Advisory Committee – South Asian Canadian Digital Archive – SACDA

Co-Lead: Dr. Tzu-I Chung

Dr. Tzu-I Chung is a cultural and social historian, specializing in the study of transnational migration within the context of historical, cultural and economic interactions between North America and Asia-Pacific. As a curator of history at the Royal BC Museum & Archives, she has developed, facilitated, and led cross-sectoral community heritage and legacy projects. Her research has informed numerous exhibitions, curriculum development, and public and academic publications on the topics of anti-racism, cross-cultural community histories, and critical heritage studies. She is currently a member of the Canadian Cultural Property Export Review Board, and a peer reviewer for academic journals and a juror for public history prizes and grants.

Co-Lead: Dr. Balbir Gurm

Dr. Balbir Gurm is a ½ generation community leader, activist and nursing professor with strong values of social justice and seva (volunteerisms), and is a role model for leadership in education, on boards and advisory panels, and engages communities to advocate for policy and system change. She facilitates workshops on diversity and inclusion to address systemic racism. Her multisectoral project, NEVR, breaks down silos by bringing together critical understandings of relationship violence. One product is a free ebook Making Sense of a Global Pandemic: Relationship Violence & Working Together Towards a Violence Free Society. Dr. Gurm’s excellence in education, leadership and dedication are acknowledged with multiple awards including Excellence in Nursing Education (RNABC), NISODS Teaching Excellence, YWCA Women of Distinction and Connecting the Community (2021) BC Achievement (2021), Soroptimist’s Ruby, Times of Canada, Shakti and Leadership Canadian Cancer Society. She is a fellow of the Canadian Academy of Nursing and best known for using her privilege to improve health by addressing social justice issues in communities.

David Alexander

David Alexander is the Acting Vice President of Collections and Research at the Royal BC Museum where he oversees a broad portfolio including museum collections, repatriation, research, registration, conservation, preservation and the BC Archives. For over 20 years, he has been an active member of the GLAM (galleries, libraries, archives, museums) sector, which includes 10 years’ experience at the RBCM in various capacities including leading on partnerships, digital and IT and communications.

Nationally, David is chair of the Council of Provincial and Territorial Archivists, co-chair of the National, Provincial and Territorial Archivists Conference. He is an executive member of the National Heritage Digitization Strategy and, past member of the Digital Museums Canada Advisory Committee. Provincially, David is past-president of the BC Museums Association where he led the signing of the first provincial GLAM MOU and the adoption of the Rod Naknakim Declaration. He is also past Development Chair and Member at Large for the Greater Victoria Public Library System.

Mary-Anne MacDougall

Mary-Anne MacDougall has been the information services & special collections librarian at UFV since 2001 where she is involved in the coordination of digital project management and information services. She is also the liaison librarian to the History, Political Science and Philosophy departments as well as to the SASI at UFV. Mary-Anne was previously the head of Special Collections at the Vancouver Public Library, and has an undergraduate degree in History and Women’s Studies from SFU, and a Masters of Library Science degree from the University of British Columbia.

Dave Stewart

Dave Stewart is the Digital Manager at the Royal BC Museum. He manages a small but mighty team who oversee all the institution’s web assets and their collection management systems for the many collections: museum, archives, library and genealogy. He is also active in digital heritage governance through participation in several committees at the provincial and national level. He strives to improve the state of digital heritage preservation and online public access within his own institution and across the public sector.

Ryan Gallagher

Ryan Gallagher has worked in the heritage/culture sector for over 15 years, with experience in artifact collections, archives, heritage sites, public art, and heritage/culture planning. He has worked for the City of Surrey in varying positions since 2005, including Collections Assistant, Archives Reference Specialist, Archivist, and a stint as acting Public Art Manager. Since 2015, Ryan has been the Manager of Heritage Administration for the City of Surrey. In this role he oversees much of the heritage portfolio in Surrey, including management of Surrey Archives, Civic Artifact Collection, Historic Stewart Farm, public heritage assets, heritage and culture planning and supporting the City’s Heritage Advisory Commission. Ryan is passionate about sharing heritage and culture in innovative and creative ways in the public and digital realms.