By Shirley Sutherland
Sunday, April 19, 2020 will mark the start of National Volunteer Week in Canada. This is a coast-to-coast-to-coast celebration of the commitment, dedication, generosity and selflessness of Canada’s almost 12.7 million volunteers.
In North Vancouver, some volunteers are working from home to ensure that NVMA’s activities continue despite social distancing. As you will read below, Eric Jamieson is doing just that as he builds on the contributions he has made over many years.
The NVMA is fortunate to have a large corps of volunteers supporting its ongoing work. Some amazing individuals contribute in a wide range of ways. Their work is tremendously varied and can involve the archives, education and public programs, museum collections, administration and fundraising initiatives.
Since joining the NVMA in 2001 volunteer Eric Jamieson has covered many of these bases! Bringing with him experiences gained while with the Boards of Trustees at the Campbell River and Prince George museums, Eric worked with the NVMA team that sourced and funded the transformation of Lynn Valley Elementary school into the first purpose-built Community Archives, of the 21st century, in B.C.
While he was a ‘career banker’ for 30 years, Eric also has written a number of award-winning books including, “Tragedy at Second Narrows” and “The Native Voice”. Clearly an accomplished researcher, he has conducted many oral history interviews for the Archives and developed an exhibit, in 2009, for the Museum. His records are often consulted as we plan programs and exhibits.
Recently, Eric surprised us by applying his woodworking talents to build this charming toy model of the RCMP ship, St. Roch. This addition to the education collection will be featured in our children’s programs at the new Museum.
We rely on contributions, monthly or one-time gifts, to help MONOVA safeguard and expand our community’s archival and museum collections, build learning experiences and inspire future generations.
Donations are accepted through the Friends of the North Vancouver Museum & Archives Society, Registered Charity No. 89031 1772 RR0001.
We respectfully acknowledge that MONOVA: Museum and Archives of North Vancouver is located on the traditional lands of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) First Nations, whose ancestors have lived here for countless generations. We are grateful for the opportunity to live, work and learn with them on unceded Coast Salish Territory.