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BarnhartWhen I was growing up in the small Saskatchewan town of Saltcoats, I joined the 563 Saltcoats Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. I had no idea what a huge impact Cadets would have on my life! I learned about public speaking and leadership. I learned to appreciate the importance of self-discipline, and to take pride in my uniform. To this day, I take the time to polish my shoes because I learned in Cadets about the importance of personal presentation. As Lieutenant Governor, I deliver hundreds of speeches each year. I enjoy public speaking thanks, in part, to the early lessons I learned in Cadets. Cadets gave me wonderful opportunities to travel. I was able to attend 2 summer camps on Sea Island, as well as Senior Leaders training at Camp Borden in Ontario. I even got to travel overseas to the Netherlands on an exchange. I had my first experience flying in an airplane in Cadets. Over the years, I have been required to fly a great deal for work, and I still love the experience! Cadets taught me about the value of hard work, as well as the importance of daily physical fitness. These are lessons that I have carried with me throughout my life. Cadets also gave me helpful mentors and good friends. My family didn’t have a lot of money, but thanks to the Cadet program, I was able to take part in all of these amazing opportunities. During my time as Lieutenant Governor, it has been a great privilege to serve as Reviewing Officer for numerous Cadet Reviews. I am deeply grateful to the Department of National Defence, the Army, Navy, and Air Cadet Leagues, and the committed instructors and leaders who make this life-changing program available to our promising youth. (563 Saltcoats Squadron – 1958-1963)

His Honour the Honourable Gordon Barnhart, Lieutenant Governor of Saskatchewan

walk natynczykI started my own journey as an Air Cadet at the age of 13, having joined 220 (Red River) Air Cadet Squadron in Winnipeg, Manitoba. My decision to join the Air Cadet movement was based on my desire to become a member of an organization that offered me personal challenges and my passion for aircraft. Although I really enjoyed sports, I was also motivated by a strong desire to contribute to my community. The Air Cadets provided all of this and more. I attended Air Cadet summer camps at Penhold Alberta during the summers of 1972 and 1973. I went back to Penhold nearly 30 years later to see the current generation of air cadets. I told them that life was about choices. They had made a choice to join the Air cadets and in my view, it was one of the best choices they ever made in their lives. I have told similar groups of cadets the same message throughout my travels across the country visiting the various corps and squadrons. As the Chief of Defence Staff, I have absolutely no doubt that my formative years as an Air cadet served me well in developing self-discipline, determination and a sense of teamwork. As I have told so many young cadets: «You will be a leader in Canada and any one of you could be the CDS». (220 Red River Squadron)

General Walt Natynczyk – Former Chief of the Defence Staff

chris hadfield spacewalkI dreamed of spaceflight. Watching the first humans leave our Earth to walk on another planet was a young boy’s dream, ignited. I thus clearly knew what I wanted to do, but had no idea how to get myself there. So I did some research. When I looked at what space explorers knew, I saw that they were aviators, engineers and test pilots. Growing up as a farm boy that looked great to me, but I needed to learn how airplanes worked, and how to fly. The Milton 820 RCAC Squadron had recently formed, so I joined and grew up with them from 1973-1977. The lessons I learned there I still draw upon daily: self-discipline, teamwork, technical competence, flying, and leadership. To be able to command the International Space Station in 2012/13, I know full well that it was the Air Cadet experience that allowed me to fly so high. Per Ardua ad Astra! (820 Chris Hadfield Squadron 1973-1977)

Col Chris Hadfield – Canadian Space Agency (First Canadian to walk in space)

maryse carmichaelBeing part of 630 Beauport Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets as a teenager, provided me anexcellent foundation for my career in aviation and with the Canadian Forces. I had the chance to be initiated to flying, learn about leadership, discipline, and aviation. Taking part in the various activities and participating in the summer camps gave me the opportunity to develop skills and personality traits that are required and used everyday in my present career: interpersonal skills, public speaking, reliability, discipline, and assertiveness. I was positively influenced by the friends I made and the mentors I had early on with the Air Cadets. The six years I spent with the organization certainly gave me the tools to attack life head on and work hard. (630 Beauport Squadron 1984-1990)

LCol Maryse Carmichael – Commanding Officer: Canadian Forces Snowbirds


hansenThe Air Cadet program played a significant role in the achievement of my life’s goals and dreams. As a young boy I had a passion to fly and an interest in the military. Thus, it seemed a natural fit that I should join 614 RCAC Squadron in London Ontario at the age of 12. My time spent with Air Cadets was nothing short of tremendous. It was filled with many challenges and fantastic rewards, and its focus was much broader than the flying and military experience I expected. The program has something to offer for all of Canada’s youth. The highlights for me were the flying scholarships and the friendships. It would be many years later, upon further reflection, that I would truly come to realize the full extent of what the program had given to me. The leadership experiences and the challenge of flying had given me a boost of self-confidence and the courage to set an ambitious course for my life. I’ve never looked back. There are few certainties in life, but one thing I am absolutely certain of is that I would not be where I am today, were it not for the Air Cadet program. For that, I am most grateful. I take a piece of the Air Cadet program with me everywhere I go, and I look forward to taking it to space one day in the future! (614 Forest City Squadron 1988-1994)

Maj Jeremy Hansen – Canadian Space Agency

????J’ai fait partie des cadets de l’Air durant six années (1967-72) et j’y suis ensuite retourné à titre d’officier durant sept autres années, toujours avec l’escadron 650 de Vanier. J’ai bénéficié d’une longue carrière dans l’Aviation, ceci grâce à mes années auprès des cadets de l’Air. J’ai appris certaines bases à l’école, mais d’autres compétences et connaissances acquises comme cadet de l’Air représentent ce que j’utiliserais durant ma carrière, à la fois comme un inspecteur de Transports Canada et à titre de chef de la direction du Moncton Flight College. Le travail d’équipe, l’autodiscipline, la communication et le « leadership » représentent certaines des compétences de première importance acquises auprès des Cadets de l’Air utilisées tout au long de ma vie. J’y ai aussi obtenu mon permis de vol à voile et celui de pilote de puissance, sans compter ma qualification comme instructeur de vol sur planeur. Quelle belle façon de relancer une carrière dans l’aviation et quels plaisirs à en retirer. À ce jour, je continue d’observer la devise du 650 le « Nil sin labore – Rien sans efforts ». (Escadron 650, Vanier, 1967-1972)

Mike Doiron, President – Doiron Aviation Consulting (former Chairman of ATAC)

gary andersonDès mon très jeune âge, j’ai ressenti un vif intérêt pour le vol et pour tout apprendre de l’univers de l’aviation. En 1984, avec les encouragements de ma famille, j’ai rejoint l’escadron 132 Spitfire de Brampton, et j’y ai passé d’excellentes années, six comme cadet et cinq autres à titre d’officier. Je garde un excellent souvenir des sorties en camping, des excursions, des camps d’été et des soirées d’exercices qui m’ont permis de me d’apprivoiser l’autodiscipline, le « leadership », de même que le travail d’équipe, soit des acquis essentiels à mon succès à titre de futur pilote de ligne et professeur. J’ai beaucoup apprécié accumuler ces compétences qui se sont avérées tellement utiles tout au cours de ma carrière. À l’époque, j’ignorais à quel point le temps passé en compagnie des cadets de l’Air allait façonner mon avenir. J’ai une dette envers les cadets de l’Air pour tout ce que j’ai reçu : les camps d’été où j’ai appris à voler, l’échange international en Allemagne où j’ai fait l’expérience d’une culture différente, de même que les compétences en « leadership » qui s’accumulent dans les rangs comme cadet, pour n’en nommer que quelques-uns. Plus important cependant, je pense aux amitiés et aux liens solides qui se sont formés au fil des années. Ces souvenirs et ces expériences demeurent gravés en moi pour toujours, et j’encourage tous les jeunes à profiter de tout ce que les cadets de l’Air ont à offrir. (Escadron 132 Spitfire 1984-1990)

Gary Anderson, Air Canada Pilot/Flight Instructor and Professor – Seneca College Aviation Program

marc parent« Les cadets de l’Air ont joué un rôle important dans ma vie. Lorsque j’ai joint le 51e escadron des cadets de l’Air à Ottawa, et par la suite le 783e escadron à Montréal, je ne savais pas à quel point cette expérience influencerait ma carrière. J’ai rapidement reconnu la valeur des activités et des divers programmes offerts. Les six années passées au sein des cadets de l’Air m’ont permis d’acquérir des compétences qui me servent encore aujourd’hui, comme la capacité à prendre des décisions. De plus, les conseils que j’ai reçus de la part de mentors m’ont aidé à développer mes qualités de leadership, et leur influence m’a permis de structurer ma formation en ayant des objectifs professionnels clairs. De plus, les défis que j’ai dû relever m’ont préparé pour l’avenir. Mais surtout, les cadets m’ont permis de découvrir le monde fascinant de l’aviation pour lequel j’ai développé une passion profonde qui me motive encore aujourd’hui. »

Marc Parent, President and CEO of CAE