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Sea Cadet Scholarship Foundation Board Member

RAdm (Ret’d) H. Tim Porter, Chair Emeritus

Tim was born in Kingston, Ontario in 1938 and raised in the Village of Sydenham, on Sydenham Lake. The Porter family moved to Cornwall in 1949 and he completed his secondary education at St. Lawrence High School.

When the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps “Stormont” was formed he joined at the earliest possible moment and went on to become the first coxswain of the Corps. Summer training included courses at HMC Ships Point Edward Stadacona and Cornwallis. After completing the 1955 spring cruise in HMCS Magnificent, Tim returned home with his sights set on a career in the Royal Canadian Navy.

He joined the Navy in 1956 as a naval cadet under the Venture Plan and graduated in 1958, as a Midshipman, RCN. Highlights of his naval career included service in HMCS Bonaventure, Commanding Officer of the destroyers Restigouche and Saskatchewan and during his last sea appointment, Commander, Fourth Canadian Escort Squadron and The Training Group Pacific.

Ashore, he held numerous staff appointments in Halifax, Esquimalt, Ottawa and Washington D.C., U.S.A. He attended the Canadian Forces College in Toronto and took French language training for one year in Ottawa.

After thirty-eight years in the Canadian Forces and the Royal Canadian Navy he retired in February, 1994 at the rank of Rear –Admiral, as a Commander in the Order of Military Merit.

He sought employment in Ottawa and became the Executive Director of the Ottawa Carleton Association for Persons with Developmental Disabilities.  After four years, he retired in 1998.

As a volunteer, he opted to become a member of the Navy League of Canada, with a view to “paying back” for those skills he learned as a sea cadet. In succession, he served on the National Board of Directors of the Navy League of Canada as a fundraiser, the Communications and Maritime Affairs Director, the first Vice president and was acclaimed as the National President of the Navy League in 2004. The term of National President lasted two years and he went into the advisory position of Past National President from 2006-2008.

During his time as President of the NLOC,  an opportunity to replace a scholarship program which was being closed down by the Canadian Forces, with one which could be set up by the NLOC and then operated as a separate entity. The organization, now known as the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Scholarship Foundation has been granting scholarships to sea cadets since 2008. Tim was the first Chairperson and continues to serve as the Chair Emeritus.

He is also a member of the Naval Association of Canada, a Friend of the Canadian War Museum, member of South Carleton Legion Branch 341, Knox United Church and of course, The Navy League of Canada.

  • Cornwall, ON