More than 400 Guests Attend Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame Annual Gala Dinner
Wetaskiwin, AB…At a ceremony held June 9, at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, at Rockcliffe Airport in Ottawa, four new members were inducted into Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame. The additional members bring to 224 the number of inductees named since the Hall was formed in 1973.
The annual event is growing in popularity, with this year’s ceremony attracting a significant increase in attendance. More than 400 people were on hand to witness this year’s class of inductees – Frederick James Carmichael, Kathleen Carol Fox, William Ross Lennox and Beverley Strahan Shenstone – being welcomed into the Hall. The Royal Canadian Naval Air Branch (1945-1968) was presented with the Belt of Orion Award for Excellence. Major-General J.C. Madower, was the evening’s guest speaker.
Tom Appleton, outgoing Chairman of the Hall of Fame, said, “It speaks to the significance of aviation in Canada that our event is attracting more and more guests every year.” Mr. Appleton, who steps down after serving six years on the Board of Directors and five of those as Chairman, will continue to serve the Hall in an advisory role.
Incoming Chairman, Rod Sheridan echoed the sentiment. “The Hall plays an important role in recognizing and preserving the importance of the aviation industry in Canada, and the men and women who have advanced and nurtured its role in Canada’s growth as a nation. I am honoured to be serving that purpose as Chairman of the Hall.”
Mr. Sheridan has a long and varied history in the aviation industry, having spent 28 years with Bombardier and its Toronto-based predecessor, Boeing Canada/deHavilland, amongst other positions. A private pilot since the age of 17, Mr. Sheridan brings a wealth of aviation experience to his role as Chairman of the Hall of Fame.
In addition, Chris Cooper-Slipper was named Vice Chairman of the Hall. Mr. Cooper-Slipper, son of Hall member Mike Cooper-Slipper (2003), has spent 50 years in the aviation industry with companies including de Havilland and most recently Field Aviation.
Brief History of The Hall:
Canada’s Aviation Hall of Fame is located in the hangar at the Reynolds-Alberta Museum in Wetaskiwin, Alberta, south of Edmonton. The Hall was founded in 1973, and its inductees have led extraordinary lives as military and civilian pilots, doctors, scientists, inventors, engineers, astronauts and entrepreneurs.
The Hall strives to increase the public’s understanding and interest in aviation history by making its displays, archives, records and artefacts accessible to current and future generations. The heroism and courage embodied in the Members of the Hall serves to kindle the spirit of adventure in Canada’s youth.
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