Jim commenced his working career in the Federal Government as a Forestry Research assistant. He obtained a pilots licence in 1967, which then ricocheted into an air force career. Qualified as an ANav and Tacco, his aircrew time centred on operational ASW flying with the Argus firstly in the Atlantic, thence the Pacific. He did a stint in air cadet liaison including nearly 600 flights as a flying instructor and glider camp OIC, and including 2 or 3 NDE’s.
Requisite time at NDHQ led to a post grad degree in psychology in 1986, and a long bout of personnel employments, which he felt were mostly more like “hobbies” than work. A highlight was a USAF exchange at San Antonio, where he lucked in to the job of conducting an occupational analysis of USAF pilots. Many such OA projects ultimately led to a DND civilian career at NDHQ and a final ten years as a personnel policy section head. He retired in 2014 and now spends most of his time as grounds-keeper, pool maintenance guy, dog walker, chauffeur, loans officer, sports novice, nanny, linguist and seeker/imparter of wisdom, which appears, along with vulnerability under water-boarding, to have qualified him for president of MAVA
Out of fear of appearing directionless, Jeff entered the Canadian Forces in 1988 under the ROTP (civilian university) program, and eventually became an Air Navigator. Since the days of two-seat fast air were done, he gravitated to the only other aircraft where it appeared supervision would be lax and infrequent – Sea Kings.
Jeff found himself as the 12 Wing Operations Officer and, ultimately, CO 423 – mainly, it appears in hindsight, due to clerical errors. He later served in the office of the Chief of Defence Staff on two occasions, including as the aide de camp, and later as Special Advisor.
In recognition of his ability to gild lilies, he was then directed to formulate and propose a functional re-organization of the CF as a member of the 2011 CF Transformation Team; a feat that was widely panned as being far too logical and progressive to be seriously entertained. Jeff was then ordered to assess whether the faltering maritime helicopter project could or should be rehabilitated – a process during which he left no bridge unburned in a relentless quest for truth, liberty, and the freedom to finally replace the Sea King.
Once he had exhausted the patience of the RCAF, Jeff worked in industry in a variety of business development and government relations roles, including for General Dynamics Mission Systems Canada. He currently operates a small, independent consultancy under the trade name AVERNICA and publishes a personal blog that can be found here.
2nd Vice President
Holy Mackerel (Meeting Co-Ordinator)
Paul joined the RCN in 1963 and was posted to HMCS Shearwater where he re-mustered to Observer and received his wings in 1967. He served in that MOC (now known as an Airborne Electronic Sensor Operator) for the remainder of his career.
Paul accumulated a total of 7115 flight hours during his extensive 25 year Maritime flying career which included 4 aircraft types; the Tracker, Sea King, Argus and Aurora, and six squadrons; VS 880, HS 50, VT 406, VP 415, MR 880/ABATS and VP 407. This period also included service in HCMS Bonaventure where he endured the rigours of 63 catapult launches and 70 arrested landings. He also logged a total of 607 destroyer deck landings while flying Sea Kings with HS 50 in HCMS Ottawa.
Paul was recognized several times throughout his military career for performance above and beyond the call of duty, in particular the Star of Courage, awarded in recognition of an act of conspicuous courage in circumstances of great peril. He completed his 32 years of service in Ottawa as the EWEDC Data Base Manager, responsible for executive level decisions/guidance to senior staff of NATO’s Electronic Warfare Division during the first Gulf War and in the Bosnia/Kosovo era.
Paul has spent the last 24 years on the executive of VPI and helped develop guidelines for MAVA.
Bob joined the RCAF in 1962, trained as an RO, did a tour with 405 Squadron and then, while flying on Test Flight, lost his category because of an ear that didn’t like flying. He transferred to Air Traffic Control and had postings in Greenwood, Bagotville, Goose Bay and Trenton. He ended his career as a Staff Officer at NDHQ in charge of the administration of the Forces Reduction Program, which made him an offer he couldn’t refuse. He retired in 1995.
In 1999 he suffered a near-fatal brain aneurysm from which came many unexplained side-effects: he is now afraid of flying, heights, crowds, loud noises and Norwegians.
Bob’s experience with the Army cadets and Army Militia, combined with a desire to see the world formed his motivation to join the RCAF in 1967. He was trained as an ESO (Electronic System Officer) also known as an RO (Radio Officer) and thereafter as an ANAV (Air Navigator). His entire military carrier was spent in the Atlantic Provinces with Maritime Command, splitting his postings between CFB Summerside, VP415 and MP&EU (Maritime Proving and Evaluation Unit), and CFB Greenwood VP405, MP&EU (he was there during the move) and ASDU (Aurora Software Development Unit).
While in Greenwood Bob obtained his Bachelor of Science (Computer Science) degree from Acadia University. Accumulating more than 5000 flying hours, mainly on the Argus and a little bit on the Aurora, Bob was thoroughly familiarized with the North Atlantic part of the world (mainly water!). Retiring in 1988, he co-founded Nova-Data System, still in Greenwood, providing a software solution for car and property insurance ratings to Insurance Brokers across Canada. After 10 years, his competitor made him an offer he could not refuse.
In 1998 he moved to Ottawa, where he has twice been brought out of retirement by General Dynamics Canada to work on the SH-60 acoustic processors, the Aurora Project and the Maritime Helicopter Project software updates. He and his wife, Louise still enjoy regular traveling in their quest to see the world.
Sgt at Arms
25 years RCAF. Pilot 405, 407, ACU, MAST team and AFHQ Ottawa.
Barry graduated from Royal Roads and the Royal Military College in 1966 with a BSc in electrical engineering. He proceeded to Winnipeg for Radio Officer training and then to Comox. A posting to Royal Roads was next followed by two years in Winterpeg for the Aerospace Systems Course and cross training to Air Navigator and then to Comox again. He then went cross country to Greenwood at MPEU and then to NDHQ with DMA.
After 25 years, it was time to settle down for family stuff and he went to work for the Federal Government in the Department of Supply and Services in contracting in the Aerospace Marine and Electronics Sector for 17 Years. He finally retired for a second time to pursue various secret areas of interest.
Assistant Sports Coordinator
Hank joined the RCAF in 1963, trained as a navigator. He had tours on 405 and 404 Squadron and two tours at Air Navigation School in Winnipeg. He was an instructor at the School of Instructional Techniques at CFB Borden, followed by a tour as Military Commander at Fox Main on the Dewline. CO of the Recruiting Center in Sudbury and Northern Ontario and Quebec, which after Staff College, led to a tour at NDHQ, Directorate of Recruiting as Director of advertising.
He retired after 27.5 years from the Canadian Forces Language School after completing four years as the Chief Standards Officer. He then went on to work for Interlangues Language School for 25 years as Project Manager. His responsibilities included the Canadian Forces Foreign Language Program contract. He now enjoys travelling, golf and cottage.
Following graduation from Royal Roads and Royal Military College Ernie received his wings at the Air Navigation School in Winnipeg in 1966. After completing operational training in Summerside PEI, he was transferred to 404 Squadron in Greenwood where he became known as “Joe Ocean” for introducing oceanography into ASW mission planning. Ernie’s next posting took him to 449 Squadron as a tactics and oceanography instructor.
Following graduation from the Aerospace Systems Course in Winnipeg in 1972, Ernie was posted on exchange duties to the U.S. Navy, Naval Air Development Center in Warminster PA where he was responsible for the software design and systems flight testing for the P-3C Orion Update, and training the first U.S. Navy squadron to convert to the updated Orion.
Following a year at Staff College, Ernie’s experience with the U.S. Navy proved invaluable during his next posting to the Aurora Program Office in Ottawa as the Operational Requirements Manager and later as the Director of Requirements. In 1980, Ernie returned to Greenwood where he led 405 Squadron in transition from the Argus to the CP-140 Aurora. The highlight on 405 was winning the coveted Fincastle trophy in Australia in the Aurora’s first appearance in the Commonwealth ASW competition.
Ernie’s following postings included; Training System HQ, Trenton; MARCOM/MARLANT HQ, Halifax; and Maritime Air Group, Halifax from where he retired as Deputy Commander in 1995. Ernie volunteered at the Shearwater Aviation Museum and was acknowledged as an authority on maritime and naval aviation history. In 2014, Ernie and wife, Carol, moved to Ottawa to be closer to family.
Pierre enrolled in the militia as a private in the Regiment de Hull and then joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) in 1964. Following training at HMCS Venture and RCAF stations Centralia and Portage La Prairie, he was assigned to VS 880 Squadron and flew the CP121 Tracker embarked on HMCS Bonaventure, the last Canadian aircraft carrier.
Through a 35-year career in the RCN and the Canadian Armed Forces, he flew various Maritime Patrol aircraft, including the Argus and the CP140 Aurora, and served as Commanding Officer of 415 (MP) Squadron and Wing Commander of 14 Wing Greenwood, N.S. In addition to 3 tours in various HQs in Ottawa and Halifax, and attending the Belgian Staff College (Institut Royal Superieur de Defence) in Bruxelles, Belgium, he also served in Naples, Italy, as Senior Canadian Liaison Officer at NATO Allied Forces Southern HQ during the Kosovo conflict and Deputy Chief Combined Joint Task Force (CJTF) Coordinator. He completed an MA at Royal Military College (RMC), Kingston.
Retiring from the Canadian Forces in June 2001, Pierre joined Dominion Command of the Royal Canadian Legion as a Service Officer, assuming the responsibilities of Service Bureau Director in January 2003, retiring in 2012. In April 2011, he was awarded the ALS Society of Canada’s Brett Yerex Exceptional Advocacy Award in recognition of his role in raising awareness of the link between military service and ALS. He was also a member of the Veterans Ombudsman Advisory Council for 10 years.
Past President (20 May 2015 – 11 September 2018)
Duane joined 415 Sqn, Summerside in 1967 and the co-located MP&EU in 1971, before attending the Aerospace Systems Course (ASC) in 1975. The MP&EU experience proved invaluable on his exchange posting with USN VX-1 Sqn in “Pax River”, MD in 1976. After the Argus, he was amazed to fly in a Test environment with all new ASW and Weapon systems and “limitless” resources and flight hours.
Follow-on postings included Staff College, DMA, BADO Summerside, RAF College of Air Warfare, CO 415 Sqn, Director Air Requirements (Maritime), Base Commander Summerside and Commander Northern Area.
Duane retired early from the Air Force in 1995 to become Dominion Secretary of The Royal Canadian Legion at its National HQ in Ottawa and spent 14 years serving Canada’s Veterans. The highlight of his time with the Legion was initiating and leading the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier Project, implemented in a major National Ceremony in 2000. Following retirement from the Legion in 2009, Duane was one of the Co-Founders of The Young Citizens Foundation with which he remains today as the Vice President. Duane looks forward to continued membership and support of the Maritime Air Veterans Association, and retains his membership with the Legion and the RCAF Association. In the quiet moments he enjoys his hobby as a coin collector.
Father Stephen Silverthorne
Fr. Stephen completed his seminary training at Wycliffe College, Toronto. He was ordained in the Anglican Church of Canada in May 2002, and has served in parishes in Cornwall, Long Sault and Barrhaven, Ontario. He served as Chaplain to the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 569 in Long Sault, Ontario, until his posting to Barrhaven in 2014. He currently serves as Rector of Good Shepherd parish in Barrhaven.
He has served as chaplain to MAVA since 2016 and maintains his membership in the Legion. He enjoys the fellowship both organizations bring and appreciates the opportunity to contribute in a small way to the spiritual wellbeing of those who have given service to our nation in the military. He is married, with four young daughters. He maintains an interest in cinema, philosophy, cooking and home brewing beer.