June 2018




"Inside every old person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened.”  


OTTAWA REUNION:            

Arrangements for the Ottawa Reunion in June of 2019 are going well. As of this date we have 103 attendees registered. We will be updating the travel information sometime in June as we get it. You will receive a special newsletter as soon as we have gathered all the pertinent details.

The Marriott calendar will have our block of reservations available for booking in late June 2018. We will let you know as soon as we have confirmation

For more Reunion 14 information, click here

To access the Reunion 14 Registration form 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 



We have a new fix for the problem with the Last Post in the new email delivery service. It seems that the table does not fit properly in the new form. We are therefore going to put in a link to the Last Post so that you can see it better. If there are any other issues, please let us know by contacting us here.

Based on the results of our telephone calls thus far, to update the nominal roll, we have mailed out registration forms to some without email. However, in the meantime, if you can help each other by offering to go online and register someone without computer access, or if you can let us know if someone needs a printed version of the registration form, please contact us here



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.


Check out Glennis Marie Boyce's story - Click here.

Check out Jessie G Nason's story - Click here.



Some of the members that share short little anecdotes with us don't realize how interesting they are. Tell us about what it was like when you first arrived to join your basic course. I'm sure that some of your experiences will bring back memories for others. Click here to share your thoughts. We look forward to hearing from you!

D Fern McFadden - As a result of updating our nominal roll, we get to hear such interesting stories. Leah had the pleasure of talking to D Fern McFadden recently. Fern is a WWII veteran who was in the RCAF from 1942-1945, and then the CWAC until March 1946. 

She initially trained as an Equipment Assistant and worked in Clothing Stores at the Technical Training School in St Thomas. In September 1943, her commanding officer informed her that the Air Force was starting a military women's band because the army had one. The CO knew that Fern played the clarinet and ordered her to join. 

Fern went to Rockcliffe to learn how to march and play at the same time. The band marched in parades and played concerts for entertainment and morale for the troops in Quebec and Ontario. In March 1945 there were rumours that the war was ending and so the band was disbanded and the women were released. Six of the WD's including Fern, then joined the CWAC Brass Band in Kitchener. In June 1945 they were sent overseas and arrived in Scotland on July 1st. The band toured northern Europe - Holland, Belgium, Paris, Germany - and played at different villages and camps to cheer up both civilians and the military troops still there. The routine was to do one parade during the day and then play a concert in the evening, head to the barracks for the night and start all over the next day. Fern says that parades were always packed when they marched through towns. The band also went to several convalescent hospitals.

Fern returned to Canada in March 1946, after the unit was disbanded. She would like to say hi to any ex-WD vets out there. 


LUNCHEONS will be winding down for the summer. There will be a reminder in the August newsletter to let everyone know when the luncheons are starting up again in September. Please note the following:

Dartmouth/Halifax - Last luncheon is this month. There will be no luncheons in July and August.

The Halifax/Dartmouth Ex-Airwomen's group will be getting together for their monthly luncheon on Wednesday, June 27, 2018. Each month we choose a different location. This time it will take place at the Pilot's Pub on 10 Atlantic Street (Next to Woodside Ferry) in Dartmouth at 1pm. If anyone is interested in joining our group, please contact Dot Kern via email:

Kingston, NS  - Last luncheon is this month. There will be no luncheons in July and August.

The Kingston, NS RCAF Airwomen's group will meet on Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at the Legion in Kingston, NS at 12 noon. We change locations each time as we like to support the various businesses in this small community. We welcome newcomers. If you would like to join us please contact Pauline at

Calgary, AB - Last luncheon is this month. There will be no luncheons in July and August.

The Calgary Airwomen's group meet every second Wednesday of the month from September through to June at 264 Legion on Kensington Road NW. They gather at 11am, with some arriving a little earlier. If you need any more information, contact Marion at

Edmonton, AB - The RCAF Airwomen's Association of Alberta. There will be no luncheons or meetings held in June, July and August.

The luncheons are usually held on the second Thursday of each month 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. 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 - Last luncheon is this month. There will be no luncheons in July and August.

The Airwomen in London, ON, meet for lunch every 4th Friday at 427 London Wing of the RCAF Association located at Crumlin Road opposite the London Airport, except July, August and December. If you would like to join us please contact Marilyn Chalk at

Kingston and Trenton, ON 

The luncheons are not held at regular intervals but if anyone wants to be added to the list you can email Shirley. Click here. Or you can drop us a note, here


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. 


OTHER EVENTS:          

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

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.


Marie Nagloren Minaker - What a surprise after all these years to read something I wrote years ago. Unfortunately, this reunion often conflicts with a writer's conference that I attend. Will see what happens next year. I am so pleased to find that my former roommate Wilma is planning to attend and see that she is still alive and kicking. Those were wonderful years when I look back on it when Willie and I were on recruiting posters. Today I am the volunteer archivist for the Royal Botanical Gardens, a volunteer job that I created for myself about 25 years ago. Any of the old pals can contact me there or at home. I also remember a long telephone conversation with Susan Beharriell with lots of laughs. 



As the members of the committee update the nominal roll, we are discovering that some of our colleagues may have died several years ago. They are included in our monthly newsletters so that we may honour them.


Last Name   

First Name            Maiden Name       Date of Death     Age    City             



Marjorie Norma "Jackie"    Wilde 6 May 2018    96 Leduc



Helen "Eileen""Spud" Cantelo 25 Jan 2018    80 Summerside



Rosella Ann Cottreau  1 May 2018    77 Wedgeport



Victoria "Vikki" Hlohovsky 12 Nov 2017    84 Victoria



Kathleen "Kitty" Sears 2 Dec 2012    87 Dundas



Mary Isabel MacDonald 29 Apr 2018    79 Dartmouth



Virginia Puchalski 15 Apr 2017    UK Kingston



Jean F MacDonald 8 Mar 2017    UK Brampton



Lillian Anna  Malaidack  1 Dec 2013    UK Kelowna



Shirley Petrushak 21 Jul 2014    73 Thrunder Bay  


Morden Marilyn "Smitty" Smith 12 Dec 2007    72 Sarnia ON


Elfrieda Josphine Unknown 9 May 2016    93 Trenton



Shirley "Kip" Morrish 27 Nov 2017    82 Winnipeg


Rose Elizabeth "Betty Boop"    Rodgers/Lauble 15 May 2018    94 London ON
Templeton Rose Emma "Rosie"  Ross 15 May 2018    86 Penticton BC


Jacqueline "Jacquie"    Lafreniere   6 May 2018    81 Stratford 


If you have a notification of a member who has died, please let us know here so that we can honour them with an entry in our Last Post. Thank you.


A “Very Happy Birthday” to our June 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