Carla-Jean Stokes joined O'Keefe Ranch in 2016 and manages the artifact collection, archives, and exhibitions. She received her Masters of History at Wilfrid Laurier University in 2011 and went on to receive a Masters of Photographic Preservation and Collections Management at Ryerson University in 2015. In the same year, she won the Photographic Historical Society of Canada thesis prize for her paper, "British Official First World War Photographs, 1916-1918: Arranging and Contextualizing a Collection of Prints at the Art Gallery of Ontario." Carla-Jean has given lectures on war photography and has written articles for the Laurier Centre for Military and Strategic Disarmament Studies, Espirit de Corps magazine, and Legion magazine.
Marketing and Events Specialist
Kerry MacLeod has lived in Vernon since 2009 and is a Momma to three boys. She graduated from Fine Arts at the University of Western Ontario in 1994. Since she has worked everywhere from the RCMP to galleries and garden centres. She had a successful artisan business for over ten years and also had a store in Kelowna which she later sold. She has visuals, loss prevention and merchandising training and is a huge believer in customer experience. In Whistler she published a children's book and worked with the municipality on various family events and arts contracts. Her blog that launched in 2007 opened up many social media and sponsorship opportunities and she continues to do social media consulting and writing for local businesses on a contract basis. Kerry passionately supports non-profits, has been a board member locally, volunteers on various committees as well as for community events and groups when possible. Recently she founded the first chapter of 100 Kids Who Care in the North Okanagan.
When she isn't working you will find her working on her home, erding her pets, or playing outside especially on the lake as she is a certified Paddle Canada instructor for SUP.