Lillooet’s Historic 19th Century Heritage Home

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Supporting Members

Melody Thacker

Currently on the Board of Directors of the Lillooet Farmer’s Market, Melody has been an active volunteer in the community. She served for more than 10 years in various executive positions for the Parent Advisory Councils at three schools. She was involved in the inception of our community radio station, Radio Lillooet. She was active with the Mile 0 Riding Club, Girl Guides of Canada, and too many other organizations to list.

Kevin Goforth

I am proud to be a part of the society to help restore the Miyazaki house and grounds. I am a vice president of the Lillooet Lion's and also member of the Lillooet ELK'S.

Eva Farguhar

I have been a resident of Lillooet periodically over a period of 20 years. During the early seventies, I devoted 3 years working as a volunteer in Barkeville, B.C. in the critical restoration of heritage buildings.

Kerry Ness

-Original member of the Miyazaki House Heritage Society in the 1980s.

-Woodworking, restoration and odd-job specialist in Lillooet..


Ursela Stephane

Member of the Lillooet Peace & Ecology Group, the Lillooet Naturalists Society and Lillooet Food Matters

-Part of a group that organized a fundraising event for victims of the 2011 earthquake tsunami disaster in Japan. Participant in Salmon Talks , a local group organized to investigate the disappearance of the sockeye salmon from the Fraser River.

Kate Maxon 

"Music Entertainment Co-ordinator"

Retired rancher has called Lillooet her “home town” for the past 33 years, raising and schooling six children on a ranch 80km away. Summer trips to town for fruit and supplies often included a picnic the Miyazaki House yard.
Performed in the Miyazaki House living room for Elder Hostel Students in the 1980’s; in the MH Gazebo summer 2014 with percussionist “Blue Jay” Han.
Contributor to Bridge River Lillooet News over the past 8 years
One CD, Charming Lies, 2001

  • ​Jane Carrico

    -Born on the Fraser River in 1952 

    -A regular contributor to the Lillooet News and the Coast Mountain edition of  Mountain Life Magazine.  

    -Became concerned about the deteriorating condition of Miyazaki House when working for the District of Lillooet in 2011.

CO-FOUNDERs & Past Board Members

Miyazaki house society

No need is too small and no voice is too quiet to be heard. We will devote the time and energy necessary to educate, advocate and feed.


The Miyazaki House is currently operated by a non-profit society in co-operation with the District of LIllooet. The society members all share a passion for preserving the community's beautiful historic house. 

  • Board Member of Japanese Canadian Citizen’s Association (JCCA) in Vancouver, B.C. (1999-2001), Member of JCCA Human Rights Committee (1998-2002), Board member of Lillooet Learning Communities Society (2010 to present)

    -Advocate for cross-cultural awareness, arts and culture; revitalization of native cultural arts, youth programming, health & wellness initiatives for over twenty-five years.