C adet leader hon­oured

Clif­ford Mor­gan of Old Per­li­can given life­time achieve­ment award

The Compass - - PORTHTE - BY TERRY ROBERTS

A re­tired educator who is of­ten praised for his lead­er­ship in the cadet move­ment in the re­gion has been hon­oured with a life­time achieve­ment award.

Lt.-cmdr. Clif­ford Mor­gan of O ld Per­li­can, who is the com­mand­ing of fi­cer of one of the most suc­cess­ful sea cadet corps in the prov­ince, was one of three of­fi­cers to be pre­sented with a Cadet In­struc­tors Cadre (CIC) Life­tim e Achieve­ment Award dur­ing a cer­e­mony at Govern­ment House in St. John’s on Dec. 12.

The oth­ers in­cluded Lt.-col. Thomas F. Mc­grath of St. John’s and Lt. (Navy) Lloyd Ros­siter of Ramea. They were among 14 re­cip­i­ents through­out Canada .

The present ations were made by Lt.-gov. John C. Cros­bie.

The award is pre­sented an­nu­ally to mem­bers of the CIC, a Branch of the Cana­dian Forces Re­serves, who have made out­stand­ing con­tri­bu­tions to the branch and the Cana­dian Cadet Move­ment (CCM).

The award was es­tab­lished in 2009 by the CIC Branch Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil, dur­ing cel­e­bra­tions mark­ing the 100th an­niver­sary of the branch. Sur­prised by award Mor­gan, who is orig­i­nally from Port de Grave, en­roll ed in the Cadet In­struc­tors Cadre in 1986 as a found­ing mem­ber of 295 Bac­calieu sea cadets in Old Pel­i­can . He has served as com­mand­ing of­fi­cer for 15 of the 27 years the cor ps has been in ex­is­tence.

Mor­gan con­cluded a 30-year ca­reer as an educator last June when h e re­tired as as­sis­tant prin­ci­pal at Bac calieu Coll egiate in Old Per­li­can. His two adult chil­dren, Cyrstal How­ell and Con­rad Mor­gan, are both grad­u­ates of the cadet pro­gram.

Mor­gan said he was sur­prised to have been se­lected for the award.

“It is a de­light and a priv­i­lege to be rec­og­nized by my fel­low peers through­out the sys­tem,” Mor­gan told The Com­pass last week.

Even af­ter 27 years with the pro­gram, Mor­gan has not lost his en­thu- si asm for cadets.

“I have never yet said I’ve had enough or I will move on. I just en­joy workin g with the youth ,” Mor­gan added.

Top corps in the prov­ince

Mor­gan has lead cadets from across Canada on in­ter­na­tional cadet ex­changes to the United States and Ja­pan.

Un­der his lead­er­ship, 295 Bac­calieu has achieved the dis­tinc­tion of be­ing named the top rated sea cadet corps in New­found­land and Labrador on two oc­ca­sions, and once for Canada.

Mor­gan is a stron g sup­porter of the Navy League of Canada and was a found­ing mem­ber of the Bay de Verde branch of the Nav y League.

In 1990, he helped pi­lot and cham­pion the suc­cess­ful Ac­tive Liv­ing Pro­gramme for Sea Cadets. He is a strong sup­porter of Cadets Car­ing for Canada and The Duke of Ed­in­burgh Awards. He has ex­celled in en­cour­ag­ing the youth of Bay De Verde area to en­roll in the cadet move­ment.a

In fact, for more than 15 years, 295 Bac­calieu has main­tained the high­est cadet en­rol­ment for a sea cadet corps in New­found­land and Labrador.

Mor­gan has re­ceived the 125th An­niver­sary of the Con­fed­er­a­tion of Canad a Medal , the Canadi an Forces’ Dec­o­ra­tion, a Com­mand­ing Of fi­cer Re­gional Cadet Sup­port (At­lantic) Com­mend ation and sev­eral Navy League of Canada awards.

The CIC is the largest of fi­cer branch in the Cana­dian Forces, with 7,500 mem­bers across Canada and 1,500 in At­lantic Canada.

Ac­cord­ing to a news re­lease, re­cip­i­ents of the achieve­ment award rep­re­sent the truly out­stand­ing of­fi­cers who have con­trib­uted through­out their life­time, to ad­vance the aims of b oth the CIC and the CCM.

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