About Mark Vokey
• Hometown — Spaniard’s Bay; • Family — son of Keith and Alida (Lidy) Vokey; has two brothers, Keith and Frans; his wife, Christina (Furlong), is from Bay Bulls. They have two boys, Owen (7) and Jack (6); • Date of birth — July 25, 1977; • Education — graduate of Ascension Collegiate (1995), Bay Roberts; joined the Canadian Forces in 1995 as a reservist while attending Memorial University; signed on fulltime with the Forces in 1999. • Occupation — search and rescue technician with 413 Transport/Rescue Squadron, 14 Wing Greenwood, Royal Canadian Air Force; • Resides — Greenwood, Nova Scotia; • A man of stature — Mark stands five-feet, eight inches (1.77 metres) tall and weighs 160 pounds (72.6 kilograms); • Military service — as a member of the army’s Royal Canadian Regiment, based in Petawawa, Ont., Mark served two tours in Afghanistan (six months in 2003-04, and five months in ‘05), primarily as a frontline reconnaissance specialist. He also spent a year in Bosnia (2001). Five years ago, Mark transitioned from the army to the air force. After four years as a member of 103 Search and Rescue Squadron in Gander, Mark transferred to 413 Squadron this past summer. Mark reached the rank of sergeant in the army, and now serves as a master/corporal. • Some notables — was captain of the Ascension Astros male hockey team; first non-city resident to captain the Celtics junior hockey team in St. John’s league; was twice a member of a team that captured the provincial junior hockey championship (Veitch Memorial Trophy); named top graduate following completion of his search and rescue technician training; named soldier-of-the year at Garrison Petawawa (formerly CFB Petawawa) in 2002.
Master Cpl. Mark Vokey, originally from Spaniard’s Bay, is a search and rescue technician with the Royal Canadian Air Force.