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Bedford, Mike

Bedford Mike

Mike was born in Oakland California in 1946 and immigrated to Canada with his parents to Montreal in 1960. After graduating (M.B.A) from McGill University, Mike joined Bell Canada.

His career with Bell spanned a variety of middle management assignments in Engineering, Marketing, Public Affairs, Regulatory Affairs and Human Resources. He moved with his family to Ottawa in 1978. From 1984 to 1986 Mike worked in Saudi Arabia's Eastern Province as an advisor to the Saudi Telecom Expansion Project.

Mike's early volunteer activities were in support of Habitat for Humanity; Sustainable Ottawa; the Ottawa Carleton School Board; and, the Stewardship Committee of his local church.
Mike retired from Bell Canada in 2001 and went to work, volunteering, with the Friends of the Canadian War Museum. As FCWM Volunteer Coordinator he led the development of new systems to support the Friends' recruiting of CWM volunteers.

In 2005 Mike joined the FCWM Membership Committee and worked on modernizing the FCWM membership database. The Membership Committee is now exploring on-line options for enabling Friends to update their contact information and renewing their memberships.

Encouraging greater engagement of Canadian youths and young families is also a priority for the Membership Committee. Mike has served on the FCWM Board of Directors since 2007. He is also a member of the Communications and Marketing Committee.

In 2013, Mike was named FCWM Volunteer of the Year.

When not volunteering at the CWM, Mike enjoys photography, woodworking and spending time with his adult children and four grandchildren.


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