R. Duane Daly, OStJ, MSM, CD, BA
Mr. Duane Daly joined the Royal Canadian Air Force under the Regular Officer Training Plan (ROTP) in 1963. After graduating with a BA from St. Patrick’s College, Ottawa University, he completed air training as a Navigator at RCAF Station Winnipeg in 1967.
During his military career Mr. Daly served in a wide variety of appointments which included Commanding Officer of 415 Maritime Patrol Squadron, Greenwood, Nova Scotia; Base Commander of Canadian Forces Base Summerside, Prince Edward Island; and Area Commander of Canadian Forces Northern Area with headquarters in Yellowknife, the Northwest Territories. He also served as the Air Force’s Director of Air Requirements at National Defence Headquarters and chaired the NATO Information Exchange Group on Maritime Aviation and Anti-Submarine Operations at NATO Headquarters, Belgium.
Retiring from the Canadian Forces in 1995 with the rank of Brigadier-General, Mr. Daly took up his second career with The Royal Canadian Legion as its Dominion Secretary at its national office in Ottawa. In that capacity as Chief Operating Officer, he directed the day-to-day operations and programs of the Legion until his retirement in late 2009.
Mr. Daly is a graduate of the Canadian Forces Command and Staff College, the Canadian Forces Aerospace Systems Course and the Royal Air Force College of Air Warfare. He has served on the Provincial Councils of United Way and St. John Ambulance in Prince Edward Island and on the Northwest Territories Council for St. John. He is a member of The Venerable Order of St. John and currently holds the grade of Officer (OStJ). He was also recognized by the Governor General with the award of the Meritorious Service Medal (MSM) for his conception and leadership of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier project which was successfully implemented in 2000. He served for a number of years on the Advisory Committee of the Canadian War Museum and currently serves as a Director on the Encounters With Canada Support Foundation, the Canadian Battlefields Foundation and the Perley and Rideau Veterans Health Centre Corporation.
Duane Daly, who now serves as Vice President of The Young Citizens Foundation, was for many years the Dominion Secretary of The Royal Canadian Legion, the senior staff member. As Dominion Secretary, he followed up the original 1982 donation of $250,000 from The Royal Canadian Legion to the EWC Centre by coordinating Legion efforts in 2000 to subsidize student participation fees by $100 per student for five years through a major grant in excess of $1 Million. Mr. Daly represented The Royal Canadian Legion when it offered to purchase the EWC program in 2006. Duane was also a member of The Historica Foundation’s Advisory Board, and a Co-Founder of the Encounters With Canada Support Foundation now The Young Citizens Foundation.
Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal Recipient.
Duane and his wife Sharon live in Ottawa, Ontario.