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Volunteer Highlight: Ray Fribance, Dennis Stanley & Dave Buck

Dennis Stanley became a volunteer at the WDM Corporate Office in 2015. Like many folks, he was looking for volunteer opportunities in retirement. When his children were growing up, the family loved to visit the WDM so the Museum seemed like a logical choice.

Three men in an automotive shop
Ray, Dave, and Dennis at work in WDM Corporate Office Shop

When Dennis started at the WDM, he met Ray Fribance. Ray had been volunteering at the WDM since 2013 on projects ranging from building shelves to helping staff restore a 1930s homemade camper trailer. In 2016, they were joined by Dave Buck. Dave thought the WDM was a good fit for him because of his past work experience and interest in history. Ernie Christensen, a volunteer at the WDM Saskatoon, also joined them at Corporate Office.

No task is too big or small for these volunteers – from sorting small parts to building wooden canopies for steam engines. Their projects have included restoration of the 1914 Road Roller and work on Model Ts for exhibit. They worked on the 1953 Chevrolet Bel Air which is fully operational and in use at the WDM North Battleford. For Dave, “Each project has provided the opportunity to learn… I have especially enjoyed researching the various artifacts and seeing projects come to life.”

Currently, Dave, Ray and Dennis are assisting Operating Collections Manager and Chief Engineer Larry Postnikoff with work on a Ford Model A. Combined, these three volunteers have contributed an incredible 4,000 hours to the WDM.

When asked about what they enjoy about volunteering, Dave and Dennis agreed that it’s the people. As Dennis put it, “In the end the part of volunteering I enjoy the most is the people. I have learned so much from the other volunteers and the staff of the WDM and look forward to my Thursdays [volunteer day].”

Thanks to Dennis, Dave, Ray, Ernie and all of the volunteers who share their skills with us!

 

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