WAR STORY is a new television series for the History Channel featuring little-known stories of Canadians in combat, told entirely by the men and women who were there. Each episode of War Story tells the story of an extraordinary military event where Canadians made the difference. War Story reveals the horror and heroism of battle and survival as never before as it looks behind
the headlines and slogans, exposing the very human side of conflict: the victories and the cost, the love and loss.
You can watch episodes of War Story online at http://www.warstory.ca/all-stories.php or by tuning in to the History Channel Friday evenings at 8.
Included among those featured on the series are, Louise Johnson, former DIL employee and Honourary Patron for the Legacy Campaign as well as Queenie Curnoe, former employee at Victory Aircraft during the Second World War. Both of these women played an essential role in war factories which proved significant to secure Allied victory.
To watch Louise’s story, http://www.warstory.ca/video.php?story_id=39
To watch Queenie’s story, http://www.warstory.ca/video.php?story_id=40
Louise Johnson, Honourary Patron of the Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign visited the North Oshawa Lions Club to give a talk about her experience working at Defence Industries Limited during World War 11,
Eric Buss. President, North Oshawa Lions Club presents a donation on behalf of the Club, to Colleen Jordan, Ajax Regional Councillor and Chair of the Campaign and Louise Johnson, Honourary Patron.
Thank you to the North Oshawa Lions Club!!
Do you, or anyone you know have a family member or friend that worked at Defence Industries Limited? The Ajax Bomb Girls Committee strives to preserve the history of DIL and honour the thousands of female employees for their dedication and service during the Second World War. If you have any photos, artifacts or information about former employees or the plant itself, we would love to hear from you. While we have made contact with some, we are hoping to conduct more interviews of former DIL employees in order to ensure that their stories are told and that the very unique history of the Town of Ajax is preserved.
If you have any information that may assist us in building our historical records, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
We would love to hear from you!
The Ajax Bomb Girls are in the news again! Media coverage of the fundraising campaign kick-off, Shell-A-Bration can be found both online at the Durham Region News website and in the Wednesday (October 3rd) edition of the Ajax News Advertiser.
To see photos of the Shell-A-Bration fundraiser taken by Metroland Media, follow this link: http://www.durhamregion.com/photozone/1511521
After an amazing night at the Ajax Bomb Girls Shell-A-Bration, we have had several heartfelt messages come in from our guests;
“Just wanted to tell you (and your committee) what an AWESOME night it was!!! I was blown away! There was not a detail left out! I loved the 40’s outfits…..everyone looked so great and it was fun seeing all the different 1940’s clothes ~ very glam! The food was wonderful. The chef there is very creative and talented. The dessert ~ WOW! I hope you can relax a bit today or over the weekend. You sure deserve it! I hope your committee members can do the same….AGAIN, KUDOS TO ALL OF THE COMMITTEE AND VOLUNTEERS….IT WAS AN ABSOLUTELY GREAT NIGHT AND I AM SURE IT IS A GREAT SUCCESS MOVING TOWARD THE MONUMENT! Cheers, ~ Barb ~”
“Absolutely, one of the best run events, I have ever attended, if not the best. The spirit of the whole thing was wonderful. THANK YOU!”
“You ladies did a tremendous job on the Shell-abration. I was blown away. I wanted to send you a couple of pictures that my husband took last night. I had the honour of speaking with Hughena Kennedy last night – her son came over to me and asked if I would meet his Mother as she had mentioned I looked like her during her Bomb Girl days. It was truly amazing speaking to Hughena and her family, it was most definitely the highlight of my evening. Meeting the Global Bomb Girls crew was also
pretty fantastic. Thank you very much for an evening well spent, I look forward to being a part of future fundraising events. Warm regards”
As a committee, we appreciate this positive feedback and can’t thank our guests and event sponsors enough for their support in helping make the event such a great success. Please stay tuned for future fundraising events and updates from the Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign Committee.
If you haven’t already checked out today’s edition of the Toronto Star- you’re missing out! The Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign along with several former female war workers have made the front page of the GTA Section. If you don’t have access to the newspaper, follow the link below to read the online article.
You might also consider watching the fabulous video of former DIL employee and Honourary Patron, Louise Johnson who speaks about her experience at DIL.
The Ajax Bomb Girls Committee held their fundraising kick-off last night at Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility. The event, appropriately titled, “Shell-A-Bration” was a huge success and a great time was had by all. The event featured great music from the Brian Rose Band, a fabulous 1940s Photo Backdrop courtesy of Lorna McGrath and Iden Ford, great live and silent auction prizes and raffles as well as an appearance from several cast members of the hit TV show, Bomb Girls. The Committee is so appreciative of our sponsors and guests that helped make the event such a great success. The video tribute presentation that was played during dinner is also available for sale. If you missed out on pre-ordering your copy last night, please e-mail us at honourajaxbombgirls.@ajax.ca to get one. We will be adding photos from last night’s event to the DVD as well before it is sent out.
For those of you that missed our Shell-A-Bration, we will be having several other fundraising events over the next two years that we will announce here on our Blog, on our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/AjaxBombGirls) and on our website (www.honourajaxbombgirls.ca). You can also find us ‘out and about’ at various community events in the Durham Region.
Just a few weeks ago, Committee member Colleen Jordan paid a visit to Rogers TV for an interview at Daytime Durham to promote the Legacy Campaign and the upcoming Shell-A-Bration event. Colleen also stepped out in a Defence Industries Limited replica uniform that is similar to what the thousands of women at the plant would have worn to ensure their safety while working. To see Colleen’s interview in its entirety, follow the link below!
Check out this great news article from the local newspaper. Our Ajax Bomb Girls also made the front page of the Ajax News Advertiser’s Thursday Edition. The News Advertiser was on hand at our ‘Shell-Abration’ promotional photo shoot a couple of weeks ago to snap some of their own photos. To view their photos and read the article, follow the link below or check out the Thursday, September 13th edition of the Ajax News Advertiser.
OPG representatives dropped by the Town of Ajax sponsored hole at the Mayors’ Charity Golf Classic to present their cheque in support of the Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign. Shown in the photo (L to R) Ajax Councillor Pat Brown, Vice Chair Ajax Bomb Girls Legacy Campaign, Don Terry, Public Affairs Manager, Pickering Nuclear, Ajax Regional Councillor and Chair of the Campaign Colleen Jordan, Glenn Jager, Senior Vice President of Pickering Nuclear and Kevin Powers Director Nuclear Public Affairs, OPG.
Thank you OPG!