As some of you may know, I am retiring from my position as director of the RCA Museum in Shilo on Aug. 8. As I have promised my wife that I will take a year off from everything, this will also be my last column.
So, one last time out, some thanks to the Brandon Sun, my co-workers, our visitors, and my wife.
• The Brandon Sun — First, thanks to James O’Connor and the staff at the Brandon Sun for having given me the opportunity to share some thoughts with my community for the past two years.
I would also like to thank everyone who has read my musings and those who have provided me with feedback (both positive and negative). The comments were great because I knew that someone was reading the columns!
• My co-workers — I have found the 32 years that I have spent in the army and with the Department of National Defence a rewarding experience.
My time at the RCA Museum has truly been a pleasure. I am deeply indebted to our fantastic staff, volunteers, members, community supporters, industry and media partners.
I am also very grateful to all of the top-notch people at Canadian Forces Base Shilo who have contributed so much to make the RCA Museum a truly great institution. I am very proud of what we have accomplished together over the 13 years that I have been associated with the museum. It has been a privilege working with you all.
• Visitors — A museum has little point if no one visits it. Since 2007, more than 50,000 people have visited us in Shilo, we have reached more than 100,000 people at off-site events, and our media connections have grown to be thousands per month.
It is visitor participation and visitor reaction to the exhibits that makes all of our hard work worthwhile.
Thanks to everyone who has connected with us.
• My wife — Last, and most importantly, my amazing wife, who has unselfishly supported me in my career choices for more than three decades.
She has borne all of the tribulations of being a military spouse with grace, humour and patience. She has also accepted the long hours and many extra commitments that have been demanded in my role as museum director after I "retired" from the army seven years ago.
I have no words to fully express how lucky and grateful I feel for what she brings to my life. I do know that after 32 years of asking her to accommodate the demands of my service, taking a year off at her request does not even come close to repaying all that she has done for me.
It really has been a great run. Thanks for reading. All the best, everyone!
» Marc George is a retired soldier who served 25 years in the Canadian Army. He is currently the director of the RCA Museum in Shilo. He can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org or via twitter @TheRCAMuseum