CWO (Retd) Ken Doucette, MMM, CD
Ken Doucette, formerly of Trenton, NS, enrolled in the Canadian Armed Forces/RCAF in April 1969. Upon completion of basic training at CFB Cornwallis, he attended the Fire and Rescue Academy at CFB Borden, and upon graduation he was posted to CFB Toronto (Downsview ON) and then to HMCS Saguenay, Halifax, NS.
After seven years as a Fire Fighter, he took an occupational transfer (remuster) to become a Physical Education and Recreation Instructor (PERI) taking his training at the Canadian Forces School of Physical Education and Recreation at CFB Borden, ON. Upon completion of training, he had postings at CFB Cornwallis, CFB Calgary, and to Senior Physical Education positions at CFB Summerside, CFB Cornwallis and to the Canadian Forces School of Physical and Recreation.
In 1991, he was promoted to the rank of Chief Warrant Officer and transferred to National Defence Headquarters in Ottawa as Career Manager for Physical Education & Training Instructors as well as for CF Musicians.
In 1994, he was appointed Wing/Base Chief Warrant Officer at 9 Wing/CFB Gander, NF, and in 1995, he was appointed Physical Education Branch Chief Warrant Officer, and transferred back in 1996 to Ottawa. He was a key member of the formation implementation team for the new Personnel Support Program Plan which lead to the creation of the now very successful Canadian Forces Moral & Welfare Services. In 1997, Chief Warrant Officer Doucette retired from the Canadian Forces and was hired as CF National Sports Manager. In 2000, Mr Doucette accepted a position in Halifax as Maritime Forces Atlantic PSP Senior Sponsorship Manager and later was promoted to the position of Director of Marlant PSP Corporate Services. He also acted as National Sponsorship Manager and assisted with the organization and setup of Corporate Sponsorship Cells and Family Appreciation Days at CFSU(O) Ottawa and CFB Kingston. He retired in April, 2019 as Senior Sponsorship Specialist at CFB Kingston.
He was appointed as a member of the Canadian Forces Order of Military Merit (MMM) in 1987, for his excellence and professional achievements. He was awarded the Canadian Forces Medallion for distinguished service in 2011 and also honoured with the Royal Canadian Navy Commendation for exceptional service to the RCN. He was appointed and knighted to the CISM Order of Merit.
Ken had the distinction of holding three marathon records at one time ; CF Marathon Record Holder with a time of 2:24:14; Nova Scotia Marathon Record Holder, (breaking Johnny Miles Provincial Marathon Record) and Prince Edward Island Marathon Record Holder. He was a member of the CF International Military Sport (CISM) running team in Brazil in 1987, and represented the CF and the Province of Nova Scotia at the World Cup Elite Marathon in Montreal, and also at the Olympic Trials in Vancouver. In 1985 he was inducted into the the Pictou County Nova Scotia Sports Hall of Fame (Running/Track) and in 2007 he was inducted into the CF Sports Hall of Fame (Marathon Runner & Sports Builder).
Ken is married to his wife Denise for 48 years. They have one son Paul, who is a LCol with the RCAF Public Affairs Branch. Paul and his wife Alanna have blessed Ken & Denise with 2 beautiful grandchildren, Sophie and Charlie.
Ken Retired in April, 2019 after 50 years of dedicated service to this great nation and to the Canadian Armed Forces.
Ken has recently accepted a volunteer position as Honorary Patron/Sports Ambassador Youth Sports for the Canadian Forces Natasha’s Wood Foundation.