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Spring 2014

> A Message from the President and CEO
> An Exceptional Group of Friends
> RBC Champions Unique Aboriginal Training Program
> CAPP Supports Ambitious Celebration of Confederation
> First World War Centenary Gala Raises $200,000 for Operation Veteran and the Poppy Trust Fund

 

A Message from the President and CEO

Mark O'Neill - President and CEO
Mark O’Neill, President and CEO

I am humbled by the generosity of individuals, groups and companies who support the Museums. Thank you for your ongoing support and encouragement.

This issue of Kudos! profiles Friends of the Canadian War Museum, whose volunteers have donated more than $1 million to the Museum since 1985. You’ll read about why RBC is funding the Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices. And you’ll learn why the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP) has chosen to be the National Presenting Sponsor of the exhibition 1867 and the Museum of History’s Official Partner until the end of 2018. This is one of the largest sponsorship agreements in our history, and we are deeply grateful to CAPP.

Our donors and sponsors extend and enrich the work of the Museums. They also commemorate the contributions of extraordinary individuals. For example, five donors who contributed to the National Collection Fund, recently funded a tribute plaque, mounted in the Second World War Gallery of the Canadian War Museum, to Fredrik Eaton, a former trustee and Chair of the Corporation’s Board of Trustees.

It is a great pleasure to recognize these donors and sponsors as we celebrate the creation of the Canadian Museum of History. This is a time of excitement and possibility, and donors and sponsors can play an important role in what our Museums can achieve by contributing to the Canadian History Hall and First World War Centenary fundraising campaigns.

Finally, I’m delighted to announce the appointment of Yves C. L. Gadler as Vice President, Development. Mr. Gadler has an outstanding record of achievement during his 20-year career in fundraising. Mr. Gadler joined the Museums on April 7.

Mark O’Neill

 

An Exceptional Group of Friends

It’s an all-volunteer group that in 1985 conceived of, and helped spearhead the Passing the Torch campaign, which raised more than $16.5 million to fund the building of the new Canadian War Museum and the development of its exhibitions. It has also directly donated more than $1 million for projects that enrich visitors’ experiences and enhance the Museum’s collection. So what else could they be called but Friends of the Canadian War Museum?

Museum visitors encounter the Friends as volunteer interpreters — many of them veterans — in the Museum’s galleries. And visitors also benefit from the Friends’ support of Museum projects through acquisitions, archiving, education and research. The Friends’ impact has earned them a very special friend: His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, Governor General of Canada, is Patron-in-Chief.

 

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Photo montage: Some of the War Museum’s exceptional “Friends”

The Friends’ 700-plus members share a passion for preserving and sharing the legacy of generations of Canadians who fought for their country. About 70 Friends volunteer as Museum interpreters; an equal number assist Museum staff behind the scenes, either in the Military History Research Centre, or in the Friends office, where they organize events, produce the quarterly newsletter and manage their own website. Although these volunteers all live in the National Capital Region, the Friends organization has truly national appeal — 40% live outside the Ottawa-Gatineau area.

The most recent Friends-funded project is a catalogue of the LeBreton Gallery, where military equipment ranging from a Voodoo fighter jet to 19th century artillery pieces is displayed. And, starting this year, the Friends will make a substantial contribution to the ongoing research, acquisition and conservation of medals and artifacts for the Museum’s Medal Stories Website.

Preserving Canada’s Military Heritage

Many Friends have a military connection. The Friends’ President, Douglas Rowland, served fourteen years in the Royal Canadian Navy (Reserve) for a time on continuous naval duty, attaining the rank of Lieutenant Commander. “When I was a boy, everyone in my family fought in World War Two,” he says. “My father, my aunts and uncles. And then after the war, my mother joined the army reserve and became a sergeant in intelligence, doing photo interpretation.”

Mr. Rowland, who was a Member of Parliament in the ’70s and has served on or chaired the boards of a wide range of non-profit organizations, was inspired to volunteer at the War Museum by a remarkable encounter. “I was taking a friend through the galleries, and there was a man in a blue blazer with a lot of medals,” he explains. “It was Ramsey Withers, and I said, ‘My God, the Chief of Defence Staff comes in here to guide people.’ He said, ‘Yes, I’m a living artifact and so are you.’ I signed up to be a Friends volunteer interpreter, and gradually moved on to the Board and became President three years ago.”

Interested in learning more about the Friends of the Canadian War Museum? Please call 819-776-8618 or visit www.friends-amis.org.

 

RBC Champions Unique Aboriginal Training Program

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RBC Aboriginal Training Program graduate Danielle Printup
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RBC Aboriginal Training Program graduate Gerald Antoine
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Graduates, Photo Mark Holleron, IMG2014-0071-0033-Dm, Canadian Museum of History
Left to right: Mike Haley, Vice-President, Eastern Ontario RBC; Erin Craig, RBC Branch Manager; Brandon W. Wilson, graduate; Angela Lewis, participant; Lisa Petawabano, graduate; Henry Pitawanakwat, graduate; Douglas Cardinal, architect. Canadian Museum of History, photo Mark Holleron, IMG2014-0071-0033-Dm

The Museum is thrilled to welcome RBC as one of its newest partners, and sponsor of the Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices. The program provides specialized professional and technical training to First Nations, Métis and Inuit people from across Canada who would like to enhance their skills in various aspects of museum work.

Since 1993, 104 Aboriginal interns have participated in the program — the only museum-based program of its kind in Canada.

RBC’s contribution will total $225,000 over the next three years. The funding is provided through the RBC Foundation’s Emerging Artists Project, which supports a wide range of initiatives within the cultural sector. “We’re proud to support such a unique program,” says Shari Austin, Vice-President, Corporate Citizenship, RBC, and Executive Director, RBC Foundation. “RBC is committed to nurturing emerging talent in artistic and cultural disciplines, and to supporting Aboriginal peoples and communities. It is wonderful to be able to do both with this gift.”

Interns in the program frequently work with artifacts from their own cultural backgrounds and communities, providing local context for Museum specialists. This makes the program a two-way street: the Museums offer training, and the interns bring new insights.

A critical part of the program’s success is the return of graduates to their communities, where they strengthen cultural institutions and mentor other staff.

Graduates are employed across the country, either back in their communities of origin or in urban institutions. “They direct museums, curate shows, direct programs, are librarians or collections managers, and work in universities and colleges,” says Jameson Brant, coordinator of the Aboriginal Training Program. “And they network, sharing contacts and expertise.” “I consider myself blessed to be part of this program,” says recent graduate Lisa Petawabano, archivist at the Aanischaaukamikw Cree Cultural Institute in northern Quebec. “I’ve worked with top specialists, and every one of my placements has been highly informative, especially in the conservation department.”

A National Network of Expertise

The eight-month program helps interns develop professional skills and training for Aboriginal cultural stewardship, through hands-on practicum assignments at the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum. Interns are trained in research, conservation, archives and collections management, exhibition design and interpretation, programming, public affairs, publishing, fundraising and marketing.

“When I tried to set out to work in the museum field 30 years ago, I hit all kinds of barriers,” says former intern Jameson Brant. “I had pretty much given up on a museum career until I heard about this program in 2005.” After graduating, Jameson was hired to manage the Aboriginal Training Program. “My passion is to never see an Aboriginal person become as discouraged as I was.”

Through the RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices, the Museum is proud to have worked with and maintained ties to over 40 Aboriginal nations from across the country. The RBC Aboriginal Training Program in Museum Practices also shares services and expertise with over 20 affiliates and stakeholders, including six First Nations agencies in the National Capital Region, four national museums, and three federal departments.

If you would like to support this program, please contact the Development Department at 1-800-256-6031 or at www.historymuseum.ca/donate or www.warmuseum.ca/donate.

 

CAPP Supports Ambitious Celebration of Confederation

Mark O’Neill and David Collyer, Photo Patrick Woodbury, LeDroit
Mark O’Neill, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of History (right) and David Collyer, President, Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers. Photo Patrick Woodbury, LeDroit.

Later this year, the Canadian Museum of History will present a major special exhibition on the birth of Canadian Confederation, and will begin launching a diverse program of events and activities across the country leading up to the 150th anniversary of Confederation in 2017. This ambitious program would not be possible without the generous support of the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP).

“I cannot overstate the importance of this support from CAPP for the Museum,” says Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History and the Canadian War Museum. “We will be able to present a far richer, more nuanced view of Confederation, as well as many other major events and people that have shaped our national identity.”

CAPP will be the National Presenting Sponsor of the exhibition, 1867, which will explore the social, cultural, economic and demographic factors that caused the colonies of British North America to evolve into the Dominion of Canada between 1840 and 1867. The exhibition will be presented at the Canadian Museum of History from November 2014 to September 2015.

Travelling versions of the exhibition will bring the story to communities across Canada. “We’re proud to be supporting 1867 and other exhibitions and programming at Canada’s national museum of history,” says CAPP president Dave Collyer. “It reflects our commitment to helping Canadians reflect on, and take pride in our nation’s rich history and many accomplishments.”

CAPP will also be Official Partner for the Museum’s exciting line-up of special exhibitions and programs until the end of 2018. The five-year sponsorship has a value of $1 million – making it one of the largest sponsorships in the history of the Museum.

Supporting Diverse Exhibitions

CAPP represents companies, large and small, that explore for, develop and produce natural gas and crude oil throughout Canada. CAPP’s member companies produce about 90 per cent of Canada’s natural gas and crude oil, and are a key part of a national industry with annual revenues of about $100 billion.

As the Museum’s Official Partner until 2018, CAPP will support special exhibitions on the Empress of Ireland tragedy, the legacy of E. P. Taylor, Windfields Farm and Northern Dancer, snow and other exhibitions yet to be developed. These diverse and groundbreaking exhibitions will be unique opportunities for Canadians to reflect upon their past, understand their present, and imagine their future.

This partnership with the Museum demonstrates CAPP’s continuing support for Canada’s arts, culture and heritage institutions. CAPP has formed similar partnerships with the National Arts Centre and the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa and with community and cultural organizations across the country.

Please contact Jean-Charles D’Amours, Director, Major Gifts and Sponsorships, at 819-776-8272 or jdamours@historymuseum.ca.

 

First World War Centenary Gala Raises $200,000 for Operation Veteran and the Poppy Trust Fund

Flanked by tanks, artillery pieces and aircraft, more than 350 corporate patrons and private donors gathered in the LeBreton Gallery on the evening of April 8, 2014 for the Canadian War Museum’s First World War Centenary Gala. The guests commemorated the extraordinary service of Canadians during the First World War while netting more than $200,000 to support veterans and their families and to give students across the country the chance to experience First World War artifacts.

Larry Murray, Paul Kavanagh, Tom Dyck, etc., CWM2014-0015-0128-Dm, Canadian War Museum
Back row: Vice-Admiral (Ret’d) Larry Murray, C.M.M., C.D., Grand President, The Royal Canadian Legion; Dr. Paul Kavanagh, Founder, Operation Veteran; Tom Dyck, Executive Vice President, TD Bank Financial Group • Front row: Trudy Kavanagh; Bruce Glover; Mark O’Neill; Margaret MacMillan; General Thomas Lawson, Chief of Defence Staff. CWM2014-0015-0128-Dm © Canadian War Museum

Gordon Moore, J. L. Granatstein, Lewis MacKenzie, James Whitham, Bill Leach, etc., CWM2014-0015-0097-Dm, Canadian War Museum
Back row: Gordon Moore, Dominion President, The Royal Canadian Legion; J. L. Granatstein, O.C., FRSC, historian; Major-General (Ret’d) Lewis MacKenzie; James Whitham, Director General, Canadian War Museum • Front row: Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Bill Leach, C.M.M., C.D., Chair, Board of Trustees, Canadian Museum of History; Chantal Schryer, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Canadian Museum of History; Michael Bliss, O.C., FRSC, historian; Dr. Linda Grayson. CWM2014-0015-0097-Dm © Canadian War Museum


Sponsored by BMO Financial Group, Ocean Capital Investments, Rx&D and Distinction, and with distinguished guests including the Honourable Shelly Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages, and the Chief of Defence Staff, General Thomas Lawson, the gala marked the official launch of the Canadian War Museum’s multi-year program of exhibitions and events commemorating Canada’s experience of what contemporaries called the Great War.

Assisting veterans and educating youth

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Trench art: engraved artillery shell casing from the First World War. CWM2014-0015-0140-Dm © Canadian War Museum

Operation Veteran, founded in 2009 by Dr. Paul Kavanagh in association with the Canadian War Museum, offers complimentary meals to veterans visiting the Museum. It also develops innovative educational programs like Supply Line, which sends out trunks filled with First World War artifacts (such as this trench art shown here) to schools across the country.

The Royal Canadian Legion’s Poppy Trust Fund offers financial assistance to veterans and their families for necessities such as shelter, food, fuel, clothing, prescription medicine and transportation.

On the eve of Vimy

The timing of the gala was significant. As Mark O’Neill, President and CEO of the Canadian Museum of History, noted in his opening remarks: “Ninety-seven years ago tonight, four divisions of the Canadian Expeditionary Force huddled in their trenches, waiting for the signal to go over the top. Their mission was to take Vimy Ridge, and at great cost, they succeeded.

Canada’s victory at Vimy was a touchstone in our evolution from a British colony into a proud, sovereign nation.” For Minister Glover, the gala was “an opportunity to cherish the memories of the war’s fallen and its veterans whose sacrifices made Canada strong and proud.”

Keynote speaker Margaret MacMillan, O.C., best-selling historian of the First World War and an Oxford professor, spoke eloquently of the fragility of peace, and of how quickly and heedlessly peace can transform into war.

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Keynote speaker Margaret MacMillan, O.C., historian and Mark O’Neill, President and CEO, Canadian Museum of History. CWM2014-0015-0021-Dm © Canadian War Museum

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Shelley Glover, Minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. CWM2014-0015-0167-Dm © Canadian War Museum


Tim Cook, First World War historian at the Museum and award-winning author stated: “History challenges us; it forces us to reconsider what we know. But it can bring great knowledge, a better sense of who we are, of what we were and what we might strive for, together. Here at the Canadian War Museum, we try to embrace that complexity and to share with all Canadians these important stories.” To listen to Tim Cook’s entire speech go to: www.warmuseum.ca/kudos.

Gala guests were also offered exclusive previews of the Museum’s inaugural centenary exhibitions: Transformations – A. Y. Jackson and Otto Dix and Witness – Canadian Art of the First World War, presented by TD Bank Group.

 

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If you would like to make a donation to the First World War Centenary Fund, please contact us at 1-800-256-6031 or via email at donate@historymuseum.ca.

Gala Committee

Honorary Gala Co-Chairs

  • Lieutenant-General (Ret’d) Bill Leach, C.M.M., C.D., Chair of the Board of Trustees, Canadian Museum of History
  • Gordon Moore, Dominion President, The Royal Canadian Legion

Gala Committee Members

  • Dr. Paul Kavanagh, Founder, Operation Veteran
  • Chantal Schryer, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, Canadian Museum of History
  • Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Bud Walsh, C.D.
  • Lieutenant-Colonel (Ret’d) Brad White, C.D., Dominion Secretary, The Royal Canadian Legion
  • Yasmine Mingay, Manager, Communications, Corporate Affairs, Canadian War Museum
  • Bronwen Dearlove, Major Gifts Officer, Development, Canadian War Museum

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