17 November 2016: Friends’ Forum -Deadly Skies – Air War, 1914-1918
At this Friends’ Forum, Dr John Maker and Marie –Louise Deruaz, the core team members of the Deadly Skies exhibition discussed and answered questions on the current Canadian War Museum exhibition which examines the First World War air war. They outlined the historical considerations that went into the exhibition: specifically discussing how they settled on the thematic approach (comprising four zones: training, observation, bombing and combat); why they took an international approach; working with the sources and their external partners; why they chose to tell the history through people’s stories; and how this affected artifact selection. They also discussed some of the interpretive decisions taken.
Their presentation was received with interest by the disappointingly small audience.
11 November 2016: Remembrance Day at the Canadian War Museum
For several years, the Canadian War Museum has played an important part in the National Capital Region’s observance of Remembrance Day, and this year was no exception. In support of that observance, the Friends of the Canadian War Museum participated in a number of complementary activities as indicated in the following photographs:
20 October 2016: A Tribute to Dedicated Service
At a small ceremony in the Friend’s Office on Thursday, 20 October, FCWM President Linda Colwell presented Maurice (Moe) D’Amour and Pierre Garneau each with a President’s coin to recognise their long and dedicated service to the Friends and to the Canadian War Museum.
6 October 2016: FCWM Volunteer Exchange Visit with Canadian Aviation and Space Museum
On Thursday, 6 October, fifteen volunteer interpreters from the Canadian War Museum (CWM) visited the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum (CASM) in the first half of an exchange of visits arranged by the respective Museum Volunteer Coordinators.
7 September 2016: Mai-yu Chan receives the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers
At a ceremony at Government House on 7 September, FCWM Volunteer Mai-yu Chan received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston.
The Sovereign's Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields.
As an official Canadian honour, the Medal for Volunteers incorporates and replaces the Governor General’s Caring Canadian Award. The Medal builds on the legacy and spirit of the Caring Canadian Award by honouring the dedication and commitment of volunteers.
Mai-yu’s citation acknowledged her dedication of both time and resources to the Friends of the Canadian War Museum, inspiring volunteers and visitors alike through creative programs involving the institution's art collection. It also recognised her service on the Friends' Board of Directors.