L-R: Heather Broadhead, Joanne Beaton, Peter Inch
On Sunday September 29th the Great Lakes International Airshow (GLIAS) Volunteer
Appreciation BBQ was held at the St. Thomas Municipal Airport. Over 120 volunteers
in attendance witnessed the presentation of proceeds from the June 2013 airshow
which featured the Royal Canadian Air Force Snowbirds.
Following lunch and prior to presentations, airshow Chief Executive Officer Hugh
Shields addressed the volunteers, thanking them for their community spirit, and
noted since its inception the show has donated over $150,000 to local organizations.
He added, "Our show cannot possibly happen without the commitment and support of
hundreds of volunteers such as you. This BBQ is our way of expressing thanks and
gratitude to all of you for a job well done."
Following congratulatory words from the airshow Board President Jim Graham, Director
of Volunteer Services Hilary Vaughan called on the show's other volunteer directors
to assist with cheque presentations totaling $20,000 to the organizations who either
partnered with, or were directly supported by the airshow including:
- Knights of Columbus
- Gold K Kiwanis
- Elgin County Railway Museum
- 741 Air Cadet Squadron (Elgin)
- St. John Ambulance (St. Thomas)
- Military Family Resource Centre (London)
- St. Thomas Elgin General Hospital Foundation
Photograph information: GLIAS Director of Sponsorships Heather Broadhead
(left) and Director of Corporate Hospitality Peter Inch (right) present STEGH Foundation
representative Joanne Beaton (centre) with a donation from the airshow for the Foundation's
current patient care focused campaign - new pain relief pumps.
With the 2013 event considered another unqualified success, planning is already
underway for the next show, to be held in the summer of 2015.
About the Great Lakes International Air Show
The Great Lakes International Air Show (GLIAS) is a charity fundraising event run
by the Southwestern Ontario Wings and Wheels Association, a registered nonprofit
association with corporate head offices in St. Thomas, Ontario. Held every second
year at the St. Thomas Municipal Airport (CYQS), this premier event fills the sky
with the thunder and spectacle of some of the world’s most advanced and exciting
aircraft with surplus proceeds donated to targeted local charities. The 2013 event
was held from June 28-30, 2013.