2016 Recipients of the Annual Music Awards for Excellence

The Air Cadet League of Canada is pleased to announce William Mann, of 18 Dartmouth Lions Squadron in Shearwater, Nova Scotia, and Dylan Scheerschmidt, of Bow Valley Squadron in Oxbow, Saskatchewan, as this year’s recipients of the Air Cadet League of Canada Annual Music Awards for Excellence.

As part of the Annual Music Awards for Excellence, two awards are presented annually, one each to an outstanding Air Cadet Military Band Musician and an outstanding Air Cadet Pipe Band Musician. William Mann has earned the Air Cadet Military Band Musician Award and Dylan Scheerschmidt the Air Cadet Pipe Band Musician Award.

In addition to a cheque in the amount of $350 provided by Long & McQuade, each cadet musician will receive a watch courtesy of the Royal Canadian Air Force Association.

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.

2016 Recipient of the WestJet Pilots’ Association Continuation Pilot Training Award

The Air Cadet League of Canada is pleased to announce WO2 Ryan Petrie, of 330 Danforth Tech Squadron in Toronto, Ontario, as this year’s recipient of the WestJet Pilots’ Association Continuation Pilot Training Award.

WO2 Petrie has completed his Basic Aviation Course, his Advanced Aviation Course, his Glider Pilot Scholarship Course and his Power Pilot Scholarship Course. He has earned the distinction of Top Student Glider Pilot in the Central Region and obtained a score of 96% on his Transport Canada Private Pilot Exam. He will be enrolled in the Aviation Technology Flight Program at Sault College to obtain an Advanced Diploma in Aviation Technology and a Commercial Pilot’s License.

The WestJet Pilots’ Association Continuation Pilot Training Award is presented annually to one of the top graduates of the Power Pilot Training Program who expresses an interest in a career as a commercial pilot. Applicants must be actively involved in an Air Cadet Squadron and must hold a current Transport Canada Private Pilot License.

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.

2016 Recipient of the CASARA Foundation Continuation Flying Award

The Air Cadet League of Canada is pleased to announce FSgt Marika Dewar-Norosky, of 317 Strathclair Squadron in Newdale, manitoba, as this year’s recipient of the Civil Air Search and Rescue Association (CASARA) Foundation Continuation Flying Award.

Outside of cadets, FSgt Dewar-Norosky is a member of her local fire department and would like to use her license to volunteer with the CASARA. She wants to continue enhancing her navigation skills and help bridge the divide that exists between the ground and the air. She hopes one day to be able to work as a gliding instructor and eventually a tow pilot for the gliding operations.

The CASARA Foundation Continuation Flying Award is presented annually to one of the top graduates of the Air Cadet Power Pilot Training Program who expresses an interest in using their flying qualifications to help other individuals or organizations. Applicants must be actively involved in an Air Cadet Squadron and must hold a current Transport Canada Private Pilot License.

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.

2016 Cadet of the Year

The Air Cadet League of Canada congratulates Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2) David Thomas from 327 Southern Kings Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, in Montague, Prince Edward Island, who has been named the 2016 Royal Canadian Legion Air Cadet of the Year.FB_IMG_1473468356640IMG_3623

WO2 Thomas has demonstrated a high level of leadership and discipline within his squadron. He has participated in many activities within the Air Cadet Program such as the Glider Pilot Scholarship, the Power Pilot Scholarship, biathlon and effective speaking. He hopes to participate in the glider instructor course in the next few years and teach cadets to fly and plans to attend the Moncton Flight College next September to obtain his Commercial Pilot Licence.

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 Thomas 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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Contact: Sitraka Raoelimanohisoa
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2016 Officer of the Year

20160628_080440 083OTTAWA, ON (June 28, 2016) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Captain Tyler Willis, who has been awarded the 2016 Officer of the Year Award.

An extraordinary CIC Officer, Captain Tyler Willis consistently demonstrates a deep passion for the Air Cadet Program. His remarkable energy, vast knowledge of military protocol, rules and regulations have permitted him to assume highly responsible positions requiring intensive training. His highly positive attitude and ability to establish a close, mutually respectful working relationship with the cadets under his command reveal skills that can get the best from cadets. What is remarkable about his multi-tasked responsibilities is that he successfully balances his squadron responsibilities, his regional and provincial flying duties with his desire to establish a successful civilian career.

The Officer of the Year Award is presented to an individual who serves in support of the Canadian Cadet Organization at the National, Provincial, or Local level, when it is desired to honour such a person for service that is considered to be above that which might normally be expected of a Member of the Canadian Forces in its CIC component.

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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Contact: Sitraka Raoelimanohisoa
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2016 Director of the Year

IMG_5661OTTAWA, ON (June 28, 2016) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Keith Mann who has been recently awarded the 2016 Director of the Year Award at their 75th Annual General Meeting held on June 18th, 2016, in Richmond, British Columbia.

Following an extensive and varied career with the Alberta Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada, Keith Mann expanded his horizons and moved up to the national level where over the past several years he has tirelessly employed his talents and dedication in serving the Air Cadet Movement of Canada. His long time service including his national presidency clearly shows the worthiness of him being recognized as National Director of the Year for 2016.

The Director of the Year award has been presented annually since 1953 by the Department of National Defence. 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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Contact: Sitraka Raoelimanohisoa
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2016 National Effective Speaking Competition Winner

IMG_5577OTTAWA, ON (June 28, 2016) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2) Pearl Barnes from 675 Bow Valley Squadron, representing the Saskatchewan Provincial Committee, as the winner of the League’s National Effective Speaking Competition held on June 16, 2016, in Richmond, British Columbia.

WO2 Pearl Barnes teaches aviation to all levels at her squadron, as well as music theory to the band members. She joined air cadets as a twelve-year-old when an officer came to her classroom to show the grade seven class what cadets had to offer. She then decided to join the Air Cadets program and since then, has been to camp every summer and has participated in the Power Pilot Scholarship program. She is currently enrolled at Oxbow Prairie Horizons School and is involved in drama, band, and yearbook committee.

Thank you to WestJet, main sponsor of the competition, for providing Pearl 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 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 Elects New National President

IMG_5250OTTAWA, ON (June 22, 2016) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) recently elected Mr. Donald Berrill, CD, to the position of National President at their 75th Annual General Meeting held on June 18th, 2016, in Richmond, British Columbia.

Mr. Berrill, in his presidential message to League members stated: “Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President. I have had the good fortune of experiencing all sides of the Air Cadet Program as an Air Cadet in the 70’s, a CIC officer in the 80’s and 90’s, and an Air Cadet League member since 1999. It never occurred to me at any point that I would fill this particular position – but I look forward to the challenge and will do my best to represent you well in all of our spheres of influence.”

Mr. Berrill became an Air Cadet in 1973 with 44 Sarnia Optimist Squadron, and remained with the Squadron as a cadet for five years. He graduated from the Squadron as a Warrant Officer First Class in June of 1978, and returned to the Squadron as a Civilian Instructor in 1979. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Canadian Armed Forces in 1981 and served as an officer of 44 Squadron for over 13 years, eventually taking over as Commanding Officer from 1988 to 1992. Upon completing his time as an officer, Mr. Berrill joined the Air Cadet League in 1999 as an Assigned Squadron Director, and at times has looked after number squadrons including 19 Stratford, 535 Leamington, 27 London and 44 Sarnia. Through the recommendation of various League members, Mr. Berrill was appointed the Area Vice Chairperson for Western Ontario in 2004 (looking after 15 Air Cadet Squadrons), and subsequently was appointed Chairperson of the Ontario Provincial Committee in November of 2009. He is the recipient of the Canadian Forces Decoration (1991) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (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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2016 Dale Scholarship Recipient Announced

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The Air Cadet League of Canada Announces 2016 Dale Scholarship Recipient

OTTAWA, ON (June 19, 2016) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Rebecca Mather who has been awarded the $1,000.00 Robert Gordon Dale and Mrs. Mary Dale Scholarship.

WO1 Rebecca Mather from 3 Striker Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron in Strathroy, Ontario, is an honour roll student who has demonstrated exceptional leadership, academics and sports excellence, and community service. She holds a passion for languages, traveling, politics and people, and has dedicated her years as air cadet to caring for individuals and bettering the communities. WO1 Mather will be pursuing a degree in International Development and Globalization in the Fall at the University of Ottawa, in hopes of working for humanitarian organizations.

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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2016 Birchall Scholarship Recipient Announced

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The Air Cadet League of Canada Announces 2016 Birchall Scholarship Recipient

OTTAWA, ON (June 19, 2016) – The Air Cadet League of Canada (ACL) congratulates Warrant Officer Second Class (WO2) Nicolas Ouellette who has been awarded the $3,000.00 Air Commodore Leonard J. Birchall and Mrs. Kathleen Birchall Scholarship.

WO2 Ouellette from 746 Lightning Hawk Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron in Langley, British Columbia, has shown great leadership within the Air Cadets but also outside of the program. He is recognized for his academic excellence, active community involvement, leadership, commitment to improving the Air Cadet Program, and contribution to the development of youth in his community. WO2 Ouellette will be attending Queen’s University in the fall to pursue a Bachelor of Commerce. He plans on furthering his studies after that with a Master’s Degree in Finance or Business Administration in hopes of taking on high level leadership positions within organizations such as the Bank of Canada.

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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