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Boomer’s Legacy lives on at Comox Valley Airport

A stained glass window dedicated to the Boomer’s Legacy Foundation was installed at the Comox Valley Airport.  To commemorate the occasion, founder Maureen Eykelenboom was on hand, along with Col. James Benninger of 19 Wing Comox and Fred Bigelow of the Comox Valley Airport.

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Maureen Eykelenboom and Dave Mellin with the Boomer’s Legacy window at YQQ.

“Boomer’s Legacy is committed to ‘Helping Soldiers Help Others’ by providing funds to support projects in communities where our soldiers serve,” said founder Maureen Eykelenboom.  “It is simply wonderful to see our legacy live on at the Comox Valley Airport. What a great way to remember the generosity of all the donors and sponsors that have helped us to provide funds for basic humanitarian needs, medical care and education in these communities.”

The window, created by local glass artist Jan Lindstrom, depicts the Boomer’s Legacy Foundation logo and a yellow ribbon, the well-known symbol of support for Canada’s troops.  

“19 Wing Comox is appreciative of the efforts of Boomer’s Legacy to make a positive difference in those communities in which our soldiers serve,” said 19 Wing Commander, Col. Jim Benninger. “I am happy to be here today to mark this occasion with Maureen and those who are committed to her cause.”

“The Comox Valley Airport is pleased to display this tribute to an organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of others,” concluded YQQ CEO Fred Bigelow.  “This window truly symbolizes the generous spirit of our community and is an excellent way to welcome passengers into our airport.”

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The dedication of the Boomer’s Legacy window at YQQ took place at 2pm on 9 April 2014.

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Memories of the War Years: a Musical Tribute to Veterans

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Colour Parties of the three local Legion branches, veterans, and dignitaries.  The concert will feature approximately forty performers and will include the Evergreen Choristers and friends, dancers, Len Wilkie and the Lensmen Band, army, air force, and naval cadets from the area, Maureen Eyklenboom of Boomer’s Legacy, Pipe-Major Bill Quigg of the Comox Pipe Band, Eric McDonald and Sierra Krug and the Many Waters Band (Kandahar Song). Refreshments at the intermission will be provided for a donation by the Comox Valley Pathfinder girls.
Doors will open at 1:00 pm. Tickets for non-invited guests are: adults $10, students under 16 $5, children under 6 – free. Veterans of World War II and the Korean War will be admitted free. There will be representatives of the post-Korean War Era. Tickets are available at the Florence Filberg Centre, 411 Anderton, Courtenay, BC V9N 6C6 (250-338-9241). Tickets are required for children under 6. The concert  will end about 4:15 pm.
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Boomer’s Legacy – The Experience

A simple journey by one, caught by another.

Boomer’s Legacy inaugural Gala event and first fundraiser was held September 2007, Todd McGowan (a former CO of Andrew’s), chose to ride his bike from Victoria to Courtenay and convinced his friends to donate to the cause. In the audience Deb Koster was sitting with her Mom, Pamela Jolin, and when Todd presented his funds to Maureen and General Hillier she had a thought. Deb declared that she would get a group of friends and they would ride from Campbell River the following year and raise funds. That is how Boomer’s Legacy Bike Ride began, a simple journey by one, caught by another. The video below illustrates the fun, camaraderie and experiences of the people involved in this great cause.

Boomer’s Legacy thanks Zac Whyte for his work in producing this video. Check out some more of Zac’s awesome work at zactv.com

We encourage you to share this video far and wide.

 

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Canadian Contribution Training Mission Afghanistan

Capitaine Rebecca Sparkes est physiothérapeute qui conseille la programme de physiothérapie au L’Académie de Sciences Médicales des Forces Armées (ASMFA). Elle pose ici avec des membres du staff de cuisine au New Kabul Compound après avoir distribué des “Capuchons Boomer”, le 22 août 2013.

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Captain Rebecca Sparkes, a Physiotherapist working as an advisor to the Physical Therapy Program at The Armed Forces Academy of Medical Sciences (AFAMS), poses with workers from the dining facility after handing out “Boomer’s Caps” on August 22, 2013 at the New Kabul Compound.

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2013 Nova Scotia Boomer’s Ride to be An Emotional Journey of Awareness and Honour

Boomer’s Legacy is pleased to announce our second annual Nova Scotia Boomer’s Ride, a 181-kilometre fundraising Ride from Greenwood to the top of Citadel Hill in Halifax on Saturday September 14th 2013.

BLNovaScoti2013Poster_GD2013-0284-01mlowDeparting from Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Greenwood at 8:00 am, the challenging one-day Ride winds through the beautiful farmlands and local communities of the Annapolis Valley before crossing to the south shore of the province and finishing with a tough climb up to the top of Citadel Hill.

In participating in this important event, cyclists will experience an emotional journey of awareness, remembrance, and hope.  Each participant has made a commitment to raise funds for Boomer’s Legacy humanitarian projects at home and abroad, with a goal of raising over $10,000 collectively at this year’s Nova Scotia Ride. The cyclists will commemorate the sacrifice of Canadian Forces fallen soldiers with photos and biographies of soldiers on their bicycles.

The event will kick off with an opening ceremony at CFB Greenwood at 7:45 am on Saturday September 14th.  A welcoming ceremony at the end of the Ride in Halifax will be held at the top of Citadel Hill at approximately 6:30 pm the same day.  Spectators and well-wishers are encouraged to cheer on the cyclists along their challenging course, and the public are invited to attend the send-off and arrival ceremonies at departure and conclusion of the event.

Registration remains open on our website for the 2013 NS Boomer’s Ride.  The registration fee is $95, which includes a Boomer’s Legacy Bike Ride jersey, meals, and logistical support and transportation.

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FMI or Interviews contact: Sarah Wuntke, (647) 229-9235, boomerslegacypr@gmail.com