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Lieutenant-Navy Kay van Akker -A Tribute to Women who Serve in the Military...

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Tanglebank Gardens Brambles Bistro

29985 Downes Road

Abbotsford, BC V4X 1Z8

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Women in theCanadian Armed ForcesBorn to an Army father and an Air Force mother, Lieutenant-Navy Kay van Akker joined Canada’s Naval Reserve in HMCS Malahat in 2001 as a Maritime Surface Officer while studying at the University of Victoria. Sixteen years later, Kay continues to serve with the Naval Reserve, having found it to be a flexible, dynamic and meaningful career.

Lt(N) van Akker returned to HMCS Malahat, her Naval Reserve Division (NRD), in 2004. Flexing back-and-forth between full time and part-time roles, Kay served as Training Officer, Combat Officer, Port Security Officer and Recruiting Officer. In 2007 came a career highlight, when Kay competed in the Military World Games in Mumbai, India, representing Canada in the sailing competition against teams from 24 other nations.

takedown by Kay van Akker

After a break to marry and grow her family, Lt(N) van Akker returned to part-time work with the Navy. She was able to remain a predominantly stay-at-home mother, while continuing to contribute to the training and development of other reserve members.

With the growing independence of her son and the support of her family, Kay returned to sea in 2017 and earned her Command qualification in the ORCA class of ships. She then joined the inaugural Naval Security Team as Operations Officer for the team’s first deployment, where she led a team of 80 Force Protection specialists in their support to HMCS WINNIPEG in Busan, South Korea.

Kay now serves as Second-in-Command of the Naval Security Team, and recently led a group on a global-outreach trip to Fiji, where she facilitated demonstrations of Force Protection to the Republic of Fiji Navy (RFN), and guided a workshop designed to help the RFN with their initiative to integrate women into their navy.

During her personal time, Kay can be found sailing, biking, running, travelling, gardening, and enjoying quality time with her husband Al and their son, James.

Attendees to the event will gain a better understanding of:

  • Women in the Canadian Armed Forces and the Royal Canadian Navy. Past and present: A tribute to Remembrance Week
  • After the Trail Blazers: The importance of this generation (and beyond) of women in non-traditional roles
  • Women Leaders in the Military:
    • The successes and challenges we encounter and how we’re addressing them
    • Female leadership styles and how they contribute to the mission
    • Logistics and operations - building, supporting and leading teams
  • The Role of Civilian Businesses and Leaders in the Canadian Armed Forces:
    • Employing Reservists - the Canadian Forces Liaison Counsel (CFLC) and how it supports civilian employers as well as part-time serving members of the military
    • Captains of Industry as liaisons to the military


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Tanglebank Gardens Brambles Bistro

29985 Downes Road

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