“The artwork I have created is a short comic about a typical day in my life at summer camp. This comic is inspired by the visual diaries of Molly Lamb Bobak, as well as ‘day in my life’ comics online. This work details my memory of Sea Cadet sailing camp a few years ago. Attending summer camp with Sea Cadets was one of the greatest times in my life, filled with fond memories of my friends and experiences. I took a playful route with this story, showing some of the daily monotony of waking up early and rushing through meals, but also the beauty and excitement of sailing. I was very drawn to Molly Lamb Bobak’s work when I first saw her visual journals. I related to the uniforms and marching from my own experiences with the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets. As a proud Sea Cadet and artist, it is inspiring to see the work of the first female war artist in Canada. Molly Lamb Bobak’s daily visual journals are excellent pieces of storytelling through art. Her handwritten excerpts and small watercolour paintings capture the spirit and people of the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. She was able to share her experiences in the military in a humorous way, while bringing a spotlight to the hardworking women around her.”
— Danielle Alexander (Grade 12, O’Neill CVI, Oshawa, Ontario)
Molly Lamb Bobak (1920–2014) was Canada’s first official woman war artist, serving in the Canadian Women’s Army Corps. She created a diverse visual record of her experiences in service, including her remarkable autobiographical oeuvre The Personal War Records of Private Lamb, M.