National Executive Council (NEC Directors and Officers)

Terry Chester, CD, National President.

Terry Chester joined the RCAF in Sept 1964, through the ROTP program, receiving a BA from the U of Sask.  He was awarded Navigator/RO Wings in 1968, flying for 3,000 hrs on the Argus Maritime patrol aircraft out of Summerside PEI. In 1972, Terry received his CF pilot’s wings in Cold Lake, AB and spent the next 8 years flying and instructing on the CP 107 Argus in Summerside, PEI and the O.T.U. in Greenwood, NS.  He was part of the CP 140 Aurora Team in 1980, that introduced the CP 140 to the CF as the Senior Flight Deck Instructor.  Following Staff College in 1982, he spent several years in various staff positions years in Ottawa, and then was assigned as the Senior Staff officer for Pilot Training in Air Command, before command of 407 Maritime Patrol Squadron in Comox in July, 1990. Terry then worked directly for the VCDS in the Executive Secretariat as an analyst, and was seconded to Mogadishu, Somalia for six months as the senior airlift control officer, responsible for the movement of millions of pounds of relief supples in spartan and hostile conditions.  On return to Canada in 1993, he was appointed as the Senior Peacekeeping Plans officer, organizing and planning peacekeeping missions in Africa and South America, for two years.  In 1994, he was posted to the Career Manager Division in NDHQ, responsible for all air force ranks below Colonel, some 18,000 people.   In 1997, Colonel Chester was posted to NATO Air Base, Geilenkirchen Germany as the Commander Operations Wing, Chief Pilot on the AWACS aircraft and the Canadian Component Commander for four years, and had the opportunity to participate in numerous international operations, including the air war in Kosovo.  He enrolled in the Primary Reserves in 2001 and spent four years as a special projects staff officer and consultant on air matters.  He was the Director of Armed Forces Day 2005 at 19 Wing Comox, was also engaged in Transformation projects for 1 Cdn Air Div and was the Commander of the Canadian Contingent at  CENTCOM HQ, McDill AFB, FL.  With a career spanning 42 years, some 10,000 flying hours and multi-command tours, he remained active in flying, maintaining a Transport Canada Flight Instructor Qualification and  instructed air cadets in the summer. He is a director at the Comox Air Force Museum and a board member of several community associations.  He is married to Barbara Jean MacDonald of Port Borden PEI; their daughter Tara, is married to a USAF airman stationed at Luke AFB, CA, and their son, Jeff is a pilot in the CF. Terry & Barb have four grandsons, all of whom will aspire to careers in the air force.

darling Brian W. Darling, CD, Immediate Past National President. Mr. Brian W. Darling, CD was born in England in 1940. While in grammar school in Ilford, Essex, he was a member of the Essex Regiment Army Cadet Corps. In 1953, his family came to Canada, settling in Saint Laurent, Québec. From 1954 to 1959, he was an air cadet in 592 (Canadair Community) Squadron. During that time he attended summer camps at RCAF Stations Clinton and Greenwood and in 1958 was awarded a Flying Scholarship, earning his cadet wings and private pilot’s licence at the Montreal Flying Club.

Mr. Darling served for thirty-two years in the Air Force Reserves. He enrolled in the RCAF Primary Reserve (Education Branch) in the rank of Pilot Officer in 1961 and rejoined 592 Squadron as its Supply Officer. Between 1961 and 1974, he occupied various positions, including several terms as Commanding Officer of 592 and 588 (Canadair) Squadrons.

In 1974, Mr. Darling transferred to the Canadian Forces Primary Reserve (Air Reserve) and joined 401 (City of Westmount) Squadron as the Personnel Administration Officer in the rank of Captain. After completing STAR I (Staff Training Air Reserves) at Canadian Forces Staff School, Toronto in 1978, he was promoted Major and was transferred to 1 Air Reserve Wing in 1979 where he took up the duties of Wing Personnel Administration Officer. He returned to Staff School the following two summers as a member of the STAR I directing staff. In 1984, he completed the final phase of the Staff Training Reserves (STAR II) at the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, Toronto. On returning to his unit, he was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel and appointed Chief Administrative Officer of 1 Wing and concurrently Commanding Officer of 1 Wing Headquarters. Subsequently his position was renamed as Senior Staff Officer Support (SSO SP) in 1 Tactical Aviation Wing. In 1991, he attended the National Security Studies Course at the National Defence College, Kingston. He transferred to the Supplementary Reserve in October 1993.

Mr. Darling has been active with the Air Cadet League of Canada for more than thirty-eight years. Between 1974 and 1988, he was a member of the sponsoring committee of the Canadair Air Cadet Squadrons and for a short period in the late 80s he was the Chairman of 622 (Frontenac) Squadron which was then sponsored by the Air Reserve Officers= Mess at St. Hubert. In 1988, he was elected as a Director (Squadron Advisor) of the Provincial Committee of Québec and the Ottawa Valley of the Air Cadet League of Canada. From 1997 to 2005 he was the Regional Coordinator for the West Island Region, responsible for eight squadrons. He continues to be a squadron advisor in the Québec and Ottawa Valley Provincial Committee.

Mr. Darling has been a member of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association (RCAFA) and the Air Force Association of Canada (AFAC) since 1976. In March 1993, he was appointed Honorary Québec Group President RCAFA. He is the founding President of 394 (West Island) Wing AFAC. In May 1995 he was elected Vice-President of Québec Group, and from May 1997 to April 2005 was Québec Group President. He was elected National President of the Association in October 2009 and in October 2011 became the Immediate Past National President with the biennial election of a new National President. He also served as a trustee of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association Trust for several years.

In 2002, he was awarded the Queen=s Golden Jubilee Medal in recognition of his volunteer work to the Air Force Association and in the same year he received the Air Cadet League of Canada’s Certificate of Merit for meritorious service to the Air Cadet movement. In October 2005 he was awarded the Air Force Association’s Meritorious Service Award. In October 2012, Mr. Darling was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.

Mr. Darling is a member of a number of other organizations including the Royal Air Forces Association (RAFA) (London, England); the Canadian Aviation Historical Society (CAHS); the Canadian Aeronautics and Space Institute (CASI); and the Royal Canadian Legion, where is serving on the executive of Pointe-Claire Branch No. 57. He is a Director and 2nd Vice-President of the Lakeshore Legion Housing Association, which oversees the management of the Seniors and Veterans Residence AManoir Cavagnal@ in Hudson, Québec.

In civilian life, Mr. Darling is retired from the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), a specialized agency of the United Nations, where he worked in technical, information technology and administrative positions for 34 years.

He is married to Patricia Wood of Dorval, Québec. They have a married daughter, Karen, and a granddaughter, Abigail, living in Toronto, and a son, Kevin, residing in Pointe-Claire. Mr. Darling and his family have lived in Pointe Claire, Québec since 1967.

Lieutenant-General (Retired) Lloyd Campbell concluded a distinguished 37-year military career in 2003 as Commander of the Canadian Air Force. A former fighter pilot, he had previously commanded 1 Canadian Air Division and the Canadian NORAD Region (part of the bi-national North American Aerospace Defense Command); Canadian Forces Base Baden-Söellingen and 4 (Fighter) Wing in Germany; and 419 Tactical Fighter (Training) Squadron in Cold Lake, Alberta. In addition to command appointments, General Campbell held numerous key staff positions in Canada and abroad. Within National Defence Headquarters, he served successively as J3 Operations; Director General Force Development; Director General Strategic Planning; and, for an interim period, Vice Chief of the Defence Staff. He also spent three years in NATO, serving as Assistant Chief of Staff (Plans and Policy) at Headquarters Allied Air Forces Central Europe. General Campbell is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College as well as the National Defence College. He holds the degree of Commander in both the Canadian Order of Military Merit as well as the United States Legion of Merit. General Campbell and his wife Sharron are both avid golfers and alpine skiers and, of late, very doting grandparents.

Greg-Spradbrow Greg Spradbrow, CD – 1st Vice-President. Greg Spradbrow was born and raised in Sarnia, Ontario on 06 July 1958. In 1971 he joined 44 Sqn RC(Air)C Sqn spending six rewarding years and earning his glider pilots wings. He enrolled into the Canadian Forces in 1977 as an Airframe Tech, he also joined 403 Wing RCAFA in 1978. After training Pte Spradbrow was posted to CFB Greenwood employed repairing Argus then Aurora aircraft, he transferred his Wing Membership to 107 Wing in 1981. Cpl Spradbrow was posted to CFB Trenton in 1984 where he worked in the AMSE shop. On promotion to MCpl in 1987 he was employed on Buffalo and Labrador aircraft with 424 Sqn. With this posting, Greg transferred his Wing membership to 413 Wing. On promotion to MCpl in 1987 he was employed on Buffalo and Labrador aircraft with 424 Sqn. No longer content to sit on the sidelines he served as Wing Secretary for 4 years, worked as volunteer bar tender and Colour Party member. During his time in Trenton, Greg also had the honour of serving on the Task Force to Restructure the RCAFA. In 1991 he was posted to 12 Wing Shearwater working on Sea King helicopters. While serving on HMCS Iroquois he participated in Operation Sharp Guard receiving the NATO Medal (Former Yugoslavia) and the CPSM. He also served on HMCS Halifax for two NATO deployments. During the second NATO his ship was redirected to the Persian Gulf for Operation Apollo (Afghanistan). He was awarded the SSM and SWASM. (Read more here…)

Guy Vallieres - President Quebec GroupGuy Vallieres, President Quebec Group. Born in Magog, Quebec,  Guy  pursued his education both in Magog and Sherbrooke. He served with the Sherbrooke Fusiliers (Army Reserve), from 1954 to 1957. In 1957, he enlisted in the RCAF and was sent to RCAF Station St-Jean for basic training and upon completion  was sent to RCAF Stn Aylmer, Ontario where he was trained as a Medical  Assistant. Following training at RCAF Stn  Rockliffe, he was transferred to  Centralia where he spent the next 4 ½ years. Further transfers brought  him to North Bay Ontario, Holberg B.C. and back to St-Jean, Quebec. Guy  remained in the service until 1967 when he opted for civilian life. He then worked  in sales & marketing of accounting systems and office computers. He retired as Director  of  admissions of a private college (electronics) in 1996. He joined the Royal Canadian Legion in 1987 and is a Past-President of RCL Branch 234. He is currently serving as Chairman of Pointe-Claire Branch 57 of the RCL.  He has also served 5 consecutive years as President of 394 (West Island) Wing of the Air Force Association of Canada  and  is currently serving as Quebec Group President, having been re-elected for a second term April 30th, 2011.  He is an elected  Director of the Lakeshore Legion Housing Association (LLHA). Married to Solange, they are proud parents of two daughters and grand-parents of four.

donovan002Dave Donovan, President Ontario Group. David E C Donovan was born in Brockville Ontario  December 21, 1944. At the age of 16, he attempted to follow in his uncle’s footsteps and join the Canadian Army, by way of the “Boy Soldier Program”. Although he attained high marks, he was not offered the trade he preferred. He then turned his attention to the Royal Canadian Navy, where he completed the basic tests but because of having contracted pneumonia was asked to return after this problem was cleared up. However, fate had other ideas for him and he did not return to take up the Royal Canadian Navy’s kind offer. Life was launched in a different direction and, over the years he has held many positions in various organizations. He was a member of the Kinsmen Club of Brockville where he chaired their sports award dinner and golf tournament that saw many stars of the NHL, CFL and local celebrities attend. After transferring to Kingston in 1973, he served as Vice-President of the Kingston Kinsmen Club and also as the producer of the Kinsmen Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof” which played at the Grand Theatre to sold out audiences. He has also served as President of the Cataraqui Soccer Club, Director of the Austrian International Club and  Vice-President of the “Shutzenverian” (Shooting Club).   Dave joined 416 Wing in 1985 but, because of executive duties with the Austrian International Club he dropped out until 1989 when he rejoined 416 Wing as an associate member. He served on the wing executive as a Director from 1995 to 2000 and was elevated to Regular member status in 1997. He was 416 Wing President for four years from 2001 to 2004. Dave was then elected Regional Vice president for Quinte Region in 2005, 2nd Vice President in 2007 and was elected Ontario Group President in 2009. Dave owned and operated “Limestone Painting and Decorating for twenty years, retiring at the end of December 2009. He has one son, Petty Officer Second Class Sean Donovan, who with his wife Trudy and three children Courtney, Megan and Nicholas live in Russell Ontario. Dave and his wife Carole reside in Kingston Ontario.