Catherine relocated to British Columbia from Quebec City in 1989. She has lived in New Westminster ever since.

 

Councillors

Sean Young, Curator of Collections
Saahlinda Naay Haida Gwaii Museum
Haida Gwaii, BC

My name is Gid yahk’ii (Sean Young). I am a proud member of the Haida Nation. I’m part of the G̱aag’yals ḴiiG̱waay Raven Clan of Ḵ’uuna Llnagaay (Skedans). I am currently the Manager/Curator of Collections and Lab of Archaeology at Saahlinda Naay “Saving Things House” (Haida Gwaii Museum) at Ḵay Llnagaay. I’m also an educated and trained field Archaeologist and I have been an instructor and guest lecturer for the Haida Gwaii Institutes Natural Resource Studies and Marine Conservation semester for the past three years. I’ve also worked for the Haida Gwaii Watchmen Program since 2004 as a cultural ambassador and caretaker living in ancient Haida village and cultural every summer which are located within Gwaii Haanas National Park Reserve Haida Heritage Site.

 

Sherri Kajiwara, Director/Curator
Nikkei National Museum
Burnaby, BC

Sherri Kajiwara has been a fine arts professional since 1992 as a gallerist, gallery director, gallery owner, writer, editor, publisher, and curator. After co-owning the Bjornson Kajiwara Gallery in Vancouver from 2004 – 2008, she launched an online arts communications company Vantage Art Projects and is currently Director and Curator of the Nikkei National Museum at the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre, dedicated to honour, preserve, and share Japanese culture and Japanese Canadian history and heritage for a better Canada.

 

Michelle Tsin-Yi Taylor, Curator
City of Delta
Delta, BC

Working in the cultural heritage sector for over 15 years, Michelle is passionate about exploring Canadian identity, community engagement, and cultural memory through a framework of diversity, equity, and inclusion. Michelle holds a BA (Hons) in History and a Master of Museum Studies. She is currently the Curator for the City of Delta where she facilitates conversations with its diverse communities through engagement with its collections, exhibitions, and intangible heritage.

Michelle serves as a member of the IBPOC Museum Professionals Network advisory group for the BCMA
and is currently the Diversity Executive for CUPE 454. She has worked for a variety of museums in the lower mainland including New Westminster Museum and Archives and Vancouver Chinatown Foundation’s Storytelling Centre, and has served on the Board of Directors for the Port Coquitlam
Heritage and Cultural Society.

 

Carolyn Holmes, Executive Director
Nanaimo Art Gallery
Nanaimo, BC

Carolyn Holmes has been working in art galleries for more than 25 years. She earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Queen’s University in studio arts and a Masters of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. After contracts in a number of art galleries across Ontario, Carolyn moved to Prince George, BC to create an education program at the Prince George Art Gallery. During her tenure in Prince George at the now Two Rivers Gallery, she developed an educational department and team that has been recognized nationally. Under her direction the gallery has created a substantial outreach program, a Maker space, MakerLab Youth Immersion for vulnerable youth and a vibrant studio program. Carolyn left her role at Two Rivers Gallery in June 2020 to become the new Executive Director at Nanaimo Art Gallery. In addition to being a member of the BC Museums Association Council, she is a member of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization, the Canadian Museums Association, and she was a long standing board member of the Canadian Art Gallery Educators group CAGE.

 

Dauna Kennedy, Executive Director
Vernon Public Art Gallery
Vernon, BC

Dauna Kennedy has been the Executive Director for the Vernon Public Art Gallery for more than 13 years. With over 30 years in the not for profit industry, she brings a wealth of knowledge to her position as Executive Director. A recent success for Dauna in this role was leading a team of staff, volunteers and community advocates through a successful yes vote campaign for a referendum to build a new 40-million-dollar purpose built cultural facility for the North Okanagan.

She has been an active Director for the Greater Vernon Chamber of Commerce for 7 years and was President during the 2016/17 term. Through this capacity she played an active role in policy development, providing input at both the Provincial and Federal levels. She is a member of the Canadian Art Museum Directors Organization (CAMDO) and active on the Greater Vernon Arts & Culture Master Plan Committee. Dauna has participated on various community development committees such as the Economic Development Advisory Committee, Tourism Commission, Vision North Okanagan’s Urban Renewal Committee, North Okanagan’s Cultural Capital of Canada Bid Committee and the Culture in Action Committee.

 

Alyssa Leier, Curator
The Exploration Place
Prince George, BC

Alyssa is the Curator at The Exploration Place in Prince George, BC. A graduate of Simon Fraser University, her educational focus has been in Archaeology, Conservation, and First Nations Studies. She has spent several years both in the field, working as an archaeologist and in the Curatorial Department at The Exploration Place. She is passionate about the human history of the Northern Region, loves the outdoors and is always eager to deepen her understanding of the history of the place she calls home.
Brian Radburn, Vice-President Corporate Operations & CFO
Science World
Vancouver, BC

Brian Radburn is a Chartered Professional Accountant and worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP for twenty-five years. He progressed through the firm to Partner, gaining significant financial and governance experience advising boards and management teams operating in diverse economic sectors and industries. After PwC, Brian was an engaged and strategic CFO for a number of emerging and growth enterprises. He is currently the Vice-President, Corporate Operations and CFO for Science World, British Columbia.

Brian has significant board and board committee experience and has served in a variety of roles, including chair and treasurer. These include the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Amnesty International – Canadian Section, Royal College of Surgeons and Physicians of Canada, Rumble Theatre and most recently, he joined the BCMA Finance Committee.

Brian takes full advantage of living in Vancouver and enjoys hiking, skiing and biking.