League of Canada Air Cadets to meet this month

The Compass - - SPORTS - BY DANETTE DOO­LEY

The Air Cadet Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee of New­found­land and Labrador will host the Air Cadet League of Canada’s 68th An­nual Meet­ing at the Hol­i­day Inn in St. John’s in June.

One of the most ex­cit­ing com­po­nents of the meet­ing — the Na­tional Air Cadet Ef­fec­tive Speak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion — will take place at the ho­tel on the evening of June 18.

Cadets from nu­mer­ous ar­eas of this prov­ince have been ex­tremely suc­cess­ful in the com­pe­ti­tion in pre­vi­ous years, says long-time air cadet vol­un­teer Don Glad­ney.

“The com­pe­ti­tion started as a 50th an­niver­sary pro­gram in 1991 and it’s been go­ing ever since. We (New­found­land and Labrador) are roughly one-third of the win­ners since then,” Glad­ney says.

Cadet Dee Jay Rum­bolt with 674 Cadet Squadron in Happy Val­ley-Goose Bay won the pro­vin­cial speak-off this year and with it a spot in the na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

She spoke on “En­vi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship.”

Other fi­nal­ists in this prov­ince were Joey Morneau, 511 Hum­ber Squadron who spoke on: A Cana­dian I Con­sider to be a Hero; Caro­line Turn­bull 807 Mount Pearl: A Suc­cess­ful Cana­dian Who Was an Air Cadet; and El­iz­a­beth But­ton 840 In­dian Bay whose speech was en­ti­tled: How Tech­nol­ogy Has In­flu­enced My Life.”

All four cadets did a su­perb job and are to be com­mended for their ef­forts, Glad­ney says.

All prov­inces and ter­ri­to­ries will be rep­re­sented at the an­nual meet­ing. Thus far al­most 150 adults and mil­i­tary per­son­nel have reg­is­tered for the event.

“We’ll have com­mit­tee meet- ings as well as our an­nual meet­ing all tak­ing place at the Hol­i­day Inn. Our post-com­mit­tee event will be held at the Col­lege of the North At­lantic,” Glad­ney says.

The air cadet move­ment is open to youth aged 12 to 18. In this prov­ince there are 21 air cadet squadrons with a to­tal of over 600 cadets.

Na­tion­ally, Glad­ney says, there are 453 squadrons with a to­tal of about 23,000 air cadets.

While many of the air cadet pro­grams fo­cus on lead­er­ship and cit­i­zen­ship, the move­ment also pro­motes avi­a­tion-re­lated ac­tiv­i­ties.

“Each year we make avail­able 260 fly­ing schol­ar­ships whereby a young cadet, male or fe­male, can ob­tain their pi­lot’s li­cence,” Glad­ney says.

An­other 350 cadets across the coun­try will pur­sue and be granted their pi­lot wings in a glider each year, he adds.

A glider is an un­pow­ered plane that uses ris­ing air to gain alti­tude and speed.

Ac­cord­ing to Glad­ney, the glider pro­gram is quite pop­u­lar with cadets in ev­ery prov­ince and ter­ri­tory.

A St. John’s res­i­dent and past pres­i­dent of the na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tion, Glad­ney is cel­e­brat­ing 60 years’ ser­vice with the air cadet move­ment.

He de­scribes this coun­try’s youth as Canada’s great­est nat­u­ral re­source.

“I can stick my chest out pretty big watch­ing those youngsters per­form, which shows us what good comes from our in­volve­ment (in the cadet move­ment).”

danette@nl.rogers.com

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