On behalf of everyone at the Air Cadet League of Canada, we would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season. Our thoughts turn to all of you who are constantly working hard to advanced the Air Cadet program and in this holiday season spirit, we would like to thank you and wish you a great holiday season and a happy new year. May you all enjoy the holiday break and a healthy and successful year 2019!
Please note that the National Office will close on December 21, 2018 and reopen January 2, 2019.
Having difficulty finding the perfect gift for your loved ones? Spent hours browsing the Web without finding a gift idea? Search no more! The Air Cadet League of Canada has what you need for the Holidays! We have ties, golf shirts, T-shirts, 3D crystals and decorative plates. We also have great stocking fillers such as key chains and lanyards. To find even more wonderful items, visit our online store at https://www.joedrouin.com/cat.php?l=en&nbCatID=42 .
Growing up in Dorval, QC near a major international airport enhanced my early aviation passion. To learn more I joined 592 Canadair Community Squadron in 1956.
It was a good fit. I looked forward to the meetings and, while holding down a couple of after school jobs, learned the importance of time management.
Summer camps in Clinton, Greenwood and the Senior Leaders Course at Borden were exciting but learning to fly and participating in an exchange visit to the UK were special highlights.
Lasting friendships were made as an Air Cadet. In addition to establishing personal discipline; teamwork, adaptability and leadership were stressed. Fitness was part of the learning package along with developing sound judgement.
This extraordinary Air Cadet experience was exceptionally supportive during my time in the Canadian Armed Forces and afterwards in the Foreign Service while posted at Canadian Embassies in Europe, Africa, Middle East, Australia and the USA.
My last diplomatic appointments were as Canadian Ambassador in Kuwait, Qatar and Iran.
In representing Canadian interests in numerous geopolitically volatile parts of the world, the life lessons gleaned from those early Air Cadet years were essential in supporting many critical judgement calls; particularly those as the Canadian Ambassador in tough neighbourhoods far from home.
By the way, I still love to fly airplanes/gliders and make good use of my pilot licence. Hats off to the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program!
(592 Canadair Community Squadron: 1956-1960).
Ambassador Terry Colfer; former ambassador to Kuwait, Qatar, and Iran.
It’s Cyber Monday at the Air Cadet League, and for this occasion, we are happy to announce the launch of the official Air Cadet League of Canada ring. Just in time for the Holidays, this exclusive item will be the perfect gift for that special Air Cadet person in your life. Ring in the New Year with the ACL! Order NOW to receive it by Christmas.
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.
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Stan Horton, a past Chairman and Lifetime Director of the British Columbia provincial committee. Stan had been involved with the Air Cadets since his eldest son joined in 1968. His hard work and dedication will be greatly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.
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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Contact: Anthony Langlois T: (613) 722-3121 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Over 500 Cadets,officers, parents and members of the public attended the Triple AAA Career Expo held in Ottawa on October 14. The focus was on careers, education and employment in Aviation and Aerospace and attendees were treated to 28 Exhibitor booths, special presentations throughout the day, and the chance to speak directly with industry leaders and educators about future career opportunities. The Air Cadet League thanks the many partners, sponsors and exhibitors who made this event successful. Stay tuned to the Air Cadet League for details on future Expo’s being planned.