The CPR Station Museum is relying even more on volunteers this summer, after the museum didn’t receive the money it needed to help hire a student for the season.
The museum usually receives a federal summer student grant to hire a post-secondary student who helps run the museum’s facilities, but it didn’t get the money this year.
“This year we were not successful, and this usually happens every five to six years,” says Deb McIntosh, manager of the Castlegar Heritage Society. “I think it’s just so that they keep you on your toes.”
McIntosh is working on Zuckerberg’s Island Wednesday through Sunday, and spends Tuesday’s at the Station Museum. Luckily she’s had a number of volunteers step up to help run the museum, and make up for the missing funding.
“We should always have a full stock of volunteers to pull from, just because money is tight and donations aren’t as plentiful as they once were,” she says. “It’s always good to have people that will come in and give time.”
McIntosh says she thinks the museum will get the grant again next year, but wonders if she should consider applying for other grants as well.
“I probably shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket,” she says, “but then I don’t want to be posed with the problem of having two students to hire.”