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Longtime Airport Chaplain Retires

Longtime Airport Chaplain Layne Daggett has retired after 30 years of service to the YVR community.

Daggett opened the chapel in 1983 at what he affectionately called a “converted” ticket counter in what is now the Domestic Departures area. From humble beginnings, it grew to reach more than 10,000 visitors last year.

Throughout his career, Daggett has gone to incredible lengths to assist YVR customers.  From working with new Canadian immigrants, refugee claimants and airport employees to conducting weddings and funerals, supporting those travelling due to death or serious illness and leading fear-of-flying workshops, Layne has provided guidance, both spiritual and practical, often returning to the airport late at night to assist where no other options are available.

He also introduced the Airport Chaplaincy Thrift Store as a way to redistribute unclaimed lost and found items and raise funds to support the work of the Chaplaincy.

Although Daggett is leaving his post as Chaplain, he isn’t leaving the YVR community altogether. He has accepted a position to serve on the Board of Vancouver Airport Chaplaincy and he will continue to conduct fear-of-flying workshops. 

Under new leadership, the chaplaincy will continue to offer spiritual and practical support to anyone who needs it. The airport community is pleased to welcome Dennis Kirkley to the Chaplaincy. 

For more information, visit the Chaplaincy (International Arrivals) or see


1 Comment

  • Maritza wrote on Nov 30 2013 AT 10:25 AM

    Layne is an incredible man of God.  When we arrived in Canada in 1987 he helped us a lot.  Thank you so much for everything and your dedication to people coming to Canada for the first time.  We will be eternally thankful and will always remember your kindness.  Good luck Layne and God bless you! Maritza, Percy and family!
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