Fort Focus

Pearson Field Education Center honors volunteers of the year

By Madi Kozacek-Hantho
Communications Manager, Fort Vancouver Trust

The Pearson Field Education Center (PFEC) is proud to announce that Kjer and Kaya Galbraith have been selected by their PFEC peers to be the 2013 Volunteers of the Year.

The incredible amount of talent, integrity, humility, dedication to duty, and loyalty that exists in the Pearson Field Education Center’s group of volunteers makes this annual honor very challenging. In spite of these considerations, it was unanimously decided to honor these two inspiring individuals—the first time that two volunteers have been selected instead of just one.

Kaya and Kjer each bring separate outstanding qualities to our team that made this selection obvious. They have worked, together and separately, in many different areas of our operation. They are always present at our popular summer aviation camps, Open Cockpit days, EAA Young Eagles programs, Aviation Fairs and our lecture series. Additionally, they have volunteered at the Festival of Trees, Christmas at Pearson, Celebrate Pearson Field Day, and have never been afraid to roll up their sleeves and ensure that our aircraft, collection, and artifacts are clean and ready for viewing by the public.

Kaya is currently involved in the Teen Flight project for Airway Science for Kids program that is building a Van’s Aircraft RV-12; Kjer is enrolled at Clark College in the Running Start program, and graduated in June 2013 from Seattle Museum of Flight’s Washington Aerospace Scholars program as a team leader.

Both are bilingual in English and German, CPR certified, proficient in our flight computer operations, and have mastered the American Sign Language (ASL) to communicate with our deaf visitors. They also have the distinction of receiving a Certificates of Special Congressional Recognition of outstanding and invaluable service to their community from Representative Jaime Herrera Beutler.

The Galbraith family has been an incredible asset to our community since 2007 when they first came to volunteer at The Pearson Air Museum. Brother and sister have worked side by side in the flight simulator lab since its inception, and have grown individually to operate and supervise the lab on their own. The level of maturity and the incredible sense of responsibility that they each possess can be directly attributed to their parents, Jerome and Inga Galbraith. The strength and cohesion of their family is evident and an inspiration to us all.

It is the Fort Vancouver National Trust’s privilege, and that of our Pearson Field Education Center’s volunteers, to announce to the citizens of the City of Vancouver that our Volunteer of the Year award is going to these two outstanding individuals. Please join us in celebrating Vancouver’s finest!

Pearson Field Education Center is managed by the Fort Vancouver National Trust, a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization, and relies heavily on dedicated volunteers to serve as docents, group tour guides, and assist with special events, such as the weekly “Open Saturday” programs. You can learn more about the Trust’s Aviation Education Programs at Education.

February Events at Fort Vancouver National Site


Ongoing Programs:

Fort Vancouver, the Visitor Center, and Bookstore: open daily, 9 a.m. -4 p.m.; info: 360-816-6230, or

Free tours of The Marshall House: Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; info:   360-693-3103 or

Grant House Restaurant: Monday 7 a.m.-2 p.m., Tuesday-Friday 7 a.m.- 8 p.m., Saturday 5 p.m.-8 p.m.; reservations 360-906-1101; info:

For further information: National Park Service at Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 360-816-6230 or; Fort Vancouver National Trust, 360-992-1800 or; Water Resource Center, 360-487-7111 or