Join the Patrons Circle and discover the heart of the Fernie Museum!

The Patrons Circle is an inspiring group of people committed to sustaining excellence at their museum. Through your contributions, you play an essential role in advancing the Fernie Museum’s position as a regional destination for engaging with art, culture and heritage.

Patrons Council members are avid life-long learners who enjoy being part of a city-building community and are eager to find themselves at the heart of the Museum with exclusive access to museum exhibitions, resident and guest curators and collections.


Joining Patrons Council is one of the most powerful ways you can partner with your Museum to help ignite wonder and discovery.

With your generous support, you can enjoy a range of benefits that afford the most intimate experiences at the ROM, including the following core benefits:

    • Two Transferable Admission Cards for complimentary ROM admission and line bypass. Lend your cards to others for general ROM Admission for up to four adults and four children (under 18) and for up to two adults and four children for ticketed exhibitions.
    • Invitations to exclusive RPC-only events
    • Invitations to exhibition Opening Parties
    • Invitation to the Fernie Museum Family Holiday Gathering
    • Subscriptions to Members e-newsletter
    • Priority booking for select museum public programs
    • One complimentary Caregiver Card (access for your child’s guardian)
    • Recognition in the Annual Report
    • 15% discount in the museum shop

Each gift made through the Patrons Council program entitles you to a charitable tax receipt in the highest allowable amount within CRA guidelines.


Our Patrons Council are an exemplary group of dedicated and passionate supporters who are deeply committed to the arts, culture and heritage of Fernie and the Elk Valley. They advise and assist the Fernie & District Historical Society in fulfilling our mandate by raising funds to support our three principle programs, the Fernie Museum, the Fernie Community Archives Centre, and Heritage Fernie.


Gordon Sombrowski is the co-leader of a group of diversified investment companies owned by the Sombrowski family with assets ranging from hotels to real-estate in Alberta, British Columbia and the Northwest United States.

Gordon obtained a BA in 1980 and LLB in 1983 from the University of Alberta and LLM from the University of Cambridge, England in 1984. From 1986 to 1988 he conducted Doctoral Research on Restitution in International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Cambridge.

Called to the British Columbia Bar in 1985 Gordon practiced law briefly before continuing his academic pursuits. In 2006 Gordon was also licenced as a Managing Broker by the Real Estate Council of British Columbia.

Gordon has a long history of participating in the arts and heritage. Gordon currently is the Honorary Chair of the Patrons Council and a member of the steering committee for Heritage Fernie. Additionally, he sits on the board of the Chinook Lesbian and Gay Fund.

Gordon is also an author. He has written numerous short stories, some of which are published as “What Echo Heard”. Gordon is working on his second novel, the first sits on his book shelf daring him to send it to a publisher.


As partner in Rockies Law, Fernie, Karen practices family law and assists her clients by negotiating disputes, drafting cohabitation and separation agreements, and conducting applications and trials.  She has appeared before the Provincial Court and Supreme Court of British Columbia.  Karen also practices in civil litigation encompassing corporate and commercial disputes, construction, and wills and estates litigation.Karen is an accredited Family Law Mediator. Karen can also prepare separation agreements and court orders following a mediation.

Karen received her Juris Doctor from the University of Victoria, where she received a number of academic and community service awards.  She was also the class valedictorian at Simon Fraser University and the recipient of the university’s Gold Medal and Humanitarian Award.  Prior to joining Rockies Law, Karen worked at a boutique family firm in downtown Vancouver.  

After moving to Fernie with her husband, Graeme Nunn, the two of them can be found exploring the mountains by skis, hiking boots or snowshoes.  Karen and Graeme were named Volunteers of the Year by the Fernie Chamber of Commerce.  Karen serves as a Chair of the the Fernie & District Historical Society, and Director with the Fernie Women’s Resource Centre and the Fernie Pets Society.  She also organizes children’s activities at the annual Fernie Griz Days festival.