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Heritage Community Foundation


The Heritage Community Foundation links people with heritage through discovery and learning. Its over-arching goal is for heritage to be valued by everyone. It exists:

  • To be a strong public voice for heritage 
  • To establish programs to promote identity, research and literacy through heritage study and
  • To build resources to sustain heritage projects and activities.

The Heritage Community Foundation:

  • Develops educational programs
  • Develops resource materials to bring heritage to the mainstream and
  • Creates opportunities to celebrate heritage.

The development of excellent online content is a core programming activity of the Foundation. All of our web products can be accessed through our gateway site at http://www.albertasource.ca

The Project Team:

Adriana DaviesAdriana Davies, Ph. D. 

Executive Director

Dr. Davies is a material culture specialist and was the Science, Technology, Industry and material Culture editor of The Canadian Encyclopedia.  She has worked in the heritage field for more than 25 years as a researcher, Executive Director of Museums Alberta and as Executive Director of the Heritage Community Foundation.  She has developed, resourced, and implemented a range of website development and cultural digitization projects. 

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Kim PalmerKim Palmer, B.A., M.A.

Web Projects Manager/Senior Webmaster

Responsible for ensuring quality control, timely delivery and adherence to Heritage Community Foundation website standards on all our web projects, Kim has been with the Foundation since 1999 and is the lead of the Foundation's web development team. She has a Master's degree in History from the University of Alberta and is currently finishing her Computer Systems Technology diploma at NAIT.  She has both content and technical expertise and has been hired to lead digitization projects.

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David RidleyDavid Ridley, B.Ed, M.T.

Director of Research and Youth Programs

David is a former Research Associate at the Provincial Museum of Alberta. He is a specialist in community studies and has done extensive oral history work with David Goa, Curator of Folk and Religious Life, with respect to the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Alberta's Islamic community and other ethnocultural communities. He has been involved in all of the Heritage Community Foundation's websites in ensuring accuracy and authority of content.

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Andrea BellAndrea Bell, B.A.

Communications Manager/Senior Researcher

As the lead of the Communications Team, Andrea works on all aspects of both internal and external communications.  She has also worked  on the content side of several of the Foundation's websites and is in charge of securing the copyright permissions with the organizations multitude of partners and content contributors.

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Stuart DrozdStuart Drozd, B.A.

Web Research Assistant

After completing a B.A. at the University of Alberta in Canadian history, Stuart spent two years interpreting local history at Fort Edmonton Park. There, he further developed an appreciation for heritage architecture. He now owns a heritage home, which he is lovingly restoring, in Edmonton's historic Highlands. To help in the restoration process he completed the Millwork and Carpentry program at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. He is also now heading development of a web site for the Highlands Historical Foundation. To make things even more complicated, he is an active musician who performs and records regularly with his band. Plus, he is also now working towards a Masters in Library and Information Studies degree. He hopes to continue with music and work in the heritage industry as a researcher or archivist.

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Brenda DraneyBrenda Draney

Web Research Assistant



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Davor BabicDavor Babic, C.N.T.

Senior Programmer

Davor began work with the Heritage Community Foundation as an intern and has worked on several of our Canada's Digital Collections websites and oversaw the digitization process for the CCOP Edmonton: The Making of a City Cultural Digitization Project. He has a Computer Engineering Technology diploma from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and has extensive knowledge and experience in working with multiple database platforms including SQL and Access. He will liaise with DevStudios to provide technical/database support and quality assurance as determined by CCOP.   

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Kier ElliottKier Elliott

Junior Webmaster

Kier likes candle light dinners and long walks by the beach. 

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Dwayne Lessner Dwayne Lessner, B.A.I.S.T, 

Junior Programmer

Dwayne first begun work as an intern with the Foundation. He has just recently completed his Bachelor of Applied Information Systems Technology with honours  from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and has extensive knowledge and experience in working with multiple web development software packages including FrontPage, JavaScript, SQL, Access, VB and COM. Know Dwayne is Senior Webmaster now at the Foundation and provides other web consulting with Nano Response.

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