Annually, the Air Force Association of Canada presents national honours and awards to Association members.
The Distinguished Service Award is the highest award presented to an individual by the Association. It was approved in 1973 by the National Executive Council (NEC) to recognize and show appreciation for distinguished service to the Association. The first awards were made in 1974 (NEC 48-8). They were amended in 1982 (NEC 76/82) and 1991 (NEC 102-5 (16)). No more than two awards can be presented in any year.
At the 1989 Annual General Meeting (AGM) the Life Membership Award was established to recognize deserving members for outstanding, long and faithful service to the Association. This is the Association’s second most prestigious award for individuals. No more than four awards can be presented in any year.
The Meritorious Service Award was approved by the National Executive Council in 1982 as the third highest award available for regular members of the Association. It recognizes outstanding meritorious service to the Association. No more than six awards can be presented in any annual meeting year. (NEC 76/82)
The Award of Distinction is the fourth highest award given to regular members of the Association. It was approved by the National Executive Council in 1982 to pay tribute to members in appreciation of service with distinction to the Association. (NEC 76/82). At the Annual General Meeting 2001, Group Presidents were given the authority to administer and present this award.
The Award of Merit was introduced in 1960 to acknowledge service rendered by regular members of the Association. At the 2001 Annual General Meeting, Group Presidents were authorized to administer and present this award.
Originated in 1962 by the Chief of the Air Staff, the “Member of the Year” Award became a Canadian Forces award after the military forces integrated in 1968. In 1991 it was renamed in tribute to Past National President, Len Baldock of 412 Wing, Windsor, Ontario. It is still commonly referred to as the Air Force Association’s “Member of the Year”.
Originated in 1961 by the Chief of the Air Staff as the RCAF Association Wing of the Year Award, it is now referred to as the Air Force Association of Canada Wing of the Year Award presented to the Wing whose efforts during the year appreciably enhanced the aims of the Association.
The award was originated in 1964 as the Grand President’s Trophy. In 1969 it was renamed as the Air Marshal W.A. Curtis Award in honour of the then retiring Grand President, Air Marshal W.A. Curtis.
The National President’s Award was introduced in 1964. The purpose of this award is to annually recognize the Wing in the under 150-membership class which makes the largest average percentage increase over the previous three year period. (NEC 59 – 29)
The National Vice President’s Award was introduced in 1964. The purpose of this award is to recognize annually the Association member who has contributed most to the membership campaign during the past year or, cumulatively during the past several years.
The Group Efficiency Award was introduced in 1964. The purpose of this award is to recognize annually the Group making the best showing in the Membership Campaign for the previous three-year period. The award shall be an inscribed plaque comprising the Association badge (NEC 59-29).
The 408/437 Wing Award was established in 1968 by 408/437 (Toronto-York) Wing for presentation annually to the Wing submitting the best Wing Annual Report. The hope is that competition for the award will encourage Wings to provide important information on their activities to National Headquarters and Groups.
The Wing Bulletin Awards were introduced in 1959. Two awards are involved.
Beginning in 1964, the Association introduced special lapel badges beginning with five years and thereafter at five-year intervals, to recognize continuous service of long time members and to provide incentive for others to reach these goals (NH 0277).
This award was introduced in 1972 by Joe Shkwarek, proprietor of Dracks Military Plaques, Inc. and a member of 410 (William Barker VC) Wing.
The Christina Handler Memorial Award was approved at the 2003 National Executive Council mid-term meeting in memory of the former Association Comptroller who tirelessly and unselfishly contributed so much to the Association. This plaque recognizes annually the contribution made by an Association member in a non-elected position. The award is presented to an individual who has, like Christina, worked tirelessly and unselfishly for the benefit of the Association.