Message from the Executive Director
My how time flies! My tenure as Executive Director began only six months ago and it has already been a remarkable experience.
I enjoy our fast-paced work environment at the Museum with many projects on the go. Soon after starting, we began fundraising to restore our CF-100 Canuck that has been deteriorating from the elements for many years. I am proud to say that we achieved $64K in donations before the end of year. The City of Calgary has graciously committed $244K towards the project and restoration of the aircraft is set to start this year.
Near the end of 2018, we learned that the City also committed additional funds towards operations. As a result, we created a much needed Collections Manager position and increased our Education Interpreter position from part-time to full-time. I am confident that these new positions will grow and strengthen activities at the Museum this year.
As well, we are in talks with the City to build a bigger and better structure to replace the current tent hangar. With new aircraft restoration projects taking place such as the CF-100, we require more space to protect and preserve our artifacts.
We are fortunate to have a strong group of volunteers who offer their immeasurable skills and talents to the museum on a daily basis. I am amazed with their dedication and commitment to the Museum.
I would like to thank the Board of Directors and Staff for their tireless service, guidance, and determination to grow the Association. I know that they share the same passion for the Museum as I do. They all have a wealth of knowledge that I will continue to learn from.
We have exciting times ahead for us and I will continue to work hard for our members and stakeholders. We have gained much needed media attention, and this has helped our brand awareness. We have great momentum to carry us through the rest of 2019!
Upwards and onwards!