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!
Brian Desjardins Executive Director
Meet Our Summer Students
Seth Claussen, Michael Paramchuk and Jessica Smallman
We always like to give our summer students the opportunity to introduce themselves! We hope you'll have a chance to meet them over the next few months.
Seth: I am a 22 year old, fourth year Education student, recently graduated from the University with a Bachelor's Degree in Natural Science. Recently engaged to my fiance, when I'm not wedding planning I love to research aviation technology with a particular interest in the advancement of aviation technology during the Second World War. My love for aviation is homegrown, with my first interaction with the world of aviation coming from our very own The Hangar Flight Museum.
Michael: I am a third year History Major at the University of Victoria, where I am also completing my Language and Cultural Proficiency Certificate in French. I am very excited to be at The Hangar Flight Museum over the summer and learn more about the history of flight in Western Canada. In my free time I enjoy hiking, camping, cooking, and rock climbing. I look forward to a fun and eventful summer.
Jessica: Born and raised in the Calgary and surrounding area, I received my undergraduate bachelor’s degree from the University Lethbridge in Anthropology and I am currently working towards a graduate degree in Heritage Resource Management from Athabasca University. I am excited to be working at The Hangar Flight Museum this summer. I hope to not only broaden my knowledge and appreciation of flight in Western Canada this summer but to gain great experience transferable to my longtime goal of working in the heritage industry. When I’m not working or doing homework I enjoy hiking, exploring many of the great attractions in Western Alberta, and spending time with friends and family.
Left to right: Seth, Michael and Jessica.
Spend time together this Father's Day
On Father's Day weekend we have something for everyone. From our show and shine car show, to interior tours of our aircraft, kids crafts and helicopter city tours, we have exciting things happening that weekend. Give Dad the gift of time spent together - shh! we won't tell him that you didn't even have to spend money on his ticket! Don't forget - dads get in free (accompanying a paid admission).
For this month’s volunteer spotlight we sat down to talk to Louise Ingram about her career, what brought her to volunteer at The Hangar Flight Museum, and her reasons for continuing to donate her time to our museum.
Before starting at the museum, Louise worked in various aviation-related roles her entire life. Starting her career as a flight attendant, Louise eventually became a customer service representative. Since retiring, she has volunteered with numerous organizations around Calgary, including the Calgary Airport White Hat Society, Spruce Meadows, her church, and the Legion. Volunteering is clearly an important part of Louise’s life!
Louise began volunteering at aviation museums even before her retirement. She started as a volunteer and board member at the Western Canada Aviation Museum in Winnipeg before moving to Calgary in 1992. She began to get involved at The Flight Museum while working at the Calgary Airport. At our museum Louise primarily worked at the front desk with Bill Watts. Nowadays, Louise can most often be seen on Saturday mornings greetings visitors to the museum with fellow volunteer Mike Brandon.
Louise continues to volunteer at our museum due to her true and obvious love for aviation. She also enjoys being able to meet new and interesting people, working with a good team (thanks Louise!), and continuing to demonstrate her enduring love of the museum.
Open Plane Days
Join us for the third year of Now Boarding - Open Aircraft Days! This year we will be running this program that gets you behind the scenes and into our aircraft on Saturdays, Sundays, and holiday Mondays beginning on June 22nd and ending on September 2nd.