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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. 

Jennyce Hoffman

Marketing & Communications

Jennyce joined the Crowsnest Museum team in March 2021.

A transplant from Calgary, she previously worked at the Glenbow Museum. She handles all the fun stuff, like social media accounts, donor database systems, and caretaking for the Mannequins. Outside of work you may find her mountain biking on Pass Powderkeg or bouldering in Frank Slide.

Jennyce holds a BA in Cultural Anthropology and Archaeology from the University of New Brunswick and a MA in Museum Studies from the University of Leicester, UK.

Sydney Humble


Originally from Saskatoon, Sydney joined the Crowsnest Museum in June 2021, doing a smattering of visitor services, collections research, exhibit creation, and events. Now Heritage Crowsnest’s Programs Lead, she plans and coordinates all educational activities, tour offerings, and special events (while still making time to chat with guests). Sydney channels her passion for education and tourism into our programs. She loves exploring her new home in the Rocky Mountains.

Sydney holds a BA in Environmental Studies from Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec.

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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