Air Cadets in the News

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.”

 

Daughter Balinda Shannon leading the 101 Moncton Air Cadet

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.

November 2018 Office Closure

Please note the National Office of the Air Cadet League of Canada will be closed Monday, November 12 and Monday, November 19.

In Memoriam: Stan Horton

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

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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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Anthony Langlois
T: (613) 722-3121
E: communications@aircadetleague.com

Triple AAA Career Expo

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.

Presentation of 2018 Certificate of Recognition

The Air Cadet League of Canada was honoured to present a Certificate of Recognition to one of this year’s recipients, Steve Linthwaite, VP Flight Operations at Jazz Aviation.  Steve has been an outstanding supporter, advocate and ambassador for the Air Cadet program, and was the key mover to establish 2 new bursaries from Jazz in the past year.   In addition, Jazz has been a strong leader and supporter working with the Air Cadet League and our industry partners on new projects, from being a premier sponsor for the Career Expos to looking at new initiatives for Air Cadets in training, education and career programs.

Pictured at a recent presentation at Jazz Aviation Head Office of the certificate and the new 233 Glider print that was awarded to Steve and Jazz Aviation.  L to R: Don Berrill (Immediate Past Chair), Steve Linthwaite of Jazz, Jerry Elias (Governor) and Scott Lawson (Business & Corporate Development).

 

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IN MEMORIAM: EARL LANTZ

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Earl Lantz CD, a past chairman and long serving member of the Nova Scotia provincial committee. Earl had been involved with the Air Cadets since becoming one at the age of thirteen. His hard work and dedication will be missed by the League and the committees on which he served. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family.

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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Contact:
Anthony Langlois
T: (613) 722-3121
E: communications@aircadetleague.com