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Historian Needed for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame

CAHS National Membership Secretary, John Chalmers, has served as Historian for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame for the 10 years, but is retiring from the post this summer. The search is now on for a replacement.

“I have always described the work as ranging from very interesting to outright fascinating!” says John. “It has exposed me to a broad sector of aviation history and accomplishment in Canada, but the greatest personal reward has been getting to meet and know the individuals who have contributed so much to our aviation heritage. Our annual gala dinner and induction ceremonies are truly memorable as Canada’s premiere celebrations of achievement in aviation.”

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Astronaut Dave Williams was the featured speaker at the 2018 induction ceremonies for Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. Seated left to right as newly-inducted Members of the Hall are Iain Bogie, representing his late father, John Bogie; Gen (Ret’d) Paul Manson, Dr. John Maris and Dr. Greg Powell. (Rick Radell photo)

Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame offices and its displays of some 250 individuals and organizations that have been honoured by the Hall are located at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin AB. The position of Historian is a part-time job done independently at home, with monthly meetings in Wetaskiwin. With e-mail and internet access, the function of the position can be carried out at a distance, working with other committee members and production personnel.

Proven skills in research and oral and written communications are vital to the job. A stipend is offered as payment, with some volunteer work expected.

Further information for anyone interested in applying for the position can be obtained by requesting it from chairman of the Operations Committee of the Hall of Fame, Dave Wright, at davidewright@shaw.ca. See www.cahf.ca.

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Displays of those honoured by Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame are integrated with the aircraft at the aviation hangar of the Reynolds-Alberta Museum. (Chalmers photo)