Dear Q College  –

On behalf of the CFB Esquimalt Naval and Military Museum, I am writing to thank Q College and, in particular, Denis Eve and Web Developer Joseph Kotopski, for helping us to totally revamp and mightily improve our website.

I first contacted Denis Eve, the College’s Practical Skills Web Development Program Instructor, in July 2013, having read about – and seen – the great results his students achieved for organizations in need of a website overhaul and update. With experience of working as the Museum’s webmaster for more than a decade, I was very conscious that our site’s design could use a thorough shake-up, and was also keen to expand its reach and range of online projects. Normally, comprehensive redesigns of this nature are very costly, into many thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars. And so we jumped at the chance to get such significant outside help and expertise at no cost.

Q College allowed us to have free access to the valuable web development talents of graduate student Joseph Kotopski, who created a theme and layout for the revised website that is both elegant and functional.

It took many months of behind the scenes work on Joseph’s part to follow-up on his initial design, and work with me to adapt existing content and add in new projects, ideas and articles. I received excellent training and support from Denis Eve in the Drupal content management system in order to administer and implement the revised site, and have been fortunate enough to have the ongoing guidance and help of Web Developer Stephanie Mann, another Q College graduate. I’d like to personally thank Joseph and Denis for all their hard work on this very complex project, and praise their patience, good humour and sustained enthusiasm throughout the process.

The museum’s redesigned website now features new content, new resources for researchers, and a brand new look and feel. The site is thoroughly accessible for laptops, smart phones and tablets, as well as personal computers – a major step forward in sharing our museum and archives with a wider online community.

Thanks to everyone involved for their outstanding work, and thank you to Q College for this great opportunity.

Yours truly,

Clare Sharpe
Museum Exhibit Designer/Webmaster