Our Mission: The Creston Museum uses the past to inspire connections to the community today, address its challenges, and make it a better place to live, learn, and explore.
- Respect: The Creston Museum is recognised and respected by the local and visiting public, community leaders, and museum professionals for our role in the community and for the quality of our programs. We respect Ktunaxa culture and traditions and portray them in respectful, appropriate, and collaborative ways. We show respect for the needs of underserved communities, and earn their respect as a place that welcomes them.
- Engagement: The Creston Museum is engaged in our community; we support the work of community leadership and organisations and meet the needs of individuals through our mandate of local history. We ensure the full engagement of the whole community at all levels of our operations, proactively engaging diverse perspectives and supporting new audiences in participating fully at all levels.
- Interactivity: The Creston Museum is a place where people can interact with and share local history, the community story, and their own stories. We seek interaction between our programs and the community’s current issues and needs; provide other organisations with opportunities to showcase their heritage; go far beyond mere “hands-on” to provide opportunities to create and collaborate.
- Inclusivity: The Creston Museum reflects all aspects of the local story – past, present, and future – and is welcoming and accessible to all individuals and organisations. We create a museum space where Yaqan Nukiy people feel welcome rather than exhibited. We acknowledge and support the heritage and culture of the entire community, not just that which we have collected. We take concrete steps to involve current and future stakeholders and to ensure everyone feels welcome and engaged.
- Leadership: The Creston Museum is a focal point for the arts/culture/heritage sector, providing leadership for others within that sector, and serving as a link between the sector and others sectors in the community. Our programs and activities take a leadership role in issues facing the community; set an example of welcome and collaboration; and serve as a model for other organisations.
Your Role: Board members guide the operations of the Creston Museum – you’re an active leader in shaping the Museum and its role in the community. You look for new opportunities, help overcome challenges, and most importantly connect the Museum with the community. You set long-term goals and establish the short-term objectives that will get us there; you also establish budgets and make sure we’re staying on track – with both budgets and objectives. You support the activities of the Museum and Archives by undertaking fundraising efforts, taking on a task force or committee, and/or heading up a special project.
Schedule: The Board meets on the third Tuesday of each month, via Zoom, at 4:00 PM. Meetings generally last about an hour. Additional time for preparation, planning, projects, and fundraising varies depending on what you choose to do, but can be very flexible. A lot of our work is done via email and Zoom so it’s as efficient as possible.
Requirements: Board members must be members of the Creston & District Historical & Museum Society, which operates the Museum (individual memberships are $15 per year). Ability to attend the Annual General Meeting (usually late April) and most monthly Board meetings is required.