Keith Mann entered the working world very shortly after graduation. Very early in live he learned the value and joy in volunteering with Minor Hockey as an on ice official for 14 years, sports coaching and as a member of the Lions Club, Elks Lodge and Air Cadet program.
After eight successful years in the lumber business and the Co-op Retailing System in Manitoba, Keith and his family moved to Stettler, AB, and again he continued his volunteering with Minor Hockey, Elks Lodge and the Volunteer Fire Department. In 1988 Keith and his family moved to Calgary and with the encouragement of his family put his volunteering on hold. After his son and his wife became involved with 52 Air Cadet Squadron, his talents in fundraising and general scrounging became apparent and, in 1990, was “recruited” to join the committee at 52, and he hates phone books ever since.
It was then that Keith switched gears at work and went back to school at SAIT and got his 4th Class Power Engineering Certificate which he presently holds. Then, after many years as an employee, Keith opened his own home repair and renovation business. He later worked as a contract operator with Guardian Condominium until his medical retirement in 2018.
Keith’s Air Cadet League involvement has seen him as Fundraising Director, Sponsoring Committee Chairman, Squadron Advisor, Wing Director and Vice, then Chair, of the Alberta Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League. Keith was elected to the National Board of Governors in 2008 and was the Chair of the National Course Selections Committee then Vice-Chair of the National Effective Speaking Committee. In 2011 he was elected as a Vice-President and chaired the Effective Speaking Committee, National Selections Committee and was asked to chair the 75th Anniversary Committee. Keith was elected National President in 2014, and, along with his everyday duties, he had the honour of representing the Air Cadet League in Canada at the World Air Cadet International Exchange Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland and the USA Civil Air Patrol AGM in Las Vegas. After his terms on the National Executive he joined the National Advisory Council, chairing that committee for four years. After a medical forced absence he later returned to the Advisory Committee where he is a member as well as a member of the National Honours and Awards Committee. Keith is presently working on his 29th year with the Air Cadet program.
When not working with the Cadet program Keith has served as President of 783 Calgary Wing (RCAFA) Royal Canadian Air Force Association, past member of Friends of Juno Beach Academy and does volunteer work with the Aviation Alberta and the Air Force Museum Society. For his time Keith has received many awards as thank you along with the National Certificate of Merit from the ACLC, Certificate of Merit and Certificate of Distinction from the RCAFA, Air Cadet League service medal with bar (20+ years), the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and recently the Sovereign Medal for Volunteers from the Governor General of Canada.
Keith is married to his wife Barb. They have two sons, Curtis and wife Kim and Derek and wife Shena as well as four grandchildren that he spoils every time he can.
He is constantly in awe of belonging to the greatest youth organization in the world, Air Cadets. If he could have but one goal in life, that goal would be to educate the world in how great our youth of today can be and not just how they are too often portrayed. Regardless of his position, his first love is still at the local level with the Air Cadets.