Parsons is ‘spirit of the corps’
Surgery prevents cadet from participating in review; still wins awards
While 23 other cadets in the 2615 Victoria Lions Army Cadet Corps marched at Persalvic School in Victoria on June 2, played instruments and were inspected during the 36th annual ceremonial review, Master Cpl. Jenna Parsons was sitting uncomfortably on a pillow in a plastic chair on the sidelines.
While her counter parts marched in perfect unison, Parsons, who was covered with a fleece blanket, wished she could have been up there with them but unfortunately surgery to remove a cyst led her to miss out.
Even as a member of the audience, Parsons walked away with three major awards — the Legion Medal of Excellence, Esprit De Corps and Regimental Sergeant Major’s Choice.
She joked while posing for photos not to get her sweat pants in the pictures, which was followed by a chuckle from the officers in attendance.
When asked after the closing banquet about receiving the Esprit De Corps award, she said, “It was surprising,”
The award is given to a determined cadet who helps younger cadets achieve greatness in the cadet movement, said Parsons.
“I do it because I remember what it was like to be a young cadet,” she smiled, adding she helps the younger cadets during camp, especially when they just need someone to confide in.
For the second year in a row Parsons was the recipient of the Regimental Sergeant Major’s Choice award, which is decided by the RSM of the corps, Alicia Ash, who picks the recipient based on dedication, involvement and overall attitude.
All in the family
For this Persalvic Grade 9 student, success in cadets is no surprise within her family.
Her brother, Justin Parsons, was a former RSM at the same corps, and he previously took home some of the same awards as his sister.
Her mother, Kathy Parsons, was “very proud” of her daughter’s accomplishments during the event, and said how dedicated the family has been with the corps for many years.
“I am currently working on becoming an of ficer,” Parson’s mother said.
The highest award a cadet can receive in Canada is the Lord Strathcona Medal. The recipient must display exceptional physical and military performance and have at least a Silver Star, or third year, training level.
2615 Victoria honoured its Command Sergeant Major, Master Warrant Of ficer Jonathan Davis, with this award.
He also received the award for Master Cadet, and was honoured with the position of RSM. He will take over from graduating cadet Alicia Ash this September. Performances The corps demonstrated their skills through numerous demonstrations, including a drill team and unique and traditional band performances.
Cadets marched in perfect unison into the gymnasium showing their professionalism and dedication to the group.
During the traditional per-
“I do it because I remember what it was like to be a young cadet.” — Master Cpl. Jenna Parsons
formance, the band played each note with precision and showed their variation with traditional music and Newfoundland folk tunes.
During the event, the band played a section of songs in the dark on the school stage. They wore white gloves which glowed under three black lights situated at the base of the stage.
Lt.-Col Perry Grandy, reviewing officer, praised the troop for their great performances and for an excellent review.
Success in cadets
Commanding Of ficer Capt. Joseph Lafitte wasn’t all that surprised at the success of both Parsons and Davis.
He said Parsons was one of four cadets in the province to win a trip to Ottawa last year for the Encounters with Canada program for a commemoration of Vimy Ridge.
Lafitte was also elated that more than half of his troop would be attending camp this year, even after significant cuts to the cadet program.
“It could be a very small fraction that will determine if one cadet goes to camp and another doesn’t,” he explained.
Lafitte announced that the army cadets still have a few more events to attend this year, including a memorial service June 23. Details will be published on the corps’ Facebook page.
Members of the 2615 Victoria Lions army cadets participated in the unit’s 36th annual ceremonial review June 2 at Persalvic school in Victoria. Then they held an awards banquet at the Victoria’s Lion’s Club to honour this year’s award winners. In attendance were: front (l-r) —Lance Cpl. K. Riddle-Ellsworth, Lance Cpl. B. Kennell, Lance Cpl. C. Cull, Master Warrant Officer J. Davis, Chief Warrant Officer A. Ash, Lt.-Col. P. Grandy, Lance Cpl. G. Baggs, Lance Cpl. C. Green and Lance Cpl. S. Emberley; middle — 2nd Lieut. S. Clarke, Master Cpl. J. Parsons, civilian volunteer K. Clarke, Master Cpl. M. Slade, Master Cpl. M. King, Master Cpl. S. Short, Master Cpl. C. Slade, Master Cpl. J. Green, Master Cpl. K. Hefford, Master Cpl. J. Morgan and Master Cpl. O. Clarke; back — civilian volunteer A. Griffin, Officer Cadet J. Drover, Cpl. M. Fry, Master Cpl. J. Garland, Cpl. J. Davis, Capt. J. LaFitte, Cpl. F. Finlayson, civilian volunteer E. Hefford and Master Cpl. K. Doyle.
The 2615 army cadets showcase their drill performance with confidence. Members of the drill team are from left —Master Cpl. J. Garland, Master Cpl. K. Doyle, Master Warrant Officer J. Davis, Cpl. J. Davis, Cpl. F. Finlayson, Master Cpl. K. Hefford, Cpl. J. Morgan, Cpl. N. Green, Master Cpl. S. Short, Master Cpl. J. Ryan, Cpl. M. Fry, Master Cpl. C. Slade, Master Cpl. M. Slade and Cpl. M. King.
Master Cpl. Jenna Parsons (left) was a big winner at this year’s reviewing ceremony for 2615 Victoria Lions Army Cadets. Although not able to participate in the activities, she took home the Esprit de Corps, RSM’s Choice and the Legion Medal of Excellence awards. Presenting her with the Esprit de Corps award is commanding officer Capt. Joseph Lafitte.
Lt.-Col. Perry Grandy (middle) and Chief Warrant Officer Alicia Ash inspect glockenspiel player Master Cpl. Olivia Clarke.
Cpl. Morgan Fry, winner of the Outstanding Dedication to Band award, plays her glockenspiel during the final march of the annual ceremonial review.
Chief Warrant Officer Alicia Ash performs her final duty as a cadet, passing on the Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major sash to Master Warrant Officer Jonathan Davis. Ash received the Graduating Cadet award and Davis was the recipient of the Lord Strathcona Medal, the highest honour that can be presented to a cadet.
Lance Cpl. Cameron Green (left) receives the “Best Dressed on Parade” award from Lt.Col. Perry Grandy at the annual ceremonial review.