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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2017 Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship Announced

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The Air Cadet League of Canada Announces 2017 Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship Recipient

OTTAWA, ON (May 16, 2017) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Mackenzie McKnight who has been awarded the $5,000.00 Young Citizens Foundation (YCF) Scholarship.

WO1 Mackenzie McKnight from 580 A/M Hugh Campbell Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, in Havelock, New Brunswick, has consistently displayed a high degree of leadership, responsibility and determination. She has shown to be an excellent leader, a great team player and a passionate volunteer. She is active in the squadron band, the squadron biathlon and marksmanship teams and participated twice in the NB Provincial Effective Speaking Competition. WO1 McKnight will be attending the University of New Brunswick, Saint John, to obtain a Bachelor of Health Science, in hopes of one day becoming a radiology technologist.

Gary Bennett, the Young Citizens Foundation President, says “The Young Citizens Foundation is proud to partner with The Air Cadet League of Canada in promoting citizenship among Canada’s youth.  It is critically important for our collective future that these young Canadians, who have experienced the benefits of participating in the Air Cadet program, further their formal education so that they may have a better opportunity to take on positions of leadership in our future.”

The mission of the Young Citizens Foundation is to assist young Canadians to grow and mature as committed, knowledgeable and contributing Canadian citizens. The Foundation achieves this objective by encouraging young Canadians to participate in development programs operated by nationally recognized organizations that provide life-learning opportunities for our youth which will significantly influence and benefit their development as committed Canadian citizens.

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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