A trained archaeologist, Pauline Rafferty has practical experience in uncovering and protecting history. She brought that skill set to her work for the Archaeology Branch, Heritage Trust and the Ministry of Tourism in the 1980s supervising survey crews and managing grant applications. She also worked to promote and finance heritage sites such as Fort Steele and Barkerville.
In the 1990s Rafferty was assistant deputy minister at the Ministry of Women’s Equality when she joined The Royal BC Museum to develop a new business plan in 1992. By 2001 she had been appointed CEO of the museum.
Under her leadership RBCM was transformed as a Crown corporation. She was also deeply involved in enacting a new Museum Act and helped the museum achieve greater financial self-sufficiency while solidifying its important place in Victoria and the larger community of British Columbia for generations to come.
Rafferty’s work at the Royal BC Museum has meant a significant contribution to the tourism business in Victoria. Under her leadership the museum played an important role in the redevelopment of Helmcken House and most significantly the museum was instrumental in helping the successful repatriation of Nisga'a artifacts in 1998.
For her contribution and leadership to her community and for helping to ensure the history of the community is maintained and understood by future generations, we honour Pauline Rafferty with the Chancellor’s Community Recognition Award at Royal Roads University.