Two outgoing BCHF directors received Awards of Appreciation during Saturday’s gala for their service to the organization.
Michael Gibbs, a past president of the Surrey Historical Society, was instrumental in the planning of this year’s conference and ensuring Surrey was its host city.
He wrote: “First of all, a heart felt thank you for this recognition of my contribution to the BCHF these past three years. An even greater vote of thanks, however, must go to all of you for your sharing of ideas, talents and commitment to British Columbia’s history. You have inspired me to appreciate that heritage and the real need to recognize its diversity and make it accessible to all, especially those who have felt their stories have yet to be told. While I am still trying to learn to use the ever-changing social media tools, you have been more than patient and have kept me engaged by sharing the benefits they offer.
“Another legacy of being on the BCHF Board has been the chance to see the province in several BCHF Conference locations. The historical and environmental heritage of Nakusp and Sandon; the tours of Cumberland, Courtenay and Comox; and seeing Chilliwack up close (instead of from the freeway at 110 km/h), have encouraged me to travel more in our province. My BC history library has grown considerably, with a number of those books written by BCHF board members. I know it will grow even more as I enter bids at this year’s book auction.
“Thank you all once again, and I look forward to seeing you in person at future BCHF events.”
Caroline Ross of Parksville, who has served as vice-president and membership co-ordinator among other roles, provided the video seen below.