RCAF airwomen’s reunion to be held in June

Artwork portraying a woman dressed in a vintage RCAF uniform with airplanes in the background.
The RCAF Airwomen group will hold its 14th reunion June 7-9, 2019, in Ottawa. Former and serving airwomen are invited to attend to renew friendships and make new ones. IMAGE: RCAF Airwomen website

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“RCAF Airwomen” is a group dedicated to maintaining ties amongst former and currently serving Royal Canadian Air Force airwomen. They will hold their 14th reunion June 7 to 9, 2019, in Ottawa and invite current and retired airwomen to join their group and attend the reunion.

The spark that led to the formation of the group and the regular reunions occurred in in 1988, in Vancouver, British Columbia. Diane (Vince) White and Shirley Duff, who served in the RCAF, met by chance at a department store and made a luncheon date 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.

They set about planning, and held a very successful reunion in Vancouver in June 1990, attracting women from throughout Canada, the United States and the Mariana Islands. A second reunion was held in Ottawa, Ontario, in June 1993. After that, it became a periodic occurrence. The RCAF reunions have attracted anywhere from 200 to 450 airwomen and everyone has a great time, renewing old friendships and making new ones.

Reunions continue every second year. Visit their website to join and register for the reunion. You’ll also receive their monthly newsletter.

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