Friends In Deed

April 17, 2019

Photo: Sergeant Vincent Carbonneau
Canadian Forces Combat Camera

Live Aid, the first Reagan-Gorbachev summit, Michael Jordan’s rookie season: 1985 was a memorable year in many ways, not the least of which was the creation of the Friends of the Canadian War Museum. Thanks to the Friends and supporters from across Canada, the Museum moved to Lebreton Flats, regularly acquires important and unique artifacts, and brings military history to countless Canadian children.

The Friends donate their time and expertise through their active involvement in the collection of oral histories, in-gallery interpretation of exhibitions, and hands-on restoration projects.

They show enormous leadership in Museum fundraising efforts. With the unwavering support of the Friends and other dedicated donors, students can learn about Canada’s military history through the Supply Line program, which brings real and replica objects into classrooms. Their enthusiasm for adopting books for the Military History Research Centre is legendary, resulting in a sold-out program in 2018.

The Museum would like to thank the Friends for their heartfelt and tireless support.

  • 34: number of years the Friends have been active
  • $17 million: funds raised by the their “Passing the Torch” campaign to support the new War Museum on Lebreton Flats
  • 918: books acquired by the Military History Research Centre through their Adopt-a-Book initiative
  • 6,000: annual volunteer hours provided by members of the Friends