Northern Peninsula cadets earn prestigious awards
Rekita Twyne and Tracy Bussey honoured at HMCS Acadia cadet training centre
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.
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.