Haida Gwaii museum honours longtime board member

  • Jul. 2, 2011 8:00 p.m.

The Haida Gwaii Museum honoured Pearle Pearson for her 38 years as a board member at the annual general meeting on Sunday (June 26).Ms Pearson, who lives in Skidegate, has been a board member since the opening of the museum in 1973. She was presented with a gold and silver double salmon spawning pendant carved by Bill Bellis as a token of appreciation for her long service. In other news from the AGM, Dolly Garza of Skidegate has taken over as president on the museum’s board, said museum director Nathalie Macfarlane. The former president, Christopher Collison, stepped down last year.The museum also presented its financial statements for 2010. Revenues of $316,000 were reported, down a bit over last year’s $354,000. Ms Macfarlane said gift shop revenue was down in 2010 due to fewer visitors to the islands. Cuts to the BC Arts Council grant and to their grant from the Skeena-Queen Charlotte Regional District also accounted for this drop.She said their full amount for BC Arts Council funding has been restored for 2011 and the regional district restored half of the funding they had cut in 2010. Haida Heritage Centre manager Jason Alsop was the guest speaker at the meeting. Ms Macfarlane said he gave a very motivating talk about how far the museum and the heritage centre have come as a partnership, thanks in part to the flexibility the museum has demonstrated.Ms Macfarlane also noted that the Haida Gwaii Museum was ranked number two in the province by the BC Arts Council Peer review committee.”The Museum and the Haida Heritage Centre together is an extraordinary thing as far as a living cultural centre goes,” said Ms Macfarlane.Members were also encouraged to renew their memberships, as the museum receives both moral and financial support in this way. Lifetime memberships are $250. Annual family memberships are $40, individuals are $30 and senior memberships are $10. Membership provides free access to the museum facilities and exhibits, as well as a 10 per cent discount on items in the gift shop. The museum has 138 members.The museum has also been developing a webstore over the past year and people can access more than 200 products online at www.haidagwaiimuseum.ca.

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