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Thank you, Sayoko!

Updated: Mar 16

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The warm smiling face of Sayoko Kagitani greeted visitors to the Whyte Museum for over fourteen years. She was a welcoming presence to visitors from around the world, to members, board members, and community colleagues. She is at ease with everyone she meets, from politicians and donors to excited groups of foreign tourists. Her unfailing friendliness, generous spirit, and passion are appreciated by all who know her.


“She has truly been the face of the Whyte” says Marino DiManno, Chair of the Board of Directors, “...we’ll miss her and look forward to seeing her at community events around town. She’s a Banff treasure.”




Fewer visitors, increasing demand for digital access, and a shift to a bookstore, has meant a reorganization of the visitor services area of the Whyte. Sayoko left visitor services in October, but provided several months of invaluable support to the Archives, before officially leaving the Whyte at the end of February.


We send her our warmest wishes and gratitude.

Thank you, Sayoko!


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