South Delta Leader, December 06, 2013

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Friday, December 6, 2013 A7

Robert Mangelsdorf Editor

❙ Face to Face

Former flyboy now pilots DHF fundraising effort


he courtroom is a long way from the cockpit of a CF-18 fighter jet, but Tsawwassen lawyer and Delta Hospital Foundation chair Keith McGee may be one of the few who have worked in both. McGee served in the Canadian Armed Forces for 10 years after graduating from Queen’s University with an economics degree. In that span, he put in 2,500 hours of jet fighter time, much of that behind the controls of the CF-18 Hornet as a flight instructor. “They were brand new when we got them,” he says of the fighter jets, which are currently slated for replacement. “They just came off the line and they still smelled like new cars.” Among the young pilots McGee trained was future astronaut and best-selling author Chris Hadfield, who McGee describes as the best pilot he ever saw. After a decade in the military, McGee opted to get his law de-

gree at the University of Alberta, and eventually settled down with his young family in Tsawwassen more than 20 years ago. When he’s not taking on ICBC as a personal injury trial lawyer in the courtroom and a partner at Jarvis McGee Rice LLP, McGee has donated much of his spare time to volunteering in the community. McGee coached softball, baseball, and basketball locally as his three kids were growing up, but with the kids now grown, McGee says he began looking for other opportunities to give back to the community. “The Delta Hospital Foundation was an obvious choice,” he says. “It’s easy to get behind, because it effects all of us.” McGee joined the board close to six years ago, and for the past year has served as the Delta Hospital Foundation’s chair. It’s McGee’s role to help connect the Delta community with the hospital foundation, and support the organization’s

❙ Delta Hospital Foundation chair Keith McGee speaks at the South Delta Leader’s men’s health fundraiser last week at Illuminate Restorante in Tsawwassen. Rob Newell photo many fundraising efforts. Last week, McGee took part in the South Delta Leader’s men’s health fundraiser, which has so far raised close to $10,000 for the Delta Hospital Foundation. That money will be used to help pay for state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose and treat men’s health issues. McGee plans to get a close look at that equipment later this month when he says he’ll be going in for his first colonoscopy.

“I’ve spent the last five and a half years raising money for these scopes, but I haven’t used one yet. So my wife told me to get my buns in there,” he says. While many men cringe at the thought of a colonoscopy, McGee said they need to put it in perspective. “When you think about what your poor spouse goes through - the squishing, pushing, poking, and prodding - what we go through is nothing,” he says. “I want to be healthy enough to

enjoy the prime of my life.” McGee just celebrated his 57th birthday, one year older than his grandfather, who passed away at 56. “It’s easy to be sedentary as a professional, but I plan on sticking around,” he says. “We constantly hear about stats in men’s health, but only you can determine whether or not you’ll be a statistic.” • To donate to the South Delta Leader’s men’ health campaign, visit

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