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Kelowna Museum hunting for an executive director

Out-going Kelowna Museums executive director Lesley Moore (left) and long-time ED Wayne Wilson look over period wedding dresses shortly after Moore assumed the position from Wilson. - Judie Steeves.
Out-going Kelowna Museums executive director Lesley Moore (left) and long-time ED Wayne Wilson look over period wedding dresses shortly after Moore assumed the position from Wilson.
— image credit: Judie Steeves.

 

The Kelowna Museums Society is looking for an executive director—again.

After just a year and a half with the museum, Lesley Moore decided to step away from the position in December.

Following on the heels of long-time employee and decade-long director Wayne Wilson, Moore originally anticipated helping the museum grow into some of innovative options surfacing for the sector.

From virtual museums, which she described to the Capital News as a "parallel world," to research kiosks, which allow museum-goers to research a topic or share information from a station within the museum, Moore had plenty of ideas.

Museum postingTom Wolf, acting board of directors chairman for the society, could not comment on her reasons for departure, but said the society has already procured a recruiter who launched a cross-Canada search to fill her shoes this week.

"If I didn't have to spend a dollar on it that would be best, but I would not say it's (expensive)," said Wolf when asked whether the new search would cost the society financially.

In fact, the acting chairman believes it will be an efficient process as the museum has already done the leg work during its previous recruitment drive, assembling a job description and learning about online recruitment options, like professional the societies job boards.

He noted one of the key attributes the board members are looking for in their next leader is someone who can build teams as Kelowna Museums is made up of five distinct entities, which need to function cohesively and autonomously.

He stressed the next executive director will also need to have a solid vision and a sense of how to ensure the financial side of the non-profit organization can thrive going forward.

Moore came to Kelowna from a position as senior cultural analyst with the federal Department of Canadian Heritage in Vancouver.

Her predecessor, Wayne Wilson, was with the museum for 35 years, over a decade of which was as the executive director.

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