The NetLetter came about in 1995 as the result of the desire of Vesta Stevenson (now deceased) to create a weekly newsletter for Air Canada retirees. Vesta, who resided in Victoria, B.C., knew what she wanted to do, and although a "techie" with computers, she didn't know how to create a mail list. Remember, this was in 1995 when the Internet itself was fairly new and there weren't nearly as many mail lists and websites as there are now, so we were on the cutting edge of technology. Soon after, through email, Vesta contacted Terry Baker who also lived on "the island" and they started an online collaboration that would last until her passing on July 25, 2010. That same year Alan Rust (deceased April 2019) offered his expertise and resources for the actual sending process through a mail list as well as technical support, the process Alan initiated continues to this day.
We believe that our NetLetter, which originates from Vancouver Island, British Columbia, was the FIRST to use this medium to disperse information for retirees of the Air Canada and, after the merger with Canadi<n etal, the Air Canada family.
It may be interesting to note that although the three the original team (Vesta, Terry, Alan) had worked closely together to publish the "NetLetter", it was all done by email and they never actually met for many years. Although they all lived in British Columbia, they weren't really physically close to each other and only met on a few occasions!
Today, The NetLetter is still assembled and published in the same manner as originated. Terry is on Vancouver Island, Wayne and Bob live in Surrey B.C and Ken lives in Switzerland.
The NetLetter has evolved greatly over the years to a new and improved Newsletter that continues to grow. Terry prepares most of the content weeks ahead of time, and sends the next issue to Wayne soon after an issue is released. Wayne then compiles most of the content from Terry in HTML format and builds the articles that end up in the NetLetter. The first draft is then sent to Terry, Ken Pickford and Bob Sheppard who proof read it and advise Wayne of any corrections required.
We presently have over 4,300 subscribers as of July 2020.
Our goal is always to honour and celebrate the remarkable people of the aviation industry; past and present.
NetLetter subscription is free and we are not affiliated with, nor sponsored by, any organization. Our policy is to remain positive and entertaining for our subscribers.
We are happy to accept subscriber input from individuals or organizations provided that it is within our criteria of being positive and respectful.
|This photo was taken at the Pionairs AGM in March 2007 (in Victoria, B.C.) and was the first time Terry, Vesta and Alan had ever been at the same place at the same time.|
Terry, Alan and Wayne in Richmond, B.C. Spring of 2015
Wayne, Ken and Terry at Richmond Centre, December 2019
(Bob Sheppard was not available)