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Spotlight on volunteers – Kira Baker

Kira Baker holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Simon Fraser University, where she completed a Joint Major in Arts and Social Sciences in History and Women’s Studies.

In addition to her academic interests, Kira has dedicated many hours to volunteering with many different organizations and causes that interest her. From the Wildlife Rescue Association of BC to the Dogwood Initiative and the Environmental Youth Alliance, Kira has given her time to do all sort of things: from getting up early in order to band bird’s legs, to participating in and organizing public relations initiatives.

Over the years these volunteer positions have lead to paid work experiences, but Kira has continued to find time to give back to her community. The Archives has been privileged to have had Kira one day a week since July 2011. Before pursuing another degree or two or making other big career decisions, she decided to volunteer in a place that is in line with her love of history and at the same time gain some experience somewhat related to her degree from SFU.

Kira rehoused and numbered many photographs in the B.C. Sugar fonds; this image depicts the women who worked in the company’s Cube Department over the years. Item # 2011-092.476

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Spotlight on Volunteers – Jessica Flank

After a summer away curating a virtual exhibit, one of our volunteers is back to focus on the physical.

Jessica Flank first contacted us about volunteering while in her first year of study as a Dual MAS/MLIS candidate at UBC’s School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS). She was looking for an opportunity to gain some hands-on experience and began working for us as a volunteer in late January 2011 and gave us a day of her time per week until heading out for her summer co-op position at the City of Thunder Bay Archives in May.

Gaining practical experience while working on a professional degree can facilitate the transition to professional career. Professional archivists often have to deal with diverse records. Jessica is pairing what she is learning in ARST 550: Management of Audiovisual and Non-textual Archives with experience in a couple of institutions, including describing maps here at the City of Vancouver Archives. Continue reading

Spotlight on Volunteers – Helen Lee

We’ve been very lucky this summer to be able to take on several talented volunteers who have graciously tackled a number of projects we just can’t get to during the regular course of our day here at the Archives. Helen Lee volunteered with us for about six weeks in May and June and generously gave us over 100 hours of her time.

Helen was the curatorial eye behind the selection from our holdings of over 300 photographs of Vancouver at street level for use in our new Historypin page.

allows users to upload content and then “pin” it to a Google map. Images can be overlaid onto Google Street View to show then-and-now views for a location. Helen’s background in urban and heritage planning was of great use in selecting these photographs and in identifying or clarifying address-related data.

Hotel Europe at 43 Powell Street as seen on Google Street View

Hotel Europe at 43 Powell Street in 1931. Item number CVA 99-3892

Helen also worked on a more straightforward project involving the unfolding and logging of dozens of architectural drawings. This task may seem a bit mundane, Continue reading

Spotlight on Volunteers – Karen Kenneally

Archives work is so rewarding, people donate their valuable time to help us do it!

The City Archives fortunately benefits from the enthusiasm and hard work of a number of committed volunteers. Some have been with us for years, others spend a few weeks or months with us, often looking to discover if an archival career is for them.

Karen Kenneally began volunteering at the Archives in November 2010. A recent graduate of University College Cork, Ireland, Karen holds a BA in Archaeology and History and an MA in Historical Research. As part of her BA, she worked at the Toureen Peakaun Monastic Enclosure as part of the excavation team working with human remains and conducting GIS analysis.

Sorting out photographs

Sorting out photographs

In early 2010, economic conditions in Ireland were such that Karen decided to come to Canada on a one-year work visa, in part to earn some income but also to gain some knowledge and experience for her chosen career path–becoming an archivist or librarian. Continue reading