The Fernie and District Historical Society is pleased to announce the appointment of a new Director for the Fernie Museum. Following an extensive search that attracted a number of strong candidates, the Society selected Ron Ulrich to join the museum as the new Director/Curator beginning August 5.
“Ron brings extensive experience, a strong vision and a holistic understanding of the arts, heritage and tourism fields to the role,” states Laura Nelson, Chair of the Hiring Committee. “He also has strong family and professional ties to the Crowsnest and Elk Valley region and is very familiar with the history of our community. Replacing Mike Pennock, who was such a driving force behind the Museum, was not going to be easy. In hiring Ron, the Committee felt we had someone with both the historical and museum practice background that would be able to take the Museum’s programming and operations to the next level.”
Following tenures as Director of a number of museums in Alberta and British Columbia, Ron is excited to be heading back home to take up his new role and being able to apply what he’s learned from each position to bring the history of his home region alive to the museum’s audiences and to the local and regional community.
“By joining the Fernie Museum, I feel that I’ve been able to come full circle, back to the area where I first started my career and to an area that I care deeply about. I am a firm believer that museums have a significant role in creating vibrant, inclusive communities and I am looking forward to exploring how the community we live in today has been shaped by the Elk Valley’s environment, the Ktunaxa people and the many labourers and their families who called Fernie home."
Welcome to Fernie, Ron! We look forward to working with you at the Fernie Museum!