The Alberni Project’s HMCS Alberni Memorial will remain open to the public at the Comox Centre Mall through this Sunday.
Courtenay resident Lewis Bartholomew created the Alberni Project in 2000 while he was living in the USA. He became captivated by the story of the ship, which was torpedoed during the Second world War at the cost of 59 Canadian lives.
Bartholomew, who continues to develop a website, has taken a mobile exhibit to various schools, malls and public events around Vancouver Island.
This exhibit is the largest to date and longest it has been in one community at one time.
There will also be a raffle for a print of the painting of HMCS Alberni that inspired the creation of the project. A fundraising gift shop will offer T-shirts, pins and other memorabilia.
The exhibit is in Unit 200 near the mall office and drugstore during regular mall hours (Mondays to Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sundays from 11 to 4).