During the Canadian Museums Association conference in Vancouver, the North Vancouver Museum and Archives’ picked up two awards for outstanding achievement — an Award of Distinguished Service, and the 2018 Volunteer Award.
NVMA Assistant Director Shirley Sutherland received the 2018 Award of Distinguished Service for her distinctive contribution to Canada’s museum community over her long and dedicated career in the museum field. The award selection committee highlighted Ms. Sutherland’s dedication to museum programming and education, and noted that she has built bridges between traditional museum areas of focus, the education system and the local community. Ms. Sutherland has worked in a number of Lower Mainland institutions including Vancouver Centennial Museum, Vancouver Maritime Museum, Langley Centennial Museum, and the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. Shirley has been an advocate for community-based school and public programming and has provided mentorship for many young professionals.
The Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums and the Canadian Museums Association named Sharon J. Proctor as the recipient of the 2018 Museum Volunteer Award for her sustained and outstanding commitment to the NVMA. Sharon worked for many years as the Curator of Education and Interpretation at the Vancouver Aquarium. Following her retirement Sharon joined the Friends of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives Society where she is an active volunteer. During her 15 years with the NVMA, Sharon has revived the museum’s quarterly publication, The Express and has researched and written over 100 articles focused on local sites, people and events. These articles became the basis for her book Time Travel in North Vancouver.
Congratulations to Shirley and Sharon!