Big per­for­mance by small corps

Great East­ern sea cadets hold cer­e­mo­nial re­view in Dildo


They are small in num­bers, but sea cadets with the 209 Great East­ern corps in Dildo put on a big per­for­mance dur­ing their an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view at Wood­land El­e­men­tary on June 5.

De­spite hav­ing only 18 cadets on pa­rade, the corps wowed its in­spect­ing of­fi­cer with an im­pres­sive dis­play of mu­sic, march­ing and dis­ci­pline.

“ You did a fan­tas­tic job,” said Ma­jor Paul M. Westcott, com­mand­ing of­fi­cer of the 3038 army cadet corps in Re­news.

Some of the same faces took to the pa­rade for the band, drill and hon­our guard demon­stra­tions, il­lus­trat­ing the ca­pa­bil­i­ties and com­mit­ment of the cadets. In larger cadets groups, each demon­stra­tion would usu­ally fea­ture dif­fer­ent cadets.

“ Your turnout and dress was ex­cep­tional. Your be­hav­iour on pa­rade was ex­cep­tional,” Westcott added. “ Your num­bers are down, but you have proved you do not need big num­bers to be big.”

It was a big day for Mas­ter Sea­man Steven Day-Reid of Old Shop, who was named cadet-of-the-year. The 14-year-old took the pres­ti­gious hon­our af­ter just three years in the cadet move­ment.

“I like all the op­por­tu­ni­ties it gives and the fun stuff you do,” DayReid said of his ex­pe­ri­ence in cadets.

Day-Reid plans to spend much of his sum­mer in Gage­town, N.B., where he will be em­ployed as an in­struc­tor in the air ri­fle marks­man­ship course.

The other big award of the day went to Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Kather­ine Dob­bin, who took home the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Medal of Ex­cel­lence.

The cer­e­mo­nial re­view in­cluded a chal­lenge from Westcott for cadets to en­cour­age their friends to join the na­tional youth or­ga­ni­za­tion, which has seen a sharp de­cline in num­bers in re­cent years.

“ The best re­cruiters we have are cadets on pa­rade,” said Westcott.

Why are so few young peo­ple join­ing cadets? Day-Reid said there’s a mis­con­cep­tion that cadets is just about drill and march­ing.

“I tell them about the sail­ing, the camps and all that fun stuff,” said Day-Reid.

But in an age of wide­spread so­cial me­dia and var­i­ous other dis­trac­tions and op­por­tu­ni­ties, most young peo­ple are seem­ingly un­in­ter­ested in what the cadet move­ment has to of­fer. There’s a move­ment un­der­way to make the pro­gram more at­trac­tive to young peo­ple.

Day-Reid be­lieves the so­lu­tion is a very ba­sic one: “ We just have to get out there and talk about it. It’s very re­ward­ing and we have to let more peo­ple know about it.”

One of the high­lights of the June 5 cer­e­mo­nial re­view of the 209 Great East­ern sea cadets in Dildo was the band demon­stra­tion. Shown here on the drums are, from left, Chris­tian Legge, Vanessa Ne­whook, Tay­lor Piercey and Kayla Crocker.

The Le­gion Medal of Ex­cel­lence was awarded to Kather­ine Dob­bin dur­ing the June 5 cer­e­mo­nial re­view of the 209 Great East­ern sea cadets in Dildo.

Mas­ter Sea­man Steven Day-Reid of Old Shop was named cadet-of-the-year June 5 at the an­nual cer­e­mo­nial re­view of the 209 Great East­ern sea cadet in Dildo.

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