Staff Bios

We acknowledge the support of the City of Rossland, the Province of BC, Columbia Basin Trust, and our many contributors and donors to operational costs for supporting our ongoing staff and contractors.

Joelle Hodgins Museum Director   Joelle Hodgins arrived in Rossland in November 2014 from Whitehorse, Yukon where she grew up. Joelle has a bachelor’s degree in World & Comparative History and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management – both from the University of Victoria. She has been on the 2015 Heritage BC Conference Committee, 2012-15; 2017-19 Young Canada Works Peer Review Committees, 2013 Yukon Museums Standards Development Committee, and 2013 Canadian Museums Association Conference Host Committee. She is a current member of the BC Museums Association Council and co-chairs the BCMA Advocacy Committee.  Joelle is also a member of the Trail/Rossland Smokettes Women's Hockey team and Vice-President of the Rossland Mountain Film Festival society.

Joelle Hodgins
Museum Director

Joelle Hodgins arrived in Rossland in November 2014 from Whitehorse, Yukon where she grew up. Joelle has a bachelor’s degree in World & Comparative History and a diploma in Cultural Resource Management – both from the University of Victoria. She has been on the 2015 Heritage BC Conference Committee, 2012-15; 2017-19 Young Canada Works Peer Review Committees, 2013 Yukon Museums Standards Development Committee, and 2013 Canadian Museums Association Conference Host Committee. She is a current member of the BC Museums Association Council and co-chairs the BCMA Advocacy Committee.

Joelle is also a member of the Trail/Rossland Smokettes Women's Hockey team and Vice-President of the Rossland Mountain Film Festival society.

Lana Jamieson   Operation and Programs Manager   Lana Jamieson is a Certified Art Teacher originally from Quesnel, BC. She left the north to complete a BFA from Concordia University in Drawing and Ceramics, and a BEd degree from the University of Ottawa. Lana brings a lengthy background as a ceramicist, formal educator, art educator, and summer camp specialist to her position. Previously Lana spent 10+ years as a commercial tree planter, timber cruiser, world traveler, bird lover and ceramic artist. She currently manages all of the children's programming and educational tours and is the summer camp director. Outside of the Museum you can find her exploring new trails, mountains and berry patches with her kids.

Lana Jamieson
Operation and Programs Manager

Lana Jamieson is a Certified Art Teacher originally from Quesnel, BC. She left the north to complete a BFA from Concordia University in Drawing and Ceramics, and a BEd degree from the University of Ottawa. Lana brings a lengthy background as a ceramicist, formal educator, art educator, and summer camp specialist to her position. Previously Lana spent 10+ years as a commercial tree planter, timber cruiser, world traveler, bird lover and ceramic artist. She currently manages all of the children's programming and educational tours and is the summer camp director. Outside of the Museum you can find her exploring new trails, mountains and berry patches with her kids.

Emily Roberts Marketing& Operations Coordinator   Emily was born in Haliburton, Ontario and studied history at McMaster University, with a focus on Caribbean history.  Shortly after graduation, she found herself motivated to live in the mountains and has lived all over BC. Residing in Rossland with her young family for 7 years, she is so pleased to be applying both vocations, Marketing and History, to the Rossland Museum. She has enjoyed snow hosting at RED Mountain and found the local history, which she will happily share, riveting. If she is not at the museum, she is out hiking, horsebackriding, or playing soccer for Rossland United.

Emily Roberts
Marketing& Operations Coordinator

Emily was born in Haliburton, Ontario and studied history at McMaster University, with a focus on Caribbean history.

Shortly after graduation, she found herself motivated to live in the mountains and has lived all over BC. Residing in Rossland with her young family for 7 years, she is so pleased to be applying both vocations, Marketing and History, to the Rossland Museum. She has enjoyed snow hosting at RED Mountain and found the local history, which she will happily share, riveting. If she is not at the museum, she is out hiking, horsebackriding, or playing soccer for Rossland United.

Sarah Taekema   Research Assistant   Sarah Taekema truly, madly, deeply loves history. She is currently working on an MA in Canadian political history through the University of Victoria which examines John A. Macdonald's influence on the development of Indigenous policy in Canada. She also has a BA in history and visual art, and a BEd. At the museum, Sarah uses her advanced research skills to uncover, analyse, organize and communicate all aspects of Rossland's history. She works with the staff to develop new displays and tours for the benefit of locals and visitors. Originally from Ontario, Sarah has made the West Kootenays her home and her favourite thing about Rossland is talking about Rossland's history while riding the ski lifts at RED Mountain!

Sarah Taekema
Research Assistant

Sarah Taekema truly, madly, deeply loves history. She is currently working on an MA in Canadian political history through the University of Victoria which examines John A. Macdonald's influence on the development of Indigenous policy in Canada. She also has a BA in history and visual art, and a BEd. At the museum, Sarah uses her advanced research skills to uncover, analyse, organize and communicate all aspects of Rossland's history. She works with the staff to develop new displays and tours for the benefit of locals and visitors. Originally from Ontario, Sarah has made the West Kootenays her home and her favourite thing about Rossland is talking about Rossland's history while riding the ski lifts at RED Mountain!

Madison is a grade 11 student currently enrolled at J.L. Crowe Secondary school in Trail B.C. She Has been with us since November 2018 as a Museum Assistant, and will be our marketing assistant for the upcoming summer. She has plans to get her nursing degree at selkirk college after grade 12. She also enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family at Kootenay Lake during the summer months.

Madison is a grade 11 student currently enrolled at J.L. Crowe Secondary school in Trail B.C. She Has been with us since November 2018 as a Museum Assistant, and will be our marketing assistant for the upcoming summer. She has plans to get her nursing degree at selkirk college after grade 12. She also enjoys being outdoors and spending time with family at Kootenay Lake during the summer months.

Summer 2019

We acknowledge the support of the Government of Canada, the Columbia Basin Trust, and the University of British Columbia for supporting our annual summer student programs.

Robbie Turnbull   Operations Assistant  Robbie Turnbull is working as the Operations Assistant at the Rossland Museum for the summer of 2019. He has lived in Rossland his entire life up until the fall of last year when he moved to Nelson to study music at Selkirk College where he will complete his degree in contemporary music, majoring in composition next year.

Robbie Turnbull
Operations Assistant
Robbie Turnbull is working as the Operations Assistant at the Rossland Museum for the summer of 2019. He has lived in Rossland his entire life up until the fall of last year when he moved to Nelson to study music at Selkirk College where he will complete his degree in contemporary music, majoring in composition next year.

Grace Chen Archives Assistant   Grace Chen is from Coquitlam, BC. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, and is currently completing her Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. At the museum, she is helping with the organization of the archives, and assisting with research using the museum's archival collection. In her free time, Grace enjoys figure skating, powerlifting, hiking, and playing the piano.

Grace Chen
Archives Assistant

Grace Chen is from Coquitlam, BC. She has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, and is currently completing her Master of Library and Information Studies at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. At the museum, she is helping with the organization of the archives, and assisting with research using the museum's archival collection. In her free time, Grace enjoys figure skating, powerlifting, hiking, and playing the piano.

Aby Elwood Educational Programs Assistant   Aby is from Trail, B.C. She has just finished her first year of her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Victoria. She has come back to the Kootenays to work as an Educational Programs Assistant here for her second year in a row. She is very excited to prepare for our Camp Black Bear this coming summer and ready to create many fun activities for the community!

Aby Elwood
Educational Programs Assistant

Aby is from Trail, B.C. She has just finished her first year of her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology at the University of Victoria. She has come back to the Kootenays to work as an Educational Programs Assistant here for her second year in a row. She is very excited to prepare for our Camp Black Bear this coming summer and ready to create many fun activities for the community!

Chantal Johnston Collections Assistant  Chantal Johnston was born and raised in Rossland but has moved to study Sciences at the University of Victoria. She has returned home for the summer to organize the exhibits and collections at the Museum, as well as to hike up the mountains and swim in the lakes around town. She is very excited to spend her summer learning more about the history of her hometown.

Chantal Johnston
Collections Assistant

Chantal Johnston was born and raised in Rossland but has moved to study Sciences at the University of Victoria. She has returned home for the summer to organize the exhibits and collections at the Museum, as well as to hike up the mountains and swim in the lakes around town. She is very excited to spend her summer learning more about the history of her hometown.

Marco Santano Historical Interpreter   Marco Santano is a summer student at the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre. A student at Selkirk College, he begins the Nursing Program in the fall. Raised in Rossland, Marco is an avid skier, mountain biker and golfer and loves all that this city has to offer. He is very excited to spend his summer learning more about Rossland’s rich history and sharing it with locals and tourists alike.

Marco Santano
Historical Interpreter

Marco Santano is a summer student at the Rossland Museum and Discovery Centre. A student at Selkirk College, he begins the Nursing Program in the fall. Raised in Rossland, Marco is an avid skier, mountain biker and golfer and loves all that this city has to offer. He is very excited to spend his summer learning more about Rossland’s rich history and sharing it with locals and tourists alike.