ARA Past Chairman Ed Hendricks Honoured With Lifetime Achievement Award

Twenty-five years of dedicated service, and he is not done yet.


ARA past chairman Ed Hendricks accepts his lifetime achievement award.

On Saturday, September 17, 2016, ARA chairman Ed Hendricks attended his final AGM as chairman of the board. In June, Ed informed the ARA that he would step down at the end of this term after five years as chairman.

Ed has been an integral part of the ARA since 1996, participating in several roles in that time. The ARA staff and board of directors extend a heartfelt thank you to Ed for all of his years of dedicated service, especially these last five as chairman of the board.

In his final Chairman’s Report on Saturday, Ed applauded the accomplishments of the Association’s board of directors and the staff. “The ARA is in support of its membership,” he said. “Some of the things the Association does are highly visible, but many other things are handled quietly or more subtly… I can’t imagine what the industry in B.C. would look like today without the ARA serving as our industry voice. I am proud of this association, and I am grateful that I have had the opportunity to lead the board of directors these past five years.”

At the Saturday night Awards Banquet, the ARA staff presented Ed with a special parting gift: a framed print of the USS Hornet, the navy ship that Ed served on as a flight engineer.


ARA president Ken McCormack (l) and second vice-chair Randy Sorley (r) present Ed Hendricks with a custom print of the USS Hornet.

Ed was also presented with an ARA Lifetime Achievement Award to commemorate his decades of service to the ARA.

“I want to thank the volunteer Board Members, past and present, for their continued support and leadership this past year, and the exceptional staff for their tireless and much appreciated efforts.”

Ed will remain on the ARA board of directors, fulfilling his role as past chairman.