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We have sad news: Shirley Grace Duff, a founding member of this organization, has died. Unless you were around in the beginning or have visited our website, you may not have heard the story of two women who had a chance meeting in a store and decided to meet for lunch. 


The story goes: 


One day in Vancouver in 1988 Diane White (1940-2017) and Shirley Duff (1928-2023) met at a department store "by chance" and made a luncheon date for later, to talk over old times. During that luncheon they thought it would be a great idea to hold a reunion of all airwomen from the 1951 to 1966 era. So they set about planning a reunion and held a very successful one in Vancouver in June 1990. They attracted women from all across Canada, the US and Mariana Islands. A second reunion was held in Ottawa in June 1993. After that it became a periodic occurrence and here we are today.


Shirley Duff was on course 5746 and became a supply technician. She served from 1957 to 1978. She attended reunions 1 through 12. Shirley became ill and was unable to attend anymore reunions. Shirley was 95 when she passed away in Vancouver, BC. 





Bill Woodley, Stamp Program Volunteer Co-ordinator for Oxfam contacted me after I notified him that we will no longer be collecting postage stamps for Oxfam. 

He was sorry to learn of the decline in our membership, as well as the end of our stamp collecting. He thanks us for all past donations and best wishes for the future.  

Flo Reid



Prince Edward Island Trivia:

Even though there are other islands belonging to provinces, PEI is the only province that is completely surrounded by water. No matter where you travel on the island you can get to the water within about 15 mins. 

R16 will be happening in 8 month! 

The location is the Holman Grand Hotel, 123 Grafton Street, Charlottetown, PE. The dates are May 28, 29, 30, 2024 (Tuesday - Thursday).   


You don't have to be a member of the RCAF Airwomen's Reunion to attend a luncheon in your local area. If you are interested in meeting up with women you may have served with or whom served at the same time as you, get in touch with the facilitators to see what it's all about.

Some luncheons are monthly, year round. Some have their own annual schedules. 

Edmonton, AB 

Our next lunch meeting will be on October 11th at Tony Roma's in the Londonderry Mall, 6604 137 Ave NW at 1:00 pmWe hope as many as possible can attend and of course husbands or significant others are always welcome. Any questions, please call me, Elke Carr, at 1-780-912-9242 or e-mail me at

Kingston/Greenwood, NS     

The Kingston and Greenwood Military Ladies will hold their next Luncheon on Tuesday, October 17, 2023, noon at Angie's Family Restaurant, Main Street, Middleton, NS. All Ladies from all Branches of the Military and RCMP are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Pauline Ryan at

Charlottetown/Summerside, PE            

Our next PEI Military Ladies Luncheon will be held on Thursday 19 October 2023 beginning at 11:30am at Island Stone Pub, 62 Broadway Street in Kensington. Please contact Debbie Reid at if you are interested in attending.


Halifax/Dartmouth, NS             

We are planning a luncheon for the Dartmouth/Halifax RCAF Ex-Airwomen Group for Wednesday, 25 October 2023 at the Palladium  Family Restaurant at 942 Cole Harbour Road, Dartmouth, NS. for 1 p.m. If you are interested in coming to our monthly luncheons or want more information, please contact Dot Kern via email: 

Quinte Region/Kingston ON

Quinte Region and Kingston’s October luncheon location and date has not been finalized. Please continue to check out and “like” our Facebook page “RCAF Airwomen Quinte Region” as all upcoming events will be posted there. Any questions can always be directed to the Quinte coordinator, Geri Bush at

Annual Event:

Comox, BC    

Comox Ex-Servicewomen's Annual Potluck set for Sunday, October 29, from 1:30 to 4:00 pm at the Comox Legion (upper level). Bring your favorite potluck dish. For those unable to bring a dish, we suggest a donation to the Legion Poppy Fund. 

A fun part of the afternoon is the draw for the "regifts".  If you wish to participate, bring an item you no longer have use for and would like to pass on.  It should be wrapped or gift bagged.  The organizing committee are doing their best to contact past participants.  

Please pass the word along to anyone that might be interested in attending. Any questions may be directed to Stevie 250-339-7274 or Pat 250-339-5829

*If you host a regular luncheon please contact us let us know where you are. You do not have to publish your information in the newsletter but if we know your group exists, we can contact you if ladies in their area are looking for a luncheon group to join. Thanks so much for participating!  


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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. We include them in our monthly newsletters as we find them. If it has been more than five years their names go directly in the Last Post list on the website, but do not appear in the newsletter.  

 Last Name  

 First Name          Maiden Name    Date of Death     Age    City             



 Marie Elisabeth Georgina "Georgie"    


3 Aug 2022   

85  Comox BC

 Shirley Grace


12 Sep 2023   

95  Vancouver BC

 Gladys Melinda "Lynn"


1 Feb 2022   

87  Sydney NS

 Helen Doreen


6 Apr 2021   

87  Ottawa ON

 Patricia Ann "Pat"


4 Mar 2021   

85  Kingston ON



27 Apr 2023   

88  Wetaskiwin  AB

 Phyllis Cora


8 Jul 2021   

88  Coquitlam BC

 Elizabeth A. "Liz"


26 Feb 2021   

72  Edmonton AB

 Florence Margaret


8 Jan 2023   

95  Nanaimo BC

 Dorothy May


17 Aug 2021   

95  Montreal QC

 Shirley Jean "Skimpy"


20 Jun 2022   

86  Pincher Creek    AB

 Llewella Velma Elena "Llew"


30 Sep 2021   

87  Orillia ON

If you have a notification of a member who has died and you do not see their name in the Last Post on our website, please let us know here. Thank you.  


“Very Happy Birthday!” to our October birthday ladies. 


Executive Committee:

Tracey Everett - Chair, Newsletter

Pat Brennan - Co-chair, Editor

Claire Williams - Treasurer

Reunion 16 Committee:

Debbie Reid - Chair Charlottetown Committee