2017 “SPIRIT OF THE VOLUNTEER AWARD” ANNOUNCED!

2017 “SPIRIT OF THE VOLUNTEER AWARD” ANNOUNCED!

At the final volunteer gathering of 2017, our Programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Ambler introduced the year’s Spirit of the Volunteer Award: “Each year the Comox Valley Air Force Museum Association recognizes a volunteer that has “best exemplified the spirit of the volunteer. What exactly is the spirit of the volunteer?  It is not a numerical or arithmetic total of days worked, although all winners have been hard workers.  Reliable, punctual and dedicated. If you say you will do it, it’s done, and if you can’t do it, we get told in time to react positively.  Willing to pitch in wherever needed.  Show imagination and initiative.  Thrives on team work.  Cares about the quality of our visitors museum experience.  Puts the Museum in the appropriate priority. This year the winner is David Wilson. Everyone here knows he was totally involved in reorganizing the B268 workshop, designing and leading the Hallway Project, getting the Main Gallery ready for the Don Smith Upgrades, designing and leading Gift Shop renovation, which is still underway. More importantly, however, has been how he conducts himself as a member of our Museum family. When we learned Irv Fraser was very sick last winter I approached David and asked if he wanted to take over as the Museum Carpenter. He was eager to do so, but was very sensitive and respectful about Irv`s place in our family, and would not take any action that might have hurt Irv`s feelings. The Association gives a Lifetime Membership to the winner, and as this is the first time a husband and wife team have won, for Val won...

WE’RE BACK!

Following a holiday break, an addition to our Main Gallery, and a Gift Shop Renovation, the Comox Air Force Museum is open to the public again!  We invite you to come in to meet us and to have a good visit!  We’re open Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. till 4:00...
HAPPY NEW YEAR!  NEW YEAR ~ NEW BOOKS!

HAPPY NEW YEAR! NEW YEAR ~ NEW BOOKS!

Happy New Year!  Our Museum Library is celebrating the arrival of two new books.  They are authored by Anne Gafiuk. We already had one of her works, Wings Over High River, Conversations with A. Gordon Jones, the Biography of a BCATP Pilot Instructor.  “Gordon Jones trained and later became an instructor as part of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan at High River, Alberta during WWII.”             One of the new arrivals is Quietus: Last Flight, Accident Proneness in WWII, Wartime Aviation Stories on the Canadian Home Front.  ” In 1948, Hugh Burns Hay, a decorated Second World War navigator, returned to university to finish his medical degree.  As part of his studies, he requested sixteen pilots’ files from the RCAF in an effort to identify ‘accident proneness’.”  The book “… offers a unique insight into war on the Home Front in Canada, as well as a glimpse into post-war aviation research.”         The second is titled She Made Them Family: A Scrapbook from the Prairies.  It’s a collection of ” letters, photos, anecdotes, magazine and newspaper clippings from The Second World War compiled by Mrs. Alice Spackman…”      ...

THE WICKENBY NEWSLETTER ~ DECEMBER

  This is another in our series: the Wickenby Register Newsletter.  The newsletters were printed twice yearly; they include information about 12 Squadron RAF, memories of service men and women, the occasional recipe, stories of times past… But perhaps the thing that spoke to both Mel and me when we saw them was the inclusion of a poem on the back of each issue. Both poems might remind us of winter… the end of a year… the end of a life… This month, one of the poems was penned by a special lady, Audrey Grealy.        ...