AFAC website test page-
to the mockup page for the Air Force Association of Canada (AFAC) website.
This page has been created as an example of a possible web design option
for the redesign of the AFAC website.
historical background -
Royal Canadian Air Force Association was formed in 1948 as a national
advocacy group to support the Royal Canadian Air Force, and to unite
Air Force veterans of the Second World War.
Chief of the Air Staff, Air Chief Marshal L.S. Breadner accepted the
task of organizing the new association. He successfully enlisted the
participation of various community groups and clubs of former airmen
and airwomen, and also invited unaffiliated air veterans to join as
Chief Marshal Breadner,RCAF
Order-in-Council legitimized the new association. With Treasury Board
funding and headquarters accommodation provided by the Department of
National Defence, the RCAF Association held its first annual meeting
in Ottawa, 16 September, 1948 at which ACM Breadner was named the first
Dominion President. Much organizational and administrative work followed,
and the first membership cards were issued in February, 1949.
and Bylaws were framed so that the Association could be incorporated
under the Companies Act. A Charter under the Act was granted by the
Secretary of State of Canada, on 14 May, 1951. Over the years the Association
grew and prospered, closely linked with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
However, in 1968, the RCAF ceased to exist with the unification and
integration of Canada's three armed services. This event resulted in
a gradual disconnect between the RCAF Association and Canada's air element,
redressed to some degree with the formation of Air Command in 1975.
Air Command then became the focal point for all regular and reserve
Air Force activity. In 1992 it challenged the RCAF Association to re-
position itself as both an advocacy group and a focal point for Air
Force veteran activity.
nearly 30 years after the demise of the RCAF, a name change for the
Association was proposed by Air Command to reflect that reality. A change
of name was an emotional issue, and the proposal was exhaustively debated
within the Association for more than a year before it came to a vote
at the annual convention in Winnipeg in October, 1993. The vote was
overwhelming, with 82.6% of delegates in attendance voting in favour
of a name change.
1 July, 1994 the Air Force Association of Canada became the new official
title of our Association. Over the following two years, the membership
of the Association has grown by 30%, to nearly 16,000 regular wing members
and members-at-large, and an estimated 5,000 associate members. There
are 74 Wings or chapters across Canada and in the western United states
(California and Colorado). Wings actively sponsor and support air cadets
and other community activities.
the Association is a strong advocate of a professional and well-equipped
Air Force for Canada, and is an active advocate of veterans rights through
membership in the National Council of Veteran Associations.