Christine Meutzner, Nanaimo Community Archives manager, was presented with an award of recognition at the British Columbia Historical Federation’s annual conference awards gala, held online, Saturday, June 5.
Meutzner has advocated for Nanaimo heritage and history for nearly 25 years, according to a BCHF press release and her career has been marked by “professionalism and exceptional community service” that has allowed researchers and community members to gain increased perspective and appreciation for the city’s historic roots.
Meutzner said in her acceptance speech that she was “genuinely touched” that she was selected to receive the award.
“I work because I love my job and never expected to be rewarded for it, so it was a very happy surprise,” Meutzner said.
Meutzner went on to say she considers herself lucky to work in Nanaimo, which is one of the few places in B.C. that have its age and historical complexity.
“[Nanaimo] has an endless supply of research subjects. Everything from coal mining and geology, to labour history to class conflict and social aspirations, to its relentless reinvention of itself over time,” she said. “What more could a girl archivist want?”
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To learn more about Nanaimo Community Archives, visit www.nanaimoarchives.ca.