Volunteer Appreciation 2015: Visiting the Museum of Vancouver
Here at the Fraser River Discovery Centre, we depend on the talent and passion of our volunteers for everything that we do. From school programs to special events, from exhibits to administration, our 130+ strong volunteer team dedicates thousands of hours every year to help us celebrate the living, working Fraser River. That’s why we try to make our volunteers feel extra special during National Volunteer Week, celebrations for which take place during the entire month of April. This year, we treated our team to a great day of activities including a photography workshop, tons of prizes, and a delicious lunch at Wild Rice restaurant in New Westminster. However, the festivities didn’t end there. Museum volunteers in Metro Vancouver are also entitled to a fantastic pass which gives them free entry to all participating attractions for two weeks. We decided to take advantage of these passes by planning a group outing to the Museum of Vancouver. It was the first visit to the MOV for many who attended, and my first volunteer outing since I started working at the FRDC, so an exciting time was had by all!
Our first stop was the Neon Vancouver | Ugly Vancouver exhibition, which investigates changing attitudes towards neon signs throughout the city’s history, and features an impressive collection of neon artefacts. Next, we spent some time in the MOV’s newest exhibit c̓əsnaʔəm, the city before the city, a joint project with the Museum of Anthropology and Musqueam First Nation. The exhibit explores the culture of the Musqueam people, and their continued importance to the history and life of Vancouver. Our volunteers were particularly excited about this because it relates to our own Our Bones are Made of Salmon exhibit at the FRDC, which looks at Musqueam and Stó:lō connections to salmon and the Fraser River. Finally, we enjoyed strolling through the MOV’s permanent galleries, which display a mind-boggling amount of artefacts from the past 100 years of Vancouver’s colourful history. Overall, it was a fun, educational day out for the volunteers and myself! Although we can never do enough to thank our team for all the hard work they do throughout the year, we hope our National Volunteer Week activities made them feel a little more appreciated.
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