CFFM-CMA Museum Volunteer Award – Wednesday Volunteers, Alberta – 2014

The CFFM-CMA Museum Volunteer Award recognizes individuals or groups who generously volunteer their time and commitment to a museum or related heritage institution for several years. This award is a collaboration between the Canadian Museums Association (CMA) and the Canadian Federation of Friends of Museums (CFFM). This year’s Jury was delighted to be able to present two awards at the 67th Canadian Museums Association Annual Conference and Awards Ceremony held in Toronto at the Royal Ontario Museum on April 9th 2014.

The first Museum Volunteer Award was presented by CFFM’s National Director Sylvie Morel to the Wednesday Volunteers of the Telephone Historical Centre of Edmonton, Alberta.

This Centre was founded and opened to the public more than 25 years ago by a group of retirees from the telecommunications industry dedicated to preserving the history of the telephone in the Edmonton area. This group of volunteers has been at the core of the Telephone Historical Centre since then. Over the years, the THC Wednesday Volunteers have been active in the acquisition, maintenance, and display of the artefacts in the telecommunications collection, dating from 1885 and the largest of its kind in Canada. As retirees from the industry, the Centre’s volunteers bring specialized expertise to the museum and are actively involved in the Centre’s operations, in-house and outreach programs. They collectively log 2000 hours annually. It is clear that the Wednesday Volunteers are critical to the operations of the THC and help make it a vibrant, educational experience for a diverse audience. They embody many of the ideals of volunteer contribution and are a shining example to the museum community.

Mr. Walter Onyskiw, Chairman of the Board of the Telephone Historical Centre attended the Award Ceremony and accepted the Award on behalf of the Wednesday Volunteers. He presented the Award at THC’s AGM and wrote “This award has certainly resonated amongst our volunteers and created a sense of pride and instills the importance and significance of volunteer work…. Thank you so much for this wonderful award..!”