Meet the new team at Greater Vernon Museum and Archives

The museum has a brand new curator and program coordinator, and has welcomed back familiar faces

The Greater Vernon Museum and Archives opened its doors on Oct. 15 with a new (and old) cast and crew, and they’re eager to introduce themselves.

The museum had to weather financial constraints that led to many layoffs earlier this year, and by all appearances the layoffs were to become widespread by the middle of October.

“We were told in the Spring that there were going to be some major changes that would affect staffing,” said Lisa Ramsey, the museum’s business manager. “We were given three months notice that Oct. 12 would be everybody’s last day of work. Every single person.”

But thanks to a restructuring plan under the leadership of Steve Fleck, who was brought on as the executive director in April, the museum has bounced back and the team has been reassembled.

The museum now has a brand new curator and program coordinator, and has brought back some familiar faces to round out a team that’s dedicated to serve the public by preserving and sharing the history and culture of the North Okanagan.

“It’s really exciting,” said Ramsey, who has a wide range of experiences in sports, education and tourism management. “Lots of things are happening (and) more people are coming through the doors.”

Cuyler Page is the museum’s new curator and the team’s leader when it comes to shaping visitors’ experience. Page will be working with staff and community members to plan and create displays, exhibits and other programs and is also in charge of the museum’s artifact collection.

Page spent 17 years restoring the Grist Mill and Gardens in Keremeos, a pioneer site that dates back to 1877. He’s combined his skills as an architect, his penchant for design and his passion for history to bring some exciting new developments to life.

Laisha Rosnau is the museum’s new programming coordinator whose job is to create engaging experiences for visitors of all ages. Her work will include interactions with people in presentations, workshops and entertaining learning experiences.

A nationally recognized author and poet, Rosnau teaches creative writing at the university level and was formerly a site interpreter at Bishop Wild Bird Sanctuary. She will also create materials and resources to support the museum’s displays and publications.

Barbara Bell has more than 35 years of personal history at the museum and has returned as its head archivist.

“Her knowledge and experience of the organization is second to none,” said Community Engagement Coordinator Gwyneth Evans. “Her mentorship of new staff will ensure our archives continues to serve public needs for information and research for years to come.”

Evans worked at the museum for more than a year prior to the layoffs, and is back to being the museum’s leader when it comes to finding and communicating information. She has a wealth of general knowledge in history, and is often the first face visitors see in the reception area when stopping by for a visit.

READ MORE: Vernon Museum digs into identity as a secular Jew

WATCH: Victoria researcher unveils B.C.’s first unique dinosaur discovery


Brendan Shykora
Follow us: Facebook | Twitter

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Petition to install safety barriers on Hwy 97 garners over 500 supporters

Yesterday a fatal collision on Hwy 97 claimed the life of one individual

Oliver Health Centre celebrates expansion of ER

Minister of Health was in Oliver for the official opening of the improved emergency department

Okanagan health care community mourns loss of long-time hospital director

Ken Jarrard dedicated his life in Penticton to health care; he passed away today at age 92.

Four arrested, weapons, suspected drugs seized by RCMP in Penticton

Penticton RCMP take down local drug trafficking operation

Harlem Globetrotters’ Hops Pearce is pumped to bring show to Penticton

Less than two weeks to get your tickets to see Globetrotters’ high-flying stunts

Older Canadians highlighted in Kelowna film project to fight ageism

The project is part of a campaign to combat ageism

Closed mills, housing surge support a positive forecast for lumber industries

B.C. lumber producers have closed mills accounting for 18% of province’s capacity, RBC report says

Good Samaritan pays part of rent for B.C. woman facing eviction in can-collecting dispute

Zora Hlevnjak, 76, supplements her pension by collecting cans and receiving public donations

Princeton – a Prince Town in waiting?

The Town of Princeton has been waiting 160 years for a Royal… Continue reading

Group builds shelters for Vernon’s stray cats

Twenty insulated cat shelters were constructed by volunteers and delivered around town

UBCO partners with Boeing to test new anti-ice coating technology

The coating could one day be applied to all airplanes to prevent ice buildup

Revelstoke already double last year’s snowfall

The city is just below halfway to the snowiest winter on record

True Stories: Okanagan memoir-writers, reading

Reading with local North Okanagan writers Art Dalton, Patti Shales Lefkos, Raven Dahl, Janelle Hardy

Kelowna’s last video store, Leo’s Videos, to remain open despite failed sale

Kelowna’s last video rental store will remain open and under its namesake’s ownership

Most Read