About Us

History of the Silver Star Kit Shop

The “Silver Star Kit Shop” began as an element of the Intelligence Branch Association in the 1980s. With the move of the new Canadian Forces School of Military Intelligence to Kingston in 2000, the Kit Shop left its former home in the Thunderbird Club of the Canadian Forces School of Intelligence and Security. Following the move, the Association and the School worked together to resolve Kit Shop issues; however, administrative and financial problems arose and guidelines were set out in 2004 to structure the interaction and define responsibilities of both parties with respect to Kit Shop activities.

In 2005, continuing problems threatened the continuing existence and financial sustainability of the Kit Shop. In a drastic move, the leadership of the Association and the School decided that the best option for the long-term survivability and financial well-being of the Kit Shop was to sell it to a private owner. The Kit Shop was thus separated from the Association and the Branch, becoming an independent business – albeit one which still saw its primary function as the provision of kit and services to the Branch and the Association. The relationship between the three entities is set out in a formal written agreement which described the roles responsibilities of each. Thus, while a private business, the Kit Shop still strives to provide support to both the Branch and the Association. In the beginning of 2012, the Kit Shop was sold to a new owner, making the move to Ottawa – the “second home” of the Branch.

The Owner

Joining the CF 1981, Trevor Cave was employed as an infantryman in 2 RCR Gagetown until 1989. In 1990 he remustered to Intelligence Operator, remaining in that occupation until his retirement in 2009 at the rank of Master Warrant Officer. In the course of his career in Intelligence, he worked at all levels – from the tactical to the grand strategic – and enjoyed postings to Petawawa, Kingston, London (England) and Ottawa. Since his retirement, Trevor was been employed as an analyst at Canada Command Headquaters in Ottawa, is now employed at the Canadian Joint Operations Command.

Trevor has been an extremely active member of the Association since the 1990s. From 1995 until his posting to England he served as the Treasurer of the Association. In 2002, upon his return from England, he was asked by the Executive to again take up the duties of the Treasurer and he has served in that post since then – making him the longest serving member of the Association Executive. During his tenure, Trevor has initiated many financial reforms to allow the Association to gain long-term financial stability and sustainability. He has provided financial advice and support to almost every Birthday dinner since 2003, has been a primary editor for a number of revisions of the constitution, and is a member of the Organizing Committee for the 30th Anniversary Reunion acting as the financial member on the Committee.

Mission of the Kit Shop

The Kit Shop is established, maintained and operated to provide, at reasonable cost, Branch- and Association-related merchandise primarily, but not exclusively, for members of the Association and Branch. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • providing wares that promote pride in our Branch and Association;
  • providing specific kit items required for CF DEU and Mess Kit uniforms at a minimum cost;
  • act as an agent for the purchase and sale of Association or Branch materials bearing the imprint of the Association or Branch name or related insignia or devices;
  • providing assistance to the Association and the Branch in the development of wares for the use of the Association and the Branch as membership premiums;
  • developing those wares desired by Association or Branch members for private purchase; and
  • acquiring and providing to the Association or the Branch, on a cost-only basis, any items required to meet specific needs.