At the heart of our organization, are dedicated volunteers who work day and night to promote scientific literacy in the community, and create a culture that emphasizes co-operation with local businesses, education supplementary to student curriculum,  as well as a medium for people to appreciate and understand the role astronomy plays in our society.

Mission Statement:

“The Friends of the Dominion Astrophysical Observatory inspires visitors of all ages by expanding their understanding of their place in the universe, and making Canada’s historic Dominion Astrophysical Observatory and the Centre of the Universe sites of learning, creativity, and community for all. “

Approved by the Board of Directors 2018 November 26

Strategic Plan:

The Board of Directors created a strategic plan, starting with joint sessions with selected stakeholders in February of 2018 culminating in the approval of the plan in November (yes, we’re an all-volunteer organization!). The plan, covering the years 2019-2021 calls for progress in the following areas:

  • Governance (board recruitment, membership and succession planning)

  • Organizational Development (volunteer engagement and training, fundraising and grants)

  • Programming (media outreach, school and visitor programming, equipment)

The complete plan can be downloaded from this link.