League of Canada Air Cadets to meet this month
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).”