2021 Surrey Inspiration Award: Jennifer Nell Barr

Inspiration Award: Jennifer Nell Barr

The British Columbia Historical Federation (BCHF) is pleased to announce that Jennifer Nell Barr of Victoria is a recipient of an Inspiration award for her continued work researching and writing the “This Old House” series.  
The award is bestowed upon individuals and organizations who have provided hope and optimism to the sector in British Columbia during the ongoing pandemic.   

A member of Victoria Heritage Foundation, Jennifer has devoted endless hours to the publication series for more than 20 years. Coordinating the work of volunteer writers, editors, researchers and more, Jennifer has continued to pursue the next volume during the COVID-19 pandemic, persisting with historic zeal and joy.  

In the words of her nominator, Jennifer “is happy to share her enthusiasm in what she finds along the way […] Some of the stories are hilarious, others very sad, but the social histories she brings to light about the occupants and the houses listed really help make past generations live again.”

The award was presented at the Federation’s annual conference awards gala online on June 5. You can watch Jennifer’s acceptance video below.