I recently had the pleasure of being one of many judges for the SD71 Canadian Heritage Fair. The entries were entered by students from the Elementary to High School level. This was the first time I had been involved in this activity and I finished the day’s judging with a high regard for the interest and quality of those students who had entered. A lot of the projects came from the students family history: a study of the D.H. Mosquito plane because of a grandfather who had been in Bomber Command, a study of the port of Pr. Rupert due to family connections. Whatever the connection, I was impressed by the commitment shown by the young entrants and look forward to participating again. There was an Award Ceremony the next day in which students competed for the Wing Commander’s Shield, 888 (Komox) RCAF Bursaries, the MLA’S Award, Vintage Wings of Canada Military Heritage Award and many others. A number of projects were chosen to go on display at the Courtenay Museum.
Comox Air Force Museum
The CAFM commemorates the role and history of 19 Wing (CFB/RCAF/RAF), documenting significant achievements in West Coast Military Aviation History. Founded in 1982 as part of the Air Force Indoctrination School, CAFM was accredited as a stand-alone Canadian Forces Museum and officially opened its doors to the public on 12 September 1987.