The Comox Air Force Museum Association is proud to announce that our Volunteer Coordinator and Programme Manager, Jon Ambler, recently received an award from the British Columbia Historical Federation.  Jon was selected for his exemplary work as Program manager and Volunteer Coordinator for the Comox Air Force Museum and his involvement in researching and promoting BC’s aviation history.

 

Under the leadership of our former Board of Directors’ president, Bill Cuell, the board placed Jon’s name in nomination for a Service Award.  In addition to his work as programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Jon is involved in all things related to aviation history here in the Comox Valley and BC as a whole.  Our nomination letter included a number of of his contributions.  “In addition to performing his normal duties, Jon worked tirelessly over the past years to ensure that the Museum is front and center at many local cultural and historical events including the Cumberland Heritage Faire, the “Snowbirds” annual autograph signing session, the School District 71 Heritage Fair, numerous Meet and Greet events for the school district History and Social Studies teachers, the Battle of Britain ceremony and the associated heritage stone dedication ceremony, Empire Days activities in Cumberland, Comox Maritime Days in Comox, and the annual Canada Day parade in Courtenay.  Had it not been for his vision, diligence, commitment and extensive work with numerous staff, volunteers and the various local government representatives, the successful display of West Coast aviation history at these events would not be a reality.

He expends an incredible amount of personal time on program development, creating and promoting programs and displays within the museum that will enhance the visitor experience, conducting outreach into the community and local schools with talks and visits… and liaising with the local arts and culture community. He also assisted in developing the long-term CAFM strategic plan, including goals and objectives for the Museum, its buildings and its facilities.  He is relentless in his pursuit of improving our Museum’s programs, liaising with other military and civilian museums and museum associations to acquire ideas and suggestions to promote program development.

He promotes history through speaking engagements at various venues ranging from appearances at the ‘Philosophers Cafe’… the Humanist Club and various Elder College lectures.  He is currently writing a book on the history of the Comox Air Force Museum for its 30th anniversary and produced a training guide for all volunteers highlight air force history from WW1 to present day.

He has led the way in establishing a Comox Valley Museum Association for all museums in the valley to meet and discuss best practices, collaborative events, etc.”

 

Jon Ambler “is the face of our Museum”.

Jon was presented with his certificate “for tireless work as Program Manager and Volunteer Coordinator for the Comox Air Force Museum and for involvement in researching and promoting British Columbia’s aviation history.”

Congratulations, Jon!  Your award is well deserved!