Kelly cap­tures top hon­our

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“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.

nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

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.

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