MUSEUM, DIRECTOR HONOURED AT CONFERENCE
Lesia Davis and the Museum at Campbell River were jointly honoured recently by the British Columbia Museums Association. An Award of Merit for outstanding achievement was presented to Ms. Davis on the final night of the province-wide association's annual conference in Vancouver. This top award is selected by a jury of peers from nominations of museums, galleries and heritage organizations across British Columbia. The Award of Merit recognizes the Museum's exceptional growth and its innovative responses to difficult economic times in the four and a half years since Ms. Davis became the executive director.
Lesia Davis (centre), executive director of the Museum at Campbell River, accepts the BC Museums Association Award of Merit from Geert Maas, the artist who created the sculpture. At left is BCMA Awards Committee Chair Trish Keegan.
Over the past five years Museum attendance increased by 59% and earned revenue increased by 38.5%. Major areas of the permanent exhibits have been completed to a standard drawing high praise from visitors and tourism professionals. A large accomplishment is the quarter million dollar Millennium Project of "history outdoors," including artifacts and a native plant garden accessible at any time. Additionally, the Museum has expanded its diverse range of programs and draws increasing numbers of participants from beyond Campbell River. Of note were the introduction of a "community membership" giving unlimited free admission for all Campbell River residents and the establishment of an endowment fund within the Campbell River Community Foundation.
Lesia Davis was an invited panelist at two sessions of a Global Museums Conference held in the Virgin Islands earlier this year and was a presenter at the recent BC Museums Association conference. Ms. Davis also was the inaugural president of Tourism North Central Island association formed in 2001.
The BCMA award is commemorated with a bronze sculpture entitled "Museums in Motion." It depicts many people working together in a collage of images representing the province's resources and heritage. A description of the concepts embodied by the piece is placed beside the sculpture in the Museum foyer.