Schedule at a Glance

We are looking forward to this year’s conference in Courtenay, Comox, and Cumberland and hope to see you all there.

The Comox Air Force Museum will be opening its doors — and opening the Comox Heritage Air Park for tours between 2:00 and 4:30.

The nearby Comox Museum will be welcoming delegates between 4 and 7.

At 7:00 newly-retired director of the Comox Air Force Museum, Jon Ambler, will be giving a presentation about the creation of the museum and its current role and aspirations in the theatre at the Comox Air Force Museum.  Delegates are welcome to tour the museum as well.

8:00 Registration, Native Sons Hall, Courtenay

8:30-10:00 Native Sons Hall
Connecting People that Change the World in a Positive Way
Hosted by Deborah Griffiths, Courtenay Museum and Paleontology Centre

Daryl Hatton, Crowdsourcing pioneer
We are delighted to welcome Daryl Hatton, CEO of Fundrazr an award-winning online fundraising platform that helps people and organizations raise money for causes they care about.  Since 2009, Fundrazr has helped raise over $115 million for over 140,000 campaigns in dozens of countries around the world.

10:00–10:15 Break

10:15-11:15 Native Sons Hall

1) Strategic Directions, Large and Small
Michelle Willard, Cumberland Museum
Gary Mitchell, Provincial Archivist Emeritus of BC

2) Engaging Genealogists
Andrea Lister
Are you a historical organization in need of volunteers? Are you a genealogist looking for a project? Genealogists and family historians have a lot to offer historical societies. Hear about some examples of ways that family historians have contributed to research projects and learn how you can collaborate in your own community.

3) Japanese Charcoal Kilns in the Gulf Islands
Chuck Tasaka

The Lost Fleet: Japanese-Canadian Fishing Vessels on the Northwest Coast
Duncan McLeod Vancouver Maritime Museum

Around noon, we will be bussing to Cumberland, where we will have time to explore Cumberland and enjoy lunch in one of its many downtown restaurants.

Between 2:00 and 4:00 pm, four tours will be offered by the Cumberland Museum

  • Tour 1: Old Townsites including #1 Japantown and Chinese Townsite (uneven ground, gravel paths)
  • Tour 2: Cumberland Museum Tour
  • Tour 3: Historic Downtown (uneven ground)
  • Tour 4: Choice of self-guided tours

Busses will return delegates to the Native Sons Hall in Courtenay around 4:00. Dinner is on your own.

7-9 BCHF Ideas Fair, Native Sons Hall
Join your fellow BCHF members and member societies as they set up displays showcasing their projects over the past year.  Mingle and visit and celebrate the accomplishments and energy of member societies from across the province.

Native Sons Hall
8:00 Delegate registration for the AGM

9:00-11:00 BCHF AGM


Not just Stones and Beads: Recognizing, Revitalizing and Protecting Indigenous Cultural Heritage in BC.

Karen Aird of the First People’s Cultural Council will be speaking about the work of the FPCC and the importance of intangible heritage.

12:15—1:00 LUNCH AND LEARN

Pick up your lunch and join one of three informal sessions between 12:30 and 1:00 pm.

  • Paul Gravett, Heritage BC: “What we are learning from Heritage BC’s Provincial Roundtables”
  • Caroline Ross, BCHF Membership Chair: “Get excited about the BCHF’s new member portal”
  • David Leverton, Maritime Museum of BC, “Support our new museum project”


  • Tour One: Fossils
  • Tour Two: Natural and Human History of Courtenay River Estuary
  • Tour Three: Filberg House tour, Comox
  • Tour Four: A choice of self-guided

7—10pm BCHF Book Prize Gala, Native Sons Hall

10:00 Informal cemetery tour TBC

Conference wraps up — safe journey home!