FAIRBAIRN WANTS YOU!
Fairbairn is sustained by a diverse mix of volunteer energy, multi-governmental funding, patron donations, wedding events income and community fundraising events.
Memberships are a vital component of this kaleidoscopic sparkle. Please show your support and renew or start your membership today!
(Individual $30 / Family $50 / Corporate $100)
(Fairbairn VP Dougal Rattray at City of Ottawa Heritage Day, February 2019)
FRESH FACES AT FAIRBAIRN
In the fall of 2018, Michael Cooper stepped down as long-time Fairbairn president and chair of the board of directors. Fairbairn welcomes Lucie Bazinet, a former manager with Global Affairs, as our new president. Lucie, a long-time local resident with an enthusiastic community spirit, combines a depth of experience with professional flair. The organisation is in good hands.
Other new faces around the board table are Rosalind Pepall, recently retired curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and Ailsa Barry, Vice-President, Experience and Engagement at the Museum of Nature.
MEMBER ENGAGEMENT AT OUR AGM
Fairbairn’s Annual General Meeting of members was held Tuesday April 16 with a strong crowd in attendance. The financial statement was approved. Lucie Bazinet was acclaimed as president, as was Dougal Rattray as vice-president, while Carol Theissen steps in as treasurer. Hannen Sabean will take on the secretary role, and Rosanda Bellaar-Spruyt continues as a member of the board.
Read the President’s Report for a summary of the 2018 activities.
GEARING UP FOR THE NEW SEASON
Our new summer staff open the Tourism Office and Fairbairn House on May 25th (weekends only). We will open full-time starting June 22.
HERITAGE DAY 2019
Record-breaking attendance and generous donations accompanied our annual Heritage Day talk this year. Tamara Tarasoff, of Parks Canada, gave a fascinating presentation on the wrecks and the history of Sir John Franklin’s 1845 voyage taken in search of a Northwest Passage. The engaging content was animated by artifacts from the wreckage site.
AN EXCITING SEASON AHEAD!
THE HEAVY LIFTING
Winter is a busy time for Fairbairn, a time for planning, strategizing and mounting funding applications. The hard work has paid off, and we secured funding from various sources, including from La Pêche municipality, MRC des Collines-de-l’Outaouais, Ministère de la Culture et des Communications, and Patrimoine Canada Heritage.
Fairbairn Executive participated in the Gatineau/Outaouais Heritage Network and the Ottawa Heritage Day event, where Fairbairn had its own display. Fairbairn is now a formal member of both networks, as well as the Gatineau Valley Historical Society. We continue to be an active partner with Outaouais Tourism and a variety of other ‘actors’ influencing our local Heritage community.
Behind the scenes, Fairbairn has migrated a large number of current and historical archives to cloud storage in an effort to improve our efficiency and ensure continuity and the preservation of our history.