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.