Staff Directory

Glen Taylor
General Manager

Glen joined the O’Keefe Ranch & Interior Heritage Society in 2012 as the General Manager, he comes with an extensive background in business with over 25 years’ experience as owner and President of Gold Leaf Imprinters Ltd. In addition he has been an active community volunteer and has sat on a variety of boards in leadership capacities. Glen has sat collectively over 50 years with Vernon Winter Carnival, Vernon Golf & Country Club, Vernon Curling Club, BC Festivals and Events, Coldstream Fire Department, Vernon Search & Rescue and is presently sitting his third term as Councillor for the District of Coldstream.

He welcomes the challenges O’Keefe Ranch brings and looks forward to help in creating a vibrant and sustainable everlasting Historic Site that will be known worldwide.


Carla-Jean Stokes
Curator

Carla-Jean Stokes 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 written articles for the Laurier Centre for Military and Strategic Disarmament Studies, Espirit de Corps magazine and Legion magazine.


Karen Bouchard
School Program Coordinator

Karen Bouchard has worked as a historical interpreter at O'Keefe Ranch since 2011, fulfilling childhood dreams of being a historian, linguist, teacher, and writer.  She was born in Vernon, moved around with her parents for 14 years, and returned to live in the Vernon area in 1981. Karen brings her 30+ years of experience as a teacher-on-call in School District 22 to the school program in the Balmoral Schoolhouse.  She has also worked in clerical positions for several non-profit organizations, and sneaks around the ranch offices, trying to proofread materials before they are published.  "Mrs. B" looks forward to the challenge of coordinating the school program, which she knows she will enjoy. "Working at O'Keefe Ranch is my favourite job ever, because I get to dress up in costume and tell stories."


Tambria Shortt
Animal & Grounds Superintendent 

Tambria Shortt was born in Quebec in 1962 and moved to British Columbia in 1965.  She lived off the coast of Vancouver for a short time with her family before settling in the Okanagan Valley.  In 1986 she left Vernon for a short vacation in the Northwest Territories where she stayed for over 21 years working for the Government of the NWT and later Indian and Northern Affairs Canada.  In 2007, Tambria returned to Vernon and began volunteering at Historic O’Keefe Ranch before being hired on as a Groundskeeper.  In 2010 she took on the responsibility of Animal and Grounds Superintendent and became passionate about all the animals at the Ranch and continued with the preservation of the rare Jacob sheep breed as well as the heritage breed birds.  Tambria considers herself extremely blessed to have such a rewarding position here at Historic O’Keefe Ranch and loves sharing her knowledge of the animals and gardens with visitors.


Clyde Hook
Equine / Maintenance Manager

Clyde was born and raised in Alberta and after a secondary education in sales and marketing, he spent 20 plus years in the Outdoor Advertising Business working in all major markets from Vancouver to Montreal. He left the Outdoor Business to move back to Alberta from Toronto in the late 80's for 20 years of Ranching, Land Development, and sales consulting. Clyde moved to the Okanagan in 2002 eventually settling in the Armstrong area, and joined the O'Keefe Ranch team in 2013.