Heritage Advisory Commission members unveiled a plaque for the 40 Houses neighbourhood at the entrance to the Rotary Trail, 17th Street near McPhee Avenue. From left: Judy Hagen, Linda Grant, Lawrence Burns and Ross Dingwall.

City of Courtenay Heritage Advisory Commission seeks new members

Do you have a passion for heritage?

The City of Courtenay Heritage Advisory Commission is looking for new members to join its ranks. The commission advises Courtenay council on heritage conservation matters, helps develop heritage policy, and participates in activities to honour and preserve the city’s history, including educational and public awareness programs.

Commission chair Judy Hagen said the committee is an opportunity to discover and highlight Courtenay’s past.

“We encourage anyone with a ‘heart’ for conserving the rich history of our community to consider working with the commission members as we assist City staff to reflect past achievements,” said Hagen. “The commission takes into consideration Courtenay’s history so that it can be reflected in future city plans. We all work together, both at our meetings and workshops to advise council on heritage matters.”

Members are appointed by council.

Duties include:

· Monthly attendance at commission meetings held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, 10 a.m. to noon. (No meetings in July, August or December.);

· Monthly workshops on the second Wednesday of each month from 9 a.m. to noon;

· Events or conferences as requested;

· Research or site visits as required.

Interested applicants are encouraged to apply by providing a letter with details on relevant knowledge, experience and general interest in heritage conservation.

For more information on this volunteer position, contact Tatsuyuki Setta, the City’s manager of planning, at tsetta@courtenay.ca or (250) 703-4839.

Application deadline is Tuesday, May 21.

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