BY LYLE CARTER – Two members of the 102 Colchester Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association have reason to be excited.
Ron Morrison, left, and Wayne Hines, members of the local 102 Colchester Wing of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association, will be honoured Oct. 19 during a national awards banquet in Saskatchewan.
For valuable service rendered, Ron Morrison and Wayne Hines will receive Life Membership Awards (the second most prestigious awards presented by the association) during a national awards banquet in Saskatoon, Sask., on Saturday.
"To me, it is a great honour," Morrison, 68, of Truro, said. "To receive this award means a lot to me. Only four individuals receive this award each year."
Hines, 62, of North River, said he was pleasantly surprised by the announcement.
"Very, very surprised in light of the small number to receive this honour," he said. "It's really quite a thing for two of the awards to go to our local wing during the same year."
The life awards are decided through a competition and to be considered Morrison and Hines first had to be recommended by their Colchester wing and supported by the other Atlantic Canada wings.
The final decision was made by the national executive council.
Morrison and Hines joined the 102 Wing in 1974 as associate members and both became regular members in 1982.
Morrison served as president from 1991 to 1993. He also held the position as Nova Scotia vice-president during the 1990s. Besides receiving a number of local awards, the national executive council presented Morrison with the Award of Merit in 1993 and the Award of Distinction in 2002.
For outstanding service to the 77 Arrowhead Squadron (Air Cadets), Morrison received the Meritorious Service Award in 2012.
Hines served three terms as president of the 102 Wing and has received several wing awards including member of the year.
The national executive also granted him the Award Of Merit in 1993 and the Award of Distinction in 2002.
"I was a firefighter in Halifax when I first joined the local wing," Hines, also a former mechanic and truck driver, recalled. "I was living in Shubenacadie at the time and a friend invited me to go to the wing. A short time later I decided to join the Air Force Association."
Morrison, who was likewise invited to the wing by a friend, discussed the wing's mandate.
"Our biggest endeavor is the 77 Arrowhead Air Cadets," the former manager with Superior Propane said. "It's very satisfying seeing some of these cadets going on to join the Royal Canadian Air Force. Many other cadets have gone on to have wonderful careers in civilian life."
The future for local air cadets looks much brighter because of the effort by the 102 Colchester Wing.
"It's always been a goal of both Ron and I to have a building and permanent home for the air cadets," Hines said. "Today, we have that squadron building on Glenwood Drive in Truro."
Strong in the local community, the wing supports the hospice society and presents bursaries to high school graduates.
"We've also been involved over the years with Christmas Index," Hines said. "We've supported a number of other good causes including the kidney foundation."
Another venture involves the Royal Canadian Legion.
"We support the Royal Canadian Legion in their poppy campaign," Morrison said. "What keeps Wayne and I interested is looking to the future and wanting to continue doing things for the local community."
The Air Force Association was started following the Second World War by returning veterans in order to share their experiences, trials and tribulations. The association keeps closely in touch with the Royal Canadian Air Force.
The 102 Colchester Wing was formed June 25, 1949.
The wing currently has a membership of 372, 108 regular members and 264 associate members. It is housed in a modern one-story building on Cottage Street, Truro.