Barb Andrew- Chair
Born and raised in Brandon, Barb has always had a great interest in history, especially the history of Brandon and southwest Manitoba. Her great grandparents arrived in the city in the late 1880’s and the family have been involved in farming and business in the area ever since.
Noting that the City of Brandon did not have an official repository for the collection of artifacts to preserve the history of the community and surrounding area, she has been a strong advocate for the formation and promotion of the Brandon General Museum & Archives and its’ mandate.
Brent Chamberlain – Vice Chair
Brent is a lifelong Brandon resident who recently retired after a 35 year career with Manitoba Hydro. Brent and his partner Jan Chaboyer, have a keen interest in volunteering and community involvement. His goal is to see the BGMA flourish, by gaining a strong financial footing and community awareness.
Gord Wallman – Secretary
My name is Gord Wallman and this is my second 2-year term with the Brandon General Museum and Archives. I currently hold the position of secretary for the Board and also as an active member of the Programs and Collections Committee. I am a resident of Brandon, moving here from Saskatchewan 10 years ago. I have always loved and appreciated history and the collection of and preserving of it. My other passion has been volunteering in various capacities. In past communities, I have been involved in various groups ranging from the Kinsmen Club to a local tennis club, the local museum and community college. I am presently employed with Federated Co-op at the Heritage Co-op Marketplace on Richmond Avenue where I work in the grocery department where my main position is looking after the local deliveries. I am proud to be a part of the BGMA and look forward to assisting on the committee and in the community of Brandon in the future.
Doug Grossart – Treasurer
Doug was born in Brandon and grew up on a farm in the Brandon Hills district. After graduating from the University of Manitoba with a Diploma in Agriculture in 1956, Doug and his wife operated a grain and livestock farm until the 1990’s; when their son took over management of the business. While now living in Brandon, he continues to be involved in the farm. Over the years, Doug has been active in a number of organizations including: Manitoba Pool Elevators, Brandon Consumer’s Co-op (president for five years), Rounthwaite Heritage Group, Suicide Bereavement Support Group, Brandon Presbytery of the United Church, Westman Senior’s Housing Co-op and currently the Board of Brandon General Museum and Archives.
In 1930, his grandfather published a small book on the successes and hardships of the first Brandon area settlers. Due to this and the legacy of artifacts and stories handed down in the family, an interest in history became natural. In 1979 Doug chaired the Brandon Hills Centennial celebrations, which included publication of a history of the families in the community. In 2007 a companion volume was published covering the intervening years. The BGMA provides the opportunity to work with others interested in Brandon’s history.
John was first elected to city council in a by-election following the resignation of Jim McCrae in 2013. He has been a resident of Brandon since 1996, spending 16 years covering city council for CKLQ radio and serving as board member for Helping Hands, Crime Stoppers, and the Brandon Regional Health Centre Foundation. John currently serves as Councillor for the Meadows-Waverly Ward, and on the Audit and Finance Committee, Grants Review Committee, and Taxi Appeal Committee.
Ron was born and raised in Brandon to a large family of 9 kids, and grew up in the south end of Brandon. He has grown his family even more, along with his wife of over 40 years, raising three children. Who now have given them 10 grandchildren.
Ron has spent the majority of his professional life working at Behlen for 43 years, only leaving twice. Once to work for Safeway and Cross Country Publications, and another time in an entrepreneurial pursuit to open Papa Ron’s New & Used Furniture in the downtown area. Ron now serves as city Councillor for Richmond Ward.
Born and raised in Brandon, Manitoba. Graduated from Brandon University in 2013 with a Combined Honours degree in History and Political Science. Served on the Executive of the Brandon University Politics Society. Work experience includes Keystone Centre, Elections Canada, Elections Manitoba, Brandon University Student’s Union. Member of BGMA board since January 2016 as member of BGMA board’s Public Relations Committee.
Jeff has served Brandon for many years as the Elected Councillor for University Ward from 1986-1922, and currently serves a Councillor for Rosser Ward.
Councillor Harwood is involved in the following committees, boards, and community organizations:
Brandon & Area Planning District Board
Brandon General Museum & Archives Board
Western Manitoba Centennial Auditorium Board
Building Standards Committee
Prior to her association with the BGMA, Roberta served on the board at Daly House for six years where she fellow board members realized the urgent need for a general museum. Daly House had reached capacity to accept artefact donations. She is one of the original founding members of the BGMA.
Roberta is a graduate of Brandon University with a major in History. She has worked on several history projects for the university including “My Dear Maggie” and “An Inventory of Archival Material in Manitoba”. She also has a background in library and archival work which was put to use for the town of Boissevain and Central United Churches. She serves on the Exhibit and Collections Committee at the BGMA.
Details to come as soon as possible.