Significant Comox women on display at museum

From historical to contemporary, the growth and enrichment shown by women from the Town of Comox will be on display thanks to the Comox Archives and Museum Society.

Trish Smith, artist and museum assistant for CAMS explained the women featured “are very import for the enrichment of Comox – they do a lot of work behind the scenes. We feel they have a place in the museum.”

The Significant Faces of the Valley exhibit features a rotating display highlighting historical and contemporary faces noteworthy for their outstanding contributions to the growth of Comox.

The opening exhibit will feature Mary Everson, Liz Stubbs, Ethel Laing, Hope Spencer, Melda Buchanan and a last-minute addition: recent gold medal Olympian Cassie Sharpe.

Smith said she interviewed each of the living women and the exhibition will feature photos, words and artifacts belonging to the women.

“The families are very excited – especially those who are longtime Comox families.”

She noted there has been a lot of interest particularly in the ‘behind-the-scenes’ women such as Ethel Laing, wife of naturalist Mack Laing whom Smith says was truly a “historical figure in Comox, but not a lot of information could be found about her.”

The exhibition is set to open on International Women’s Day on March 8 between 1 and 4 p.m.

The Comox Archives and Museum Society is located at 1729 Comox Avenue, across the Comox Mall.

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