The Air Cadet League of Canada thanks Mr Geoffrey Johnston for his outstanding professionalism, tireless dedication and valuable contribution in support of the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program and the Air Cadet League of Canada. Geoffrey served as National Governor from 2009 to 2018.
For Immediate Release
LOCAL ROYAL CANADIAN AIR CADET SQUADRON CELEBRATES CHARTER PARADE
CALGARY, AB – March 2, 2019: Local Air Cadet Squadron “918 Griffon” celebrated their Charter Parade yesterday at their squadron at 6311 Norfolk Dr. NW. The Reviewing Officer for the ceremony was LCol Denis Letellier Commanding Officer Regional Cadet Support Unit (North West). The Reviewing Party consisted of LCol Letellier, Chief Warrant Officer James Leamy RSM RCSU NW, Mr. Merv Ozirny, National President Air Cadet League of Canada and Captain Erica Angel 918 Griffon Commanding Officer.
After inspecting the Cadets, LCol Letellier said, this is a proud day to stand up a new Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Canada and you should all be proud of your accomplishments today. He also acknowledged the Officers, parents and the Air Cadet League for working together towards the success of this squadron. LCol Letellier also presented the Squadron banner to the Commanding Officer, Capt. Erica Angel who then passed it to Mr. Martin Ponciano, SSC Chairman, who then passed it to WOI Wong who presented it to the Flag Party. The banner was then marched through all of the ranks to celebrate the official Stand Up of 918 Griffon Royal Canadian Air Cadet squadron.
Chief Warrant Officer First Class WOI Dylion Wong, masterfully commanded the parade square of 90 Cadets on parade. The Cadets on parade were able to demonstrate how hard they have worked on their drill and deportment to make this Charter Parade so successful. The squadron band played very well to compliment the ceremony and parade.
Mr. Merv Orzirny, National Air Cadet League President, addressed those assembled and related a true story about why we are involved supporting Air Cadets. The story was of a young man choosing to join the Civil Air Patrol in the USA, rather than continue down a dark path. The Civil Air Patrol is a similar program to our Canadian Air Cadets. That young man grew up to accomplish so much in the USA Air Force and had a very successful career. By joining the Civil Air Patrol he managed to avoid the pitfalls of his former friends.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets, in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada has been training youth in Canada for over 76 years. The Cadets are the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 52,860 cadets across Canada, and of that total, over 26,254 are Air Cadets in 461 Squadrons. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets accepts youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a desire to learn more about the air element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship and who wish to promote physical fitness. Air Cadet uniforms are supplied free of charge. While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces when he or she finishes their cadet career. Cadets are also encouraged to learn more about opportunities within Canada’s aviation industry.
Mr. Brian Lewis
PR Director, Alberta Provincial Committee
Air Cadet League
This article was first published in Esprit de Corps, volume 26, issue 1.
By Howard Mar, National Governor of the Air Cadet League of Canada & Anthony Langlois, Air Cadet League of Canada
During his time with the Air Cadet Program, Air Cadet Nicholas Pasieczka, a University of Manitoba engineering student, has been awarded over $13,600 for his achievements. This is one of the largest amounts of post-secondary financial assistance awarded to an individual in the program’s seventy-seven-year history.
The awards were the Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship, the Lieutenant- General G. Alan MacKenzie Bursary, the Hubbell Award – Janice and Barry Rempel Honorary Colonel’s Air Cadet Scholarship Award, and the Rockwell Collins Continuation Flying Training Award. Other scholarships included the International Air Cadet Exchange to France, the Power Pilot Scholarship and the Glider Pilot Scholarship. He has also received the Lord Strathcona Award, the Air Force Association Award, the Legion Medal of Excellence and the Dodo Bird Award in addition of achieving the Gold level of the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award and being appointed an Award Leader.
During his time as an Air Cadet with 191 West Winnipeg Rotary Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, he participated in the Provincial Biathlon Competition, winning two Bronze medals and was the top biathlete in 2015 and 2017. In 2016, he was the Top Manitoba Glider Cadet and the Top Northwest Glider Cadet. He has competed in the Provincial Effective Speaking Competition, placing first in 2015 and 2017 and second in 2016. He is a leader and instructor at his Air Cadet Squadron, helping to train and inspire young Cadets.
When he was awarded the Young Citizens Foundation Scholarship in 2018, Nicholas made the following comments: ” Words cannot express the thankfulness and appreciation of how the Young Citizens Foundation has forever changed my life. When I received the call, my body went numb and I was overflowing with emotions. Is this a dream? Being helped by countless individuals on my path to success, I am privileged to accept this enormous honour. This opportunity lifted a great stress off my shoulders as to how I would attend post-secondary education to become an engineer. I am excited to embark on this exciting new chapter of my life and change the world one step at a time. The combined generosity of Air Cadets and The Young Citizens Foundation has allowed me to pursue my dreams and I will continue to pay this philanthropical act forward into the community. Air Cadets is a program that forever changes lives and continues to inspire the next generation of youth. This program is available to everyone and presents you with endless doors of opportunity waiting to be opened. ”
Apart from his involvement with the Air Cadet Program, he was the editor in chief of his school newspaper, a member of the student council and a Ukrainian Dance Instructor. He enjoys participating in biathlon, boxing, badminton, cross-country, track and field, soccer, ping-pong and running marathons and half marathons. He is a Lifeguard and Aquatic Instructor with a National Life Guard Certification and has completed his Water Safety and Life Saving Instructor courses.
Every year, the Air Cadet League of Canada offers tens of thousands of dollars in national awards and scholarships to Air Cadets across the country. In 2018, the League awarded more than $20,000 in scholarships and more than $60,000 in Continuation Flying Training Awards, Pilot Training Achievement Awards, and other awards. The purpose of the Continuation Flying Training Awards offered by our many partners is to provide cadets who have successfully completed the Power Pilot Scholarship Course the opportunity to continue to accumulate pilot-in command flight time while the Pilot Training Achievement Awards are presented to deserving Cadets for use in continuing their flying or gliding training and increasing their experience.
The Air Cadet League of Canada also offers eight post-secondary education scholarships to Air Cadets. They are the Young Citizen Foundation Scholarship, the Birchall Scholarship, the Dale Scholarship, the Alex Venables Scholarship in Engineering, the Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism, the Jazz Aviation Pathway Award for Professionalism and Diversity, and two Air Cadet League of Canada Foundation Scholarships.
All these awards and scholarships would not be possible though without the support and generosity of many individuals and organizations. If you would like to make a donation to establish a scholarship or to create an award, please contact the League by visiting aircadetleague.com.