Braham, Michael (Mike)
Mike was born in England in 1942 and emigrated to Canada with his family in 1952. He graduated from the Royal Military College in 1965 and spent his early naval career in destroyers and submarines. Later, as a Logistics staff officer he served on exchange with the United States Navy in Oakland, California and at NATO Headquarters in Brussels. Other postings included responsibility for the procurement of all ammunition for the Canadian Forces, and as Director for National Logistics Operational Planning. He retired from the Canadian Forces in 1987 in the rank of Captain (Navy).
He then assumed responsibility for civil national emergency preparedness planning with Emergency Preparedness Canada until 1999. This initially involved the coordination of national Cold War civil preparedness which, with the fall of the Iron Curtain, devolved into broader-based national emergency planning.
Following his time with Emergency Preparedness Canada he completed his paid working career as Director of Occupational Health and Safety for the Department of National Defence.
He retired from public service in 2008 and became a volunteer at the Diefenbunker and with the Friends of the Canadian War Museum. At the War Museum, he is a Volunteer Interpreter in Gallery 4; a member of the Communications and Marketing Committee; a member of the Membership and Communications Committees; the author of numerous Fact Sheets and Research Papers posted on the FCWM web site; is the contents editor of the Torch; and, the contents coordinator for the FCWM web site. Mike was voted Volunteer of the Year for 2012. Mike was awarded the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers by the Governor General in 2016.
He recently published two books; My Father – The Forgotten Air Ace, the story of his father in the RAF during WWII and subsequent post-war career in the RCAF; and, Men of Valour, that chronicles the 100 Canadian Victoria Cross winners.
Mike is married to Janet. They have two children and three grandchildren.