North­ern Penin­sula cadets earn pres­ti­gious awards

Rekita Twyne and Tracy Bussey hon­oured at HMCS Aca­dia cadet train­ing cen­tre

Northern Pen - - Front Page - BY THOM BARKER SPE­CIAL TO THE NORTH­ERN PEN

Two area cadets with the 285 Leif Erik­sen Cadet Corps in St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet re­ceived pres­ti­gious awards this sum­mer at the HMCS Aca­dia train­ing cen­tre in Cle­mentsport, NS.

Petty Of­fi­cer 1st Class Rekita Twyne of St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet, who at­tended the ad­vanced sail course and be­came a sail in­struc­tor, was awarded the ANAVETS (Army, Navy, Air Force Vet­er­ans in Canada) Cadet Medal of Merit.

Chief Petty Of­fi­cer 1st Class Tracy Bussey of St. An­thony, who was hired on as a staff of­fi­cer for the sum­mer, re­ceived the cen­tre’s team work award.

Deb­bie Humby, 285 Leif Erik­sen com­mand­ing of­fi­cer, is very proud of the young women.

Re­gard­ing Twyne’s hon­our, Humby said, “I don’t think any­body from the North­ern Penin­sula has ever won this award, so for her to be nom­i­nated and win it, and to come from such a small corps, it’s pretty im­pres­sive.”

Only 31 medals of merit are given out an­nu­ally in all of Canada, one at each of the cadet train­ing cen­tres.

Nom­i­nees are eval­u­ated on: over­all, out­stand­ing achieve­ment on his/her course; lead­er­ship as­sess­ments; and per­for­mance on phys­i­cal fit­ness tests.

“(It was) pretty ex­cit­ing, prob­a­bly the best over­all feel­ing I had at camp the en­tire sum­mer,” Twyne said, adding that ev­ery­one in the corps were ex­cited for her as well.

Bussey earned the award for out­stand­ing team build­ing and lead­er­ship for her role com­mand­ing the can­teen staff at HMCS Aca­dia.

Although she was the rank­ing of­fi­cer, she cred­ited her team of three other petty of­fi­cers for the win.

“We all kind of treated each other equally and we just got along re­ally well,” she said. “We worked so well to­gether… we were just a re­ally good team.”

Bussey also gave credit to Deb­bie Humby and Chris Humby, 285 Leif Erik­sen ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cers.

“My of­fi­cers at my home corps, Chris and Deb­bie Humby, they’ve been re­ally sup­port­ive through the en­tire process of my go­ing to camp, so if there’s any­body I would like to thank, it would re­ally be them,” she said.

Both teens are con­sid­er­ing ca­reers in the Cana­dian Forces once they grad­u­ate from high school.

Twyne said she would like to be a med­i­cal of­fi­cer while Bussey is plan­ning on pur­su­ing a pub­lic re­la­tions path.

An­other corps mem­ber, Petty Of­fi­cer 1st Class Amos Semi­gak, achieved a pa­rade po­si­tion (com­mand­ing at the grad­u­a­tion pa­rade) this sum­mer at CTC Arg­onaut in New Bruns­wick.

Humby said the in­di­vid­ual ac­com­plish­ments are a credit to the en­tire corps.

“We try to present a pro­gram that’s open to all,” she said. “It doesn’t mat­ter where you’re to, or so­cial stand­ing or any­thing like that, cadets is about in­clu­sion and be­ing able to par­tic­i­pate in some­thing.

“I’m proud of all my cadets. It’s not only about the ones that get awards, I’m proud of ev­ery one of them, as long as they try and do their best. But when they go above and be­yond, you re­ally want them to be rec­og­nized be­cause teenagers aren’t al­ways rec­og­nized for their achieve­ments.”

Twyne will be rec­og­nized again at an up­com­ing St. Lu­naire-Gri­quet town coun­cil meet­ing.

Mayor Dale Col­bourne ex­plained that when young peo­ple from the town achieve some­thing ex­tra­or­di­nary, coun­cil likes to present them with a cer­tifi­cate and small cash prize.

Col­bourne also heaped praise on the Hum­bys for their ded­i­ca­tion to cadets, as well as other ini­tia­tives such as the Sil­ver Lin­ings Cat Res­cue, which the cou­ple runs.

“Chris and Deb­bie are amaz­ing peo­ple to have in your com­mu­nity,” the mayor said.

CHRISTO­PHER HUMBY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Three of the 285 Leif Erik­sen Cadet Corps re­ceived ac­co­lades this sum­mer. Pic­tured (l to r) Chief Petty Of­fi­cer 1st Class Tracy Bussey re­ceived the HMCS Aca­dia train­ing cen­tre team work award; Petty Of­fice 1st Class Rekita Twyne re­ceived the ANAVETS Cadet Medal of Merit; and Petty Of­fi­cer 1st Class Amos Semi­gak achieved a pa­rade po­si­tion (com­mand­ing at the grad­u­a­tion pa­rade) this sum­mer at CTC Arg­onaut in New Bruns­wick.

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