Vern Toews

Vern was raised in Steinbach, in a conservative family, and as such had very little exposure to things military. After high school he worked in construction, in desktop publishing and spent 18 years as a REALTOR® before becoming the Learning and Development co-ordinator of a local real estate association in charge of all software application training for agents in Manitoba.

His cadet adventures began in 2002 when his oldest son joined 176 Boeing of Canada RCACS. He went to the first parents meeting and was "volunteered" to help with the committee and he instantly became the president of the parents committee. One year later, he was elected as the squadron sponsoring-committee chairperson, and attended his first league AGM, where he was "volunteered" to become the provincial chair of chairs. In 2014, after 12 successful years at 176, Vern was elected to the board of directors of the Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba).

In October of 2017 he was elected as Chair of Manitoba Provincial Committee. Vern has four amazing children - two boys and two girls. His oldest son, having graduated from the cadet program with his wings, took a career in the aviation industry and is today living with his wife in Thompson and working as FSS at the Thompson airport. His daughters, are both living and working in Winnipeg. Vern's youngest son recently aged out of cadets and decided to pursue a career in the Canadian Armed Forces and is currently posted with PPCLI in Shilo.

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Douglas McLennan

Doug McLennan was born in Brandon, Manitoba. He was a member of 82 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets before attending Royal Military College, graduating in 1974 with a Chemical Engineering degree. He attained his Canadian Forces pilot wings in 1975, and continued in the military, holding positions of increasing responsibility, including as Commandant of the Canadian Forces Flying Instructors School at (then) Canadian Forces Base Portage from 1986-1989.

He has held a number of senior command positions in the military, including Director of Air Force Training, Wing Commander 17 Wing Winnipeg, and as Command Director and Senior Director of Cheyenne Mountain NORAD Operations Centre in Colorado Springs, CO. He has also been involved as the Canadian representative on a number of NORAD and NATO boards and committees.

He retired from the Regular Force and Reserves in 2012, and is currently completing a contracted position at Canadian NORAD Region (CANR) Headquarters in Winnipeg, where he has been the CANR Subject Matter Expert for Operations since 2008. He was Chairman of the Manitoba Provincial Committee from 2014 to October, 2017. He is a member of the National Air Cadet League Aviation Committee. He also works with the Corp of Commissionaires, and is on the Board of Directors for Southport Aerospace having been elected to both of these boards in 2014.

Doug is married to Vicki, and they have two grown sons and three grandchildren. Doug is interested in travel, local theatre and music, spoiling the grandchildren, and all sports, especially golf and curling.

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Jan Reidulff

Jan Reidulff was born on November 21, 1951, in Oslo, Norway. He came to Canada with his family in 1957 when he was six years old and lived in Sioux Lookout, ON until 1961 when they moved to Winnipeg. He joined 170 St. James Kiwanis Squadron as a cadet in September, 1965. He attained the rank of Flight Sergeant before leaving the squadron in June, 1968.

He became a member of the staff of 677 Squadron in Russell, MB from September of 1975 to January, 1980 initially as Civilian Instructor, then as Training Officer and Commanding Officer (January 1977 - January, 1980). He joined the staff of 170 St. James Kiwanis Squadron from January, 1980 to June, 1983 as Training Officer and Administration Officer. He was promoted to Captain in July, 1980. He was on assignment in Ottawa from July, 1983 until August, 1985 and returned to 170 St. James Kiwanis Squadron as Administration Officer in September, 1985. He resigned with the rank of Captain in February, 1987. His son Richard is also a Graduate Air Cadet from 170 St. James Kiwanis Squadron: September, 1990 to January, 1997.

Jan was elected as a Director of Manitoba Provincial Committee in February, 1991. He was appointed to the position of Honourary Secretary of the Manitoba Provincial Committee in February, 1992; 2nd Vice-Chairman of Manitoba Provincial Committee from October, 1992 to October, 1994; and Chairman of the Manitoba Provincial Committee from October, 1994 to October, 1998. He was also a Director of the Air Cadet League of Canada from June, 1994 until 1999.

Following a period as Commanding Officer of 176 Boeing of Canada Squadron from January, 1999 to June, 2001, Jan was elected a member of the Board of Governors of the Air Cadet League of Canada in June, 2001 and Vice-President in 2006. Jan was elected President of the Air Cadet League of Canada on June 21, 2008 at the National Annual General Meeting in Quebec City serving until 2009. Jan rejoined the ACL (MB) in 2009 and is presently serving as Treasurer and Advisory Board Member. Jan received the National League's Certificate of Honour in 1997. He was named National Director of the Year in 2011, awarded the ACL (MB) Distinguished Service Award in 2012 and received the Presidents Citation in 2014.

Jan was employed with Manitoba Telecom Services, having held various positions in Operations, Engineering and Sales, from November, 1971 until his retirement in 2006.

Jan is an avid golfer and curler; serving as past President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Assiniboine Golf Club. He enjoys Wine and Beer making (and drinking) and he has been a member of the Telephone Pioneers of America since 1988. Jan and his wife Ina have three children, daughters Sandra and Kimberly and son Richard.

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Howard Mar

Howard Mar has been employed as an adult educator and administrator, business educator, music educator, musician, conductor, training development consultant, marketing director, life insurance sales and financial advisor.

He served twenty years at 177, 185, 573 and 604 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadrons as Commanding Officer (8 years), Training Officer (6 years) and Band Officer (6 years). He served twenty-five years at summer camps in Penhold and Cold Lake in the positions of Officer Commanding Music Training, Officer Commanding Senior Leaders Course and Commanding Officer. He served a total of twenty years as Provincial and Regional Cadet Music Advisor. Howard was Chairman of the Manitoba Provincial Committee from 2011 to 2014 and elected as a Govenor of the Air Cadet League of Canada in 2016.

He has performed in concert with the HMCS Chippawa Band, The Regimental Band of The Royal Winnipeg Rifles, the PPCLI Band and the Air Command Band as well as numerous civilian bands and orchestras.

In addition to being a Govenor of the Air Cadet League of Canada (Manitoba) Inc., he is founder/Chair of the Manitoba Military Tattoo, founder/Chair of the Manitoba Seniors Music Festival, Chair of Manitoba Seniors Achievement Awards, and Chair of the Organ Donation Awareness Society.

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