The Maritime Air Veterans Association is a veterans advocacy organization comprised of retired RCAF, RCN and CF maritime aviators and the technical, logistical and administrative personnel who supported maritime patrol operations during their careers. Its role is to provide support and to advocate on issues that affect maritime air veterans.
The Maritime Air Veterans Association provides fraternal comradeship and support of veteran RCAF, RCN, and CF Maritime Air Veterans. The Association also advocates to Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and others on issues that are relevant to the support and well-being of Maritime Air Veterans.
The following are the key aims and objectives of the Maritime Air Veterans Association:
1. To provide fraternal comradeship and support of Maritime Air Veterans.
2. To speak out as necessary to Veterans Affairs Canada (VAC) and others on issues that are relevant to the well-being of Maritime Air Veterans.
3. To establish and sustain close links with the RCAF and RCN leadership.
4. To establish and sustain close links with the War and Aviation Museums and to assist in their operation and continuing development as able.
5. To establish and sustain close links with the RCAF Association, RCN associations, CNAG, VPI and other Veteran organizations.
6. To promote and perpetuate the proud heritage of Maritime Aviation.
Regular membership in the Association may be granted to retired Maritime Aviators from all sectors of the Maritime Air Operations and Support Environment and to all retired military technical and support personnel who have contributed to the effectiveness of Maritime Air operations and facilities.
Current serving RCAF Maritime Air aviators and associated military technical and support personnel shall be welcomed as full Regular members in the Association.
Associate membership may be granted to civilian personnel who have also contributed to the effectiveness of Maritime Air Operations, systems and equipment.
National Office and Wings
The Maritime Air Veterans Association is composed of a National Office and as many separate and independent Wings as may be established (based on geographic location). Wings are authorized by application to National Office and with a minimum membership of 25 Maritime Air Veteran members.
The National Office organizes an Association General Meeting at least once every 3 years. Wings meet a minimum of twice per year and develop their own operating By-Laws in accordance with the provisions of the Association’s constitution.
Wings may charge an annual membership fee as agreed by the membership upon a majority vote of a quorum of members. Fund-raising activities and social events are organized by Wings as appropriate. Currently the Ottawa Wing Executive serves as the National Executive of the Association’s National Office.