Heritage BC has recognized the work of the Northern Trails Heritage Society and Sue Popesku in their 2021 awards.
The Board of Directors of Heritage BC bestowed a Special Posthumous Award for Distinguished Service to Popesku in recognition of her impact on culture and heritage in the Peace region.
Popesku was a great champion of heritage, arts, and culture. When she moved to Fort St. John in 1974, it didn’t take her long to get involved in the local cultural scene. She worked and volunteered with museums, arts councils, the Fort St. John Hospital foundation, many tourism initiatives, and various cultural projects over the past five decades. She was instrumental in setting up the Fort St. John North Peace Museum in its present location as well as the Northern Trails Heritage Society in 2015.
Heritage BC also conferred the Education, Communications, and Awareness award on the Northern Trails Heritage Society in recognition of A Northern Heritage Christmas website.
The NTHS is made up of northeast B.C. museums, archives, cultural attractions, and individuals interested in history in Northeastern British Columbia that work together to explore and preserve the history, trails, and cultures that formed our region while enhancing public knowledge and access to history.
Christmas 2020 looked different during the COVID-19 pandemic. With that in mind, the NTHS developed a new annual tradition – its A Northern Heritage Christmas website, which will be a continuing resource to curate stories of Christmas history of this area through an array of online exhibits and stories.
The website also connects with local businesses through a local gift ideas section and encourages residents to share their own stories and holiday traditions from recipes to activities.
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