Make a Difference
Members of the BCAPA all have the opportunity to make a difference by volunteering to work on a number of committees or groups. The BCAPA committees and groups take on a variety of different tasks from working in the community to assisting with the running of the association. A list of the committees is included below. If you would like to volunteer on a committee please contact the committee chair.
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Annually, the Awards Committee provides a bursary to a BCAPA Student Member who will attend a field school within the calendar year. The bursary is a non-repayable limited grant of $1000, with a preference given to those students who demonstrate financial need. The selection process encourages other criteria such as extracurricular involvement and leadership in the BC student archaeology community.
The Awards Committee recognizes one of the many prominent archaeologists or anthropologists who have influenced BC archaeology, by naming the bursary in their honour.
Past Honorees have included:
- Hilary Stewart;
- Phil Hobler;
- Don Mitchell;
- R.G. Matson;
- Al MacMillan; and
- Roy Carlson.
- Leonard Ham
Past recipients of the award include:
- Emily McLorn Purcell;
- Ashley Hughes;
- Andrew Haugo;
- Janice Nienaber; and
- Jacqueline Bessette.
The Bylaws Committee updates and organizes changes to the bylaws, code of conduct, and code of ethics of the association. If you have any questions regarding the bylaws or codes or would like to join this committee please contact the committee chair.
The Membership Committee receives and reviews applications, checks references, obtains any additional information that may be required in order to review an application, and then forwards a recommendation for acceptance or rejection of an application to the Directors. If you have any questions regarding the membership application process or would like to join this committee please contact the committee chair.
The Professional Development Committee is composed of association members; we facilitate the development of skills and knowledge necessary to professional archaeology. We arrange one day workshops that expose participants to specialized skills. From lithic technology, faunal analysis, culturally modified trees, or wet sites; we bring in the best experts in their fields to impart their focused skills and insight to our workshop participants. Seminars are run on a cost recovery basis so the expense is minimal and the rewards rich! We listen to our members and provide interesting speakers and topics to keep our participants satisfied and returning again and again.
The Public Education Committee is a community service provided by volunteer speakers from among the members of the BCAPA. Through the Public Education Committee, professional archaeologists are made available to speak to community groups, schools, and other organizations throughout British Columbia. This service is free (although travel expenses may be requested to some locations). The BCAPA invites you and your school or organization to make use of this community resource. Six weeks or more advance notice is advisable. To arrange a speaker for your group, please e-mail the Public Education Committee Chair firstname.lastname@example.org
Public Education Committee Mandate
The mandate of the BCAPA Public Education Committee is to facilitate increasing awareness outside the professional archaeological community of (1) the value and significance of BC’s heritage, (2) the skill and professionalism of our membership, and (3) the validity of archaeology as a career choice.
The BCAPA has been selected by the Archaeology Branch as the agency responsible for coordinating the delivery of the RISC course Archaeological and CMT Inventory Training for Crew Members. More information on the RISC course is available here.
The Standards of Practice Committee updates, organizes changes, and writes new Standards of Practice for members conducting archaeological work. If you have any questions regarding the Standards of Practice or would like to join this committee please contact the committee chair.
The Website Committee assist the directors in maintaining the website, works on projects to revitalize and streamline website content, and are responsible for administering the BCAPA Facebook site.