Wayne Wilson – Executive Director

Wayne Wilson began with the Central Okanagan Land Trust in 2012 and brings a keen understanding of the region’s non-profit setting. His background in geography, landscape and cultural heritage values are ideally suited to the work of the Land Trust.Wayne served as the Executive Director of the Kelowna Museums Society from 2000 – 2012. He began work with the Kelowna Museum in 1978 and since then has worked in the various capacities including Exhibitions Co-ordinator, Museum Education, Assistant Director, and has curated dozens of exhibitions and public programming series. Since his 2000 appointment, in addition to managing the day-to-day operations of the Society, Wayne has focused on the development and implementation of Business and Budget Planning for the Society and its various profit centres, all with a goal of moving the organization more toward a sustainable business model.Wayne holds a B.A. from the University of British Columbia and an M.A. in Historical Geography (U. B. C.) where his thesis, Irrigating the Okanagan: 1860 – 1920, explored the ‘greening of the Okanagan Valley’ as it were. Wayne taught at Okanagan University College for ten years in the Geography Faculty where he headed up courses in the Regional Geography of Canada, Regional Geography of British Columbia, and the Historical Geography of British Columbia.