Rick Meijer joined the Air Cadet Movement in 1993 when his boys joined the 747 Squadron. The boys aged out but Rick carried on. Working with the sponsoring society executive for many years in positions of building, fund raising, vice chair and chair he eventually moved on as League Rep to 747 Squadron.
Rick was then asked to become the Northern Wing Chair in 2008 and took on the responsibilities of League Rep to 899, 396, and 768 as well. Rick has a deep passion for Northern BC and continuously strived for the betterment of the Northern Squadrons. With squadrons in Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Mackenzie, Prince George, Quesnel, Vanderhoof, and Terrace the travel was constant.
In 2002, Rick was awarded the Air Cadet League Certificate of Merit, 2007 received the Volunteer Long Service Medal, 2008 the BCPC Certificate of Honour, 2012 the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal and in 2017, a 20-year bar for the Volunteer Long Service Medal.
Rick is married and lives in Terrace, BC. His son Mark is married with two children and resides in Cranbrook, BC. Matthew with one son resides in Nanaimo, Michael with three children resides in Terrace and Christine resides in Vancouver. With such variety in locations, Chantal and Rick hope to travel throughout the Province on a more regular basis and of course, Rick will stop in and visit many of his friends in the Air Cadet Movement along the way.
Rick took a couple of years off from the Cadet Program and worked in Security for the LNG proposals in the Kitimat area. He has retired from that field and then returned to the Cadet movement as League Rep for 747, 899, 258, and 353 Squadrons, and BC Wing Chair for the North.
On behalf of all of the BC Provincial Committee Board of Directors and League members, we wish you all the best in your future endeavours! We know that any organization you are a part of will only benefit from your knowledge as a dedicated Volunteer.
A fond farewell to a dedicated and valued Volunteer to the Air Cadet Program in British Columbia.