Chris Gillespie was born in Banff, Alberta, but grew up in Chilliwack, BC. His background is in visual arts, with exhibitions in Canada, the United States, and Mexico. Chris worked for many years with an art supplies company, and more recently volunteered with the Chilliwack Museum and Archives in a number of capacities. In 2012 he was privileged to volunteer with the Patrons of the Arts in the Vatican Museums and in 2016 he had the opportunity to live in a monastery for approximately one week.
Chris completed a Master of Fine Arts at the University of Victoria in 2000, and obtained a diploma in Cultural Resource Management from the same university in 2018. He has also enjoyed snowboarding over the years, and can remember when the sport was still new in the late 1980s. Chris is looking forward to working with the community of Rossland, hearing their stories, and learning about the history of the area.