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The Fernie and District Historical Society has a new executive director, Jim Takenaka

Takenaka wants to bring people back to the museum so it can ‘once again be very busy, very colourful’
Jim Takenake was at a meet and greet with Fernie and District Historical Society staff on April 21, 2022, as he was beginning his new role as executive director of the society. (Joshua Fischlin/The Free Press)

The Fernie and District Historical Society (FDHS) has a new executive director, Jim Takenaka.

Takenaka has over 20 years of experience at the Reynolds Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, most recently as the head of visitor services, according to a statement from Nic Milligan of the FDHS board.

Takenaka’s vision for the Fernie Museum is to see it “once again be very busy, very colourful.”

“They’ve done a fantastic job so far, especially considering the fact that we’re coming out of two years of COVID,” he said.

“Now it’s time to get back into mainstream, bring the people back, let them see what we have here, and let them know about the Elk Valley.”

Takenaka has deep roots in the region.

His family has had a residence in Elkford for decades, and his wife (whose parents were the first to come to the region) recently retired and moved to the town to help look after their two young granddaughters, whose parents are teachers there.

“This job happened to come up at just the right opportune time. And here I am.”

For years, he has considered the Elk Valley to be like a second home. Now, he is making it his permanent home.

Takenaka said he is “happy to be here.”

“I am so excited about starting this new job. The community is fantastic, the Elk Valley is wonderful.

“I’m looking forward to meeting staff… Just very excited to get going.”

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