On September 12th, our Museum celebrated our 30th Anniversary! Approximately 100 guests, including retired and serving 19 Wing members, community officials, long standing members of the Museum Association, along with former curators and board members, first gathered in the theatre for speeches and presentations.
Two teams of volunteers were honoured for their work. First was the group who helped Museum Programme Manager and Volunteer Coordinator, Jon Ambler with the publishing of his book Comox Air Force Museum, Our First 30 Years. Jon Ambler, Carol Popkin, Allison Hetman, and Val Wilson were recipients of the Wing Commander’s commendations and coins.
The second group to be honoured with the Wing Commander’s commendations and coins included the team responsible for bringing a new display space to life. It includes David Wilson, Mike Forbes, and Irv Fraser. Irv’s wife, Karen, accepted his award.
Prior to this new display area, the space was a storage hallway; now with the creation of this new hallway display, the Museum is able to rotate displays in order to share some special items from our archives.
As part of the celebration, a ribbon cutting ceremony unveiled this hallway display.
The cake cutting ceremony was done by Nancy Greene and Ted Gibbons. At the time the Museum opened in 1987, Ted Gibbons was the Base Commander and Nancy was the Museum Curator. We were happy they could do the honours once again!
Following the festivities, there was plenty of time for the guests to mingle as well as to spend time in the new hallway display area.