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Like the Crowsnest Pass itself the Heritage Crowsnest Board of Directors and Staff come from different backgrounds and all walks of life. The unifying element is that everyone believes that the history of the Crowsnest Pass is worth saving, and that through heritage tourism we are best able to sustainably protect of unique heritage sites.

Board of Directors


Chris Matthews


Chris  joined the Crowsnest Museum in 2011 returning to his home province after a stint on the east coast. Since coming to the Museum Chris has taken on the major task of being the Museum’s administrator along with focusing on exhibit creation, event coordination and fundraising. Highlighting some of his recent work is the Hillcrest Mine Disaster Centennial and the Alberta Provincial Police Barracks Project. 


Chris holds an Honours BA and MA degrees in History at Dalhousie University, Halifax Nova Scotia.  He has also completed the Alberta Museums Association’s Certificate in Museum Studies. 

Christopher Fairman

Museum Operations Lead

Christopher joined Heritage Crowsnest in December 2022.

Sandi Winter

Mine Operations Lead

Sandi joined Heritage Crowsnest in January 2023.  She brings over 15 years of office administration and office management experience, as well as a background and dipolma in technical theatre.  She has a passion for history and for Crowsnest Pass.  All of this makes her an excellent fit to oversee the operation of the Bellevue Underground Mine.

Michelle Cavanagh


Michelle joined the Crowsnest Museum in 2000, making her the longest tenured staff member. Her years of dedicated experience in the collection have made her a walking encyclopedia of Crowsnest Pass history. Most of the research done at the Museum starts with talking to Michelle. She is literally the keeper of history. 

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