Kelly captures top honour
“We know how difficult it must be on times to attend regular parades, whether mandatory or complimentary, and to attend the other functions we participate in,” he said.
Morgan said the work of everyone involved, including sponsors, play a vital role in “what makes this corps work and be successful.”
“What youth organization offers so much for so little and presents so many positive and favourable characteristics?” he asked rhetorically.
Morgan said he often approaches sponsors with the question — Do you realize what we have here?
“Think of the life skills and values offered. Think of the benefits of just being involved,” he said. “Let’s keep this corps a very viable operation long into the future.” Wide ranging 295 Baccalieu parades with 80 cadets, which is “a little up from last year.” “We are still one of the largest corps in Atlantic Canada,” said Morgan.
The c or ps takes in young people from 15 communities from Kingston to Winterton.
One of the longest serving members of the corps is Chief Petty Officer I Aaron Kelly.
Kelly received the Lord Stratacona medal during the review. It is the highest honour that can be awarded to a Canadian cadet and is in recognition of exemplary physical and military training.
“I feel very proud to have been awarded the medal,” he said.
Aaron felt like his peers and officers recognized the hard work he puts in during the year.
“I put 110 per cent into everything that I do and to receive an award that shows people recognize what you do feels really good,” he said.
Bay de Verde branch of the Navy League of Canada representative Joan Kelly said all cadets are appreciated for the work they do.
“We are so very fortunate to have such a dedicated group,” she said.
Joan thought it was “special” seeing her son, Aaron, receive the Lord Stratacona medal during the review.
“I’m very proud of him and that’s his passion,” she said.
What made it more special for mother and son is the fact this is Aaron’s last year with 295 Baccalieu.
“It’s a moment that I got to share today, that I didn’t really expect,” said Joan
The annual ceremonial review capped off what was another successful year for the corps. Not only were they recognized as the top sea cadet corp in Atlantic Canada, but the competitive drill team captured the provincial crown for the third consecutive year.
“Everyone did a very good job and we worked very hard for it,” said Aaron.
Members of 295 Baccalieu sea cadets march to the John Hoskins Community Centre in Old Perlican April 29. The corps held its 27th annual ceremonial review at Baccalieu Collegiate in Old Perlican earlier in the day.