909 Peregrine Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets proudly calls West Kelowna, BC home.
One of the newest Air Cadet Squadrons in British Columbia, 909 Peregrine Squadron was officially formed on 16 December 2003. The squadron name was chosen by the cadets for two reasons; firstly, the Peregrine Falcon was threatened with extinction in the 1970’s. A number of organizations were formed to save the Peregrine Falcon and recently, it was re-introduced to the Okanagan Valley. Secondly, in response to the devastating Okanagan Mountain wildfire of 2003 that threatened a large part of nearby Kelowna and forced the evacuation of tens of thousands of people the Canadian Forces deployed over 1,400 personnel to the Okanagan Valley to assist in fighting the fires. The Canadian Forces operation was called “Operation PEREGRINE”.
The Air Cadet program is partially funded by the Department of National Defence and the Air Cadet League of Canada however funding to cover the costs of renting local training facilities as well as most activities and local training programs is provided in part through generous donations from local service clubs, businesses and individuals and though the critically important fundraising efforts of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee which is comprised primarily of parents and guardians of the cadets.