MEET OUR YOUNGEST VOLUNTEERS!

MEET OUR YOUNGEST VOLUNTEERS!

It’s my pleasure to introduce our two youngest volunteers.  They originally came in with their mom, Carol, who volunteers on Thursday mornings.  At the time I met them, they were homeschooled and did some school assignments while their mom worked on her volunteer tasks.  They quickly discovered that when their school work was finished, they could help in the Museum; they helped organize and label photo albums, an ongoing task.  As summer approached, their thoughts went to Thursday mornings and what more they could contribute.  You see, they love the Museum!  They like the volunteers in the building, saying, “They’re kind and funny.”  Well, we like them too! Let’s meet them!   This is Tyko.  He’s 12 years old, an air cadet, and in addition to using the flight simulator in the Library, is interested in writing.  Tyko’s going to contribute some posts this summer.  This young man has some interesting topics in mind!         This is Lucie.  She’s 10 1/2 years old and in addition to using the flight simulator in the Library, is a talented young artist, interested in drawing; she especially likes to depict landscapes, vehicles, and aircraft.  This young lady is going to contribute some of her drawings to our website this summer!     We hope that you’ll follow Tyko and Lucie’s series.  It’s always good to see the world through the eyes of our youth!  Thanks, Tyko and Lucie for volunteering to contribute!...
CANADA DAY AT LEWIS PARK ~ THANK YOU!

CANADA DAY AT LEWIS PARK ~ THANK YOU!

The Comox Air Force Museum tent was definitely a place of interest on Canada Day.  We were so happy to have so many visitors and personal interactions with them!  Special thanks to Jon, Steve, Len, Mike O., and Gary W. for manning our booth; thanks too to Bobbi and Kevin for driving our jeep in the parade! Here are a few memories, courtesy our volunteers, from the day ~                      ...
RIGHT BACK WHERE IT BELONGS!

RIGHT BACK WHERE IT BELONGS!

Meet the wind vane that can be seen on the roof of the Hangar’s shed in our Heritage Air Park!  One of our favourite volunteers, Irv, built it for the Spitfire Project that was taking place in the Hangar many years ago.  It was taken down for refurbishing as it wasn’t too stable on its mounting.  Irv worked on that as well. Recently, Keith and Nort, two of the volunteers on the Heritage Maintenance Team, remounted it.  As Nort told me, “The building will have to blow away before it moves again.”     It’s great to have the wind vane right back where it belongs!  Thanks, Irv!...

OUR DEPUTY DIRECTOR RETIRES!

Our Museum’s Deputy Director, W/O Mike Barnucz, has retired.  Mike has been with us for some time now, and on Thursday, worked his last day for us.  I asked him if he’d like to share a farewell message with us: “Well world, it’s been quite a ride. Throughout my military career, both with Regs and Reserve, I’ve had many enjoyable jobs. I can say with all certainty that one of the most enjoyable was this one as Deputy Director for CAFM. I’ve often told people it was the perfect semi-retirement job. To all of those who work and volunteer for the museum I’d like to pass on my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for making it so. During my tenure as Deputy Director, I was a part of a team that took great pride in Canada’s west coast military aviation history. That pride is proven by the amount of compliments we get from our 10,000 or so visitors a year. Whether it was giving tours, helping to create or adjust displays, or running around in circles dealing with the ever gorging bureaucracy monster, I’m glad that I had a small part in making our museum one of the finest military museums in Canada. Everyone has been asking me whether or not I’ll stay with the museum as a volunteer. My answer is, eventually. I have an old Mustang in the garage that needs preserving first. After that, most definitely yes. As long as it does not interfere with my lovely wife’s to-do list. To all my now former Comrades in Arms that I have served with, Bravo Zulu and Bon...

THANK YOU!

A thank you to all the volunteers who supported our annual garage sale ~ whether you contributed items for sale, helped set up, helped to sell on the day of the event, counted money earned, or dismantled at the end of the day, it all makes a difference.  The Jedi-licious hot dogs were, as usual, out of this world! Special thanks must go to Bill Cuell, who took the lead on this annual event once again.  For the past ten years, Bill has organized us and made sure everyone was well fed.  And as usual, he took time to express his thanks to his fellow volunteers.  Thank you,...

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