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.

Jane Neil – Secretary

As a community-focused person Jane has been keen to get involved with her new community – havin moved to Brandon in 2018. The Brandon General Museum was one of the first places Jane visited after moving here, believing that a museum should show the heart of the community. Having volunteered for awhile with the museum, helping with the B.J. Hales Natural History Collection, the opportunity to come onto the Board was too much for Jane to resist. With skills in strategic planning, marketing, grant writing and programming, she felt she could help the BGMA move to the next level in the community.

John Loregio

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 Brown

on 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.

Betty Braaksma

Recently retired from a career as a librarian, Betty joined the BGMA Board to continue contributing to the community. Museums, libraries and archives are part of the constellation of “memory institutions” which preserve and promote histories of communities, so Betty’s lifetime of experience in this field will support the ongoing development of the BGMA. Betty is also an amateur historian and genealogist, as well as being a longtime historical re-enactor.