Volunteer Spotlight: Garry Dupont
Garry Dupont has his wife– and the Saturday paper – to thank for jump-starting his volunteering with Project North Star. While reading the paper, his wife pointed out the project and said “you’re going to retire soon, this is something you should look into.” He attended the first meeting and has been with the team ever since.
Project North Star is a collaboration between the volunteer team and Canada Aviation and Space Museum staff. Of the 72 built, the aircraft currently being restored is the only one left in existence.
It was a natural fit for Garry after his career with the Air Services Branch of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. His problem-solving skills and aviation knowledge have been a great support for Project North Star every step of the way. It’s Garry’s passion for aircraft, and the friendships, that keep him coming back.
What does he want visitors to learn from the North Star? “A sense of what we did in Canada – the Canadian aspect of aviation.”
After a season of cleaning up the bookkeeping and researching the North Star landing gear, Garry and the team are eager to get back to work on the aircraft. They are finishing up work on the number 4 engine, and will then move on to the landing gear. There are still many projects to complete before they can unveil the North Star, but Garry and the team look forward to the challenges, the successes, and the stories still ahead.