NEWSLETTER

DECEMBER 2021

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

A person who feels appreciated will alway do more than expected


MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

It is with great shock and sadness that we are telling you about the passing of Leah Mosher. We had the pleasure of meeting Leah at the R13 reunion in Moncton, NB. We continued to work with her on R14 and R15. She was active in welcoming new members, writing the newsletter, hosting monthly meeting and writing up the minutes. She was also a great sounding board for making decisions. I know she is missed by Jackie, Claire and I as well as the Ottawa committee and the Winnipeg committee that is working with currently. A link to Leah’s obituary is below. https://ottawacitizen.remembering.ca/obituary/leah-mosher-1083773093/ 


 
REUNION INFORMATION:

We have 87 members registered for Reunion 15!

Members can contact us for a list of the attendees.

Polo Shirts/Vests: The Executive has again researched polo shirts and vests to sell at the reunion. To see samples of red polo shirts and blue vests click here. Due to increased costs of resources and shipping, the polo-shirt now costs $36 and the vest costs $46 (Note: our website still has the old prices). A minimum order of each type is required to place an order. If you are interested in purchasing a shirt and/or vest please email us here this month to let us know. We will let you know in the next newsletter if we have enough interest to make an order.  More information will follow if we meet the quota.  Currently we have 5  red polos and 5 blue vests on the list to order.  We require 12 of each to place the order.

 
Travel update: On October 6, Prime Minister Trudeau said "All would-be travellers must be fully vaccinated by Oct. 30 to board planes, trains or marine vessels." See full article here.  https://www.cbc.ca/news/politics/federal-vaccine-mandate-1.6201528

Three possible options for a day trip in Winnipeg.  If you are a member and have registered for the reunion, please contact us to vote for your choice.  The decision will be made by Jan 15 to facilitate booking, transportation etc. If your spouse is coming on the day trip, please send their fee as well. The winner will be in Feb newsletter at which time the fee will be required to be submitted.   Choices are:

1.  The Forks and Canadian Human Rights Museum.  You can be bused to either the Forks, www.theforks.com for shopping and lunch** or to the Canadian Museum for Human Rights www.humanrightsca to tour and lunch**.  Cost will be approximately $40*.  Easy Activity. 

Trails and a walk way join the two sites for those who would enjoy moderate activity.

2.  Journey to Churchill and an underwater viewing tunnel to experience polar bears and seals in their natural habitat, are available at the Winnipeg Zoo located in Assiniboine Park www.assiniboinepark.ca and lunch**.  Cost will be approximately $40*.  Easy Activity.

Other areas of interest in Assiniboine Park (at no additional cost) are the rest of the Zoo, the Leo Mol sculpture garden, the Conservatory and English gardens for those who would enjoy Moderate Activity.

3. Prairie Dog Central Railway www.pdcrailway.com   Depart from the Inkster Junction heritage railway station in early 1900 vintage rail coaches and travel through natural prairie grass preservation areas to the Grosse Isle heritage site to tour the heritage buildings and lunch**.  Cost will be approximately $45*.  Easy Activity and accessibility ramps are available.

*Costs and events may vary due to COVID restrictions

**Lunch is at own cost

Payment Details:

Registration fee is $250. If you plan on attending, and have not already sent your non-refundable deposit of $50, please send it as soon as possible. The remaining $200 is due by January 31, 2022, in order to facilitate ordering of pins, nominal rolls, etc. Your assistance in this timing would be greatly appreciated by the committee. 

Cheques can be mailed to Claire Williams, 120 East River Road, Sheet Harbour, NS, B0J 3B0. Please make cheques out to RCAF Airwomen Reunion. E-transfers can be sent to rcafairwomenr15@yahoo.com

Hotel Booking

If you are a member and would like to book a hotel room, contact us and we will send you the information.

This is the link to the registration form for Reunion 15 in Winnipeg. For a printable copy (PDF) of the registration or newsletter, please contact us at rcaf_airwomen@yahoo.com.

 

WINNIPEG TRIVIA:

Science in Manitoba Baldur R. Stefansson, a University of Manitoba scientist dubbed “The Father of Canola”, is credited with recognizing the potential of oilseed rape as an edible oil – known today as canola oil.  The name canola is an acronym for “Canada oil, low acid”.  The Ebola Virus was solved in Winnipeg.  Scientists at Winnipeg’s National Microbiology Lab developed a game-changing vaccine in 2015.  The lab houses Canada’s only Biological Safety Level 4 Containment laboratory, used to test the deadliest human and animal diseases.

LUNCHEONS:



Edmonton, AB

The RCAF Airwomen’s Christmas get together will be at Mary Woodburns at 1 pm.  Any questions, please call me, Elke Carr, at 1-780-912-9242 or e-mail me at wecarr@telus.net



Kingston/Greenwood, NS

The Greenwood/Kingston Ex RCAF Airwomen

Our Christmas Luncheon will be held on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021, 12 Noon at the Royal Canadian Legion, Kingston, NS. The Lunch will consist of a Roast Beef Dinner, Desert, Tea or Coffee.  Price is $12.00 all included. please contact Pauline Ryan, 1-902-765-6580 or email her at hughpd.ryan@ns.sympatico.ca.   

REMEMBER PROOF OF VACCINATION AND ID are required by NS Health Authority.
 

STAMP COLLECTING FOR CHARITY:  

Flo Reid writes:  Just a reminder to keep collecting and sending your postage stamps.  I have been getting lots of stamps in the mail and have had some wonderful conversations with some of our ex-airwomen from coast to coast. Also, it gives me something to do in these COVID times.   
If you have any questions, please phone Flo at 403-990-1556 or e-mail flobobreid@shaw.ca
To see details about the preparation of the stamps, click here
We donate these stamps to Oxfam Canada. To find out more about Oxfam click here.

LAST POST:

As the members of the committee update the nominal roll, we are discovering that some of our members have been with the angels for several years. They are included in our monthly newsletters as we find them.  

Last Name   

First Name            Maiden Name       Date of Death     Age    City             

   Prov  

 Andrea  

 Evelyn Elaine

 Kaiser 28 Apr 2020    82  North Sydney    NS
 Cawston

 Marguerite "Sue"   

 Oates 22 Oct 2021    98  Summerland      BC
 Dupuis

 Shirley

 Gill     8 Sep 2021    89  Peterborough ON
 Lamb

 Patricia

 Muir     2 Jan 2020    75  Sundridge ON
 Larade

 Anne

 Walker     18 Sep 2021    86  Comox BC
 McLean Haswell  

 Barbara Maureen

 Peele 22 Oct 2021    82   North Vancouver   BC
 Mosher

 Leah Maureen

 Mosher 5 Nov 2021    67   Osgoode ON
 Paquet

 Marie Therese G.

 Unknown 19 May 2021     81  Deux Montagnes QC
 Saunders

 Elizabeth "Betty"

 Fairley 8 Jun 2021    83  Fredericton NB
 Seabourne

 Jeanette

 Wagener 11 Sep 2021       Hamilton ON
 Seagers 

 Jacqueline Mary "Jackie"   

 Walker 3 Jul 2021    61  Musquodoboit Harbour   NS
 Strood

 Nancy Jane

 West  14 Aug 2020    79  North Bay ON
 Thackeray

 Lorraine Verne

 Garrison 6 Sep 2020    86  Pickering ON


If you have a notification of a member who has died, please let us know here so that we can add their name to our Last Post. Thank you. 


BIRTHDAYS:

A “Very Happy Birthday” to our December Birthday ladies. Click here for the listing. 

If your birthday is missing from this list it is because we don't have it. Please click on the Change Information form to add something or make corrections. 


YOUR COMMITTEE:

Note: When you contact us via any of the links below, the email goes to a common address. To help us reply in a more timely manner, please put the name of  who you wish to contact in the subject line. Thank you. 
Tracey Everett- Chair
Claire Williams- Treasurer - 902-391-0035
Pat Brennan - Vice-Chair, Winnipeg Committee