Canada’s Naval Reserve Celebrates 100 years in 2023 Under the auspices of the Naval Service Act the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was founded in 1910. The Naval Service Act, also authorized the creation of a naval reserve and a volunteer force. In 1914, the Royal Naval Canadian Volunteer Service (RNCVS) was founded. In 1923, the RNCVS was disbanded and the Royal Canadian Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) was founded.
The fundraising and volunteer support the Friends provide to the Canadian War Museum has been invaluable, enabling us to enlighten present and future generations about Canada’s military history in a number of meaningful ways.
Caroline Dromaguet, Director General of the Canadian War Museum
Purpose & Activities
What We Do
Our purpose – promote, support and assist the Canadian War Museum to enlighten present and future generations about Canada’s military heritage through fundraising and volunteerism.
The Friends assist the Museum with their full spectrum of programs including outreach activities such as the Supply Line initiative and travelling exhibits and assist with in-house projects such as special exhibits and the hosting national and international seminars. Our Military History Used Book Room, a permanent presence in the Museum, provides a valuable source of creditable military history books and serves as a welcoming ambassador for visitors from across Canada and abroad.
The Friends pursue fundraising initiatives to augment the Museum’s capacity and displays, including initiatives aimed at engaging Canada’s youth and new citizens in learning about Canada’s proud military history, the impact of war, and pursuit of peace on Canada’s culture, economy and position on the world stage.
Friends assist the Museum by encouraging donors and members to become regular volunteers and helping to attract Museum volunteers from the community at large in support of special events
The Friends embrace outreach activities to enhance the public’s understanding and appreciation of Canadian military history making them more aware of the Canadian War Museum – a national treasure. Outreach activities may include sponsoring educational seminars, managing a Speakers’ Forum, preparing and distributing newsletters, maintaining an interactive website and using social media to help keep Canadians informed about happenings at the Museum.
The Friends support the Canadian War Museum ‘bring history to life’, by engaging Canada’s veterans and veterans’ organizations, military historical societies, other military museums and like-minded organizations, businesses, schools, other Friends organizations and other Canadians in developing a greater appreciation of Canada’s military history.
Help the Friends support the Museum by becoming a donor today
Why We Do It
The Friends believe all Canadians should learn of past sacrifices and the vital role that Canada’s military, its industry and indeed all Canadians have played in the freedom we enjoy today.
For the Community
The Friends provide all Canadians including current and former military members, their families, and new Canadians an opportunity to build a community of citizens working together in a common cause to support a national treasure – the Canadian War Museum.
For the Connections
Supporting the Canadian War Museum helps connect to past and ongoing military contributions in creating and protecting our nation by demonstrating the sacrifices of all Canadians and their families who served in the past and who continue to serve today.
Reached 168 Schools and 11,500 Students across Canada
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Over 918 Books acquired by Military History Research Centre (CWM)
6,000 annual volunteer hours provided by Friends to CWM.
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