Lesia Davis (centre) receive her award from Bill Greenlaw

Lesia Davis receives national award for museum leadership

Davis is only the second person to receive the award which recognizes the best leadership in museum management in Canada

Lesia Davis, former Executive Director of the Museum at Campbell River, was presented with a prestigious national award in Gatineau, Quebec on April 25 of this year for her exceptional work as the museum’s director.

She was named the recipient of the Canadian Museums Association Barbara A. Tyler Award in Museum Leadership.

Davis is only the second person to receive the award which recognizes ‘the best leadership in museum management in Canada’. She was nominated based on the criteria of leadership, vision, pursuit of excellence and creative innovation in a career related to museums. Along with the award, Davis was given a cheque for a thousand dollars for training and development of a designated protégé at the Campbell River Museum.

“I am honoured and humbled to receive this award for doing what I have loved doing over the years,” Ms Davis said. “And while it is very flattering because it denotes national recognition of my endeavours by peers in the museum field, the fact is the work has been rewarding in and of itself.”

Colleen Evans, President of the Museum Board of Trustees said,

“The award is a fitting honour to Ms Davis, who over a period of 14 years led the transition of the museum from nothing but bare walls to the status of a National, Class ‘A’ designated museum.  As Ms Davis planned her retirement for the end of April, the timing was especially appropriate.  Many people in Campbell River and the surrounding region have long known of her exceptional work at the Museum and in the community. It is clear from this award that the Canadian museum world is equally aware of her leadership qualities.”