Com­mit­ment and ded­i­ca­tion re­warded

Annapolis Valley Register - - OBITUARY/COMMUNITY - BY KIRK STAR­RATT KINGSCOUNTYNEWS.CA ALDER­SHOT, NS Kirk.star­ratt@kingscountynews.ca

Her ded­i­ca­tion and com­mit­ment to vol­un­teer­ing for the Kings County army cadets has led to spe­cial recog­ni­tion from the Gover­nor Gen­eral of Canada.

Cor­po­ral Joan Dorey of Cam­bridge, a full-time pri­mary re­servist with 5 CDTC who works at Camp Alder­shot, was pre­sented with the Sov­er­eign’s Medal for Vol­un­teers at a Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cers Pa­rade ear­lier this month.

Dorey first got in­volved with vol­un­teer­ing as an army cadet par­ent, as both of her sons went through the pro­gram. Af­ter her boys moved on, she rec­og­nized the 2444 Kings County Royal Cana­dian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) was grow­ing so she con­tin­ued vol­un­teer­ing.

Dorey dis­cov­ered she would be re­ceiv­ing the award af­ter the Gover­nor Gen­eral’s of­fice called her home while she was work­ing this sum­mer. Her hus­band called her, say­ing she had to call the num­ber they had left right away. Dorey asked who it was but her hus­band wasn’t sure.

“When I called and she an­swered the phone ‘Gover­nor Gen­eral of Canada’s of­fice’, I said I think I have the wrong num­ber,” Dorey said.

She dou­ble-checked with her hus­band to make sure he had given her the cor­rect num­ber, but he had. Dorey thought she may have trans­posed the dig­its, so she called again. The woman asked Dorey if she was re­ceiv­ing an award or pre­sent­ing one and, not know­ing, Dorey told her “no.” The woman asked Dorey who she was look­ing for but Dorey told her she didn’t know.

“It was prob­a­bly about two weeks later that they called me at home and they got me,” Dorey said.

She said it’s great to be rec­og­nized by the Gover­nor Gen­eral and the cadets and hopes it will serve as an in­cen­tive for oth­ers to vol­un­teer. Also, Dorey rec­og­nizes cadets might not be a good fit for all chil­dren but, if they stick with it and put the ef­fort in, it can be a trans­for­ma­tive and highly ben­e­fi­cial ex­pe­ri­ence.

2444 Kings County RCACC Com- mand­ing Of­fi­cer Cap­tain Mandy Forbes de­scribed Dorey as a “highly com­mit­ted” vol­un­teer who is happy to of­fer help in any way she can.

Forbes said they were ex­cited to learn Dorey would be the re­cip­i­ent of the Sov­er­eign’s Medal for Vol­un­teers. It’s a great feel­ing to have a staff mem­ber rec­og­nized, es­pe­cially with such an im­por­tant medal. Dorey has vol­un­teered with the cadet corps for eight years.

“Joan is a hard worker and valu­able mem­ber of our team,” Forbes said. “As a vol­un­teer, she chooses to help and doesn’t seek recog­ni­tion.”

Forbes said since they are a larger cadet corps, there is a lot of pa­per­work and files to man­age. Dorey has also used skills gained through her mil­i­tary ca­reer to help the unit’s ad­min­is­tra­tion staff keep the pa­per­work well or­ga­nized and up-to-date, eas­ing the bur­den on them.

Cadets is open to ages 12 to 18. Par­tic­i­pants are taught lead­er­ship, men­tor­ing, cit­i­zen­ship and phys­i­cal fit­ness and learn marks­man­ship, map and com­pass and bush craft skills. Reg­u­lar train­ing for 2444 RCACC takes place at Camp Alder­shot ev­ery Wed­nes­day evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m.

SUB­MIT­TED

Cor­po­ral Joan Dorey, left, is the re­cip­i­ent of the Sov­er­eign’s Medal For Vol­un­teers. She has been rec­og­nized for her vol­un­teer work with the Kings County army cadets. Dorey is pic­tured here with 2444 Kings County RCACC Com­mand­ing Of­fi­cer Cap­tain Mandy Forbes.

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