Values: We value collaboration and community building with a commitment to social change.
What is social change? Social change may be defined as the changes in our human interactions and relationships that transform cultural and social institutions over time. Various social movements throughout history, as well as the movements of today, have contributed to positive societal changes.
Why social change? To contribute, in a meaningful way, towards positively shaping the world, understanding how collective power influences social change.
Anthropologist, Museum/Interpretive Services Specialist
Michelle Willard holds a Master of Arts in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, with a specialty in Museum and Critical Curatorial Studies. She is inspired by the potential of cultural heritage and interpretation as powerful platforms for social change. With twenty years of experience, Michelle has worked at historic sites, municipalities, and museums throughout BC. Notably, one museum that Michelle played a key role in developing received a Governor General’s History Award for Excellence in Community Programming. Michelle started Mighty Museum to serve the growing needs for specialized community interpretation and engagement at museums, historic sites, parks and trails. She is especially passionate about the development of interpretive signage as part of community building processes and senses of place making.
Community Engagement Specialist, Graphic Designer
Anna Rambow holds a diploma in Arts and Cultural Management from MacEwan University (Edmonton), a Diploma of New Media from Vancouver Film School, and a Certificate of Professional Photography from North Island College. She is a Governor-General-award-winning community engagement professional, specializing in the relationship between not-for-profit organizations and community stakeholders. She is an enthusiastic champion of using arts and culture to build inclusive spaces of belonging and understanding. Anna has also worked as a graphic designer on numerous interpretive signage projects at museums and municipalities. She draws inspiration from stories of resilience to create visuals that are reflective of these remarkable histories.
Graphic Designer, Exhibit Design
Claire holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Product Design. She has worked for twenty years as a graphic designer and is an award-winning theatre set designer. Claire is part of the graphic design faculty at North Island College in the Comox Valley. She is a business owner in small home design with an emphasis on building healthy communities.
Editor, Content Strategist
Veronika has over ten years of experience in public and university art galleries, and an additional ten years in communications. She has produced exhibition catalogues for the Simon Fraser University Gallery, curated community art projects in Cape Town and Johannesburg, and published an online magazine for Regent College, a graduate theological school at UBC. She currently works as a communications professional in the health care sector. Veronika holds a master’s degree in Critical Curatorial Studies from the University of British Columbia and an Editing Certificate from Simon Fraser University. She is passionate about helping others communicate in an effective and inspiring way.
Lorraine holds a doctoral degree from the University of Victoria, specializing in community-based adult education, and researching the role of small museums in creating positive social change. Lorraine has twenty years experience in community-based research. She is currently the Museum Coordinator of a small museum on Vancouver Island and teaches part-time in the department of Leadership Studies at the University of Victoria. She has worked collaboratively on several successful projects, including the redevelopment of social history exhibits; a large-scale reorganization and cataloguing of artefact collections; and the re-alignment of a school program with the new BC curriculum.
Historian, Community Engagement Specialist
Robin is a founding member of the Graphic History Collective and co-author of May Day: A Graphic History of Protest; Drawn to Change: Graphic Histories of Working-Class Struggle, 1919: A Graphic History of the Winnipeg General Strike; and Direct Action Gets the Goods: A Graphic History of the Strike. Robin is a Governor-General-Award-winning professional and is passionate about feminist histories, British Columbia’s working people, labour struggles, and social movements, and is currently the Executive Director of a small museum on Vancouver Island. Robin has shared her expertise on numerous projects across Canada and has been involved in the production of films, public history events, workshops, curriculum development, walking tours, museum exhibits, and public history installations.