Special Announcement:

We are proud to announce that Ann-Marie Metten, Executive Director of Historic Joy Kogawa House has been awarded an Outstanding Impact Volunteer Award by Heritage BC.  The announcement was made on Thursday, May 2, 2024  at the annual Heritage BC annual conference in Nelson, BC. Hearty Congratulations to Ann-Marie for this important recognition of her many achievements during her tenure.

The following quote was released by the award committee:

Ann Marie-Metten transformed the Joy Kogawa House through her work, says Britney Dack, Chair of Heritage BC. From the innovative programming, to careful conservation and thoughtful community engagement, it is through her dedication that we are able to enjoy this site as an important layer in BC’s History.

Following is an excerpt from Heritage BC 2024 Awards Press Release:

2024 Heritage BC Awards Celebrates Heritage Successes Across the Province

Heritage BC is excited to announce the recipients of the annual Heritage BC Awards. Every year HBC receives nominations of projects and people across the province who have made an impact on heritage stewardship and conservation. This year, 22 recipients were recognized in five categories at the awards ceremony on Thursday May 2nd in Nelson BC.

“Heritage BC Award winners stand as examples to be held up for the impact that dedicated heritage work can make in communities across our Province”, says Kirstin Clausen, Executive Director. “This year, we are excited to be recognizing multiple projects and individuals who expanded the heritage that is being taught and recognized in our sector. They prove that all communities have a history and heritage that we should be sharing and learning about. Heritage BC congratulates all of our winners who are demonstrating excellence through their hard work”.

Britney Dack, Chair of Heritage BC says that “The quality of nominations that we received this year made for a difficult decision with our panel of judges. The quality and breadth of heritage projects that are being developed in communities big and small across British Columbia is impressive. It demonstrates how important it is to dig deep to learn about the heritage that makes our communities what they are today, and the value in sharing and preserving what we learn. It is an exciting time to be recognizing achievements in heritage. ”