Kendra joined Air Cadets in 1982 with 53 Sqn Summerside and was appointed to the PEI Air Cadet League in 2006. She joined the Board as Vice Chair after a 27-year career in the Canadian Armed Forces where she began his career first as Cadet Instructor Corp then as a Non-Commissioned member as a Resource Management Support Clerk Regular Force. After her first tour to Afghanistan, Kendra took his commission as a Health Care Administration Officer and later retired at the rank of Captain. Kendra brings with her significant experience in Air Cadets as a former cadet and Glider/Power pilot and instructor, managing human, financial and logistical/medical resources, and with almost five years of Operational Stress Injury Social Support program PEI’s Peer Support Coordination for Department of National Defence/Veterans Affairs Canada. She and has a great deal of volunteer experience serving her community on various boards and enjoys giving back to PEI Air Cadets.
Born and raised in the Annapolis Valley, Colin Hudson joined 517 Flt/Lt Graham Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets in Greenwood NS, in 1992. He attended a summer cadet camp every year he was in the program and earned his Glider Pilot license at 16 years old, his Private Pilot License at 17, and at 18 he was the Cadet Camp Warrant Officer of the Atlantic Region Gliding School.
After High School, Colin upgraded his Private License to a Commercial Pilot License, and at 19 years old flew above the Arctic Circle working as a bush pilot in Inuvik, NWT. Colin moved to Alberta in 2002, where he flew airplane charters and completed his Commercial Helicopter License Conversion. He found employment with Airborne Energy Solutions, flying low-level pipeline patrols, wildfire patrols, wildlife surveys and crew changes.
In 2007 Colin joined the Canadian Forces as a reserve member of 408 Sqn. Having completed Tactical Helicopter Pilot training in Edmonton he was sent to the U.S. Army to learn to fly the CH-47D in Fort Rucker, Alabama. Upon completion of training including seasoning with the Florida National Guard, Colin deployed with the Canadian Helicopter Force Afghanistan. While in Kandahar, Colin flew 76 Combat Missions over 11 months.
Colin left the Canadian Forces in late 2010, returning to Afghanistan as a civilian helicopter pilot, working contracts for the U.S. Transport Command, flying Bell 212’s in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.
In 2014 Colin returned to Canada and settled in Summerside, PEI, his wife’s home province. His next job found him back in the arctic Heli-refueling the North Warning System radar bases. In 2015 he joined Cougar Helicopters where he flies to this day as a Sikorsky S-92 Captain, flying in Support of the East Coast Offshore Oil sector.
Colin has amassed over 9000 hours flying in 10 types of Airplanes and 8 Types of Helicopters, including his favorite, the Bell 212. He holds an Airline Transport Helicopter License a Commercial Airplane License with Multi-engine and Seaplane ratings, Canadian Forces and U.S. Army Pilot Wings, and a very dusty Glider License.
Colin is married to his lovely wife Arleigh, herself a veteran of Afghanistan, and they have two children, Elias and Regina.
Gail joined the Air Force on 18 July 1967 after graduating from Grade 12/University preparation year. She had come from a military family and have 17 people in her immediate family that were in the Armed Forces. After basic training in CFB Cornwallis NS she was stationed at CFB Clinton ON for her trade training. She graduated from Communications training and was sent to CFB St. Hubert, Quebec where she worked at the Headquarters. Her job was extremely interesting and she enjoyed every moment as she worked in the crypto room and there was never a dull moment.
They received messages from many countries dealing with situations as they arose. Her husband was also military and was medically released in Feb 1972 so her career also came to an end at the same time. She truly enjoyed her time in the Armed forces and saw many changes like from three types of service: Air Force, Army and Navy to a Combined Force and then back to the three separate identities. Now she is President of our Sponsoring Committee associated with 200 Wing Summerside PE. She finds working with 53 Squadron very rewarding. She is also part of the ACLC provincial committee and has worked with the International cadets as well as cadets here on PEI.
Dave Vokey, in Glace Bay Nova Scotia joined the Royal Canadian Air Force at age 17, in September 1956 and, upon completion of Basic Training and Trades Training, began his career in the Regular Force. Among his posting were: AFHQ Ottawa 1957-1962, RCAF Station Whitehorse 1962-1965, RCAF Station Bagotville 1965-1968, Air Cadet Staff Alberta Based at Calgary 1968-1971, CFB Trenton 1971-1975, CFB Kingston 1975-1977, CFS Sydney 1977-1980 and CFB Summerside 1980-1988. He has also had a career owning the Singer Sewing Company, operating a cleaning business and Real Estate Management.
He’s married to Johanne (Read) of Montreal PQ and has four Children, twelve Grandchildren and ten G, eat Grandchildren.
While in Calgary he started his involvement with Area Air Cadets as an Instructor responsible for 15 Squadrons in Southern Alberta. This involvement has continued to this day. He also volunteered with Scouts and Minor Hockey.
Since leaving the RCAF Dave became involved in the Royal Canadian Legion holding many offices at the RCL Branch #22 at Ellerslie including Vice President & President. He then went on to be the RCL Provincial West Prince Zone Commander and then as Vice President with RCL PEI Provincial Command. In 2003 Dave transferred to the Branch #5 RCL Summerside serving as Vice President in 2014. Completing 31 years RCL 2016.
In 2003 Dave joined the Royal Canadian Air Force Association 200 Summerside Wing and served on the Air Cadet Sponsor committee for 53 Monty Squadron, on the 200 Summerside Wing Executive with a term as Vice President, and as President, and then on the Wing Board of Trustees from 2007-2012.
In 2012, Dave served on the RCAFA Atlantic Group which consists of nine Wings from the four Atlantic Provinces, serving as Vice President and then at the Atlantic Group AGM in May 2015 for a two-year term as President.
During the period 2006 to present, Dave volunteered and became involved with the Air Cadet League of Canada PEI Provincial committee serving as Vice Chair 2006-2008, as Chair 2009-2012 and again as Chair in 2015-Present.
Dave is also a member of the Masonic Lodge 1999 to present, serving in offices at PEI Lodge # 3 Summerside and Lodge # 15 Bedeque.
Russell Gallant (National Board of Governors)
Gail Lecky (Past Provincial President)
Austin Maclin joined the PEI League in 2016, volunteering with the International Air Cadet Exchange program. Mr. Maclin is a New Jersey native and a Sgt of the USA Air Force as well as a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was part of a K-9 unit serving in Vietnam where he worked with a German shepherd named Sam who found “bombs, booby traps, and humans.” Maclin returned to the U.S. and later met his wife, Cheryl, who is from P.E.I. and moved back PEI to live together and considers the island home. Life is made much better for Austin, and the many veterans and Air Cadets he meets within PEI, because of his newest companion, and best friend, Myah – Service dog. Which brings much joy to many International exchange cadets who may be missing their own pets on their travels. Austin Maclin has a diploma from Holland College and Bulter High USA.