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Memberships and Development Update

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As the new Manager of Development at the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, I think it is important to introduce myself to our membership and donor base.

Hello! My name is Courtney Maxwell-Alves.

I am originally from Toronto, but I have been living in the Bow Valley for the past three years. I first came to Banff to speak at a conference while I was a graduate student at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Information. I fell in love with the mountains and as they say, the rest is history!

After relocating to the mountains, I committed myself to learn about and help preserve the local history and heritage in Banff. Working as the Graduate Heritage Planner for the Town of Banff in 2018 really inspired this commitment, eventually leading me to the Whyte Museum. In saying all of this, you might recognize me: I first began working at the Whyte Museum in May 2019 as the Archive and Library Assistant and have contributed to previous issues of The Cairn.

Although I have been in the Memberships and Development department for almost a year, I am excited to take on the role and responsibilities as Manager of Development. I have extensive experience working for non-profit arts organizations, usually in a number of different roles but all incorporating some from of development. Much of my experience and skills development have been around grant writing, fundraising, and fostering membership programs, which I am excited to put to use here at the Whyte.

My passion for heritage, knowledge and understanding of the various priorities an arts and heritage organization like the Whyte contends with, and my skills as a trained archivist make for a unique and exciting perspective to bring to the Memberships and Development department.

Most of all, I am here for YOU – our members and donors! I would love to connect with you – please feel free to call, email, or visit me at the Museum. In these challenging times, the COVID-19 pandemic offers us the opportunity to change and adapt, and I am working diligently to create an even more dynamic and engaging Memberships and Development department at the Whyte.

Courtney Maxwell-Alves

403-762-2291, Ext. 315


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