NEWSLETTER   

JULY 2020    

Happy Canada Day!

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THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

"Your Canadian roots define you for all of your life, no matter where you go, no matter what you do."  Alanis Morissette 

WINNIPEG REUNION:

Our 15th RCAF Airwomen's reunion will take place in Winnipeg from Tuesday, May 25th to Thursday, May 27th in 2021. The venue will be held at the Airport Hilton Suites located at 1800 Wellington Avenue.

Winnipeg Trivia:

Winnipeggers have a gathering event called a "social", in which people come together for a wedding and help raise money and provide goods. A "social" is often a massive get-together which often includes strangers. This is a strictly Manitoban custom.

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 Leah Mosher.

You can now book your room for the reunion. For more information, please contact us here.

MESSAGE FROM EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE:

Hello Ladies,
   
It’s less than a year until Reunion 15! Time is going by fast. 

We are hearing that some of you may be hesitant to register for Reunion 15 due to the uncertainties caused by Covid 19. Please be assured that we are aware of its possible implications. To that end, we are not requiring a $50 registration deposit for now. Hotel room bookings can be cancelled up to 24 hours prior to arrival. If Covid 19 affects our planned dates for Reunion 15, we will postpone until it’s safe to proceed.

In the June newsletter we introduced you to our Winnipeg Reunion 15 committee.  We are delighted to share more information about the updated committee:

Chair - Pat Brennan - I spent 3 years in the Royal Canadian Navy from 1966 to 1969 as an oceanographic operator in Halifax and Shelburne and later went out of trade as a Flight Attendant in Trenton - my first introduction to the Air Force.  The next 15 years were spent with my Air Force husband and children on postings to Yorkton, Greenwood, Lahr, Winnipeg, Baden and Winnipeg again.  Over those years, I completed a BA and MPA.  
 
In 1984 I joined the Army Reserve as a Personel Selection Officer and the Air Force Reserve in 1988 as a Personnel Administration Office (later changed to Logistics).  I retired from the Air Reserve in 2006 and worked for another 10 years in Healthcare Management, finally fully retiring in 2016.  I have been on many Boards over the years including the Vintage Locomotive Society, Manitoba Commissionaires and Southern Regional Health Board.  I have been married to Don for 51 years.  We have 3 children and 7 grandchildren scattered from Germany to British Columbia.     


Sandra Anderson - I joined the Air Force by chance.    It was 1967 and Canada's 100th birthday, there was a lot of advertising about joining the forces, I got caught up in the hoop-la.  My first choice was the Army and that is where I applied - but the recruiter took one look at me and recommended the Air Force - the rest was history  I joined on April 1st, 1967.  I took my basic training at Cornwallis, then my trades training (Admin Clerk) in Borden and from there back to Winnipeg-Toronto-Germany-Trenton and got out in Thunder Bay in 1990. When I got out in 1990 my release medical discovered that I had breast cancer and a couple of years later it was discovered in my other breast.  Happily it lead to my joining a breast cancer survivor dragon boat team here in Winnipeg - Chemo Savvy. That lead to many happy years of paddling and great friendships. 
 
Kathy Madden  -  I joined the CF in the summer of 1974.  After driver training, OJT and the Air Traffic Control Assistant course in Borden, my first posting was three years in Shearwater.  Spent a year in both Goose Bay and Moose Jaw before seven years in Trenton.  Almost three as a flight attendant on 437 SQN and the remainder in the ATC Section.  Lots of sports and travel

In 1987 I took a remuster to Dental Assistant and spent just over a year in Lahr until my release in 1989.  I returned to my home town Winnipeg where I enjoyed a 22 year career as a flight attendant for a regional carrier.
 

Finally, we have been updating the names of the attendees on the Reunion Picture pages. Please take a look and let us know if you know any of the “Unknown” ladies, or if we have misspelled your name. Thank you. 

STAMP COLLECTING FOR CHARITY:  

Our members have been involved in collecting stamps since 2002 and have donated 602,393 as at June 2019.  I have received almost 4,000 stamps in the mail since our last reunion and it is much appreciated. 

Please keep sending your stamps. If you have any questions, please phone me at 403-475-6738 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

WOMEN IN THE NEWS: 

Dorothy Rhead. This is an article written in August 2018 about Dorothy's service as a volunteer for Search and Rescue Regina (SARR). Click here to read. Dorothy has had a very active life, as further evidenced by this tribute by Sask Sport to Women in Sport in 2013. Bravo Zulu Dorothy!


Women in the Royal Canadian Air Force. Read a brief history of some of the milestones achieved by women in the RCAF from 1942 to present. The article was published in March, 2019. Click here for more.

One point of clarification - Major-General Whitecross was promoted to Lieutenant-General in 2015 and has been the Commandant of the NATO Defense College in Rome, Italy, since November 2016. 

If you (or any of the ladies you know) have had articles written about you, no matter how minor, please let us know. Maybe you have an experience that you believe should have been published. Reply here

COMMENTS AND REQUESTS:

Diane Garinger writes:

If any airwomen live in the Los Angeles area, would like to hear from you. Send a message to Diane 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  

Both (Gardiner)    

Edith "Mollie"

Hall 11 Jun 2020     86 Kamloops BC
Dalzell

Shirley I.

MacGregor 2 Apr 2020     88 Red Deer AB
Green

June Irene "Red"   

Christie 14 Jun 2020     84 Parry Sound     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 July 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:

Tracey Everett - Chair

Leah Mosher - Vice-Chair/Winnipeg Liaison

Claire Williams - Treasurer

Pat Brennan - Chair, Winnipeg Committee