The Museum’s guides are friendly people who love to get out on the water to show you the astounding sights in and around the Discovery Islands. Well versed in local history, each guide takes a personal interest in making each trip a learning experience.
Danny Brown is a Museum docent (a trained volunteer), originally from Nova Scotia, who delights audiences with his humour and insight into places of local historical interest. Formerly employed by the forestry industry, Danny’s interests include logging history, logging railroad history, sport fishing history and Yorke Island history. He gave tours of Yorke Island on behalf of the Museum in 2004, and his research on the fort there formed the basis of the book Yorke Island and the Uncertain War. Danny often participates in the Museum’s education programs and outreach to seniors; a gifted storyteller, he brings history to life with his entertaining tales of the past. Danny is featured on an episode of Canada Over the Edge where he relates the story of the Ripple Rock Explosion.
Catherine Gilbert has a background in college level teaching and a degree in Canadian History. Her interest in coastal history was sparked by trips to Green Point Rapids in Cordero Channel, the location of the family cabin, and she has written numerous history based articles that focus on the Vancouver Island coast and northern Discovery Islands. Her book about the Yorke Island fort, Yorke Island and the Uncertain War, Defending Canada’s western coast during WWII was published in April 2012. Catherine is known locally for her well researched, informative and entertaining historical presentations. She is featured on a segment of Canada Over the Edge The End of the Road, where she visits Yorke Island and discusses its significance.
Norm Lee is an avid boater and fisherman, and Museum docent who has long been interested in the history of the British Columbia Coast. He started travelling area waters in 1959 as a commercial fisherman, and moved to Campbell River in 1966 when he became a sports fisherman. Twelve years later he joined the famous Tyee Club, whose members are devoted to catching huge spring salmon in traditional wooden boats. He has been fascinated with marine history for many years and his love of local lore is reflected in his extensive knowledge of the coast and Discovery Islands. Past participants have enjoyed his story telling ability.
Sandra Milligan teaches university level Biology at North Island College covering diverse topics from biochemistry to ecology. She has a seamless life as a life-long learner. As such, she may be found learning about: invertebrates by tidepooling, bird populations by listening to bird song on a walk, plant anatomy and physiology while maintaining her large food and flower garden, and local history by reading, talking with Campbell River residents, and spending time on the water exploring past home sites. She loves Campbell River’s natural beauty and is happy to share her appreciation for this area with willing eyes and ears.
Luisa Richardson is a volunteer with the Museum and is a Certified Heritage Interpreter, biologist and environmental educator. Over the past seven years, she has enjoyed creating educational workshops and guiding tours focusing on local issues, natural and cultural history on behalf of Greenways Land Trust, the Comox Strathcona Regional District, the City of Campbell River, Strathcona Wilderness Institute and Wild BC. Luisa has guided boat trips for the Campbell River Museum since 2008.