Maria Brunskill started working with Francois Arsenault in 2013 fundraising for the museum. In 2015 with the insertion of the board she started as the secretary and has since moved to Vice President of the society.
While Maria was never an Army Cadet, she started attending Vernon Cadet Training Center in 2007 as an officer with Field Engineering. Maria was first introduced to the cadet program when her mother became a CIL officer with 1725 RCACC in Chilliwack. Oldest of four and the first to become a cadet, she joined the local sea cadet corps 277 Takla in 1982. Maria completed her cadet career as a CPO1 attending her last Easter cruse 2 days prior to her 19th birthday. After graduating from the program, Maria volunteered as a biathlon coach, first aid instructor, Duke of Edinburgh leader and with the Navy League for a number of years.
After becoming a mother of 3, Maria worked for BC Rail as a track superior for a number of years until BC Rail was sold. In 2003 she became a full-time paramedic in the Vancouver area. In 2005 with a move to the lower mainland Maria became involved as a CI with 1922 RCACC in Abbotsford when her son joined the program. In 2006 Maria was sworn in as an officer with the CIC. Since 2007, she has attended 11 of her 13 summers at a CTC.
While all of her children are now out of the program Maria has chosen to stay with the CIC and continues to participate in the CTC’s during the summer. Maria and her husband Graham now live in Vernon and are active in the local community.