Our Staff

Following best museum practices, we have a trained professional and friendly staff dedicated to collecting, preserving, restoring, and interpreting archival, art, and artifact collections. As a professional heritage organization, we are also committed to the repatriation of syilx artifacts held by other museums20170113_144935

Jordan Coble, Cultural and Operations Administrator

Jordan was born and raised in the heart of the Okanagan. He dedicates himself to working for his community and people, and by collaborating with the greater community, he helps develop cultural awareness and appreciation. Jordan strives to ensure the voice of the Okanagan/Syilx people is heard, acknowledged, and understood as extremely valuable to all walks of life in relation to past, present and future generations.

After achieving his Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, Jordan Coble began his career as the Curatorial and Heritage Researcher for the recently opened Westbank First Nation Sncəwips Heritage Museum. Jordan is a proud Westbank First Nation and Syilx Nation member and strives to become a storyteller through his work as an artist in various media, including writing, film and digital media. Jordan is currently the chairperson for the Westbank First Nation Public Arts Committee.

Jordan is proud to acknowledge his accomplishments over the past few years including working as the junior artist for the Bernard Avenue “The Land is Our Culture” Banner project, where he worked very closely with renowned artist Janine Lott to create banners depicting the Okanagan peoples’ connection to the land. The banners still fly proudly in downtown Kelowna as a symbolic gesture of the two communities, Westbank First Nation and the City of Kelowna, working together. Jordan was also very instrumental in working with Turning Pointe Ensemble and Astrolabe Musik Theatre in the revision and staging of Barbara Pent land’s 1956 opera, “The Lake,” which was brought to the Okanagan in 2014 with the inclusion of Syilx Nation members playing key roles in the authentic representation of Syilx culture and intertwined relationship to Lake Okanagan and n’ha-ha-itkw (Ogopogo).

Jordan is very grateful for all the support from his community and loves to give back to those who have helped raise him. He takes special pride in being Okanagan and representing the people, communities, and land with respect. Jordan’s door is always open and he welcomes anyone who would like to come in and have a good conversation.

Read the 2014 Kelowna Now In Focus Interview with Jordan

Michelle Bolan: Museum Collections Registrar

Coralee Miller: Museum Assistant Extraordinaire 

Krystal Lezard: Curatorial and Heritage Researcher