With the pandemic changing operations in the spring at the BC Interior Forestry Museum, the organization had to find other work for their Young Canada Works summer students.
Gary Xie started working for the museum in mid-May from his home in Surrey, Ont. He has never seen the museum and never been to Revelstoke. He was supposed to move to Revelstoke at the half-way point of his contract, however, he had trouble finding safe, single-space accommodation.
However Xie continued to work remotely, updating the museums website and eventually, creating a podcast for the museum, featuring professionals in the local forestry industry.
Xie has prior experience creating podcasts while studying at Georgetown University with an environmental podcast caled Wealth of Nature.
Xie and Glenn Westrup, director of the museum, had daily meetings over the phone or Zoom and created These Forests Are Ours, a five-part interview series featuring Brian Summer, Barb Wadey, Al McInnes, Jim Shepheard, David Raven and Mike Copperthwaite and hosted by Xie.
The podcast can be found at bcforestrymuseum.ca/podcast
The museum is now open Monday to Saturday 11 a.m.-4 p.m. with an enhanced cleaning schedule and asks visitors observe the following guidelines:
- Maintain social distancing throughout your visit
- Occupancy in the indoor exhibit is maximum of 8 persons or 2 family groups of 5 persons
- Follow indoor directional signage
- Ssanitise your hands at the entrance before entry to the gallery
- Mask wearing is welcome indoors but not mandatory
- The credit card tap facility is encouraged for donations however cash is welcome
- Please do not enter the museum grounds if you have any COVID 19 signs or symptoms
- Please do not touch exhibits or allow children to climb on exhibits
The gift shop is not open.