Courtenay Heritage Commission Seeks New Members

April 24, 2015

Do you have a passion for heritage? The City of Courtenay Heritage Commission is looking for three new people to join its ranks. The commission advises Courtenay City Council on heritage conservation matters, and participates in activities to honour and preserve the city’s history, including educational and public awareness programs.

Former Courtenay Fire Chief Lawrence Burns has been a member of the Heritage Commission since 1996, and chair since 2004. He encourages anyone interested in the conservation of Courtenay’s heritage to apply. “Our meetings and workshops are fun and rewarding,” said Burns. “We all work together, both at our meetings and workshops, to research our history and advise Council on heritage matters. We’re looking for more volunteers to help fulfill our goals.”

Erin Ferguson, the city’s liaison on the heritage commission, advised that having heritage conservation experience would be an asset, but isn’t mandatory.

“Individuals with an understanding of heritage conservation, such as architects, designers, and other heritage professionals would be a bonus, but really anyone with an interest in heritage is encouraged to apply,” advised Ferguson. “This role is an opportunity to help shape heritage policy in our city, and they’d be joining a great team of Heritage Commission members.”

The Heritage Commission meets monthly, during regular business hours.

Members are appointed by City Council for a one-year term.

Applicants should provide a letter with details on relevant knowledge, experience, and general interest in heritage conservation to the City of Courtenay Planning Department, 830 Cliffe Avenue, or email .

For more information on this volunteer position, contact Erin Ferguson at or call 250-334-4441.

The application deadline is Tuesday, May 19, 2015.