Deborah Griffiths established GNG Communications Inc. in 2010 to collaborate with clients for organizational development, to create logical strategies for funding and grants and to support funders in grant and criteria reviews.
From the ground up, Deborah has worked in B.C.’s museum industry in the Okanagan and on Vancouver Island for over thirty-five years. She has been involved in the integrated interpretive, curatorial and management level needs of community museums throughout that time. For the past thirty years, she has been a museum Executive Director. She has served on the board of the British Columbia Museums Association.
Her work includes collaborating with talented people on research, writing books, grants, exhibit storylines, web pages and branding. She’s worked with varied subjects, from the history of Okanagan rodeos and vineyards to pictorial histories of life on Vancouver Island and from Cretaceous fossils to Hawaii’s forests. Because funding is so integral to her work, she’s written many grants and two books on grants. She has also worked on capital projects over 2.5 M.
In the 1990s, she attained a Canadian Museums Association work-study bursary to explore palaeontological collections in BC and to begin a partnership with the Royal Tyrrell Museum to mentor palaeontological interpretation in BC. In 1998, she attained an M.A. in Leadership at Royal Roads University, with a focus on the potential of B.C. palaeontological collections for knowledge tourism and natural history education. From experience throughout her career, she’s been able to see that balancing cultural and natural history interpretation is vital to welcoming diverse global audiences to communities.
For clients, she focuses on practical governance solutions, organizational confidence, business model management and identifying achievable goals for long term sustainability. She mentors nonprofit and association managers and works with funders to review grant applications and criteria.
I’ve always loved writing, reading, museums, galleries, the great outdoors and music. My family moved frequently. Books were our friends and museums, galleries and parks acquainted us with new places. Music brought us together. It all still works that way.
Today, I focus on destination writing, mentoring people who read my grant books and on storyline research and narrative writing for pleasure reading books about natural and social history. It’s been a rewarding experience working with publishers like Harbour Publishing and Self-Counsel Press. I’ve also written a children’s non-fiction book on paleontology and two fiction novels. On the education side, English and Anthropology studies at San Francisco State University and a Master of Arts from Royal Roads University gave me a wide range of information. I’ve won a number of awards independently and with colleagues.
Discretion and objectivity are key elements in working with clients, especially for tackling projects with layers of information, governance, budgets and presentation. My job is to help you get the job completed–beginning, middle and end.
To date, clients include:
- First Nations communities
- A regional international airport
- Mid-size companies
- A national non-profit corporation
- Community resource center
- Forest industry association and non-profit institute
- Bio-fuel business
- Tourism organizations
- Regional economic development societies
Areas of Experience
Some of the subject areas successfully funded:
- Funding for restoration of heritage buildings (each over 2.5M)
- Recycling and open waste management
- Seniors Infrastructure
- Job Opportunities programmes
- Forestry training programmes
- Targeted administrative training programmes
- Bio-fuel Project
- Traveling exhibitions
- Wharf restoration
- Installation of palaeontological exhibitions
- Branding and communications (with graphic artists)
- Dryland Forest Restoration
- Hawaii Forestry Forums
- Development of websites and organization of content (working with web designers)
- NSERC programme delivery
- Business plans and feasibility studies
- Community Infrastructure