2016 NWHPS Board of Directors
|Maureen Arvanitidis, President|
|Craig Brown, Treasurer|
|Jim Hutson recalls his early interest in old house restoration was piqued when he was young reporter for the West Ender newspaper in the 1980s. He earned a Vancouver Heritage Award (Publication Category) for a series of stories he wrote on the saving and restoration of “Mole Hill,” a community of heritage houses in Vancouver’s West End bordered by Thurlow, Comox, Bute and Pendrell streets that now offer rental housing.Jim was so impressed with the spirit of a group of local citizens, who were able to thwart the intense pressures of development and successfully retain a group of lovely homes in the heart of the West End, that he decided to restore his East Vancouver home! He enjoyed every minute of that labour of love. In 1988 he accepted an invitation to the Heritage Homes Tour in New Westminster and the rest was history! He fell in love with the city’s collection of old homes and small town feel. Jim and his young family moved in 1989 to Queen’s Park to a Prairie Style cottage in need of major repair. “It’s was a tear down.” realtors warned. But Jim had a vision and was not deterred. He and his spouse Catherine won the 1991 Royal City Builders’ Heritage Shield Award for their restoration efforts of the Lane house.In 1999, Jim and Catherine moved across the street to an ailing Arts and Craft home and have been working on it ever since. In 2001, the couple won another Heritage Shield Award for the restoration of the Cheyne House. Jim and Catherine have been involved with the society for “ages” and have had their homes on the Heritage Homes Tour three times.
|Catherine Hutson, Heritage Homes Tour co-convenor – along, with her husband Jim, has spent decades “working on” old homes in Vancouver and New Westminster. Both Jim and Catherine have served as members the Community Heritage Commission and currently are also directors with the Queen’s Park Resident’s Association. Catherine has been involved with the society’s Homes Tour since 1994 when she first started to help sell tour tickets. In 1998 she became chair of the Tour Selection Committee. She continues to be in awe of homeowners and their love of house. Her favourite time of year is late January when she and Kathleen Langstroth hit the heritage trail together to search for homes for the annual tour. She cites of the spirit and enthusiasm of homeowners in the city’s diverse neighbourhoods as inspiring. Catherine describes herself as a balanced heritage enthusiast and is particularly impressed when old and new marry well for a harmonious relationship. (She loves her stained wainscot but also covets new kitchens and updated bathrooms!)The process of organizing the Home Tour has reinforced Catherine’s belief that New Westminster is one of the best cities in the lower mainland to live and raise a family!|