Volunteer Opportunity

Heritage Rehabilitation & Accessibility Improvement



The Historic Joy Kogawa House


Vancouver, BC

Closing Date

September 20th, 2020

About Joy Kogawa House

Located in the Marpole neighbourhood of Vancouver, Historic Joy Kogawa House is the childhood home of Canadian author Joy Kogawa. Joy and her family lived in the house until 1942, when they were sent to an internment camp along with thousands of other Canadians of Japanese descent. Now used as a site for author residencies and literary events, the house stands as a historical reminder of the internment experience of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War, and by extension, to the experiences of diverse cultural and ethnic groups within Canadian society.

Project Summary

The House has secured some funding from the City of Vancouver for the upcoming capital improvement project, but there is need for more money to fully cover the costs the project. The House is currently in the process of finalizing the architectural drawings and cost estimations for the project that will be part of the project documents package. This project aims to retain a qualified project manager who can assist the House with preparing grant applications to raise the funds necessary to make the cultural site accessible to visitors who currently experience barriers to assess. The goal is to seek funding at all levels of government and from private foundations that allows the organization to undertake a major capital project in 2021. The project may include full rehabilitation of the heritage house and improved accessibility.

The project manager will assist the executive director in preparing a timeline and scope of work, writing grant applications, and identifying approaches to potential donors that can support the capital project.

Project Objectives

  • Analyze the project and prepare supplementary materials; i.e., project scope and schedule as planning and coordination tool.
  • Prepare grant application to Canadian Heritage Cultural Spaces Fund.
  • Identify other funding sources and preparing grant applications

Required Qualifications

  • Experience in project management
  • Experience with heritage buildings and restoration work would be an asset
  • Strong writing and communication skills
  • Experience in grant writing is an asset

Estimated Time Commitment

3 to 4 hours a week.

Start Date: ASAP                                                                              End Date: November 15, 2020

Scope of Work

This project involves project preparation and grant writing activities to help the organization undertake a major capital project in 2021. The volunteer project manager will work with the executive director and other stakeholders to analyze the scope of work, define the requirements of the project, prepare a project timeline, and help write grant applications for the rehabilitation and accessibility improvement of Historic Joy Kogawa House. The project at this stage is estimated to cost about $2 million. It is imperative to verify the budget will be sufficient given the current changing circumstances.


Analysis of Project and Coordination of Supplementary Materials

  • Project Requirements and Scope of Work
  • Schedule and other project supporting materials to create a well-thought-out grant application package
  • Grant application package


The PM volunteer will have end-to-end accountability on project deliverables, reporting to Ann-Marie Metten, the executive director of the Historic Joy Kogawa House Society.


The Historic Joy Kogawa House Society will provide a letter of recommendation to the PM volunteer at the successful conclusion of the project, and serve as a reference if appropriate.

How to Apply

Please apply with a cover letter indicating why you are interested in supporting Historic Joy Kogawa House on this project and why you feel your skillset and experience would make you a good match for this project, along with a detailed resume to:


Ann-Marie Metten

Executive Director

Historic Joy Kogawa House

1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver, B.C. V6P 2N4





Please copy your application package to Project Management Volunteers c/o:

Nemat Haidari, PM-Volunteers Client Relationship Manager

Email: nematullah.haidari@pmv.org


The organization may proceed with interviewing and engaging applicants before the application deadline.


NOTE: We may consider a team approach of a senior/junior project manager. We encourage junior project managers who are interested in acquiring experience to apply. Any such arrangement will be contingent on agreement by the client and the applicants.