Bri­gus pride

249 Effie M. Mor­ris­sey cadet corps given high praise at re­view

The Compass - - FRONT PAGE - BYNICHOLAS MERCER THE COM­PASS

While the 249 Effie M. Mor­ris­sey sea cadet corps may be small in num­ber, they cer­tainly are not small in en­thu­si­asm.

If you lacked ev­i­dence of that, you only had to see the 19 cadets march­ing dur­ing its 37th cer­e­mo­nial re­view at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Bri­gus, May 29.

Those in at­ten­dance were treated to a sea cadet trivia game in which Team Bravo handed it to Team Al­pha, as well as ex­am­ples of the shoot­ing and boat­ing, led by mem­bers of the corps.

Af­ter each demon­stra­tion, the cadets were given a loud ap­plause by their of­fi­cers, spe­cial guests and par­ents and loved ones that were in at­ten­dance.

Staff Sgt. Ma­jor Dave Tip­ple with the RCMP was the re­view­ing of­fi­cer.

The New­found­land and Labrador war­rant of­fi­cer took his time speak­ing with cadets while he walked through the ship’s com­pany.

Tip­ple praised the cadets for the ded­i­ca­tion they show each and ev­ery week.

“When re­view­ing cadets, one can’t help but feel a sense of pride,” he said. “This pride shines through in the eyes of ev­ery­one today.

“This corps is com­prised of some of the best and bright­est. A group of young, self-re­liant peo­ple who are learn­ing to be­come fu­ture lead­ers.”

Along with not­ing the ded­i­ca­tion of cadets, Tip­ple made note of the ded­i­ca­tion shown to the corps by all vol­un­teers, par­ents and the com­mu­ni­ties to­wards the success of the corps.

Tip­ple iden­ti­fied them as the “heart” of the cadet corps.

He said the sea cadet pro­gram of­fers a great start for the young men and women of New­found­land and Labrador “on the road to self­con­fi­dence, phys­i­cal fit­ness and self-dis­ci­pline.”

“It also of­fers youth the op­por­tu­nity to make life­long friends, en­cour­ages high per­sonal stan­dards and pro­vides the foun­da­tion for fu­ture ca­reers.”

Com­man­der’s re­marks

Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer Lt. (N) Ger­ald Mercer started his ad­dress not­ing the corps low num­ber of cadets, but told the crowd he ex­pects the num­bers to grow.

“We’re hop­ing next year we can have a lot more,” he said.

The corps takes in youth from Shearstown to Col­liers and pa­rade most Tues­day nights.

Named af­ter the schooner cap­tained by Bri­gus na­tive and Arc­tic ex­plorer, Capt. Robert Bartlett, the 249 Effie M. Mor­ris­sey corps started the year with 22 mem­bers, but slipped to 19.

Mercer said he was im­pressed with the work done by his cadets dur­ing the re­view, es­pe­cially im­prov­ing since start­ing in Septem­ber.

“I get filled up ev­ery year, but they did an ex­cel­lent job,” he said.

Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Elora Hynes cap­tured the award for best fe­male cadet as well as the pres­ti­gious Lord Strath­cona medal.

“It feels re­ally good,” she said about win­ning the medal. “It was re­ally nice to be able to achieve it.”

Hynes said she was proud of how she and her fel­low cadets per­formed dur­ing the re­view.

“We worked hard for it and we did re­ally good,” she said.

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249 EFFIE M. MOR­RIS­SEY OF­FI­CERS:

• Com­mand­ing of­fi­cer — Lt. (N) Ger­ald Mercer; • Ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer and ad­min­stra­tion of­fi­cer — Sub-Lt. Demita Hynes; • Sup­ply of­fi­cer — Lt. (N) Bon­nie Small; • Train­ing of­fi­cer — Sub-Lt. Joshua Bartlett; • Train­ing as­sis­tants — Sub-Lt. Chelsea Ed­munds, Sub-Lt. Dawn Par­sons and Act­ing Sub-Lt. Vic­to­ria Bartlett.

AWARDS AND RE­CIP­I­ENTS

• Most promis­ing first year cadet — Able Sea­man Chantelle O’Leary; • Most promis­ing sec­ond year cadet — Lead­ing Sea­man Hay­ley Ma­honey; • Most promis­ing third year cadet — Master Sea­man Matthew Lane; Master Sea­man Bran­don Small; • Best band cadet — Lead­ing Sea­man Mak­ile Hynes; • Best guards­man — Lead­ing Sea­man Matthew Ma­honey; • Best dressed cadet on pa­rade of the year — Chief Petty Of­fi­cer I Brit­tany Mercer; • Most ded­i­cated — Able Sea­man Kelsey Mug­ford; • Out­stand­ing lead­er­ship po­ten­tial award — Petty Of­fi­cer II Sa­man­tha Linthorne; • Of­fi­cer’s choice award — Petty Of­fi­cer II Do­minique Bat­ten; • Cadet choice award — Petty Of­fi­cer II Bradley Hawe; • Best male cadet — Petty Of­fi­cer II Bradley Hawe; • Best fe­male cadet — Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Elora Hynes; • Royal Cana­dian Le­gion medal of ex­cel­lence — Chief Petty Of­fi­cer I Brit­tany Mercer; • Lord Strath­cona trust medal — Chief Petty Of­fi­cer II Elora Hynes.

The 249 Effie M. Mor­ris­sey sea cadet corps held its 37th annual cer­e­mo­nial re­view at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion in Bri­gus, May 29.

249 Effie M. Mor­ris­sey corps were praised dur­ing the pa­rade by RCMP Staff Sgt. Ma­jor Dave Tip­ple.

With Master Sea­man Matthew Lane act­ing as the boat’s mo­tor, cadets Petty Of­fi­cer II Bradley Hawe and Lead­ing Ship­man Mak­ile Hynes ( glasses) demon­strate the boat­ing test while be­ing graded by Pe t t y O f f i c e r II Do­minique Bat­ten.

RCMP Staff Sgt. Ma­jor Dave Tip­ple in­spects cadets of 249 Effie M. Mor­ris­sey while Lead­ing Sea­man Hay l ey Ma­honey looks on.

The 249 Effie M. Mor­ris­sey sea cadet corps.

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