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.”
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.
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).
On Saturday, May 20, 2017, the cadets of 187 Foothills Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron will parade through the streets of High River to receive the Freedom of the City. The ceremony will take place to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the squadron. For more information, please visit the squadron’s Facebook page or read the High River Times article about the event.
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.
Maxime Renaud, CF-18 pilot et former air cadet from 634 Air Cadet Squadron in Jonquière, received highest rank following his one year training at the United States Naval Test Pilot School! Article in French.
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.
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.
Virgil P. Moshansky joined the 287 Lamont Air Cadet Squadron in 1945 and over the next four years rose to the rank of Cadet Station Warrant Officer. Through his cadet career he not only achieved his cadet wings but also the DCRA Marksmanship awards. What did Air Cadets mean to Alberta Supreme Court Justice Moshansky in his career? Everything! The following is his story.
On Friday, August 12, 2016, as part of the Trooping the Banner Ceremony at Trenton CTC, representatives of the OPC were in attendance to present a cast bronze plaque commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the Air Cadet Program. The plaque was underwritten by the OPC’s allotment of 75th Anniversary funding from National. Governor Steve Moody spoke to the parents, Officers and Cadets about the significance of the Anniversary and the purpose of the plaque, which particularly honours serving and former Air Cadets who gave their lives in the service of Canada or their local communities (i.e., as first responders). The plaque will be installed – during the ‘off-season’ – on a concrete cairn next to Trenton CTC’s ‘fabled’ fire bell. Mr. Moody and LCol Darryl Rolfe, the CO of Trenton CTC, unveiled the plaque. Life Member Tommy Thomas and Immediate Past OPC Chair Bill Cumming joined Steve for a photo with the plaque at the conclusion of the Ceremony.