History

In the fall of 1998 a group of former members of the Ship's Company of HMCS QUADRA got together and discussed the need for an Association to keep past and present members of the QUADRA family in touch with each other, and with the ship itself. To that end, the Alumni Association was formed.

Committees were struck and we got down to work. The spring of 1999 saw the Association take shape. Bylaws were written, incorporation was applied for, and we started to plan for the coming year at QUADRA. Our first Annual General Meeting was held in the Naden Wardroom at CFB Esquimalt in the summer of 1999. A Board of Directors was elected, priorities for the new Association were set, and a number of new members were welcomed aboard. That summer also saw the first Alumni Day at HMCS QUADRA.

The fall of 1999 saw the first edition of our newsletter "The Q News" published and mailed to members. The spring of 2000 saw our Letters Patent being issued - we were now officially a legal entity!

The Alumni Day quickly became an Alumni Weekend, with activities including a VERY enjoyable "Meet and Greet", the presentation of our first Cadet Bursary, and a very successful Alumni Day Ceremonial Divisions where members of the Alumni actually took part in the march past! The Association has since been very active in organizing our own fund raising events, contributing more bursaries and presenting annual gifts to the ship. Members continue to reacquaint electronically as well as interact in person during summer reunion weekends.

In 2012, the federal government enacted the new Not for Profit Act.  This required a review of our bylaws, policies and functions with new Bylaws and Policies being adopted by the membership to ensure we met the new requirements.  In January 2014, The Alumni Association of HMCS Quadra was issued with its Certificate of Continuance under the new Act and is now a fully recognized Association under the new legislation.

The Association continues to explore new ways to enhance membership, increase support to the ship and to gather the membership annually at themed reunions and events.

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