Photo courtesy Steveston Historical Society
A person with a great passion for history, especially Steveston’s, is set to become the executive director of that community’s historical society.
Rachel Meloche will succeed Sarah Glen on Aug. 1. Glen was appointed as the society’s first executive director in 2015.
“I’m very excited to be joining the SHS.” Meloche says. “Steveston has such a unique and important history, and I can’t wait to work with the board of directors and the rest of the SHS team, as well as other local organizations, as we preserve and present its story. We have some great programming coming up and I’m thrilled to be carrying on Sarah’s excellent work.”
Meloche will draw upon her experience at local heritage sites: Gulf of Georgia Cannery National Historic Site, Britannia Shipyards National Historic Site and the Steveston Museum.
Meloche has big shoes to fill, as Glen “exceeded our expectations,” says Linda Barnes, who chairs the historical society board.
“Under her stewardship, programs such as the successful Walking Tour Vignettes and Songs in the Snow, have cemented partnerships with many groups. Her enthusiasm, professionalism and imagination have been tremendous assets. She will be missed, but we look forward to keeping her on as a volunteer.”
Coinciding with the transition, the historical society is also seeking new general members and possible board recruits.
Started in 1976, the Steveston Historical Society preserves and promotes the history of Steveston. The board is made up completely of volunteers who work on events, programs and community engagement.”