Adriana Ayers
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Public History M.A., volunteer, and occasional contracted RBCM employee, Adriana still enjoys participating in Night at the Museum, but she never forgets her earplugs. With a professional passion for interpretation, film history, and material culture Adriana is kept pretty busy. New to the West Coast, she spends most of her free time exploring the Island’s hiking trails and coffee shops.
Aimee Greenaway
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Aimee Greenaway is the interpretation curator at the Nanaimo Museum. She is a sixth generation Nanaimo resident who grew up in the former coal mining camp of Extension. Aimee graduated from Vancouver Island University in 2002 with a Bachelors of Arts in History and a Bachelor of Education. Her passion for local history was sparked by her own genealogy research and BC history courses taught by Dr. Patrick Dunae. She worked at the BC Forest Discovery Centre …
Aimée van Drimmelen
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Aimée van Drimmelen is a Canadian artist who grew up in Saskatchewan. Self-taught, she obtained a degree in anthropology from Concordia University and worked for several years in communications and journalism before starting a career as an artist and illustrator in Montréal. Aiméeʼs work has been exhibited in Montréal, San Francisco and New York.
Andrew Bak
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Andrew Bak is a Coast Salish writer, musician and visual artist from the Tsawwassen First Nation. He worked on the negotiation and implementation of the Tsawwassen First Nation Final Agreement, and served two terms in elected office for Tsawwassen Government. Andrew has volunteered for multiple terms on the Corporation of Delta’s Heritage Advisory Commission, and served on the board of the provincial Aboriginal Agricultural Initiative. He holds an MBA fr…
Leesa Mike, Dave Caswell and Angie Bain
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
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Leesa Mike is the director of lands and economic development for the Lower Nicola Indian Band, overseeing land management and administration, membership and estates, Aboriginal title and rights business development, industry relations and investment, and management of economic resources. In the past, Leesa has worked as the LNIB’s economic development officer and economic development manager.

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Anna Rambow
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Coming from a diverse background that includes arts and cultural management, media and photography, Anna Rambow has worked in a number of arts administration and community animation roles with literary festivals, artist run centres and community based arts festivals. She joined the Cumberland Museum and Archives as outreach coordinator in 2013 and in 2015 was the acting executive director. In addition to her position at the Cumberland Museum and Archives, …
Ann ten Cate
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Ann's passion for archives began as a kid when a package of tea from Sri Lanka arrived at home, wrapped in crumpled and torn pages from an old tea plantation ledger. “I painstakingly taped it all back together with Scotch tape(aplogies to all paper conservators out there!) and felt enormously proud of my efforts to preserve an archival record. It went from there...”
Aunalee Boyd-Good
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Aunalee Boyd-Good spent most of her childhood being raised in an art studio in Nanaimo, BC where she learned multiple art media such as pottery, painting, print-making and carving, as well as the entrepreneurial skills to sell works of art. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Vancouver Island University and is also a certified optometric assistant. She and her sister Sophia created a family brand of Coast Salish clothing that encompasses the art of th…
Ben Fast
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Ben is an MA student from Royal Roads University exploring the role of museums in the heritage tourism industry. A 4th-generation Vancouver Islander, Ben grew up within the Royal BC Museum and has recently explored Europe’s great museum collections. He has worked at museums in Victoria as well as in Normandy, France, and is thrilled to be the guest editor for the fifth issue of Curious. Ben is also a musician, photographer and writer and looks forward t…
Bobby Clark
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Bobby Clark is from the Nisg̱a’a Village of Lax̱g̱alts’ap and is in the Lax̱gibuu (Wolf) tribe from Wilps Duuḵ’ – Gitwilnaak’il. Bobby’s Nisg̱a’a name is Laax̱ Yee, literally meaning ’to walk back and forth’—a name gifted to him by his late paternal uncle Dr. Bert McKay. Bobby attended Capilano University in North Vancouver before moving home to work as clerk-to-council for the Lax̱g̱alts’ap Village Government. He then work…
Bruno Lindner
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
After graduating from high school I started work with the BC Government. Through various job site transfers I ended up at the RBCM, which is a great place to receive an on-the-job education. Areas of Interest: Discovering the unexpected.
Chris O'Connor
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
I came to the Royal BC Museum in 2011, most recently from the Vancouver Art Gallery. I received my MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Simon Fraser University, focusing on the intersection of soundscape and urban planning. Currently I run the kids and families division of the Learning Department at the Royal BC Museum. My particular interest is in fostering an active environment for visitors to experience the museum exhibits and collections in innovative …
Christie Silver
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Christie Silver has never, to her knowledge, passed up a visit to a museum. An intense interest in history and its tangible components has always been a characteristic of hers and she cannot imagine a future for herself that does not involve the past in some intimate manner. Believing that museums are a perfect professional environment for the eternally curious, Christie is currently transitioning her recreational interest into a career. She graduated in…
Cindy Van Volsem
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Cindy Van Volsem earned a Master of Arts degree in Jerusalem studying historical geography, archaeology and Hebrew. Learning in that context how material culture informs history compelled her to pursue a museum career. After 21 years of work as a collections manager and curator she came to the Royal BC Museum to work in exhibitions, having returned to college in 2010 to retrain as a joiner/cabinetmaker.
Claudia Copley
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Claudia has been collecting insects and spiders ever since she was a little girl. “I had a whole collection,” she says. “They weren’t pinned and dead, though. Mine were alive in jars with a bit of habitat.” In 2003, Claudia’s love of all things alive brought her to the RBCM as Collections Manager in Entomology.
Colleen Wilson
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Colleen Wilson has been a textile conservator at the Royal BC Museum since 1981, sharing the position with Kjerstin Mackie since 1991. Colleen holds a BA (First Class) in History in Art, with a specialty in medieval architecture, from the University of Victoria. She has also completed postgraduate studies at the Textile Conservation Centre, Hampton Court Palace. Colleen hopes, before she retires, to conserve the Pemberton dress, a vision in green, purple a…
David H. T. Wong
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
A proud multi-generational Canadian, David is a founding director of the Chinese Canadian Historical Society of BC and wrote and illustrated the acclaimed graphic novel, Escape to Gold Mountain: a Graphic History of the Chinese in North America. David is also a professional architect, a recipient of a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal and has been featured by the Vancouver Sun as one of Vancouver’s “Leading Lights in Green Design” and one of …
Dennis J. Duffy
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Dennis wrote/edited three books in the archives' Sound Heritage Series, and produced three of the documentary sound programs that accompanied the series. In 1982-1986, he was principal researcher for the B.C. Filmography Project, compiling data about films produced in the province. His publications include Imagine Please: Early Radio Broadcasting in British Columbia, Camera West: British Columbia on Film, 1941-1965, and the RBCM …
Don Bourdon
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Curator of Images and Paintings, Don Bourdon is researching BC photographers and photographs of the wet-plate collodion era, a period that coincides with BC’s colonial era and waves of gold rush activity.

Dr. Gavin Hanke
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Curator of Vertebrate Zooology (plus hagfishes, they don’t have vertebrae) Gavin Hanke is interested in the role of the pet trade and angling industry in the spread exotic species. “I can board a Coast Guard Ship and spend a month at sea collecting fishes, write about fossil fishes, or go electrofishing for exotic species, and it's part of my regular work-week.”
Dr. Lorne Hammond
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Lorne Hammond, History Curator, joined the Royal BC Museum in 1997 after completing a history doctorate at the University of Ottawa. His research with the collection helps to develop exhibits. He mentors graduate university students, and works with the public.
Dr. Richard Hebda
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
With his graduate students, Curator of Botany and Earth History Richard Hebda has written more than 120 scientific papers and 250 popular articles. He has been co-author or co-editor of eight books and major reports, and serves as the Province’s expert advisor on Burns Bog and science advisor on paleontology.
Dr. Tzu-I Chung
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Dr. Tzu-I Chung is curator of history at the Royal British Columbia Museum. Her project “Centre of Arrivals” is part of the museum's long-term commitment toward exploring and sharing the stories of multicultural immigrants in British Columbia through research, collection and exhibits. Her recent publications can be found in the academic journals Museum and Society and BC Studies, the book Aspects of Transnational and Indigenous Cultures and other publi…
Ember Lundgren
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
I work with the archival collections and I have been working with the collections, first as a volunteer and now as an employee, for almost 17 years. My interest in museum and archival work was inspired (at the age of 15) when I stumbled into the middle of an episode of Reading Rainbow (PBS) entitled “Mummies made in Egypt”. I was born and raised in Esquimalt, BC and I did my undergraduate in Anthropology and then trained in motion picture film preserva…
Erica Wheeler
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Erica grew up in North Vancouver, at the foot of the Coast Mountains. Long summer days of exploring her backyard instilled a love of plants and animals that eventually led Erica to study biology. As a young adult, she worked for many years as a treeplanter in the silviculture industry all over BC, which gave her a great appreciation for the biological and ecological diversity in the province. These days, Erica is very happy to be working at the Royal BC Mu…
Eric Espig
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
I have a background in digital design and museum studies, as well as a personal interest in sound and public performance. My drive to design projects such as Curious stems from the desire to reach new audiences and to uncover some of the hidden treasures found within museum collections. I enjoy approaching museum Web and App projects with an intent to try something new and to use common tools and platforms in different ways.
France Trépanier
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
France Trépanier is a visual artist, curator and researcher of Kanien’kéha:ka and French ancestry. She worked at the Canada Council for the Arts before becoming a senior arts policy advisor with the Department of Canadian Heritage and held a diplomatic post as first secretary, cultural affairs at the Canadian Embassy in Paris. She directed the Centre for New Media at the Canadian Cultural Centre in Paris and was the co-founder and director of the artis…
Gary Mitchell
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Gary holds a master’s degree in archival studies and became a manager with the BC Archives in the late 1980s. He excelled, becoming Deputy Provincial Archivist in 1991 and was named Provincial Archivist in 1998. He retired in July of 2014 as Vice President, Archives, Collections & Knowledge.
Grant Keddie
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Grant Keddie has worked as a Curator in Archaeology at the Royal British Columbia Museum for the last 40 years. He has a broad interest in human and natural history with a focus on the history of First Nations cultures of British Columbia, the early history of European and Asiatic cultures in the Province, and late ice mega-fauna.
Greg Younging
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Dr. Greg Younging joined the Belongings issue as Senior Advisor. He is the former long-time managing editor of Theytus Books, a publishing house founded by and for indigenous authors. He is also Professor of Indigenous Studies at the University of British Columbia.
Heidi Gartner
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
I am an invertebrate biologist and have been the Invertebrate Collections Manager since the summer of 2012. I grew up in Ontario and always dreamed of the ocean and studying the animals that live in it. I fell in love with the BC coast when I moved here to begin my undergraduate degree. I then completed a Master’s degree at the University of Victoria...
Prof. Jack Lohman
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Jack Lohman was educated at the University of East Anglia where he studied History of Art. He was awarded a scholarship to read Architecture at the Freien Universitat in Berlin and later obtained an MA at the University of Manchester. He has received honorary doctorates from the Universities of Westminster, London (PUNO) and East Anglia. He is Professor in Museum Design and Communication at the Bergen National Academy of the Arts in Norway and Editor in C…
James Miskelly
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
James Miskelly is an RBCM Research Associate studying the grasshoppers, crickets, and related insects of BC. This research began in 2005 and has now included sampling all over the province. When not engaged in museum research, James is involved in rare plant conservation and ecological restoration in the Garry oak ecosystems of southern Vancouver Island.
Jana Stefan
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Jana Stefan first began working at the Royal BC Museum as a conservator in 2005, but later made the leap to the Exhibitions department where she has been working full time as an exhibits technician since 2008. With a post-graduate Diploma in Collections Conservation and Management and a Bachelors of Fine Arts, she stretches her creative (and messy!) side each day in the exhibits production studio, helping to develop and build upcoming exhibitions.
Janet Rogers
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Janet is a Mohawk/Tuscarora writer from Six Nations. She was born in Vancouver British Columbia, lived in Stoney Creek, Hamilton and Toronto Ontario and is living as guest on the traditional lands of the Coast Salish people (Victoria, British Columbia) since 1994. Janet works in the genres of poetry, spoken word performance poetry, video poetry and recorded poetry with music. Janet is also a radio broadcaster, documentary producer, media and sound artist.
Dr. Jan Walls
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Jan Walls is a professor emeritus in the Humanities Department at Simon Fraser University, where he was founding director of the David Lam Centre for International Communication and founding director of the Asia-Canada Program. In addition to teaching at Aichi University in Japan (1967–68), the University of British Columbia (1970–78) and the University of Victoria (1978–85), he also served as first secretary for Cultural and Scientific Affairs at th…
Jónína Kirton
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Jónína Kirton is a prairie-born Métis/Icelandic poet, author and facilitator who currently lives in Vancouver, the unceded territory of the Coast Salish people. She graduated from The Writer’s Studio at Simon Fraser University in 2007, is currently a member of their advisory board and is the liaison for their Indigenous advisory board. She is also sits on Room magazine’s editorial board. Jónína received Vancouver’s 2016 Mayor's Arts Award for Em…
Julian Napoleon
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Julian Napoleon is Dane-zaa and Cree from the Saulteau First Nations in northeastern so-called British Columbia. Napoleon grew up immersed in the subsistence practices of his family and community—hunting, fishing, foraging and learning cultural protocols. As a member of the Working Group on Indigenous Food Sovereignty, Napoleon is dedicated to raising awareness around Indigenous issues related to land, water, food and community, and challenging the misco…
Justin Coward
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Justin is a fourth year History in Art major at the University of Victoria with a focus on modern and industrial architecture. In his spare time he takes pictures of buildings and brick walls.
Jon Weller
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
As a public historian and videographer I'm always travelling and listening for compelling stories that help individuals and communities understand where they have come from and where they are going. Finding new ways to tell those stories with depth and clarity is a challenge and one I can't say I pull off all the time, but I'm always excited to try. I'm currently pursuing an MA in History at the University of Victoria. But when I'm not doing that I'm makin…
Kate Blair
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Kate Blair is an Andrew W. Mellon Fellow in Textile Conservation at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C. With a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Science from the University of Otago, New Zealand and a Master’s degree in Textile Conservation from the University of Glasgow, Scotland, Kate has a keen interest in the technical aspects of textile production and structure. Her main passion is reconnecting cultural groups with the textil…
Kenneth Tung
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Kenneth Tung is a local community leader, proud Canadian and immigrant from Hong Kong, He was a member of the Legacy Initiatives Advisory Council (LIAC) for the Chinese Legacy Initiatives and is a regular public affairs commentator for “News-Talk” a Fairchild Radio program. He was a Kwantlen Polytechnic University governance board member and received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Kenneth was chairman of S.U.C.C.E.S.S. and a v…
Kim Gough
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
After five years of wearing petticoats and baking on a wood burning stove at a provincial heritage site in Alberta, Kim Gough went on to work at other heritage sites. She has been an on-site supervisor, an executive director, the Public Program Coordinator at the Royal Alberta Museum in Edmonton and is now team leader for Adult Learning at the Royal BC Museum.
Kathryn Lennon
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Kathryn Gwun-Yeen Lennon of M. Thomas Consulting has over six years of experience of intercultural community-building, outreach and engagement, and working with and for a diversity of cultural communities. Prior to working as a planning consultant she worked in communications, media and advocacy. She has experience communicating with audiences in diverse sectors, including immigrant serving organizations, food systems and environmental sustainability, arts…
Dr. Ken Marr
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Ken Marr has been Botany Curator with the Royal BC Museum since 2001. His PhD is from the University of British Columbia, where he also did post-doctoral studies before heading to China for two-and-a-half years to study ethnobotany at the Xishuangbanna Tropical Botanical Garden (Chinese Academy of Sciences), specifically crop domestication of several Cucurbits.
Lindsay Delaronde
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Lindsay Delaronde is an Iroquois Mohawk woman born and raised on the Kahnawake reservation outside of Montreal. Delaronde is a multi‐disciplinary visual artist who was one of three artists-in-residence at the Royal BC Museum in 2015.
Mandy Kilsby
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Mandy Kilsby likes her history local. She grew up in an antique and local history-loving Cariboo family, so it’s no wonder she wound up in Barkerville. With nearly a decade’s experience in various curatorial positions she is proud to be entering her third year as curator for the historic site. www.barkerville.ca
Maxine Hayman Matilpi
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Maxine V. Hayman Matilpi (Lakwa-loqua) is a citizen of the Kwakiutl First Nation of Tsaxis (Fort Rupert). She is a dancer, teacher of women's studies and First Nations studies, and the project lead for Revitalizing Indigenous Law for Land, Air and Water (RELAW) at West Coast Environmental Law. She is the first-born child of Irene née Hunt, who is the first-born child of Willi Hunt, who is the first-born child of Johnathan "Odi" Hunt.
Michael Carter
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Michael joined the BC Archives in 1998 after working as an archivist at the City of Victoria Archives and the Town of Sidney. He holds a Master of Archival Studies degree. His current job is to provide Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy services to the museum and archives.
Dr. Melissa Frey
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
I am a population biologist, broadly interested in biodiversity and both the evolutionary and ecological processes that shape species richness. Throughout my career, I have studied a variety of invertebrates, frequently drawing on taxonomic and systematic approaches. I received a Ph.D. at the University of California Davis, studying molecular systematics and biogeography of tropical marine snails. Since arriving in British Columbia, I have shifted my atten…
Michael Nicoll Yahgulanaas
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
mny has published artwork in 7 distinct books, in 6 languages with a growing list of exhibits around the globe. His work has been featured at the Commonwealth Heads of States meeting in Perth Australia, Abu Dhabi, the British Museum in London, Bonn Germany, Japan and Korea. Much of his work is available through Trepanier Baer Gallery in Calgary, Douglas Udell Gallery in Edmonton and Stoningtons Gallery in Seattle.
Nathan Horgan
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
I spent my earliest childhood wandering around the museums of our nation’s capital and have been exploring the Royal BC Museum since moving to Victoria with my parents some twenty years ago. I have had a few different posts at the Museum since starting here in 2011, all of which involve keeping an eye on the clock.
Nik D. White
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Nik is a MA candidate in Asia Pacific Policy Studies at UBC’s Institute of Asian Research specializing in economic, social and infrastructure policy. He previously managed Centre A, Vancouver’s International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. His work and research looks at the many bridges that tie the Pacific together, which has included many local and international programs and projects that span the diversity of the topic.
Peter Ord
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
“I believe museums have the power to change lives. Museums also have the power to connect people to their community in exciting and innovative ways, which is why I am excited to be part of the Royal BC Museum and helping to create a sense of place for British Columbians to present to the world.” Peter joined the Royal BC Museum with the goal of aligning the museum’s collection and knowledge resources to meet the strategic vision of creating a world c…
Raymond Frogner
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
While at the UofA I worked one of the more interesting fonds I've researched. The William Pearce fonds, which I endeavoured to digitize. After digitizing and indexing over 1500 items, not even a third of the fonds, I realized the enormous dilemma of digitizing colonial records.
Dr. Rob Cannings
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
My usual research asks questions such as: “What species is this? Has it been found before? (if not, I might describe it in detail and give it a name)… Where do these species live and how, over millions of years, did they get there? How are all these species related? How did they evolve? It’s all a fascinating puzzle…”
Robert Trio
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
In 2011 Robert moved to Hong Kong where he joined the Hong Kong Maritime Museum just as they were moving to a new location and expanding their exhibitions and displays. Robert has helped the museum develop its multimedia and interactive exhibits and conducted research documenting the Chinese diaspora of the 20th century, especially to the communities of North America.
Shane Lighter
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
After college I went on to pursue a degree in Psychology at Nipissing University for some reason. I’m still not really sure why. It was okay. I managed to stay employed in the photographic industry in one way or another (usually another) throughout all this time, often at photo labs and print shops. And I’ve never shot a wedding.
Shannon Mitchell
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Shannon is a writer and project manager at Open School BC, a cost-recovery organization that designs, develops and distributes educational resources and services to public sector clients and K–12 schools. Shannon authored the Grade Ten lessons for Bamboo Shoots.
Sheila Sampson
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Sheila began working for the RBCM in1993, first in the clerical and library areas, then in Public Programs and now as a Collections Assistant in Ethnology. Sheila is a First nation person of Coast Salish and Nez Perce ancestry. She grew up learning about the culture and the traditional ways and has come to appreciate the boundaries between what can be taught publically and what is to remain sacred. Sheila has worked in the Expert In The Gallery program …
Siemthlut (Michelle Washington)
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Siemthlut (Michelle Washington) is a descendant of Chief Billy and Rose Mitchell. Her mother Thapwuut (Susan Mitchell Pielle) was a language teacher and cultural educator. After completing studies in Public Sector Management and Aboriginal Governance at UVIC, Michelle has worked for her Tla’amin Nation (Sliammon) in several capacities including lands, governance and Treaty for over a decade. She has also been a culture, language and resources advocat…
Syd Cannings & Rob Cannings
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Syd and Rob grew up among the beautiful lakes, grasslands and pine-clad hills of the Okanagan Valley in southern BC. The Cannings family loved the natural world and eagerly explored and studied the plants and animals of the Valley. Syd graduated with a MSc in Zoology at UBC and became the curator of the insect collection at UBC where he took part in a series of insect-collecting forays to the Yukon, where he fell in love with Beringia and Beringian life. …
Sydney Barnes
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
My background in literature and design led me to the world of publishing. As a master’s of publishing student (SFU), I am working on Curious as part of my studies on digital publications and content aggregators. I’m interested in projects that create lasting content through quality design and a constant focus on reader experience. The rest of the time I’m interested in good books and great food.
T’łat’łaḵuł Trish Rosborough
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
T’łat’łaḵuł Trish Rosborough is from the Kwakiutl Nation on Vancouver Island. She is an assistant professor of Indigenous education at the University of Victoria. She teaches and researches in the field of Indigenous language revitalization and is an active learner of her mother’s first language, Kwak’wala.
Troy Sebastian
Contributor, Royal BC Museum
Troy Sebastian is a writer from the Ktunaxa community of ʔaq̓am located at the confluence of the St. Mary and Kootenay rivers. He writes poetry and fiction and is currently writing his first novel. He has studied under Witi Ihimaera and Richard Wagamese at the Banff Centre’s Indigenous Writers program and his work has been published in the Ktuqcqakyam, The Malahat Review, Analogue, Huffington Post Canada and Feedback Magazine. He is a frequent collabo…