In Remembrance

LCol (ret’d) Villeneuve was a stellar example for many airmen, air women and cadets. He will be sadly missed and remembered for his passion for inspiring generations of Canadian aviators.

Holiday Hours

This Monday, August 5, our national office will be closed. We will be back on Tuesday, August 6, to deal with all of your possible comments, questions and concerns. Enjoy the long weekend and happy holidays!



Young Manitoban Wins Thousands in Awards

This article was first published in Esprit de Corps, volume 26, issue 1.

By Howard Mar, National Governor of the Air Cadet League of Canada & Anthony Langlois, Air Cadet League of Canada

Mr. Max Goldack, Past President of the Air Cadet League of Canada, presents the YCF Scholarship to WO2 Pasieczka.

During his time with the Air Cadet Program, Air Cadet Nicholas Pasieczka, a University of Manitoba engineering student, has been awarded over $13,600 for his achievements. This is one of the largest amounts of post-secondary financial assistance awarded to an individual in the program’s seventy-seven-year history.

The awards were the Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship, the Lieutenant- General G. Alan MacKenzie Bursary, the Hubbell Award – Janice and Barry Rempel Honorary Colonel’s Air Cadet Scholarship Award, and the Rockwell Collins Continuation Flying Training Award.  Other scholarships included the International Air Cadet Exchange to France, the Power Pilot Scholarship and the Glider Pilot Scholarship. He has also received the Lord Strathcona Award, the Air Force Association Award, the Legion Medal of Excellence and the Dodo Bird Award in addition of achieving the Gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and being appointed an Award Leader.

During his time as an Air Cadet with 191 West Winnipeg Rotary Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, he participated in the Provincial Biathlon Competition, winning two Bronze medals and was the top biathlete in 2015 and 2017. In 2016, he was the Top Manitoba Glider Cadet and the Top Northwest Glider Cadet. He has competed in the Provincial Effective Speaking Competition, placing first in 2015 and 2017 and second in 2016.  He is a leader and instructor at his Air Cadet Squadron, helping to train and inspire young Cadets.

When he was awarded the Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship in 2018, Nicholas made the following comments: ” Words cannot express the thankfulness and appreciation of how the Young Citizens Foundation has forever changed my life. When I received the call, my body went numb and I was overflowing with emotions. Is this a dream? Being helped by countless individuals on my path to success, I am privileged to accept this enormous honour. This opportunity lifted a great stress off my shoulders as to how I would attend post-secondary education to become an engineer. I am excited to embark on this exciting new chapter of my life and change the world one step at a time. The combined generosity of Air Cadets and The Young Citizens Foundation has allowed me to pursue my dreams and I will continue to pay this philanthropical act forward into the community. Air Cadets is a program that forever changes lives and continues to inspire the next generation of youth. This program is available to everyone and presents you with endless doors of opportunity waiting to be opened. ”

Apart from his involvement with the Air Cadet Program, he was the editor in chief of his school newspaper, a member of the student council and a Ukrainian Dance Instructor. He enjoys participating in biathlon, boxing, badminton, cross-country, track and field, soccer, ping-pong and running marathons and half marathons. He is a Lifeguard and Aquatic Instructor with a National Life Guard Certification and has completed his Water Safety and Life Saving Instructor courses.

WO2 Nicholas Pasieczka, Lt Myles Drynan and WO2 Sayge Tremblay, masters of ceremonies for the 2017 National Effective Speaking Competition in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Every year, the Air Cadet League of Canada offers tens of thousands of dollars in national awards and scholarships to Air Cadets across the country. In 2018, the League awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships and more than $60,000 in Continuation Flying Training Awards, Pilot Training Achievement Awards, and other awards. The purpose of the Continuation Flying Training Awards offered by our many partners is to provide cadets who have successfully completed the Power Pilot Scholarship Course the opportunity to continue to accumulate pilot-in command flight time while the Pilot Training Achievement Awards are presented to deserving Cadets for use in continuing their flying or gliding training and increasing their experience.

The Air Cadet League of Canada also offers eight post-secondary education scholarships to Air Cadets. They are the Young Citizen Foundation Scholarship, the Birchall Scholarship, the Dale Scholarship, the Alex Venables Scholarship in Engineering, the Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism, the Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism and Diversity, and two Air Cadet League of Canada Foundation Scholarships.

All these awards and scholarships would not be possible though without the support and generosity of many individuals and organizations. If you would like to make a donation to establish a scholarship or to create an award, please contact the League by visiting

Air Cadets in the News

Marie Shannon, RBC Credit Representative, Moncton Advice Center, New Brunswick*


As a single mom, Marie Shannon wanted her children to spend time in activities that would help them learn and grow, and quite frankly, stay out of trouble.  Her stepdad, who had been in the Air Cadets suggested the program. Looking back, Marie says it was the best decision she could have made.  Her eldest, Nathan, joined first and was big into sports and band competition.  “My youngest, Balinda, wouldn’t talk to a soul. She was incredibly shy. Four years later, she was standing in front of her squadron, as Squad Commander, Warrant Officer First Class, leading them all.”


Daughter Balinda Shannon leading the 101 Moncton Air Cadet

Marie witnessed firsthand how the program instilled the kind of skills and values that help young people grow into solid adults. “You learn how to listen to others and how to work together as a team. One night could be band practice, another could involve a sports activity. You learn about our military history and are introduced to a variety of career choices. You improve your self-confidence, physical fitness and communication skills.”  Because of what the experience did for her children, Marie spent several years volunteering on the parent committee, a couple of those years as chairperson.


*This story was originally published by the Royal Bank of Canada and is reproduced with permission.

Presentation of 2018 Certificate of Recognition

The Air Cadet League of Canada was honoured to present a Certificate of Recognition to one of this year’s recipients, Steve Linthwaite, VP Flight Operations at Jazz Aviation.  Steve has been an outstanding supporter, advocate and ambassador for the Air Cadet program, and was the key mover to establish 2 new bursaries from Jazz in the past year.   In addition, Jazz has been a strong leader and supporter working with the Air Cadet League and our industry partners on new projects, from being a premier sponsor for the Career Expos to looking at new initiatives for Air Cadets in training, education and career programs.

Pictured at a recent presentation at Jazz Aviation Head Office of the certificate and the new 233 Glider print that was awarded to Steve and Jazz Aviation.  L to R: Don Berrill (Immediate Past Chair), Steve Linthwaite of Jazz, Jerry Elias (Governor) and Scott Lawson (Business & Corporate Development).


Our National Honorary President In Esprit De Corps

Our National Honorary President, LCol (ret’d) Maryse Carmichael, CD was recently featured in the Esprit de Corps magazine as one of the top 20 women in the defence sector for 2016. As part of International Women’s Day 2017 and Women of Aviation Worldwide Week, we invite you to learn more about this important member of our organization.

Grant presentation from the Intact Foundation

The Air Cadet League is the proud recipient of a Grant from the Intact Foundation in support of the work the league does and continues to do in the leadership and citizenship programs for youth offered through the Air Cadet Program in communities all across Canada. The Air Cadet Leagues Grant application was supported by Expo Insurance Brokers of Mississauga, Ontario through the Intact foundation as a brokerage office who represents Intact Insurance Co. The Foundation provides donations and community investment funding only to registered charitable organizations in Canada.

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Photo one – (Left to Right) Josh Stewart Intact Mississauga Branch Director, Stan Maslev Intact Business Development Manager, Mr. Thomas Taborowski Principle Broker Expo Insurance Brokers, Mr. Scott Lawson Special Projects Air Cadet League, Mr. Don Berrill C.D.  National President Air Cadet League of Canada.

Photo two – Thank You Gift From Mr. Don Berrill C.D. President of the Air Cadet League to Josh Stewart Branch Director, framed photo taken from space by Canadian Astronaut (former Air Cadet) Chris Hadfield while commander of the International space station.

Photo 3 – Mr. Roberto Rei Vice President Intact Insurance, getting ready to take his glider flight in an Air Cadet League of Canada Glider in a community appreciation day held in Thorold Ontario.