OTTAWA, Monday, May 29, 2017 — The theatre at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum will be named the “Mauril Bélanger Theatre” in recognition of the late Honourable Mauril Bélanger, P.C., M.P., at a ceremony and reception on Monday, May 29. Throughout his career, Mr. Bélanger expressed great support for the Museum and its mandate. He appreciated and understood the heritage and educational value to Canadians of the Museum’s exceptional collection of aeronautical artifacts. Mr. Bélanger, in particular, played a key role in helping the Museum secure funding to build the Reserve Hanger. During the reception, not only will Mr. Bélanger’s support for the Canada Aviation and Space Museum be highlighted; his and his family’s commitment towards funding research for ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis) through the Mauril Bélanger Community Fund, will also be recognized and celebrated.
Media are invited to attend the event to begin at 5:30 p.m.
“I am grateful to the Canada Aviation and Space Museum for recognizing Mauril’s contribution to the Museum. He has been one of the Museum’s biggest fans and an ardent supporter of its staff, vision, and raison d'être.”
– Catherine Bélanger — wife of Mauril Bélanger
“The plaque we are unveiling, and the renaming of this theatre, will be tangible and lasting affirmations of Mauril’s efforts and successes in his role as a staunch supporter of the Canada Aviation and Space Museum, for the benefit of all Canadians.”
– Fernand Proulx — Interim President and CEO, Canada Science and Technology Museums Corporation
About the Canada Aviation and Space Museum
The Canada Aviation and Space Museum is Canada’s national museum of aviation and space and houses the most extensive collection of aircraft and space exploration artifacts in the country. Located at an active airport, the Museum offers vintage aircraft and helicopter rides during the summer and simulator rides all year long. Cited as one of the top ten aviation and space museums in the world according to a recent CNN survey, the Museum hosts thousands of visitors each year. For more information please visit casmuseum.techno-science.ca