We would like to introduce everyone to Michael Wilcox. He has worked his way up through various positions at the Museum. While his current position sees him run the public programming for the Museum, his diverse skill set ensures that he gets called upon for all sorts of jobs.
Role? Programming and Exhibits
How did you get involved with the Museum?
I started out six years ago as a volunteer. Then I got a six-week contract as an interpreter, which led to a full-time position where I wound up doing a bit of everything. Four years ago I got promoted to this programming position. When this position became available, it was transitional because we weren't really sure what was needed. I basically took on everything that nobody wanted to do and the position grew from there.
What's your favourite thing about what you do?
I love working with the kids. I don't get a lot of chance to do it, but I definitely enjoy the school programs. Outreach is fun too.
What does the outreach look like?
Going out and bringing the museum experience to kids who might not have the opportunity otherwise. Events like the Whistler Children's Festival, BC Mining Week, or working along side local businesses like the Squamish Public Library are great for connecting with the community.
Do you live in Squamish?
I live in North Vancouver, but it is really quick to get out here. I ride my bike so I really don't mind.
What's your favourite thing to do outside of work?
Golfing? What's your handicap?
My handicap is around 12. It used to be better, but...you know.
What is something that people would be surprised to learn about you?
I wanted to be a full-time student. I spent 8 years at the University of Victoria and had acquired a couple of degrees. I was accepted into a Masters program and asked to sit down with one of my mentors at the time. She basically said "you need to go get a job," so I did.