Old School courses teach homeowners, building owners and professionals skills and knowledge for the care and maintenance of older buildings. Courses can include topics such as best practices for researching the history of a building, how to manage a heritage project from start to finish, a thorough introduction to heritage conservation, and wood windows repair and maintenance.
VHF is currently offering workshops in a virtual format only. We hope to return to in-person events in the future when the public health situation allows.
Tuesday, March 30th, 6pm - 9pm
A Statement of Significance (SOS) is a key heritage conservation tool that articulates the heritage values and character-defining elements of historic places. This can be for a building, group of buildings, landscape, district or structure. An SOS is a mandatory document to formally recognize a historic place at local, provincial and federal levels. An important part of conservation planning, it is used to guide how change can happen in a historic place in a way that safeguards heritage values. This workshop, led by heritage professional Berdine Jonker, will explore the formal structure of an SOS and the types of heritage values, how to evaluate historic places, and the key principles of writing the SOS.
About the Instructor
Berdine Jonker is a heritage professional with over 20 years’ experience working in the sector. Her expertise lies in the values-based assessment, documentation, and management of historic places and resources. She has been developing guidance and training on Statements of Significance since 2004, and has been instrumental in the evolution of the use of this planning tool in BC at both the provincial and local government levels. She holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Diploma in Cultural Resource Management, and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Victoria.
For students: Are you currently enrolled in an educational program and 16-30 years of age? Sponsored seats for students are now available for the spring Old School sessions. Learn more about the program here or email us if you are interested in attending.
Professional Development Credits: Most workshops can qualify for Professional Development Credits: Our courses are recognized by AIBC, PIBC, BCAAIC, BCSLA, IDIBC and BOABC. All Professional Development Credits are self-reporting – talk to your professional body to inquire how to register your attendance.
Old School Courses and Workshops won a 2009 City of Vancouver Heritage Award of Merit. Sign up for one and see why!
Requirements to receive this certificate include:
Evening Lectures and Heritage Lunch and Learns qualify for 1 credit each, to a maximum of 3 credits. Virtual strolls do not qualify for the walking tour requirement.
Completion of the certificate can take several years depending on courses schedules. Courses vary each year and some courses and tours are no longer offered. All courses are offered by heritage professionals working in the fields of architecture, trades & construction, heritage conservation, planning, landscaping and related professions.
For more information, please email VHF Program Manager at email@example.com.