Heritage Cape Breton Connection holds Annual Meeting at Louisbourg
|Press Release |
April 20, 2012
Louisbourg, NS - Heritage Cape Breton Connection is pleased to announce its new Board of Directors for 2012-2013. The Annual General Meeting for this island-wide heritage organization –an umbrella group for museums and historical societies – was held at the McLennan Centre at the Fortress of Louisbourg National Historic Site on April 20 with more than 30 representatives from across Cape Breton. The meeting was hosted by the Fortress Louisbourg Association.
Back row, L-R: Mitch McNutt, Rodney Chaisson, Amanda Mombourquette
Front row, L-R: Aynsley MacFarlane, Christie MacNeil, Fred James, Cathy Gillies, Tammy MacNeil, Marg Herdman, Joan MacInnes
Several familiar faces will continue on with the Board this year and several new ones will be welcomed in order to help ‘create an environment where the culture and natural heritage of Cape Breton Island thrive’. A new executive was brought in to serve the Board –Aynsley MacFarlane of Baddeck has taken on the role of Chair, Cathy Gillies (Chestico Museum and Historical Society, Port Hood) will serve as Vice-Chair, Fred James (Sydney Steel Museum) will continue as treasurer, and Tammy MacNeil of Sydney will step into the secretary position. Continuing on with the Board this year are Rodney Chaisson (NS Highland Village, Iona), Margaret Herdman (Isle Madame Historical Society, Arichat), Joan MacInnes (Victoria County Archives, Baddeck), Christie MacNeil (Beaton Institute, Sydney), and Amanda Mombourquette (Village on the Canal Association, St. Peter’s) as ex-officio. Also new to the Board this year are Mitch McNutt (Fortress Louisbourg Association) and Michael St. Denis (Parks Canada).
Aynsley MacFarlane, the new Chair, who has served with the Board for several years, said, regarding the wide geographical reach of the group, “It is very important for us, as an island-wide organization, to ensure we have representation from all counties on Cape Breton Island.” She emphasized that “HCBC is an organization that has the potential to give support for every heritage group across the island through advocacy, promotion and access to resources and professional development. So having connections at the community level is critical.”
A media company based in Judique –Relative Productions – has been contracted by HCBC this year to continue the second phase of “Voices of Heritage” –a series of video interviews with long-time heritage advocates in Cape Breton. Funding for this project has come through the Strategic Development Initiative of the NS Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. Excerpts from these interviews will be on the HCBC website. New heritage maps of Cape Breton and rack cards were distributed to members who attended –another initiative of HCBC’s long term sustainability plan. For more information, please visit the website –www.heritagecapebreton.ca.
Heritage Cape Breton Connection Board