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The history of Bornewest goes back to 1989 when a group of  "dyed in the wool" X-paratroopers decided to form an Airborne Association here in western Canada; specifically in Chilliwack BC.   Brian Camponi, a former member of 1 Airborne Field Squadron suggested to Doug Harrison, another Airborne Engineer, that an association should be formed and membership would consist of all existing and retired jumpers. The idea had taken root and the very first Bornewest Committee wasted no time in issuing the "get ready" to all jumpers near and far. Doug Harrison was elected as the first president of the newly formed association. The very first Bornewest Prop Blast was held the weekend of October 14, 1989 at the Warrant Officers and Sergeants Mess, Canadian Forces Base Chilliwack.

The membership of Bornewest spans the entire Airborne family; 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, 1st Special Service Force, the Mobile Striking Force, the Defense of Canada Force, Canadian Joint Air Training Centre, 28 Central Ordnance Depot, the Canadian Airborne Regiment, Canadian Forces Parachute Maintenance Depot,  Canadian Airborne Center and the present day Jump Companies.

Since those humble beginnings of 1989 Bornewest has grown to an association of approximately 250 members. The present day Bornewest Executive is continually striving to fulfill our simply stated mission:

 "To Keep the Airborne Spirit Alive"

 

                                                                                          

BECOME A MEMBER

Bornewest is always looking for new members. If you were a qualified Paratrooper; having served with an operational unit or you are a qualified Parachutist you are eligible to join the association. In addition, if you were a member of  Glider crew during or after the war you are also invited to join the organization.

If you are interested in becoming a member of Bornewest please print the Application Form, fill it out and send it to the address given on the form. Membership in Bornewest is an annual fee of $10.00.           

 

BENEFITS OF JOINING

As a member you will be part of a great fraternity and be able to stay in contact with your old Airborne buddies. You will also be assisting the association in fulfilling it's mandate of  "keeping the Airborne Spirit alive". Luncheons are held on the first Wednesday of each month at the Royal Canadian Legion,  Vedder Branch 280, commencing at 11:30 AM. If you happen to be cruising through the Fraser Valley at that time, do drop in.