442 Transport and Rescue Squadron’s Commanding Officer

19 Wing raises more than $51K for United Way

19 Wing among the top fundraisers in the Valley

The 2014 Government of Canada Workplace Charitable Campaign (GCWCC) came to a successful conclusion with the presentation of a cheque for $51,012.09 to the Central North Island United Way placing 19 Wing among the top fundraisers in the Valley.

Co-chairs Captain Kirsten MacFadyen, 21 CF Health Services Centre, and Sergeant Yan Senechal, 19 Wing Operations, credit the entire 19 Wing Defence Team with exceeding the 2014 campaign goal. The 19 Wing campaign was held in conjunction with the local United Way campaign from Sept. 10 to Nov. 26.

Numerous fun and creative activities were held to raise the funds, the largest sum to date in the history of the charitable campaign on the Wing. The ever-popular Buffalo Plane Pull, hosted by 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron, was among many of the activities that placed the squadron as the lead fundraising unit of the Wing.

To undertake fundraising events, 19 Wing relies on the ongoing generosity of the Comox Valley community sponsors. Quality Foods Comox provides outstanding support through a food donation to support the GCWCC kickoff barbecue and the 19 AMS pancake breakfast.

Other community sponsors include Campbell River Whale Watching, Extreme Runners, John’s Independent Grocer, MacKenzie Gartside & Associates, Midland Tools, Mt Washington Ski Resort, Oyster Bay Resorts, Subway, Thrifty Foods, Tim Hortons, Uniglobe Travel, Valhalla Pure Outfitters and White Spot.

“I am extremely impressed with the extent of involvement and the degree of creativity that went into this year’s event,” says Col. Tom Dunne, 19 Wing Commander. “Your unwavering commitment to this important campaign is testimony to the value we all share in community service. The United Way Campaign reaches into society on many levels and when we give back to our local community we all benefit.  Congratulations and well done!”