C adet leader honoured
Clifford Morgan of Old Perlican given lifetime achievement award
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.