Annual Cadet review held on D-Day


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Award  Winners: (L front)Cpl. Danielle Gomes, Cpl. Hayley Laur, Cpl Renee Myette, Sgt. Andy Plater & Zack Skomorowski; (L back) Warrant Officer II Sarah Szabo, Petty Officer I Taylor Liddle & MS Jacques Paulin; Front & Centre mascot Emery taking the place of Griffin

On June 6th, the 66th anniversary of D-Day of World War II, the Royal Canadian Air & Sea Cadets of Port Elgin held its Annual Review at The Plex in Port Elgin.

It was a bittersweet day. Despite the Navy celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, it was also the demise of the  Southampton based 316 Cape Hurd Sea Cadets in Saugeen Shores due to a lack of participants.  The Department of National Defence (DND) has decided to shut down the local Sea Cadets effective September 1st.

Squadron salutes

Lieutenant Colonel Ross Wuerth, a pilot in the Canadian Forces and former resident of Port Elgin, was the reviewing office.

Several awards were presented to members of the cadets including:  Best 1st Year, Best 2nd Year, Best Senior, Most Improved, Citizenship Award, Marksmanship, Most Fit, Peer Award and Best Dress & Deportment Cadet.

Renee Myett(L) and mother, Melinda Myette, with stand-in mascot Emery


The Colour Party 

Squadron parades off with WO II, Sarah Szabo leading





MS Jacques Paulin, of the Sea Cadets, won the Marksmanship Award and the keepsake paddle.

Jacques Paulin is looking at making the military his career and is hoping to attend Royal Military College (RMC).  Disappointed at the recent disbanding of the Sea Cadets in Saugeen Shores, Paulin has already planned to move into the Army branch of cadets.  "The Marksmanship Award requires a series of 10 targets in competition with the number of bulls-eyes counting," explained Paulin. 

Pauling achieved 98 per cent accuracy and wants to eventually be a military medic.



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