District provides Westbank Museum with additional $15K

District of West Kelowna council agreed to provide the Westbank Museum with an additional $15,465 to help them fund a full-time manager.

The very first visitors of the new Westbank Museum flood into the building after it was officially re-opened on Friday

The very first visitors of the new Westbank Museum flood into the building after it was officially re-opened on Friday

After postponing an initial decision during the grants-in-aid process, the District of West Kelowna agreed to provide the Westbank Museum with an additional $15,465 to help them fund a full-time staff person with managerial experience.

The grant-in-aid request from the museum will be added to their existing contract with the district of $57,020 for 2012.

Margaret Jackson of the Westbank Musuem explained to district council why the museum needed the district’s help in attaining a qualified full-time manager to help out with the museum’s ambitious goals.

“To go forward, the museum needs strong management leadership with diversified skill,” Jackson told council on Tuesday.

The district’s contribution will help the museum to be able to offer a paycheque that is “closer to industry standards,” according to Jackson.

She went on to give a long list of requirements that the museum board is hoping this qualified individual will have. She also explained several projects and problems that the museum is planning to work on in the future.

Jackson said that she sees the museum as the “front porch of the community.”

“We engage people, welcome them, give them overviews of what’s special and what’s unique about West Kelowna,” said Jackson.

“We have treasure troves of the attics , we preserve and value meaningful, rare and unusual objects and images that are displayed and interpreted for the history of the West Kelowna area, its people and their cultural traditions.”

Mayor Doug Findlater said that he is happy with the work the museum has been doing.

“Having been somebody that was involved with heritage in a previous career, I am very pleased with what I see at the museum. It’s a very classy small town museum and I really appreciate the work that everyone has put into it,” said Findlater.


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