Cheryl Vincent honoured at playground dedication

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Floyd Perras, Executive director of Military Family Resource Centre Society (MFRCS) 4 Wing, presents Cheryl Vincent with a print at a ceremony on Oct. 16. Photo: Cliff Kenyon

Cliff Kenyon

Military members and former co-workers on Oct. 16 honoured a long-time friend and colleague.

They named a playground after former Military Family Resource Centre Society leader Cheryl Vincent, still known fondly by some as “Mrs. V.”
Vincent grinned as they cut the ribbon for the new playground at 4 Wing MFRCS, which had been several years in the making. The playground is used by children attending the day care centre at MFRCS.

Vincent was involved in MFRCS since its formation and was instrumental in the creation of the organization whose focus is military families and their well being.

“Military people move a lot,” former 4 Wing Commander Dave Wheeler said at the ceremony honouring Vincent. “We often move to bases we don’t know and we need support from people like MFRCS.”

Wheeler, now retired from the military and wing commander from 2009 to 2011, said he and Vincent “worked as a team” to improve the lives of Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) members through the efforts of MFRCS.

“Cheryl provided mentorship and ideas to the wing commander and we worked together as a team,” he said. “Cheryl put in place a plan to support families here (during deployments). You guys do so much to support military families. It’s a team event. She (Cheryl) made a difference.”

Floyd Perras, Executive Director of 4 Wing Cold Lake MFRCS, lauded Vincent, who worked at MFRCS more than 30 years, as a pioneer in helping establish the organization.

“It’s an incredible accomplishment to have that legacy. All I really do is manage what you built. You did the heavy lifting.”

Vincent, thanking those attending the ceremony, said she felt “a bit like a fraud.”

“It took many people to put this together. No one does anything by themselves. It takes a team.”

Vincent MFRCS
Photo: Cliff Kenyon
Vincent MFRCS
Photo: Cliff Kenyon