Ehvan Griffin wins cadet excellence award
Presentation among highlights of Navy League cadet inspection
A 12-year-old cadet from Colliers has earned a prestigious award from the Navy League of Canada.
Chief Petty Officer II Ehvan Griffin was presented with a Cadet Award of Excellence during the annual ceremonial review of 119 Vickers Vimy Navy League cadets in North River on Sunday, May 27.
It’s one of only two handed out in the province this year.
The recipient is selected by the Navy League of Canada in Ottawa. Some of the criteria for the award includes exemplary dress, deportment, leadership skills and knowledge.
Griffin is a Grade 6 student at Immaculate Conception Elementary in Colliers, and is one of just under 60 Navy League cadets who paraded with Vickers Vimy this year.
The corps is based in Brigus, though its annual review took place at All Hallows Elementary in North River.
Griffin also took home the best senior male cadet award, and led the corps’ impressive drill team during the review.
It was also a big day for coxswain Chief Petty Officer I Nicole Shea of Marysvale, who took home two of the most prestigious awards, including best all-round cadet. She also received the cadet choice award, which
“They always do exactly what they’re supposed to do. They always perform way above what anyone anticipates.” — Lt. (NL) Demita Hynes,
commanding officer, 119 Vickers Vimy Navy League cadets
is voted on by her peers.
Lt. (NL) Demita Hynes, commanding officer of 119 Vickers Vimy, described the annual review as phenomenal.
“They always do exactly what they’re supposed to do. They always perform way above what anyone anticipates,” said Hynes.
The Brigus group is one of five Navy League cadet corps in the province. The others include three in St. John’s and one in Gander.
Navy League cadets are between the ages of 9 and 12 years-of-age, and unlike the traditional sea, air and army cadet program (ages 12 to 18), is not affiliated with the Department of National Defence.
Vickers Vimy, which is named in honour of a wooden schooner from Brigus that operated in the 1930s, features young people from Colliers to Bay Roberts.
The corps was established in 1976, and is supported by Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 65 in Brigus.
The inspecting officer was Const. John Clarke, who is the community policing officer for the Trinity Conception District RCMP. He described cadets as a “great program” where young people are exposed to discipline, exercise and knowledge. He encouraged the Navy League cadets to continue their involvement with the program by joining a sea, air or army cadet corps.
Bernadette Trickett of Brigus represented the Navy League of Canada, and had high praise for the cadets. “You amaze so many people,” she said. Trickett made special mention of a bullying display, and emphasized that the cadet program encourages young people to treat others with respect. She also commended the drill team, describing it as second to none.
AWARDS HANDED OUT DURING THE 2012 ANNUAL REVIEW OF 119 VICKERS VIMY NAVY LEAGUE
• best first-year (female) — Able Cadet Karen Mugford; • best first-year (male) — Leading Cadet Jack Simms; • best senior cadet (female) – Petty Officer I Taylor Dixon; • best senior cadet (male) — Chief Petty Officer II Ehvan Griffin; • best dressed (female) — Petty Officer II Laken Pottle; • best dressed (male) — Petty Officer II Zachary Edmunds; • John W. and Edith L Hiscock Memorial Award (leadership and co-operation) — (tie) Petty Officer I Gavin Sparkes and Petty Officer I Issac Sparkes; • Most enthusiastic — Petty Officer II Kelsey Fry; • Most dedicated — Petty Officer I Coady Gillard; • Most improved — Petty Officer I Casey Delaney; • Best band cadet — Petty Officer II Mackenzie Sparrow; • Best guard cadet — Petty Officer II Brandon Dixon; • Most promising ( junior) — Petty Officer II Edward Ryan; • Most promising (senior) — Petty Officer II Tamika French; • Best all-round — Chief Petty Officer I Nicole Shea; • Top fundraiser — Petty Officer I Taylor Dixon; • Cadet choice award — Chief Petty Officer I Nicole Shea.
Shown here are band members (from left) Juliann Keeping, Rebecca Snow, Emma Roberts, Brighton Kemp and Issac Sparkes.
Cadets Cody O’Leary (left), Luke Edmunds and Curtis Henderson (right) get active on devices called “Horse Hops” during the physical fitness display.
Members of the 16-member drill team prepares to strut their stuff.
Chief Petty Officer II Ehvan Griffin (left) of Colliers was presented with a Cadet Award of Excellence on Sunday, May 27. Griffin is a member of 119 Vickers Vimy Navy League cadets, which is based in Brigus. He is shown here with his mother, Angela Thompson-Griffin, and Bernadette Trickett (right) of Brigus, who is the provincial representative with the Navy League of Canada.
Inspecting officer RCMP Const. John Clarke (centre) chats with Petty Officer II Matthew Small (right). At left is Chief Petty Officer II Ehvan Griffin.
Members of the 119 Vickers Vimy Navy League cadets parade during their annual inspection at All Hallows Elementary in North River on Sunday, May 27.
Petty Officer II Mackenzie Sparrow was selected “best band cadet.” He is shown here playing the snare drum.
Chief Petty Officer II Tyanna Rowe leads the band.