The Maritime Museum of BC is run by a small staff with many dedicated volunteers, including those who serve on the Board of Directors.
Executive Director – Brittany Vis (she/her)
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Brittany is a third generation Dutch immigrant originally from Stó:lō Nation territory in Abbotsford BC. She has a BA in English and History from the University of Victoria and a Master’s of Library and Information Science degree from Western University. In addition to her library background, she has specialized training in archives and museums, including exhibit design. She loves all things ocean related and is a big fan of stories and uncovering hidden secrets in the Museum’s collection.
Brittany has been involved with the Maritime Museum of BC since 2012 and has held a variety of roles with it since then. She currently serves as Executive Director, overseeing museum operations. When she’s not at work she can be found exploring Vancouver Island sites, walking her dog, or curled up with a good book and a mug of tea.
School and Public Programs Manager – Stephanie (she/her)
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Stephanie is originally from the traditional territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations (“Vancouver”). She holds a B.Sc. (honours) in Environmental Science & Geography from Queen’s University and a Master’s of Museum Education from the University of British Columbia. She is also a Certified Volunteer Administrator.
Previously, Stephanie coordinated learning and education opportunities at museum and science centre settings in Vancouver and the United States. Her interests are in educational program design, inquiry learning, youth leadership, and all things ocean! She believes strongly in encouraging curiosity and a shared sense of community with everyone she works with. In her spare time, you’ll likely find her digging around the intertidal zone looking for wiggly creatures.
At the Maritime Museum, Stephanie creates and leads curriculum-based school programming, public programs for toddlers, adults, and seniors, and manages the delivery of outreach and onsite programming to members of all of Victoria’s diverse communities.
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School and Public Programs Manager – Laura Robin (she/her)
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Laura is originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, where she received her B.A. in History and B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan. A teacher by training, Laura worked in elementary school classrooms for 5 years before moving closer to the ocean and coast she now teaches about at the Maritime Museum. A great love of museums and informal education environments led Laura to complete her Master’s of Museum Education from the University of British Columbia in 2019.
At the Maritime Museum, Laura creates and leads curriculum-based school programming, public programs for toddlers, adults, and seniors, and manages the delivery of outreach and onsite programming to members of all of Victoria’s diverse communities.
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Heather is originally from Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario – home of the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Germany.
She received her B.A. in Art History nearby at the University of Guelph, followed by a diploma in Museum Management and Curatorship from Fleming College in Peterborough.
Shortly after graduating, she found herself drawn to collections management, working at a variety of large and small museums as well as historic houses. After a number of years amongst the dinosaurs in Drumheller, Alberta, Heather moved to Victoria in 2022.
As the Collections and Exhibits Manager, Heather now cares for the Museum’s collection, manages a dedicated team of volunteers, and works to create upcoming exhibits.
Membership and Donation Coordinator – Maleah Schmitke (she/her)
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Maleah has a BA (Hon) in History in Art, and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management, both from the University of Victoria. She is a lifelong resident of Victoria and has always loved both the ocean and museums since she was a child. Born and raised in Victoria, and the granddaughter of a Navy man, Maleah has a natural and life-long connection to the Ocean.
Maleah has been involved with the Maritime Museum of BC since autumn of 2014 when the Museum began the process of moving from Bastion Square. Since then she has been involved as a volunteer and later as a member of the Museum staff. Since she first started at the Maritime Museum of BC, Maleah has assisted in the collection, managed the giftshop, and assisted in coordinating Volunteers. She currently holds the position of Membership & Donations Coordinator.
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Anya is from Ridgeway, Ontario–the site of the 1866 Battle of Ridgeway–on the lands of the Haudenosaunee people, the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation, and the Attiwonderonk.
She received a B.A. (Hon.) in English Literature and History from McGill University and a Master’s of Museum Studies from the University of Toronto. After working for a few years in professional development and conference management, she moved to Lekwungen territory in 2020. Previously, she worked in community museums and with genealogy groups, focusing on database and archival management.
When not at work, she is patterning and making textile objects from secondhand materials, and going for walks by the ocean.
She manages the logistics for all of the Museum’s exciting events throughout the year, and assists with grants, marketing, and social media.
James is originally from Syilx territory (Kelowna, B.C.). He moved to Victoria in September of 2019 to attend the University of Victoria, where he is currently working towards a B.A. in History and Anthropology.
Though he grew up in the Interior, James has always loved the ocean, and has always been drawn to stories from the past. He believes strongly in the power of public history, and is excited to have the opportunity to help bring B.C.’s maritime history to the public.
This summer, he is working in the Museum’s collection, cataloguing ship models.
Megan Austin is a first year Masters student with the faculty of Art History and Visual Studies at the University of Victoria. Megan first found her passion for the arts during her first undergrad, where she developed a strong appreciation for minimalism, and process based artistic practices.
Megan’s Bachelor of Fine Arts firmly reinforced her love for all of the fine arts and cemented her passion for art history. During her time at the University of Lethbridge, she cultivated a deep understanding of diverse artistic practices as she gained an appreciation of art theory and history. Megan graduated in the spring of 2019 with a Bachelor of Education and has since spent time teaching in various classrooms. Her time teaching has reinforced her understanding of the importance for fostering a love of the fine arts and history within communities. She believes that it is integral for individuals of all ages to develop an educated critical eye for examining art within their own communities.
Currently Megan is working on developing her MA thesis which will culminate in a research paper that examines the gendered biomorphic elements of Rosemarie Castoro’s art. Megan’s thesis paper will seek to establish how art can be used as a vessel to understanding complex issues such as identity, gender, and sexuality.
She is excited to be joining the team at the Maritime Museum of BC for the summer of 2022 where she will be helping plan and facilitate public programs.
Volunteer Extraordinaire – Ann Jones (she/her)
Born in England, Ann moved to Montreal in 1956 where she helped her husband run a busy service station. She studied art and earned her BFA and a graduate diploma in Art Education from Concordia University.
Ann moved to Halifax in 1978 with her daughters and started an art supply business which grew to 3 stores and an art gallery. Living by the sea and owning a sail boat was a long-time dream and her first boat was a Kings Cruiser from Sweden which had to be left in Halifax when she to moved to Victoria where she lived on board a Bill Garden custom designed 32 ft mahogany sailboat for six years.
In Victoria, Ann volunteered for the Maritime Museum of BC and went on staff as gift shop buyer and facility rental manager in 2003. She retired in 2009 but was back at the museum as a full-time volunteer in 2010, running the gift shop and organizing fundraising for the Massive Marine Garage Sale and the annual silent auction for the Classic Boat Festival. She helped with the move to Humboldt Street and reopened the gift shop in August 2015 in the new premises on Humboldt Street. From 2016 to 2021 she became manager of a new fundraiser, All Things Marine Thrift Store at Canoe Cove Marina. After the store changed hands to Tradewinds Boaters Exchange, Ann has continued to volunteer with the museum in events and collections.
In 2016 Ann was a recipient of the Governor Generals award which became the Queen’s Medal for outstanding contribution to her community.
Volunteer Librarian – Judy Thompson (she/her)
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“I started working in libraries in the early 1960s but didn’t get my MLS degree (Master of Library Science) until 1981 (at UBC). My undergraduate degree (BA) was from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to my retirement, I spent about 15 years as an international election administrator in over 20 countries coming out of war or dictatorships. After retiring, I started volunteering as a librarian for various groups so I could use my skills again. I joined the team at the Maritime Museum in 2012.”
Contacting Us About Donations
As a non-profit museum, we accept different kinds of donations. Here’s your quick guide to the best person to contact for the kind of donation you would like to make:
For donations to the Collections, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For donations to the annual Massive Marine Garage Sale, please contact Anya Baker at email@example.com.
For year round donations of marine goods, contact Steve Ohman at Tradewinds Boaters Exchange at 778-351-0011
To make a monetary donation, please contact Maleah Schmitke at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank you in advance for any donation you wish to make!