This display in the Women’s Division Exhibit has recently been updated.
As our Program Coordinator, Jon Ambler, explains, “The Women’s Division exhibit celebrates Canadian women who served in the RCAF Women’s Division during World War Two.
As our mission is to celebrate Canada’s West Coast Military Aviation heritage, we use a local woman as our example. To that end, the mannequin is dressed as Ruth Masters, an RCAF WD Sergeant.
The display includes her ‘dog tags’ and medals and, with the assistance of the Program Coordinator of HIstorica Canada, a wartime photograph of her.”
The text in the display reads as follows:
Ruth Masters was born in 1920 and was educated in Comox BC. She served in the Women’s Division of the RCAF as an Administration Sergeant, and was stationed in England from1943 until 1946, surviving the London Blitz. After the war, she worked as a legal secretary until she retired in 1992.
A truly engaged citizen, throughout her life she was a passionate activist in over 90 groups fighting for peace, women’s rights, animal rights and environmental protection. She was honoured as the Comox Valley’s Citizen of the Year in 1985 and again in 2005. Her worthy civic contributions were also recognized with the award of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal. She passed away in 2017, her life lived in the service of Canada.
We hope you’ll come in for a visit to check out the full exhibit for yourself!