In January 2019, the Executive Committee of the 415 Squadron Association met in Greenwood, Nova Scotia. Ideally this Committee meets at least once a year, to review the status of the Association and verify that the goals and objectives of the Association are being met. Fortunately there is a large volunteer group of members, who help guide the future of the Association. Eight volunteers attended this annual meeting and four others sent report.
415 Squadron Association
After fourteen years of existence, I am extremely happy to report that the Association continues to exceed all expectations. The Alumni continues to grow and now has over 140 members. Over the past twelve months a number of stories and articles have been added to the website. In most cases these stories were the result of direct contact with 415 veterans and/or their families. Also impressive is the fact that in 2018 over 50,000 visits were made to the Association website. As previously reported, the Association continues to look for opportunities to showcase and supplement the history of the Swordfish Squadron. Further, I can report that a number of meaningful projects have recently been completed and as has been our habit, a number of new projects are now underway.
When opportunities are presented, the Association works closely with 415 Squadron. We have participated in Squadron Ground Training Days, attended certain Squadron social events and collaborated on a number of projects, including the relocation of the “Inspiration Stone” to the current Squadron spaces. As we move ahead, the Association will continue to highlight Squadron activities and keep the alumni informed on matters of mutual interest. It is our hope that these joint activities will maintain Swordfish spirit and promote a sense of pride in the Squadron’s ongoing accomplishments.
The most important communication tool available to the Association is our website. We are indeed fortunate to have Bert Campbell as our website manager. His dedication and genuine interest is vital to the successful execution of the Association’s mandate. Equally important has been the response from viewers of the website, many of whom have provided artifacts including photos and stories concerning 415 veterans. Many of those who have visited the site have asked for assistance in learning more about a relative who served on the Squadron. Many others have provided details concerning the service record of a loved one or shared stories that have served to enhance and provide greater fidelity to the Squadron’s historical record.
Of course we encourage all Swordfish to join our Association. Their participation and their stories are important to us. While membership is restricted to those who have served on 415 Squadron, we do appreciate hearing from family and friends of former Squadron members. We also invite visitors to this website to contact the Association should they have any questions or comments concerning the content of the site. It is our hope to conduct an Association General meeting sometime in 2020.
In closing, I want to thank you for taking the time to view the site and learn more about 415 Squadron. While you browse this website, please remember the many sacrifices made by the men and women who served our Nation as members of 415 Squadron.
Chris Henneberry 28 January 2019
415 Squadron Association