A Day in the Life of a Cadet

Check this out. Great information for cadets going to Greenwood for the first time this year!

 

Have you ever considered taking part in a Cadet Summer Training opportunity? We sat down last summer with three cadets who were doing it for the first time at the Greenwood Cadet Training Centre located at Canadian Forces Base Greenwood, Nova Scotia. Hear them describe their summer training experience firsthand, and witness some of the exciting opportunities that are waiting for you at one of our 22 training centres located across the country!

 

Air cadets clean up highway

Russell Family
Russell Family

The 250 Vimy Air Cadet Squadron was out in force on Saturday, May 30 cleaning Highway 3. They adopted the stretch between the Canadian Tire and Dreamcatcher Lane more than four years ago and their hard work is making a difference. During the first ever clean up, they filled more than 90 garbage bags. This year they only filled 65 bags.

The goal of the air cadet program is to encourage youth to become active, responsible members of their communities and this is just one way they do that. There’s no doubt members of the community noticed their efforts. Many people waved, honked their car horns and even gave the cadets small treats to show their appreciation! The Hubley Community Centre Association also provided cold treats and hot dogs to thank the cadets for their work.

The 250 Vimy Air Cadet Squadron serves close to 90 youths from the communities of St. Margaret’s Bay, Tantallon and Hammonds Plains.

A day of celebration

cadet band at ACROn Saturday, May 23 family and friends gathered with the 250 Vimy Air Cadet Squadron to celebrate another successful year at the annual review ceremony.

The crowd was treated to wonderful performances by the band, the rifle drill team and the precision drill team. Following the demonstrations more than 30 awards and commendations for outstanding performance were presented to hard-working cadets by squadron staff and members of the community like MLA Ben Jessome, the St. Margaret’s Bay Lions Club and the Hubley Community Centre Association.

The squadron itself was recognized by Commander Wayne DiPersio, the 2014 Commanding Officer of the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Atlantic), for fostering and developing a leading air cadet squadron in Nova Scotia and offering the youth of Hubley, Upper Tantallon and St. Margaret’s Bay an opportunity to participate in the cadet program. The Commander believes the squadron has set the standard for cadet corps and squadrons across the province.

Award Recipients:

  • 52 cadets received recognition for missing 3 nights or fewer
  • Top Level One – LAC Simon Scott
  • Top Level Two – Cpl Cameron Fiander
  • Top Level Three    – FCpl Andy Clarke
  • Top Level Four – Sgt Zachary Norris
  • Top Overall Cadet – WO1 Jordan Davidson
  • Royal Canadian Legion Br 153 award for Most Improved    – FCpl Rachael Smith
  • 250 Spirit Award – FCpl Merren Russell
  • Top Instructor – WO1 Jordan Davidson
  • Royal Canadian Legion Br 156 award for Best Uniform – FCpl Greg Hannem
  • St Margaret’s Bay Lions Club award for Community Service – FCpl Janna Sunde
  • Top Drill Team Member – FCpl Janna Sunde
  • Dartmouth Kiwanis award for Top Musician – WO2 Nathaniel McIntyre
  • Dartmouth Kiwanis award for Most Improved Musician – Cpl Cameron Fiander
  • Top Marksman – FCpl Alexander Norris
  • Grondin Award for Most improved Marksman – FCpl Merren Russell
  • 250 Vimy Parents Committee Fundraising Award – Sgt Daniel Ahern
  • Sportsmanship Award – FCpl Gabriel Navarro-Fournier
  • Lord Strathcona Medal – Sgt Zachary Norris
  • Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence – WO2 Christian Samson

Service Awards:  

  • Junior Flying Club – Sgt Daniel Ahern and Sgt Corey Horsburgh
  • Aircrew Survival    – FCpls Rachael Smith and Nathan Mooney
  • Chess – WO2 Nathaniel McIntyre
  • Rifle Drill Team – Sgt Zachary Norris
  • Drill Team – WO2 Christian Samson

Cadets learn more about careers in military law

by Major J. Jason Samson

Photo by Lieutenant Jeff Waidson

The air cadet program is a national program for youth between the ages of 12 and 19 years. The goal of the program is to encourage youth to become active, responsible members of their communities. They learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship through a variety of activities as well as promote an interest in the activities of the Canadian Forces and physical fitness.

There are a number of careers available through the Canadian Armed Forces including a career in law enforcement. This year, the Canadian Bar Association Nova Scotia and National Military Law Section, along with the Office of the Judge Advocate General and the Naval Provost Marshal celebrated Law Day, hosted an event for the 250 Vimy Royal Canadian Air Cadets. The evening consisted of presentations by military police and military lawyers regarding their careers and military law generally.

The lawyers also conducted a mock summary trial where cadets had an opportunity to participate in the conduct of a military tribunal. The evening ended with a display and demonstration of military police equipment and a pizza party hosted by the Canadian Bar Association Nova Scotia Branch. The entire event was well received by all and sparked significant interest in law and its related professions.

The Canadian Bar Association introduced Law Day in 1983 to commemorate the signing of the Charter; thereby guaranteeing fundamental rights and freedoms for all Canadians. It was also intended to educate the public about the legal system. Law Day, which has transformed into Law Week, is now marked by projects and activities taking place across the country.

The 250 Vimy Air Cadet Squadron serves close to 90 youths from the communities of St. Margaret’s Bay, Tantallon and Hammonds Plains since 2009.

Discover Air Cadets

sent to Masthead News for March 2015 publication

February 17 was a night of milestones for the 250 Vimy Air Cadet Squadron. More than 20 cadets received a promotion and the first ever cadet to “age out” was recognized.

Flight Sergeant Alex Tanner  and Captain Diane Sunde
Flight Sergeant Alex Tanner and Captain Diane Sunde

The cadet program is a national program for youth between the ages of 12 and 19 years. The goal of the program is to encourage youth to become active, responsible members of their communities. They learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship through a variety of activities.

“Goal-setting is an important part of developing confidence and leadership”, said Commanding Officer Captain Diane Sunde. “Promotions are one way we celebrate the cadets’ achievements as they move through the program and complete their training activities. This sense of accomplishment is very motivating and increases self-esteem.”

There is no cost to join, no cost for uniforms and no cost for most activities. Cadets can participate in St. John ambulance first aid training, music instruction and survival training as well as receive a Duke of Edinburgh Award. Cadets also have the opportunity to apply for summer courses with all expenses paid.

Captain Sunde believes the cadet program has something for everyone.

“There are no limitations in the cadet program which is why it’s so rewarding,” she said. “I’ve seen many young people grow into wonderful young adults, due in part to their experience with cadets.”

The evening was not only a celebration of achievement, it was an opportunity to recognize and say “good-bye” to 250 Vimy’s first cadet to “age out” of the program, Flight Sergeant Alex Tanner. FSgt Tanner was one of the original members of the squadron in 2009.

“It’s always bittersweet saying good-bye,” Sunde continued. “The cadet program creates many good memories and friendships that I hope last a lifetime.”

The 250 Vimy Air Cadet Squadron has served the communities of St. Margaret’s Bay, Tantallon and Hammonds Plains since 2009 and has ongoing registration throughout the year. For more information email: co.250vimy@gmail.com.