A Message from the Vice-President, DevelopmentNovember 1, 2014
I joined the Museums with a great sense of excitement and passion for the work we do and how it has an impact not only in the capital region but also across the country.
This is a remarkable time of opportunity for the Museums. With the commemoration of the First World War at the Canadian War Museum and the development of the Canadian History Hall at the Canadian Museum of History, more Canadians than ever before will learn about us. This helps us tell our story – essentially, that we are where the shared legacy of Canadians is presented and preserved.
It’s been a great pleasure getting to know my colleagues at the Museums, including the hard-working Development team. It’s been a pleasure to work with them on projects such as the First World War Centenary Campaign, which has reached close to 60% of its $3 million target in private sector funding. Thanks to you, our supporters, and to the commitment of our First World War Fundraising Committee, the funds raised have already had a great impact on the Canadian War Museum’s exhibitions and programs. And we are very excited as we gear up our efforts to secure private sector funding for our new Canadian History Hall, which will open in 2017 on the 150th anniversary of Confederation. I look forward to sharing more information with you as this project progresses.
Our job in Development is to connect Canadians with the Museums in as many ways as possible. Canadians have told us they want the Museums to reflect Canadian diversity through the presentation of multiple stories and different perspectives. This goal can only be achieved with your generous support.
Finally, I would like to thank all of our donors and sponsors for enriching what we offer inside the Museums, online, and through our many travelling exhibitions and education programs. I look forward to meeting with as many of you as possible to personally thank you. Your impact on the Museums over the years has been incalculable, and all of us who work here owe you a debt of gratitude.