The AAM’s volunteer appreciation BBQ was originally scheduled for early April, a day that brought heavy snow and high winds. The one-month postponement provided a perfect spring day, with sunny skies and temperatures in the high-20s.

More than 50 of our 64 volunteers turned out for hamburgers and smokies with all the trimmings, cooked up Dana Williams, our Facility Manager.

Volunteers contributed more than 11,300 hours in 2017, about a thousand more than in 2016, providing everything from library and archive services, restoration and education, cleaning to communications.

AAM Executive Director Jean Lauzon summed up the contribution. “The number of hours we have had for 64 volunteers is huge. We simply could be what we are without all of you.”

A number of volunteers were recognized for a large number of hours devoted to the museum. Bruce Ramshaw, who splits his time between our museum and the Telus World of Science, racked up the most time with 879 hours.

Next was John Liddle, the museum’s Librarian and Curator of Uniforms. Ted Mageau put in almost 600 hours, Gary Thomlinson volunteered 512 hours.

Six others, James McQuarrie, Terry Swick, George Nixon, Phil Vere, Harry Nagel and Gerry Blacklock each spent more than 400 hours volunteering at the museum last year.

This fall, the museum is beginning a new rewards system to recognize volunteers. People will earn points for their hours which they will be able to redeem for gifts. Watch for more details in the coming months.

Again, we thank all our volunteers who make our museum one of the finest aviation museums anywhere.