Management of O'Keefe Ranch Expression of Interest
O'Keefe Ranch & Interior Heritage Society
Box 955, 9380 BC-97,
Vernon, BC V1H 1W9
O'Keefe Ranch and Interior Heritage Society is seeking Expressions of Interest for contract management services related to the operations of the O'keefe Ranch Historic Society for the coming year with the potential to extend for additional years.
is a unique treasure of the North Okanagan established by Cornelius O'Keefe and his partners in June 1867. A significant number of original buildings still exist with the gem being "the Mansion" which was the O'Keefefamily home. n the 1970's the O'Keefe family turned the site into a tourist attraction thatRanch, which is enjoyed,. owned by the .
A large cadre of volunteers hasassisted staff over the years to provide a historic experience for visitors. This group is essential to keeping the operational a limited budget. tours such as Ghost, historic based activities and celebration of the cowboy way of life have all been significant parts of activities.
For 2021 the Ranch is expected to operate from Wednesday to Sunday from 9:00 to 4:00 using COVID protocols. Opening is scheduled for Mother's Day and closure in the October timeframe with possible extension for a Christmas event. Currently staff consists of a bookkeeper, animal care/security person and on call maintenance. Over the summer additional staff is hired for seasonal jobs utilizing as many grants as possible. Contracts also exist for a variety of functions that would need to be supervised. The board has established policies that must be adhered to. Escan be provided if requested. Management needs to respect the O’Keefe Family heritage, history of the Spallumcheen Valley and the head lease from the City of Vernon
Expressions of interest need to include a vision of how contract management could work, and background of proponent(s) experience. References from current clients might be helpful to the Board when considering expressions of interest. Some specifics to consider are:
a. and management
b.r c.e d. w e. proactive volunteer recruiting and management
f. management of existing contracts
The board will consider all correspondence at their January meeting, January 20, 2021. They will only contact those who are selected for further discussions.