Copley, Donald

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Donald Copley was born in Toronto, Ontario 4 December 1928. He enlisted with the Canadian Army Special Force at #6 Personnel Depot, Toronto 18 August 1950. He received basic training at Currie Barracks, Calgary as a member of the Second Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and was assigned to 10 Platoon, D Company. At Wainwright, Alberta he received training as a stretcher bearer and then travelled to Fort Lewis, Washington for advance training. He arrived in Korea with the Second Battalion in December 1950 and underwent further training at Miryang. He later transferred to 9 Platoon, C Company until the Battalion was rotated home, at which time he was attached to A Company for a few days. Donald returned to Canada in November 1951 and was discharged in Toronto 17 February 1952. In the fall of 1952 Copley entered Acadia University and graduated in 1956 with a B.Sc. in Biology in 1956. During that time he also joined the Canadian Officer Training Corps and received training as an Officer Cadet at Acadia and Camp Borden. He then entered medical school at McGill University, graduating with a M.D., C.M. in 1960. While at McGill he joined the Canadian Forces Medical Officer Subsidization Plan and following a year of rotating internship at Montreal General Hospital joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as a Medical Officer with the rank of Flight/Lieutenant and married Edna Mae Bannerman in May 1961. While serving in the RCAF, Lieutenant Copley completed flight surgeon training at the RCAF School of Aviation Medicine in Toronto and was a medical officer at Station Foymount and then MO at the Institute of Aviation Medicine and #6 Personnel Depot. Copley resigned from the Air Force in April 1965 and took employment with the Public Service of Canada as a medical examiner and then medical advisor with the Canadian Pension Commission. He then obtained employment with the Civil Aviation Division of Health and Welfare Canada acting as Regional Aviation Medical Officer for the Prairies and then British Columbia. During this time, Doctor Copley completed the Diploma Course in Aviation Medicine at the Royal Air Force Institute of Aviation Medicine in Farmborough, England and qualified as a Private Pilot at Rockcliffe Flying Club in Ottawa. He also served as Medical Officer for #402 City of Winnipeg Squadron of the Canadian Forces Air Reserve, holding the rank of Captain. Doctor Copley retired from the Public Service of Canada in 1986 and obtained employment with the Worker's Compensation Board of British Columbia as a Medical Advisor until retiring again in January 1999. He now lives in West Vancouver, BC.


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