Airborne Social Club (Edmonton)


Effective as at: 09-May-21

With COVID restrictions in place throughout the county, the annual memorial ceremony normally held in commemoration of the jumpers who perished as a result of the Petawawa accident on May 8th, 1968 was not held this year. However, keeping “Lest We Forget”, Dennis Stow was able to get permission to lay a wreath at the monument’s new location, up the hill behind the location where SSF HQ was located (Bldg E-1) overlooking the Ottawa River.



IMG_0050- 7Amid this doom and gloom, the up and down restriction requirements during this pandemic, it is nice to get some encouraging news for a change.


We have received word that the 3rd Bn PPCLI will again support and have some attendance at the ceremony. They will also be providing a Climb Team for the ascent up Normandy Peak. The climb will likely take place on June 5th, but a firm decision on that will be forthcoming soon.


I have also been in contact with the David Thompson Resort (DTR) Office Manager, and I was advised the DTR had a successful opening this past weekend. Notwithstanding some minor hic-ups one finds in the backcountry operations of establishments like the DTR at this time of year.  They have the water turned on with the restaurant and station facilities were fully operational within Provincial restriction guidelines.


This is good news for those booking under the AR21 package deal. That said, I remind everyone that our block booking package deal arrangement under this plan ends 5 May 2021. After that, as stated in the last Club Newsletter, the reservation scenario for DTR becomes open to the public.  In other words, if you have not booked by May 5th, you might lose out when trying later.  With the increase in public activity in this area now, that means even campsite places are a premium. DTR Booking number: 1-403-721-2103.  Do not wait you could lose out.


Although nothing is sure the way things are going restriction-wise, let’s stay positive and with any luck we will be able to hold a successful ceremony and event, just as good as last year.


Masking, sign in sheets and social distancing “will” be the  order of the day. It is up to us now to make it work.


Bill Dickson


77th Anniversary D-Day Ceremony

Siffleur Falls, AB


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The Airborne Social Club (Edmonton) has confirmed they will host a Paratroopers Reunion in Edmonton during the above period.

This reunion is open to all former members of the Canadian Airborne Regiment; current and former members - Regular and Reserve Force Parachute Units/Elements; former members of the Canadian Airborne Centre; former members Canadian Forces Parachute Maintenance Depot; 1 Canadian Parachute Association; current and former paratroopers members of Search and Rescue Squadrons/Elements; Allied Paratroopers; and all other paratroopers, whether or not they have served in an active parachute role or not.
In addition to the above members themselves, a grateful welcome is extended to all Honorary Club members, wives, spouses and partners of members no longer with us.
While no specific theme has been established, members of the Club are at the initial planning stages and will provide specific details on a periodic basis.
Although we are endeavouring to reach as many as possible via all means possible, it is requested that you pass on this information to those you are in contact with and who we may not have contacted.
Hope to see you here, Airborne!

Dave Paris

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Bill Dickson has 20th Anniversary Commemorative coins for sale

This coin was minted to commemorate the 20th Anniversary of the Dedication
of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Memorial Cairn (Airborne Monument) located at Siffleur Falls Alberta.

There is a limited number of coins for sale, so purchase is on first come basis. Costs for coin $20 a piece or $25 shipment by postal

These coins are 50mm in diameter, which is a bit larger than the usual 40mm size (photo attached).

Purchase of coins through Bill Dickson only.

Bill Dickson
(780) 459 0947

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Those wishing to renew dues can do so via mail to:

Airborne Social Club (Edmonton)
Northtown PO, Box 71034
9308 - 137 Ave
Edmonton, AB T5E 6J8

If not sure of your renewal, check the your current membership card, it has your expiry date.

  Commemoration of 50th Anniversary Cyprus 1974 War

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Planning has started to commemorate the Cyprus mission, by returning in 2024 for battlefield visits, presentations and personal accounts…with an optional Mediterranean cruise.  This trip will complement the 55th Airborne Reunion 2023 and D-Day 80th Anniversary 2024.


For older travellers, and at reasonable cost, the tour is aimed at all Airborne veterans – especially those serving or attached with the Regiment (rear party or deployed) in 1974 – plus families, friends and serving jumpers.  The goal is to share memories and capture stories to augment the official history.

The Committee is doing initial checks, but needs your ‘thumbs up’, any suggestions and help in planning!


Join ‘Cyprus2024’ Facebook Group, share your ideas and memories, spread the word, it’s...’Green light…GO!’

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Commémoration du 50e anniversaire de la guerre de Chypre 1974

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La planification a débuté pour commémorer la mission de Chypre, en y revenant en 2024 pour des visites du champ de bataille, des présentations et des mémoires personnelles…avec en option une croisière en Méditerranée.  Ce voyage complétera la 55e réunion du Régiment aéroporté 2023 et le 80e anniversaire du Jour-J 2024.


Pour les voyageurs plus âgés, et à un coût raisonnable, la visite s'adresse à tous les anciens combattants aéroportés - en particulier ceux qui servaient ou étaient attachés au Régiment (arrière-groupe ou déployés) en 1974 - ainsi que les familles, amis et parachutistes en service.  L'objectif est de partager des souvenirs et de capter des histoires pour enrichir l'histoire officielle.


Le comité procède à des vérifications initiales, mais a besoin de votre ‘pouce en l'air’, de vos suggestions et de votre aide pour planifier!


Rejoignez le groupe Facebook ‘Cyprus2024’, partagez vos idées et vos souvenirs, faites passer le mot, c'est…‘Feu vert…GO!’


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Canadian Army Parachutist Coin

Dave, may I suggest that the info be disseminated to the members of the Airborne Social Club (Edmonton)?  This is a piece of history. Please, note I will be away in France 7-29 October visiting WW1 and WW2 battlefield ...

Kind Regards, Claude

Major / major Claude Villeneuve, CD, A de C, CHE 

Coordinator - Formation Civilian Personnel Management, 3rd Canadian Division Support Group

Canadian Armed Forces / Tel: 780-973-4011 Ext 4828 / CSN: 528-4828 / Fax: 780-973-4006 

Coordinateur – Gestion du personnel civil de la formation, Groupe de soutien de la 3e Division du Canada

Forces armées canadiennes / Tél: 780-973-4011 poste 4828 / RCCC: 528-4828 / Fax : 780-973-4006

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Gentlemen, Madame,

Good morning all.  For your info the Canadian Army Advanced Warfare Center (CAAWC) has established a kit shop.  One of the products offered is the only “true” Canadian Army Paratrooper's Coin.  It is offer to ALL Canadian qualified military parachutists from 1942 to now!|  It is centrally serialised, and will be issued only once upon proof of eligibility.  As you can appreciate it is NOT for collectors like, sadly, the coin from the defunct Canadian Airborne Regiment where replica can be bought on eBay (which blow my mind but anyway…)!  The cost for the coin is 25 CDN plus S&H and it can be bought online at .  From the website:

The Paratrooper's Coin

T-Shirts wear out, stickers peel off, and beer glasses break.

Though there have been excellent efforts from the various serving and post service Airborne/Parachute Operations institutions to produce and issue their own coins to perpetuate the tradition of the "Airborne Coin", not since disbandment in 1995 has there been a coin wholly representative of Paratroopers in the Canadian Armed Forces.

This is the first centrally issued, serialized, and recorded coin available to those who have completed the Canadian Armed Forces "Basic Parachutist's Course".

The coin displays the image of a Paratrooper in a CT-1 Parachute under canopy, superimposed on a maple leaf. Turning the coin, the image of our Parachutist Specialty Skill Badge, superimposed on the Pegasus and Bellerophon; the historical icon representing commonwealth airborne forces. The piece measures 38mm in diameter, 3mm in depth and is die struck of cartridge brass, with antique bronze patina and 24 Karat gold detailing. In discussion with the manufacturer, they have informed us this is the nicest coin they have ever produced.

Jumpers graduating in 1955 in Rivers, Manitoba; Members of the Canadian Airborne Regiment and the Canadian Army 2nd (Bde) Special Service Force; Para Company Groups; Sgt "Airborne" himself; and many others who have passed through the exacting standards of the Parachute Instructors cadre, are holders of this coin.

This coin, is unifying generations of Jumpers.

*To maintain the credibility and preserve the symbolism of the coin, only the Canadian Paratrooper may be able to be registered and receive it. Only one coin will be issued to an individual. Upon purchase and receipt of the contact information, additional communication with the purchaser may be requested to complete the sale.

There is also a coin for the Patrol Pathfinders…

The Patrol Pathfinder's Coin

and the Mountain Operations Instructor

The Mountain Operations Instructor's Coin

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