COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM A HIGHLIGHT AT THE CUMBERLAND HERITAGE FAIRE

COMOX AIR FORCE MUSEUM A HIGHLIGHT AT THE CUMBERLAND HERITAGE FAIRE

This past Saturday, our Museum participated in the annual Cumberland Heritage Faire.  This has been a tradition for us, and this year our booth highlighted the Snowbirds.     Jon, our Volunteer Coordinator and Programme Manager appreciated all the volunteer who contributed to the presence of our booth, ” This year`s event was a success, great thanks go to Mel Birnie who selected and put aside all the display pieces for our Snowbirds Display. Thanks again to Gary Wiffen, Len Phillips and Mike Owen, who created and manned the fort! We would have had nothing without your help! ”...
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...

SEASONS GREETINGS!

  We here at the Comox Air Force Museum wish to thank our friends and supporters for your continued interest in our work as we continually strive to improve the Museum, as we share the history of the RCAF. From all of our staff, we send seasons greetings to the many many followers around the...

THANK YOU!

    THANK YOU FOR THE SPECIAL GIFT! Today, we received an email from Carol. She said, “Thank you for all the military information during the year. A lot of research on the part of the Comox Air Force Museum Volunteers. I have learned so much from you this past year. Happy Holidays to all, Carol”     Carol, this is such a gift to all of us here at the Museum! Thank you for looking in on the work we all do; every volunteer here makes valuable contributions to make our Museum such a special place to visit ~ in person and via our website and Facebook...

WEATHER GETTING YOU DOWN? VISIT SOME OF THESE COMOX VALLEY MUSEUMS!

We know you appreciate our Comox Air Force Museum!  You visit us in person, on our Facebook page, and by subscribing to our website posts!       But did you know there are a number of other museums in the Comox Valley community?   The Alberni Project - HMCS Alberni Museum and Memorial is located in downtown Courtenay.  The museum emerged as Lewis Bartholomew researched the history of the HMCS Alberni.  The museum is open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  Or you can check it out on their website or on Facebook.       The Courtenay and District Museum and Palaeontology Centre can be found in downtown Courtenay.  Open Tuesday - Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., this museum celebrates the natural and cultural history of the Comox Valley.  Available on Facebook as well as their website, they have some online exhibits for you to check out.     Located in Cumberland, the Cumberland Museum and Archives tells the story of the people of Cumberland. They are open Tuesday - Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. and on Sunday from noon till 5:00 p.m.  Have a look at their website and follow them on their Facebook page.       The Denman Island Seniors and Museum Society is open to the public in July and August.  While thinking ahead to your summer break, have a look at the website connection to see how the Activity Centre is used.  You can also find them on Facebook.       Located in downtown Comox, the Comox Museum houses the history of Comox and the area...

WHO WORKS IN OUR MUSEUM’S LIBRARY?

As with all activities in our Museum, our Library depends on volunteers for its success – for us, the key person is Allison, our Librarian.   Allison was a member of the AFIS staff in the 1990s, then worked at 19 Wing Medical Centre. Since retirement from the Public Service of Canada, she has been a member of the library staff, spearheading the work needed to keep the book and photograph collections, along with the collection records, in excellent order. She is a wealth of knowledge about our collections and helps point all the volunteers, as well as our visitors, in the right direction as they approach her with research questions.  She is always gracious and makes time for all of us.         Dan works with Allison to sort newly purchased and donated books.  He chooses books that will be offered in the Gift Shop.  This process helps the Museum purchase new books to augment our collection.  Dan is also a member of the Photo Process team; he is the energy behind the massive collection of aircraft photos.               Carol is Team Leader for the Photo Process group.  She came to us with an arts and photography background as well as skills with infographics.  She has been instrumental in devising the system we follow with donated photographs.  In addition, she oversees the scanning of our logbooks, and helps work on research projects.             Val is a member of the Photo Process team.  She works with Carol to sort, number, file, and scan donated photos.  She also...