LOCAL ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADET SQUADRON CELEBRATES CHARTER PARADE

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LOCAL ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADET SQUADRON CELEBRATES CHARTER PARADE

CALGARY, AB – March 2, 2019: Local Air Cadet Squadron “918 Griffon” celebrated their Charter Parade yesterday at their squadron at 6311 Norfolk Dr. NW.  The Reviewing Officer for the ceremony was LCol Denis Letellier Commanding Officer Regional Cadet Support Unit (North West).  The Reviewing Party consisted of LCol Letellier, Chief Warrant Officer James Leamy RSM RCSU NW, Mr. Merv Ozirny, National President Air Cadet League of Canada and Captain Erica Angel 918 Griffon Commanding Officer.

After inspecting the Cadets, LCol Letellier said, this is a proud day to stand up a new Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Canada and you should all be proud of your accomplishments today.  He also acknowledged the Officers, parents and the Air Cadet League for working together towards the success of this squadron.  LCol Letellier also presented the Squadron banner to the Commanding Officer, Capt. Erica Angel who then passed it to Mr. Martin Ponciano, SSC Chairman, who then passed it to WOI Wong who presented it to the Flag Party.  The banner was then marched through all of the ranks to celebrate the official Stand Up of 918 Griffon Royal Canadian Air Cadet squadron.

Chief Warrant Officer First Class WOI Dylion Wong, masterfully commanded the parade square of 90 Cadets on parade.   The Cadets on parade were able to demonstrate how hard they have worked on their drill and deportment to make this Charter Parade so successful. The squadron band played very well to compliment the ceremony and parade.

Mr. Merv Orzirny, National Air Cadet League President, addressed those assembled and related a true story about why we are involved supporting Air Cadets.  The story was of a young man choosing to join the Civil Air Patrol in the USA, rather than continue down a dark path.  The Civil Air Patrol is a similar program to our Canadian Air Cadets. That young man grew up to accomplish so much in the USA Air Force and had a very successful career. By joining the Civil Air Patrol he managed to avoid the pitfalls of his former friends.

The Royal Canadian Air Cadets, in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada has been training youth in Canada for over 76 years.  The Cadets are the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 52,860 cadets across Canada, and of that total, over 26,254 are Air Cadets in 461 Squadrons.  The Royal Canadian Air Cadets accepts youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a desire to learn more about the air element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship and who wish to promote physical fitness.  Air Cadet uniforms are supplied free of charge.  While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces when he or she finishes their cadet career.  Cadets are also encouraged to learn more about opportunities within Canada’s aviation industry.

For more information on the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, please visit www.cadets.ca.
For more information about the Air Cadet League of Canada, please visit www.aircadetleague.com.

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Air Cadet League of Canada Receives Governor General’s Patronage

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Air Cadet League of Canada Receives Governor General’s Patronage

OTTAWA, ON (October 23, 2018) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) is proud to announce that Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, has accepted our request to become our viceregal patron.

The Governor General plays a key role in promoting national identity by supporting and promoting Canadian values, diversity, inclusion, culture and knowledge. As such, the Governor General supports associations and organizations for their outstanding contributions to society. According to Rideau Hall, the granting of viceregal patronage is a longstanding practice. Building on the viceregal tradition, support through patronage is aimed at recognizing exceptional contributions to Canadian society, bringing special attention to worthy causes and showcasing excellence.

The Air Cadet League of Canada has been honoured to receive the patronage of the Governor General since our inception in 1941. Mr. C. Mervin Ozirny, President of the ACL, declared “We are delighted to learn that Her Excellency will grant us her viceregal patronage, thus continuing a tradition going back 77 years. We look forward to build on that relationship as we guide thousands of youth each year in the development of the skills and attributes which they will need to succeed in their chosen professions.”

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian non-profit community based and volunteer led organization, which in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and our other partners, is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, and to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promoting physical fitness; and stimulating the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.

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Air Cadet League of Canada Elects New President

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The Air Cadet League of Canada Elects New National President

OTTAWA, ON (June 28, 2018) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) recently elected Mr. C. Mervin Ozirny, CD, from Melville, SK, to the position of National President at their 77th Annual General Meeting held on June 16th, 2018, in Laval, Quebec.

Mr. Ozirny, in his presidential message to League members and guests, thanked the members of the National Executive, the Board of Governors, the Provincial Chairs Committee, and the Advisory Council who so generously give of their time and talents in support of the 27,000 Air Cadets across Canada.

Mr. Ozirny was an Air Cadet for 4 years with 17 Yorkton Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. He received his commission from the Canadian Armed Forces in 1985 and served as an officer for more than 21 years, during which time he served in various officer positions, including Commanding Officer of 752 Ed Campbell Squadron and 633 Kamsack Squadron. He retired with the rank of Captain. He worked as a tow plane pilot in the Saskatchewan Air Cadet Gliding Program and at the Gimli Gliding Center, as well as being the Flight Safety Officer for the Saskatchewan Gliding Program. He served as a Regional Director and then, President of the Air Cadet League of Canada (Saskatchewan) from 2010 to 2012. He was then elected to the National Board of Governors in 2013 and was subsequently elected Vice-President and member of the National Executive Committee in 2015. Mr. Ozirny is a recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration, the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal, Her Majesty the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Air Cadet League of Canada Volunteer Long Service Medal, and two Detachment Commander’s Commendations of Merit.

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian non-profit community based and volunteer led organization, which in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and our other partners, is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, and to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promoting physical fitness; and stimulating the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.

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New Executive Director – MGen (retd) Pierre Forgues

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The Air Cadet League of Canada Welcomes New National Executive Director

OTTAWA, ON (November 29, 2017) – The Air Cadet League of Canada is pleased to announce the appointment of MGen (retd) Pierre Forgues to the position of Executive Director effective December 11, 2017, replacing outgoing Executive Director, Mrs Sarah Matresky, after seven years of service as Executive Director and 12 years with the League.

I am very honoured to have been selected to join the Air Cadet League of Canada management team.  I look forward to working with League members and our industry and DND partners in the development, deployment, and conduct of a world class youth development program., said the new Executive Director.

MGen (retd) Forgues joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1980 as an Air Weapons Controller in North Bay, ON and retired as the Commander of the Canadian Defence Academy in Kingston, ON, after a career in the Canadian Forces of more than 30 years. He has a well-established track record of leading and managing, and he is dedicated to the mission of promoting the growth and well-being of the organization. He brings to the table a vast experience in strategic planning, fundraising and non-profit management.

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian non-profit community based and volunteer led organization which is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, and to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promoting physical fitness; and stimulating the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.

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The Air Cadet League of Canada Announces New Vice-President

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The Air Cadet League of Canada Announces New Vice-President

OTTAWA, ON (November 2, 2017) – The Air Cadet League of Canada is pleased to announce that Ms. Hille Viita has accepted the position of Vice-President and will now be part of the organization’s Executive Committee.

This follows the recent departure of Ms. Darlene LaRoche who decided to focus her time and energy to the local level of the organization. She made the following statement: “Being part of the Air Cadet League of Canada has changed my life for the better.  I have learned through participation over many years as a parent, Squadron Sponsoring Committee member, Alberta Provincial Committee member, Governor and now Vice-President of the Air Cadet League, that this organization instills the best principles and characteristics of leadership in not only our air cadets but in our members as well.”

The Air Cadet League of Canada would like to thank her for her many years of service and dedication. Her hard work was greatly appreciated and she will be missed by everyone at the national level.

In addition, Mr. Kevin Robinson, Governor of the Air Cadet League of Canada, has accepted to take over the responsibilities of Chair of the National Communications Committee, left vacant by Ms. LaRoche’s departure.

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian non-profit community based and volunteer led organization which is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, and to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promoting physical fitness; and stimulating the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.

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2017 DALE SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENT ANNOUNCED

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The Air Cadet League of Canada Announces 2017 Dale Scholarship Recipient

OTTAWA, ON (September 18, 2017) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2) Keith Wonsch who has been awarded the $1,000.00 Robert Gordon Dale and Mrs. Mary Dale Scholarship.

WO2 Wonsch from 364 Lancaster Canadian Air Cadets Squadron in Windsor, Ontario, is an exceptionally dedicated and motivated cadet who strives for excellence in everything he does. His confidence as a leader and his leadership skills makes him a role model and mentor to younger cadets. WO2 Wonsch will be pursuing a degree in Aerospace Engineering, in hopes of creating new designs to benefit society in an ever-changing world.

Sarah Matresky, ACL Executive Director, says “the Air Cadet League of Canada is proud to be able to offer this scholarship and we acknowledge with thanks and appreciation the late Robert Dale and his wife Mary Dale. They have given exceptional service to Canada in times of both war and peace. Robert Dale served as our National President in 1972 and had continued to serve diligently as our Honorary President until March of 2013.”

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian non-profit community based and volunteer led organization, which in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and our other partners, is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, and to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promoting physical fitness; and stimulating the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.

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Anthony Langlois
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2017 Cadet of the Year

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The Air Cadet League of Canada Announces 2017 Cadet of the Year

OTTAWA, ON (September 6, 2017) – The Air Cadet League of Canada congratulates Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2) Andrew Crawford from 767 Dearman Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, in Surrey, British Columbia, who has been named the 2017 Royal Canadian Legion Air Cadet of the Year.

WO2 Crawford is an exemplary illustration of what a model cadet should be. He is an enthusiastic pilot and hardworking cadet who is well respected by his peers and commanding officer. Cadet Crawford volunteers in his community, is an avid athlete and strives to give back to the Cadet Program.

The Royal Canadian Legion Air Cadet of the Year acts as the youth representative for the annual National Remembrance Day Ceremony, held in Ottawa, Ontario. During his time in Ottawa, WO2 Crawford will be a member of the Vice-Regal Party for the National Remembrance Day Ceremonies and assist with the laying of the wreaths at the National War Memorial.

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian non-profit community based and volunteer led organization which is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, and to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promoting physical fitness; and stimulating the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.

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National Effective Speaking Competition 2017

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The Air Cadet League of Canada Announces

2017 National Effective Speaking Competition Winner

 

OTTAWA, ON (July 5, 2017) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Heather Blake from 514 Kinsmen Squadron, representing the Newfoundland & Labrador Provincial Committee, as the winner of the League’s National Effective Speaking Competition held on June 15, 2017, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

 

WO1 Heather Blake has always been passionate about flight and this dedication and commitment has allowed her to achieve both her glider and power pilot’s licenses through the cadet program over the last two years. She is a student of Memorial University in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, pursuing a Double Major Program, consisting of two Bachelor Degrees – Science and French. She aspires to become a medical doctor, with a specialty in obstetrics.

 

Thank you to WestJet, title sponsor of the competition, for providing Heather and all national finalists from across Canada with airfare.

 

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian non-profit community based and volunteer led organization, which in collaboration with the Department of National Defense and our other partners, is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, and to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promoting physical fitness; and stimulating the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces

 

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2017 Director of the Year

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OTTAWA, ON (July 2, 2017) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Ernest Wiesner who has been recently awarded the 2017 Director of the Year Award at their 76th Annual General Meeting held on June 17th, 2017, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Following an extensive and varied career with the Nova Scotia Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada, Ernest Wiesner moved up to the National level where over the past several years he has tirelessly employed his talents. His exemplary service particularly in the areas of finance and his contributions to numerous Renewal Working Groups clearly shows the worthiness of him being recognized as National Director of the Year for 2017.

The Director of the Year award has been presented annually since 1953 by the Department of National Defense. This award is in appreciation for the meritorious manner in which the person has stimulated interest in the Air Cadet Movement through service to the Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian non-profit community based and volunteer led organization, which in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and our other partners, is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, and to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promoting physical fitness; and stimulating the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.

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2017 Birchall Scholarship Announced

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The Air Cadet League of Canada Announces 2017 Birchall Scholarship Recipient

OTTAWA, ON (May 19, 2017) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Justin Pymento who has been awarded the $2,000.00 Air Commodore Leonard J. Birchall and Mrs. Kathleen Birchall Scholarship.

WO1 Pymento from 110 Blackhawk Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron in Toronto, Ontario, has shown great leadership within the Air Cadets but also outside of the program. He is recognized for his academic excellence, his dedication to cadets and his initiative.  WO1 Pymento plans to attend McMaster University to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Health Sciences. He plans on furthering his studies after that by applying to the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine and to the Canadian Forces Medical Officer Training Program in hopes of becoming a Flight Surgeon.

Sarah Matresky, ACL Executive Director, says “the Air Cadet League of Canada is proud to be able to offer this scholarship and we acknowledge with thanks and appreciation the late Air Commodore Leonard J. Birchall and Mrs. Kathleen Birchall for their generous donation which has made this scholarship possible.”

The Air Cadet League of Canada is a civilian non-profit community based and volunteer led organization, which in collaboration with the Department of National Defence and our other partners, is dedicated to supporting the objectives of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program, and to developing in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promoting physical fitness; and stimulating the interest of youth in the aviation and aerospace industry, including the air element of the Canadian Forces.

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Anthony Langlois
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