About The C.A.V
Since the Canadian Army Veteran (CAV) Motorcycle Units were started in 2003, they have assisted, and continue to assist, numerous charities in achieving their monetary goals. Charity Event Riding and Community Support Events are an integral part of many of our members CAV/VAC Adventure-No one 'Has' to participate in these as members but there are always those willing to assist International, National and local charities. There are certain charities such as ICROSS and the Tony Stacey Centre for Veterans Care that the CAV/VAC supports directly with all the monies raised going directly to these charities. The CAV/VAC also assists other events such as the Red Ride and Ride for Dad by providing volunteers and participating in the rides. The CAV/VAC will continue to support charities and fund raisers and all members are to be congratulated for the continued support that they offer.
HistoryIn 1941 a recruiting image was used to identify a type of Canadian citizen that was needed to serve in Canada's Military. It depicted a mounted soldier, on a motorcycle, with the image of his ancestors surrounding him in the form of a ghostly mounted warrior Cavalryman. This image was entitled in French and English as: "Notre Armee A Besoin De Bons Canadiens/Our Army Is Looking For Good Canadians".
Many Canadian Veterans have formed into tightly knit Units to continue the Traditions and Bonds formed in War and Peace. These Unit's origin's were a common respect for it's member's histories and needs. The C.A.V was formed by Canadian Army Veteran's who's common history was as motorcyclists, on and off duty, serving our Country in every Theatre and Operation, and the need to continue that service as Motorcyclists
We are Canadian Army Veterans (C.A.V.) a national brotherhood of Canadian Army, Air Force and Navy Veterans who are motorcycle enthusiasts. We volunteered and earned Canadian Forces qualifications, we served in regiments, on bases and ships in Canada and overseas. Now we volunteer mounted on motorcycles across Canada, supporting each other and our communities in charity rides and events.
Members gather in Units named in tribute of Canadian Battle honours. The C.A.V. ride as Canadian Veteran Motorcyclists, gaining strength and fellowship. Our Mission is to provide our members with a Unit to continue service to each other and our Communities and Country. We are not a gang, or a club. We are a Brotherhood of Canadian Army Veterans, mounted on Motorcycles of all different types. There are other Military Veterans Organizations and we support them, but we stand alone united under our connection to all Military Motorcyclists, past and present.
We maintain the values of our uniformed service - those of integrity, legitimacy, honour and strength into our veteran's duties to our community.
Ours is an honourable veteran's organization. The physical hardship we endured, the mental discipline we needed to conquer obstacles has made us stronger, smarter and uniquely qualified to continue serving our communities and country. We hope to keep alive the bonds formed during our military service.
Our philosophy, guidelines and rules can be found in The C.A.V Constitution.
Waiver: The Canadian Army Veteran Motorcycle Unit (C.A.V.) will not be held responsible or liable in any way in cases of injuries or death, or damage to property during any riding event. All C.A.V. Riders and members ride and participate on planned or unplanned event rides at their own risk and under their own responsibility in regards to abiding by traffic regulations and governing laws. Individual Riders are themselves solely responsible for their own actions, legal responsibilities and consequences of their actions and/or inactions.
2013 Annual National Presidents Message- A Decade of Ongoing Service with the CAV/VAC.
As cofounder of the CAV/VAC ‘Canadian Army Veterans’-‘Vete’ran Arme’e’ Canadienne’ Motorcycle Units, it has been my Pleasure and Honour to serve as National President for 10 years now. Since the beginning I was responsible for our Constitution and Identity. On Purpose I shaped the CAV/VAC not solely as a Veterans organization, but’ Veteran based’-a riding family with it’s core made up of Veterans French and English, riding any brand of motorcycle. Further, We are Not a 'Motorcycle Club' we are a Riding Club, rather than 'Chapters' I chose to recognize ‘Units’ commemorating Canadian Military Battle Honour’s- Keeping alive the Sacrifices of our Ancestors, our present day generation and pledging as well to Honour All Future Service to our Nation!
As a Founder , my greatest pride is not only in ensuring we do everything possible to commemorate the Sacrifices of the past , present and future of our Military, but crucially- that our CAV/VAC Organization join’s Veteran with Veteran Supporter.
-The ‘’Veteran’’, those citizens who are Military, Canadian Ranger or RCMP Qualified having dedicated themselves to the service of our Nation , now assisted to great success with continuing service at home,
-with our ‘’Veteran Supporters’’ , they with a lifetime of lessons learned in the community’s we now serve on motorcycles-they now united with our Veteran’s, those who’ve always had our ‘Back’- now Proudly riding by our sides-including our entire family, children included!
Incredible resources- both Veteran and Veteran Supporter, united in achieving our Mission, ‘’Ride and Have Fun While Helping Others’’-with ‘Strength and Honour’ as our Motto , using motorcycles as vehicles of outreach assuring a memorable successful adventure.
At this time we proudly ride in over 90 cities across Canada-with great pride in having focused fund raising energy’s in hundreds of ways, Our CAV/VAC Family partnering with those on the same path collectively raising millions of dollars-toward well over 250 different Charitable energy’s throughout our first decade!
Reflecting our Veteran based organization’s outreach towards recognition of our military’s service and sacrifice we also have taken on nation wide thousands of hours of Veteran support including community activities as varied as Fund raising for Veteran Home’s such as Tony Stacey Center in Scarborough, Canada’s only facility that has as its business plan the priority of keeping Veteran and Spouse together till death-or Hospital Veteran Wing CAV/VAC Energies in supporting many hospices like Park wood Hospital in London Ontario, there in the name of Trooper Mark Wilson, a soldier who fell in Afghanistan,who’s memory is kept alive by our CAV Family-as well as his Mom and Dad, both also Proud CAV Member’s.
From individual Veteran Shut in's who have benefited from wheel chair ramps made by volunteer CAV Labour- right up to many Veteran patients having a safe healing garden environment, for those who suffer from Dementia as in St Johns Newfoundland’s ‘Dr Leonard Miller Centre’s Caribou Memorial Pavilion’ - CAV/VAC Members have made a difference in countless ways..
Recently it was my honour, at our Nations Ottawa War Museum to recognize with Honorary CAV Cresting a Member who has walked with his Service dog from Halifax to Ottawa making our fellow citizens aware of the healing energy a trained PTSD Dog gives it’s warrior buddy- as well as announcing there a CAV/VAC 5 year plan with the assistance of powerful allies’ to raise tens of thousands of dollars through National celebrity golf tournaments to purchase many service dog’s for our heroes. Can our CAV Family think ‘outside the box’? Absolutely
We have attended, in Direct support of the family’s and comrades of the Afghanistan mission every single repatriation of the fallen from that conflict, including ongoing heartfelt Silver Cross family support across Canada- Our CAV/VAC Pledge to Never Forget a family’s gift of life in respect of a far away nations freedom. It is our CAV/VAC Honour to count among us Family members of our Fallen, their sacrifice Honoured with unique Silver Cross Family cresting as well as countless support energy’s to respect our fallen and our Military’s wounded through ‘Soldier On’ , Wounded Warrior’ and similar programs, allowing us to give back to those who’ve given so much! This focus of proud heartfelt recognition we pledge for Every Military mission of the Past, Present and Future!
In the past 10 years I have witnessed well over 1000 positive Motorcycle events from coast to coast to coast, Proud CAV Comrades by my side showcasing the regions that host gatherings of our riders. My immense pride of Your Victory’s has been secured while crossing Canada 14 times myself. With well over a million km’s experience now, each new day-with every turn of my front tire bringing me to yet another powerful CAV/VAC experience!
It would take 10 years to describe the many varied historic moments in the past decade Ive seen that show the proof of our outreach success,
-from witnessing the first provincial designation of a National ‘Highway of Heroes’- beginning in British Columbia and soon succeeding nationwide -a CAV/VAC initiative to recognize Heroism by All citizens along the entire route of our Trans Canada Highway ,
-also including riding in front of thousands of motorcyclists from ‘Atlanticade’, the great motorcycle festival on Canada’s east coast carrying in my sidecar our own CAV Member Harry Watt’s, he a World War 2 Combat despatch rider- as we rode from PEI to New Brunswick and back on Confederation Bridge ,
-or proudly including riding at the head of thousands of motorcycles down the Ontario Highway of Heroes at the annual ‘’Heroes Highway Ride’’ Event, with our Own National CAV/VAC Silver Cross family coordinator Darlene Cushman in the sidecar, her son Darryl Casswell a CAV Member killed by IED in Panjwai Afghanistan. These a fraction of the countless memorys gathered at your sides!
As I announced at our Spring AGM in Moncton New Brunswich, this is my last season as your National President. At our Summer AGM in Red Deer Alberta I introduced incoming National President ‘Grizzly’ Earle Eastman , National Vice President ‘Maddawg’ Derrick McClinchey, who alongside ‘Buddha’ Ernie Hall will assume leadership of the CAV/VAC Family, allowing my energy’s to be focused fully onto the Chief Executive Officer role of our newly Incorporated Not for Profit CAV/VAC Organization
Our internationally known identity is that of a ‘CAV/VAC Crest’ bearing the image of a Despatch rider powering up and out of the ‘Devils Punchbowl’ during WW2. Military riders carried a simple message- Exactly the message our CAV/VAC Organization membership repeat every day- that comrades sharing a riders dangers and thrills, ‘powering up and out of Any challenge’ united with those who ride at our side -proving that together we can defeat any obstacle in our path as we support our Nations military, our Community and its citizens !
I Have been humbled literally thousands of times as Our Beloved CAV/VAC Family has followed its Mission to ‘Ride and Have Fun While Helping Others’, using ‘’Strength and Honour’’ as our Motto- The Strength to get through Every Day, and the Honour to do so the best way possible!
I with CoFounder Doc Lebrun, alongside our entire membership take great pleasure and pride as the Next decade of our CAV history roars straight ahead- Our Canadian Veteran based riding family taking on old and new challenges!
Veteran and Supporter together, our family’s at our sides as we continue our solemn pledge to Never Forget the Sacrifices of our Nations military.
Hard won freedoms that we ALL Enjoy every time we swing our leg over the saddle and support each other, our community and Nation. The CAV/VAC, In my and our Nations opinion one of our Country’s greatest ongoing service organization’s with a clear powerful past and a Fantastic Future!!
P.M. “ Trapper” Cane CD
CoFounder National President
2011 Annual National Presidents Message
Welcome to 2011 - We have been making history across Canada since 2003!
In years past we have evolved from 2 veterans surrounded by veteran supporters, meeting in a parking lot, and attending Kingston’s first Ride for Dad event, to a national 60 city POSITIVE ENERGY ORGANIZATION!
Our energy is seen in over 60 cities in Canada, as well as in the United States and Europe. We have carved out many successes as we ride our beloved motorcycles. Bikes of EVERY MAKE AND MODEL both VETERAN and VETERAN SUPPORTER gather to take up the torch of our nations military heritage - to ride for those who cannot, nor ever will again.
We ride in 3 formations, 1st CAV in central, 2nd CAV in eastern and 3rd CAV in western Canada.
Our membership can be identified by a single ‘CAV’ ‘’Canadian Army Veterans’’ crest or ‘VAC’ - ‘’Les Ve’terans de l’Armee Canadienne’’ crest. The word “Army” representing ALL Military trades and environments. Land, sea, and air shown by a large crest of green or blue representing service or support of our Military. The crest is to be worn on the back of a black leather vest, with NO cresting allowed above or below this “Vest back crest”
We wear a black vest in mourning of those who have fallen in securing our Peace. We wear nothing directly above or below our large “vest back crest” to show clear separation from other riding organizations that prefer to wear “Rockers”
We are a National Veteran based riding organization that seeks an unique “elite” membership
Our National mission statement is “RIDE and HAVE FUN while HELPING OTHERS”
Our CAV/VAC family represents every type of military service as well as every type of community service. We have become known for “enlisting” a unique membership. A membership that is willing to accept the CAV/VAC challenge.
Our Veteran members have served in every operation from World War 2 to today’s missions, our Veteran Supporters are those who’ve always “Had our backs” and now serve by reinforcing our return to society and its need’s.
As you Ride with the CAV/VAC Family, you’ll interact with Veteran’s who’ve served and put their country first and their own lives last- As well, you’ll be riding with Veteran Supporter’s who are a Critical part of our Organization and Nation’s success’s !
The CAV/VAC family is a mirror image of the Canadian Armed Forces. Our HONOUR is in keeping alive the sacrifice of our ancestors and today’s present military. We do so by naming each of our unit groupings after Canadian Battle Honour’s. Hard fought and won Honour’s earned by those who’ve gone before us. Our STRENGTH is in supporting fully any positive energy we see needed in our communities.
The CAV/VAC CHALLENGE is simply this -
A “strength and Honor” contract. Our riding family consists of members who have rised to the CAV/VAC challenge…they have accepted and signed the strength and honor contract. This contract is renewable each year and simply states - When taking time out from our busy lives to participate in CAV/VAC time, we will do so proudly with POSITIVE ENERGY for POSITIVE EVENTS that support and focus on our Nation and community’s needs, and when we leave CAV/VAC time behind us, we are energized due to POSITIVE ENERGY and NATURE of our events.
CAV/VAC time is therefore for us - A HAVEN TIME, a time when we offer positive service to our community, positive service to each other, and positive service to our Nation. All too often, in other endeavors of life we feel negative pressures…..After years of developing CAV/VAC ideals, we have evolved into a riding family that achieves
“strength and honour” during our CAV/VAC time. While following our mission statement: RIDE AND HAVE FUN, WHILE HELPING OTHERS
STRENGTH in getting through every day,
HONOUR in doing so the best way possible
Enlisted into our CAV/VAC family are many proud Canadians who represent the best our Country has to offer.
We ride proudly with an “Honorary Rider in Chief to Veterans” Rick Hillier, - the Big Cod - the past Chief of Defense Staff for our nations Military. This past season we watched proudly as “The Big Cod” wore our CAV/VAC cresting as he crossed Canada supporting our comrades at “Ride for Dad’s’’ 10th anniversary. Our association with Ride for Dad begins with our own organizations birth. They, a group of Police Officers both serving and retired carrying with them the message that prostate cancer can be cured with early diagnosis. Therefore going a long way to saving the lives of 11 men who die needlessly everyday.
Accompanying Rick on the adventure last season was our “Honorary Rider in Chief to Veteran Supporters” Wayne ‘Rafters’ Rostad. Wayne is a proud recipient of the Order of Canada. ‘Rafters’ whose fundraising has totaled millions of dollars nationwide for Sick Children’s Hospital’s, also entertained the crowds at our Franco VAC families “Bikes in the Bay” event as well as stood proudly by our sides at the Ottawa War Museum’s CAV/VAC Invasion on June 6th earlier in the season We then had the pleasure of listening to his musical styling’s in Calgary Alberta at the launch of Ride for Dad’s mountain phase.
Our “Old Guard,” a valuable resource of ‘life experienced’ CAV/VAC members is headed by our comrade from many NATO/UN missions overseas ‘Lew’ Mac Mackenzie, another proud recipient of the Order of Canada. The service “Mac” lead this past June 6th in our Ottawa Military Museum’s Gallery, housing the gravestone of our Nations Unknown Soldier will be a memory we will never forget !
Also giving of herself at every turn, is our National Silver Cross Family coordinator, Darlene Cushman. The loss of her son Darryl in Afghanistan’s combat has focused our national energy alongside hers in ensuring that NEVER will the sacrifice of our Country’s
Heroes be forgotten! We ride in memory of her son, a CAV member, and every single Hero of our Military who have fallen or been wounded or who serve in order to make peace possible for the people of the world.
In recognition of our Soldier’s, Aircrew, and Naval personnel who have paid the ultimate price, our CAV/VAC membership has attended proudly, every Repatriation of our casualty’s from Afghanistan. At the ramp ceremonie’s in Kandahar, Camp Mirage, Trenton’s Repatriation area or at the Toronto Coroner’s Office CAV/VAC membership was there! We have stood silently by as final interment ceremonies have taken place, and in many cases we then proudly ride for those who never will again assuring that their energy carry’s on forever! Many of our Still serving Veteran’s of the CAV/VAC have served in Afghanistan’s combat-ALL Our membership is united in support of the Mission, and those who will still serve in harm’s way.
At every heartfelt moment, our membership is in full support of the Silver Cross Families and comrades of our heroes. Last season alone we attended dozens of district Silver Cross Family support events. Raising recognition of sacrifice and good ol’cash in the name of charity’s or energy’s in tribute to those who paid the greatest price for all peoples freedom.
We also rode for many Veteran homes across Canada. In particular the Tony Stacey Center in Toronto. A fantastic facility! The only such home in our Nation whose mission is keeping Veterans and their spouses together, literally until death us do part. This ability to provide long term care to both partners is a crucial legacy that allows the golden years of our Veterans to actually be golden. We also proudly rode for Perley Rideau Veterans Home in Ottawa as well as many other premier facilities nationwide.
Bringing the roar of our motorcycles to the homes of our heroes from Newfoundland to Victoria, British Columbia. Invigorating memories of days passed and showing the clients and patients our pledge to NEVER FORGET THEIR SERVICE AND SACRIFICE!
Nationally we directly support several positive energies. While individual Units have donated tens of thousands of dollars to hospitals nationwide, our charitable energies are also seen (nationally focused) in Landsthul Germany at Fisher House. A facility that provides heartfelt support for the families of our wounded. This direct support comes at a time when a casualty’s mom and dad leave momentarily their loved one in hospital-struck by our enemies weapons. That wounded Comrade is now struck by the fact that CAV/VAC funds focused by Fisher House staff are enabling their family members to rest and be worry free between visits. At CAV/VAC Headquarters we received daily messages of recognition of our collective compassion. BUT, by far, the most emotional praise we receive is from the families of our wounded supported by CAV/VAC funds in Germany as they stay at the bedside of a loved one.
As touched on earlier, showing our hard working “Honorary’s” last years energies…..
Nationally we support “Ride for Dad,” a prostate cancer outreach energy that we’ve assisted in raising millions of dollars. Our proud association with “Ride for Dad” is one of many ways our membership can participate in saving lives. The research money raised stays in the donor community and has provided many medical breakthroughs in combating this terrible disease.
For many years we have also supported ICROSS, a fellow Veteran based organization The International Community for the Relief of Starvation and Suffering of the worlds poor. CAV/VAC money has saved many lives over the years. Last season at our annual national Rendezvous in Kenora Ontario, (the rough geographical middle gathering point for CAV/VAC units) our guest speaker was Billy Willbond MSM CD, the founder of ICROSS Canada. Billy detailed the X ray machine, blood analysis machine and medicine, we the CAV/VAC have provided to the worlds poorest of the poor, in Kigali and Malawi Africa …as well as the many food kitchens and eyesight clinic we supported directly in Madagascar last season! Billy also presented to our CAV/VAC family the ICROSS Humanitarian of the Year award for 2010. The second such acknowledgment for our great organization. CAV/VAC also won this prestigious award in 2007.
The 5th annual “RAT RIVER PORTAGE Rendezvous” is taking place this coming August, again showcasing ICROSS and Billy Willbond’s return to our sides in beautiful Kenora!
Another proud national support initiative was launched during our annual spring co-ord meeting in Gatineau Quebec by Comrade Jody Mitic. CAV/VAC will be riding and fundraising towards the “Soldier On Program. This fellow Veteran based energy is near and dear to our and Jody’s heart. Jody, a double amputee from service as a sniper in Afghanistan introduced us to Soldier On’s success as a provider of sporting equipment for our comrades ravaged by combat wounds or disease. The sporting equipment is adapted for individual use, a sports victory in itself allowing strength, agility, and endurance to shine through handicap’s. Scuba diving, down hill skiing, sledge hockey,
Wheelchair basket ball and racing are now all available to our heroes by Soldier On and proud CAV/VAC support!
Our Units in towns and cities nationwide have set incredible records in fundraising for literally hundreds of needs found in our communities! It would take page after page to list the dozens of rides held every day of every weekend across the country that harness our positive CAV/VAC energies. Everything from National level supports, to entire provincial level rides, right down to small unit gatherings coast to coast to coast - weather it be Muscular Dystrophy, Multiple Sclorosis, Retinitus Pigmetosis or Cancer of many terrible types our ride energy is always on duty.
As National President it is my honour to expand this outreach. It is in memory of a proud CAV/VAC member and dear wife June. “Sloop and June” of our Newfoundland CAV family carried out a campaign of strength and honour accepting the inevitable terror and pain associated with June’s fight with cancer. The “No Retreat No Surrender” National support initiative is a way that we can all keep June’s memory alive, alongside that of the many families affected by the costs incurred while fighting every kind of cancer. Sloop and June learned first hand the financial damage that is incurred in a full on fight. In order to do his best, to spare and support his fellow citizens the financial burden that can follow, Sloop and our CAV/VAC family ask each unit to plan a ride of any level to raise and donate money in June’s memory. This fund will support families nationally who suffer while the No Retreat No Surrender fight occurs.
It is my further pleasure to announce our national focus towards these national initiatives/energies beginning this 2011 season. All fully supported by CAV/VAC
First is an emotional pure historic energy created by fellow CAV member “Kickstand” Dave Sopha. “Portraits of Honour” CAV/VAC support mission. Kickstand as an artist watched the returns of our fallen heroes and realized that his hands, heart and skill could create a lasting tribute to our fallen, providing their families and comrades a cross Canada trip and meeting point to gather and look into the eye’s of our Heroes once again.
A chance to remember, a chance to mourn, and a chance to show our fellow Canadians the many real faces of those of our servicemen and women who have given everything! CAV/VAC riders coordinated by “Weeble” Bonn our Gulf and Kuwait Unit president, will soon be watching the Portraits of Honour painting approach communities near CAV/VAC units. This is a chance for our riders to then escort the Silver Cross Families and fellow Canadians to the base of this emotional POWERFUL energy.
I, like many CAV/VAC members can see once again the face’s of our lost comrades. This time, we stand in direct support of the Silver Cross family members and comrades of our fallen. Kickstand’s artistry brings the fallen back to life in front of us. Each face full of that life force that we must keep alive through our CAV/VAC mission. The prestige this opportunity presents will be a fraction of the final historic positive energy we will witness as this critical Portraits of Honour energy winds it’s way across our nation. This mission combines our CAV/VAC family directly in support of our Military families and allows our Country a time to gather together, a time to celebrate together and a time to heal together!
Our CAV/VAC family is proud to take the lead of escorting this energy across Canada!
Another heartfelt tribute to ALL Service people who’ve passed on is the “Wreaths Across Canada” program. Once again, Our CAV/VAC family will be in direct support of this fantastic energy! “Wreaths Across Canada” is a mission that will allow us to witness the “Teach, Remember, Honour” mission. To salute and pay tribute by laying a seasonal wreath at the final resting place of all Service people buried across Canada! “Wreaths Across Canada” shows our CAV/VAC units how to invigorate fellow Canadians into laying a wreath at each and every grave across Canada. With school children then adopting a fallen soldier and learning of that soldier, aircrew or sailors life and military connections followed by a report on that fallen hero. A festive wreath laid in front of thousands of Commonwealth and Department of Veterans Affairs graves across our proud nation with our youth standing by to tell a heroes life story. That is an energy I, and every CAV/VAC member will soon see in the coming season and years to follow!
Typical of our CAV/VAC organizations energy, we have seen in Campbell’s Bay, Quebec our Francophone brothers and sisters highlighting our tributes to military heroes who have passed on as well as bringing living “forgotten veterans” to stage front in their community for honours! The Bikes in the Bay event contains a recipe for national unity that must be witnessed to be fully believed! Riders from across Canada converge in La Belle Province to sample it’s great hospitality, the same way that riders converge in Botwood Newfoundland to partake if that great peoples unique energy!
Also something that has to be seen to be believed is the Positive energy of the Botwood Newfoundland Youth Sports Support Initiative, an event that combines powerful CAV/VAC energy with our comrades at he Royal Canadian legion. Together these two “forces” gather to raise ten’s of thousands of dollars to support the athletic youth of Newfoundland and Labrador as they compete nationally in Sherbrooke Quebec! As I said earlier, our CAV/VAC family holds a recipe for national unity that must be seen to be enjoyed fully.
Not only can the CAV/VAC family be proud of our riding success’s, but we also have recently taken the necessary legal steps to secure Incorporation as a “Not for Profit” entity, with national insurance for every member AND a network of caring members who exercise their lifesaving and life enabling energies in a National “CAV RSP” - a support program for those injured in any fashion by their life - either military or outside. Our National Padre Don Chisolm, as well as our CAV/RSP team lead by “Lucky Larry” of 3rd CAV, hold the key’s to powerful support systems across our Country. Allowing our membership access to the tool’s they may need to carry forward life’s positive path.
My own CAV/VAC experience, as a founder and your National President for all of our years in existence, has been something that has changed not only my life, but has allowed me to witness your effect as CAV/VAC members across our great nation. I too have accepted the CAV/VAC challenge!
Everyday I do my best to be the absolute best CAV member I can be. In the last eight seasons I have devoted everyday of my life to the CAV/VAC family. This is my 5th season of Riding across Canada Purely for the CAV/VAC. Annually I have physically ridden to Newfoundland in the east then to Vancouver Island in the west and attended dozens and dozens of proud events along he way. I have attended 148 Repatriations of our fallen from Afghanistan. Missing only those that occur during my nationwide “Trappers Patrol” I have met and kept in contact with many Silver Cross families and Hundreds of CAV/VAC Comrades. My CAV/VAC experience has been one of awe and wonder as watch your POSITIVE CAV/VAC ENERGIES!! I have seen from sea to sea to sea you’re YOUR GREAT SUCCESS as CAV/VAC members! Canada, I’m proud to report, also see’s your great success.
Our CAV/VAC Strength and Honour Contract has been a historic step for our family. We have set a high standard. One that not everyone can attain. We have focused our membership for quality to ensure we gather true POSITIVE CAV/VAC ENERGIES.
The CAV/VAC is not a mail order patch organization but a Focused Veteran based Riding Club. We respect anyone who we meet on our Nations Highway’s and we ride with every expression of positive troop and citizen support.
But we are selective who shares our CAV/VAC Journey.
It is our CAV/VAC FAMILY DUTY to make our CAV/VAC
Lead energies POSITIVE, FOCUSED and SUCCESSFUL!!
Our highways have room for every expression of riding group but our CAV/VAC experience is UNIQUE and ELITE! We simply ride ensuring that CAV/VAC time is powerful positive time without any of the negativity life seems to contain. Our mission
once again, is to “ride and have fun while helping others” using “strength and honour” as our guide.
We want every moment of CAV/VAC time to be successful and when we ride away into the sunset we want to be invigorated and strengthened by our CAV/VAC experiences!!
If you want to Accept the CAV/VAC Challenge, simply meet our Members in Units across Canada. Our Leadership and Membership are All Volunteers that simply do the best they can -to be the Best CAV/VAC they can. Once you and they bond with our common energy’s-You too will be making Positive History in Your Community !
Our pledge, to make CAV/VAC time and energy, one that combines ALL ongoing service, bringing together Veteran and Veteran supporter on every brand of motorcycle.
Not only attending charity or support driven rides but also taking the lead in seeing these energies be a success.
Identified by our CAV/VAC cresting. United by a signed contract to not only “talk the talk” but to “walk the walk” as well.
I congratulate every single one of our membership who have accepted the CAV/VAC Challenge!!
YOU ARE MY HEROES!
And, I assure you from hearing it myself from hundreds of united voices across Canada
YOU ARE ALL CANADIAN HEROES!!!!!
I look forward to once again riding at your sides,
to witness first hand your great successes!
As I ride Canada’s length and width for the 5th year continuously, I look forward to hearing at every single stop our country’s voice stating “They are with the CAV/VAC - a positive force in Canada!!
PM “Trapper” Cane CD