My career at Air Canada began in January 1980 when I was hired in the Purchasing & Supply branch (then commonly referred to as ‘Stores’) in Toronto as a Stock keeper.
The beginning of my career coincided with the introduction of a computerized inventory control system in ‘Stores’. My interest in the system and desire for knowledge led me to enrol in computer courses at a local community college in the early 1990’s.
An opportunity to transfer to Vancouver came in 1995 and I quickly accepted. Shortly after arriving in YVR, I was asked if I may be interested in the position of treasurer for the local chapter of the Air Canada Recreation Association (ACRA). Of course, I accepted and remained in that position until retirement.
The merger in 2001 brought new challenges and opportunities when we moved to the Canadian Airlines Ops Centre. I eagerly accepted an acting assignment as a ‘Material Logistics Coordinator’ working with the heavy maintenance team of aircraft engineers.
I became an Employee Assistance Program representative in 2007 and found it to be an extremely rewarding experience. I also continued my interest in computer systems and began to tinker with website development. I assisted with the original Pionairs website.
I retired in January 2016 and, I am happy so say, my enthusiasm for new challenges and experiences has not diminished. I am the ‘techie’ in The NetLetter team which has been a rewarding labour of love for several years now.
I am grateful for the opportunity to be associated with the members of the Pionairs Vancouver District and look forward to getting together with old friends and meeting many more new ones.
Hope to see you at a Coffee Club meeting or one of our special events soon.