Wing Comptroller appointment changes hands

WCompt Change of Appointment

Outgoing 4 Wing Comptroller Maj Heather Demchuk, left, 4 Wing Commander Col Paul Doyle, and incoming Wing Comptroller Maj Alain Gagnon sign the Change of Appointment certificates.
Photo: Cpl Justin Roy, 4 Wing Imaging

Jeff Gaye

Maj Alain Gagnon has succeeded Maj Heather Demchuk as 4 Wing Comptroller.

At the Change of Appointment ceremony last Thursday, Maj Demchuk recalled the Comptroller Branch’s achievements over the past two years. In addition to the branch’s high professional standards, she took particular pride in its teamwork and sense of community. These led to W Compt winning the Wing Commander’s Cup in 2016 in combination with the Wing Administration Branch.

“I have loved this job and the time I spent here in Cold Lake,” she said. “I want to say thank you to the many individuals, both professional and personal, that helped me throughout these two years.”

Maj Demchuk’s parting advice to the W Compt team was “Know your worth; stay loyal to your standards; and in life, surround yourself with people who make you happy.”

Maj Demchuk is posted to Winnipeg as 2 Canadian Air Division Comptroller.

4 Wing Commander Col Paul Doyle, the presiding officer at the ceremony, thanked Maj Demchuk for her “outstanding contributions” to the branch and to 4 Wing. “You have proven yourself to be a capable and reliable leader, one who has led with effectiveness, dedication and creativity,” he said.

Col Doyle welcomed Maj Gagnon and expressed confidence in his abilities.” As you know, there never appears to be enough funds to support all that we wish to accomplish,” he said. “I am confident that our fiduciary relationship will continue between Wing Headquarters and the Wing Comptroller Branch.”

“I look forward to working with you in the future and sharing in the challenges and successes of this Wing.”

In his address at the ceremony, Maj Gagnon said Maj Demchuk moved the branch and 4 Wing forward during her tenure.

“During my time as Wing Comptroller, I will use that strong base to continue your hard work and continue to provide 4 Wing and the RCAF excellent support,” he said. “It will be busy and challenging, but together we can get through this.”

Maj Gagnon and his family are arriving from Winnipeg, where he worked at 1 Canadian Air Division Headquarters.