Newsletter - March 2007

Wayne Bryant heritage award

Busy Spring is Planned

The society is entering a busy and critical time. Work will begin to replace the roof of the recreation hall at Giant this month and we still need to raise some money to cover the costs. Plans are being drawn up for this summer’s activities and the more money we raise now, the faster we can renovate the building and fix up the overall museum site. Our project is gaining momentum but to sustain it involves continued support.

A fundraising committee met on February 25th. In attendance were Walt Humphries, Deb Bain, Diane Baldwin, Wayne Bryant, Mary Bryant and Yvonne Quick. A donation mail out will be sent to the larger mining, exploration and service companies working in the north. A one-page brochure will be made on our society and this will be used as a hand out and to solicit funds from smaller local businesses and individuals. The possibility of putting ads in Up Here magazine and the newspaper will be explored. The possibility of getting funds from grants and foundations are also being researched.

Other fundraising ideas were discussed. If any members would like to join the fundraising committee or help out with our activities please contact Walt Humphries at 873-5486.

Society Updates

The society held a slideshow entitled “Memories of Con Mine ” on February 11th at the Baker’s Centre. About 35 people attended to watch a slideshow put together by Ryan Silke, listening as Walt Humphries went through the history of the mine. Everyone enjoyed the event and we made several contacts and acquired more material for use in the Con History Book. We are still looking for stories or photos to include in this project, so contact us if you have something.

On February 21st at the annual Heritage Dinner, Wayne Bryant was given the City’s 2006 Heritage Award for all his work over the years. This included his work with the City Heritage Committee and with the NWT Mining Heritage Society, of which he is a founding member.

On February 12th, the application for Charity Status for our Society was mailed to Customs and Revenue Services in Ottawa, priority post. This status will assist our society to find new sources of funding.

We now have 64 paid members and we have a database for all our members, their phone numbers, emails and mailing addresses. The membership committee met on February 25th to discuss some membership issues. In attendance were Deb Bain (committee chair), Diane Baldwin and Walt Humphries.

Members Ryan Silke, Lorne Schollar and Yvonne Quick attended a three-day workshop on archives from Feb. 14th to the 16th. It was a very informative event for future museum planning.

The society has received many donations in the past two months, especially photographic material for use in the Con history book. Special thanks to Don Sian, Barb O’Neil, Bob Morris, and Tony Keen for their photo contributions. Other donations include a large stack of Cominco magazines, donated by Aurel and Anette Lemay; an old drill press from Rayrock Mine, donated by the YK Seniors Society; Ed Baker’s Retirement Booklet from Con Mine, donated by Basil Hickey, and a painting of Giant Mine, donated by Bonny Madsen.

Ryan Silke has also been busy interviewing old mine workers for good stories. Since he started this project in 2005, he has interviewed 23 people.

Upcoming Events

Snow Sculpting: The society has entered this contest. Winners receive prizes that can then be used for fundraising events. A team can have up to ten members, with some alternates in case not all the originals can participate. Carving times are Friday, March 23rd, 3-8pm Saturday March 24th, 10am-8pm. Wayne Bryant is coordinating the event for the society. Thus far eight members have signed up: Wayne Bryant, Mary Bryant, Pattie Beales, Dave Kellett, Lynda Comerford, Diane Baldwin, Ryan Silke and Mike

Vaydik. There is still space for others to join the team or to be listed as alternatives. Contact Wayne at 920-7412 or 920-4648 if you are interested. The deadline to get your name on the list is March 2nd!

Antique Show: We have been asked to set out a table of old stuff and collectibles for The Amazing Sunday event on March 4th from 2-4pm. Walt and Ryan will dig a few things out from the warehouse and have them on display. The theme is for antiques and collectables or failing that just some old stuff.

Upcoming Society Meetings

  • Con Book Meeting: March 4th
  • Fundraising Committee: March 11th
  • Board Meeting: Tentatively scheduled for March 21st or 22nd.

If you would like to attend any of these meetings, please contact Walt Humphries 873-5486 for more details.

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