Updated 3 Nov, 2018




                          Remembrance_Day_2015.jpg LEST WE FORGET





"We didn't know what to expect when we joined the RCAF but we have come away with some surprising and everlasting friendships." 


OTTAWA REUNION:             

Thank you for sending in your deposits so prompley. There are still a few out there, so if you have sent us a cheque and it has not yet cleared your account, you may want to touch base with us to make sure it reached us. 

We are still accepting registrations for Reunion 14, please send your deposit when you register. We are now able to accept e-transfers for those who prefer online banking, click here for more information. We are still accepting cheques made out to RCAF Airwomen Reunion 14. The final due date for the rest of the fee ($200) is March 1, 2019. Please email us your questions at newsletter@rcafairwomen.ca.

For updated Reunion 14 information, click here. 

To access the Reunion 14 Registration page click on the Reunion 14 Registration button on our webpage or to go directly to the registration form, click here

The list of Reunion 14 Attendees is available from the email version of the newsletter only in keeping with the privacy act. The list will be updated as the names are submitted. For more information, contact us here 



Hello Ladies,

Don’t forget to use your CFOne card for free checked luggage at the airport. If you don't have your CFOne card yet, click here to go to the CFOne website.

We have updated our information page. You will find a question and answer section at the bottom of the page. If you don't see your question, drop us an email and we will answer you as quickly as possible. 

Interest in the polo shirts and vests has giving us the numbers that we need for a minimum order. If you have sent us your selection and size, we will now be accepting payment for your order. Click here to request more information. 



POSTAGE STAMPS: Thought you might like an update on our Oxfam “Stamp Out Poverty”. To date I have collected almost 50,000 stamps. Thank you to Ex-RCAF Members who donated 4,687. You might be interested in knowing how Oxfam deals with the donations they receive. For more valuable material they assess it in much greater detail and often catalogue stamps individually and put them in their yearly on-line auction. In 2017, they raised $28,000, the most ever, and again allocated these funds to Oxfam’s new flagship global project for Oxfam Canada, called “Creating Spaces to Take Action on Violence Against Women and Girls”, which seeks to reduce violence against women and girls, and to reduce the prevalence of child, early and forced marriage in Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and the Philippines. Oxfam works with numerous organizations and governments on this project. If you would like to find out about this project, you can go to www.Oxfam.ca/stampoutpoverty. Remember to save your Christmas stamps.    Flo Reid  

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 themselves, click here

We donate these stamps to Oxfam Canada. To find out more about Oxfam click here.


We found this webpage on the VAC website, check it out by clicking the link below. 

"Lest We Forget Her: Canadian women who have died in service

When we think of war, we do not automatically associate it with women. And yet, women have long been called on to play important roles alongside men in times of war; at first, they often served as military nurses, but over time they have gradually come to occupy roles that were traditionally reserved for men.

From the research that has been done to date, it has been estimated that, since Confederation, nearly 200 women have died while serving in the Canadian military. It is important to take the time to think about these women and, at the same time, to remember all of the women who have served our country in times of war, military conflict and peace."

If you click on the boxes with the year in them, a name or a list of names with appear below, to see more, click on the name. 





Boot Camp Experiences:

Evelyn writes: I wasn't involved but I remember the gals doing the mattress thing in front of the Corporal's door. I was on course 6040 as well. A little trip down memory lane. Evelyn (Carey) Gardiner.

Leave While on Basic Training: 

Lorna writes: I joined the RCAF in 1953. After finishing basic training, course 114, I was sent to Trenton for contact training before my Clerk Typist course started later in Aylmer. Upon arriving at Aylmer in late December, we were told we had leave until the new year. This would give us 10 days or more off. So my new friend, Evelyn Lapiere said "Lets hitch-hike to my home town in Quebec City", for the holiday.   So of course I said "Great!"  Being from BC I had little idea how far Aylmer was from Quebec City. So we started to hitch-hike (December Ontario/Quebec) what were we thinking? We arrived in Montreal at 2 am and Evelyn was able to phone her mother who said, "Stay there, as there is a blizzard going on." Well it was impossible for us to get a hotel as I had left my purse in the first car that had given us a ride. No money, no keys to my locker, no identification.  We waited out the storm at a gas station/cafe until a truck was able to take us to Quebec City.  We had been on the road 24 hours!  I had a wonderful time with this French Canadian family, joining in their traditions/festivities.  But then we had to start back, hitch-hiking for 24 hrs again.

When we got back to the guard house in Aylmer and reported in, that nice couple had returned my purse to them.  Evelyn, if you are still with us, what an adventure!!  One I never forgot.   Lorna London


Has anyone got a story about meeting your best friend(s) for the first time?

If you would like to share an experience with us, contact us here to share your stories even if it's just a paragraph. We look forward to hearing from you! 



Nevaida writes: Looking for 1 or 2 to share a room at the reunion. No medical problems, non smoker. Perhaps someone from Northern ON. Sudbury or North Bay area. I will be driving to Ottawa. Contact me at nevaida@hotmail.com.

Ethel writes: Looking for any person that was in course 5535 in St Jeans Quebec in 1955.  Tomi Thompson   

To send a response or comment, click here.




Dartmouth/Halifax, NS 

The Halifax/Dartmouth Ex-Airwomen's luncheon group will meet for their Christmas luncheon on 28 November at 1pm until 4pm. The luncheon is at the CentennialLegion, 703 Main Street, Dartmouth. The meal is catered and is $15 per person. If you are interested in coming please contact Dot Kern via email: dorothyk5944@gmail.com.

Kingston, NS

We are not going to have a Luncheon in November. We just got confirmation for our Christmas Luncheon. We are going to have our Christmas Luncheon at the Royal Canadian Legion in Kingston on Wednesday, December 12th, 2018. Anyone visiting in the area is welcome to attend. Just advise me in advance so I can arrange for extra meals, at hughpd.ryan@ns.sympatico.ca

Calgary, AB 

The Calgary Airwomen's group meet every second Wednesday of the month from September through to June at #265 Legion on Kensington Road NW. The next luncheon is on November 14 at 10:30am, with some arriving a little earlier. Edith McMinn in the new President. Anyone interested to join us for lunches  - Welcome! - We also welcome Ex-Army and Ex-Navy ladies. I can be reached at edithmcm@shaw.ca or 403-242-2417.

Edmonton, AB 

The luncheons are usually held on the second Thursday of each month. The next one is November 15, at Tony Roma's in the Westmount Shopping Centre. 

There is also a business meeting every fourth Sunday, (except June, July and August), at the Edmonton Air Museum, 11410 Kingsway Avenue, at 1:30 pm. The next meeting is on November 25. There is coffee and goodies. There are two ladies who bring something to eat at each meeting. At the same time we celebrate birthdays if there happens to be one the month we meet. 

If any Airwomen, retired, active or in the reserves, wishes to join us or become a member, please contact Isabelle (Issy) McLean, President at 780-722-0014

London, ON 

The Airwomen in London, ON, meet for lunch every 4th Friday.  The Christmas lunch is on Friday November 23, 2018 at the 427 Wing, 2155 Crumlin Road, London. Doors will be open at 11:30. The cost is $20.00 for reserved tickets or $25.00 at the door. It's a full turkey dinner and dessert, and has always turned out great. If you would like to join us please contact Marilyn Chalk at almar1@rogers.com.


Kingston and Trenton, ON 

Our next luncheon will take place on November 3, 2018 at 1pm. We will meet at the Mandarin Restaurant in the Frontenac Mall at 1300 Bath Road in Kingston, ON. The luncheons are not held at regular intervals but if anyone wants to be added to the list you can email Shirley. Click shirleymacintyre16@gmail.com


Click here to let us know if you want to invite airwomen to your local luncheon/meeting/event.

If you want to start a luncheon somewhere, let us know. We can put it in the newsletter to let the ladies in the area know about it and you can get in touch with each other to set it up. Remember this organization was started with a couple of friends getting together for lunch. 

Any luncheon updates will be posted on the Calendar and in the online version of the current newsletter. To check out the calendar on our website. Click here.



Brenda writes:  The municipality of Ulverton, Quebec is re-dedicating a WWI cenotaph on November 11, at 1100 hours in front of the municipal office on Highway 143 between Drummondville and Richmond. The original memorial was vandalized and a new one has been commissioned. If anyone would like to attend this ceremony please let me know at jack-brenda@bell.net. This might be of interest to anyone living on the South Shore or in the Eastern townships. 

For more information on all these and more, check out our Events page here.

Do you know of any upcoming annual events happening in your community this fall? 

If you know of any noteworthy events or exhibits in your area you think might be of interest, please let us know by contacting us here.



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             


Blais Janet Gertrude Gloria  Laroque  29 Oct 2018     85 Saskatoon  SK
Gauthier Margaret Isobel "Peggy"   Holmes 26 Aug 2018     84 New Westminster  BC
Keith-Murray  Judith "Judy" Tinsley  29 Oct 2018     83 Victoria BC
Kinsman (Frawsel)  Marjorie Anningson 11 Oct 2018     94 Halifax NS
Laroche (Thompson)   Doreen Brown 29 Aug 2015     83 Wingham ON 
Rorison Elizabeth "Liz"  Taschuk  19 Apr 2017     87 Langley  BC
Sanders Margaret Anne "Peggy"
Baragar 25 Jul 2017     93 Sioux Lookout ON
Thivierge Lillian Pearl Neilpowich 17 Mar 2018     76 Thunder Bay 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.



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



Tracey Everett - Chair

Leah Mosher - Vice-Chair/Liaison/Ottawa Contact 

Claire Williams - Treasurer

Jackie Sparrow - Webmaster and data base coordinator