A great deal for cadet corps
Members of St. Andrew’s-Knox United Church and their minister, Reverend John Noordhof, presented cadets from 253 Claude Nunney VC, Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron in South Glengarry with a cheque for $800 as a donation from their Opportunity Knox Store in Lancaster.
Opportunity Knox Store is a local thrift shop, run by church volunteers, in support of local initiatives and programs in and around South Glengarry.
When presented with the cheque, the squadron’s senior cadet, 17-year-old Warrant Officer Second Class Gianlucca Macchiagodena was asked what the plans would be for the donation. His response was, “It would be put towards the squadron’s aviation fund” where cadets get an opportunity several times a year to go flying and gliding. They also learn valuable lessons in aircraft performance and maintenance, all in hopes they may obtain their pilot’s licence through the program, often free of charge.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadet program is a national youth organization open to boys and girls aged 12 to 18, and is supported by the Canadian government and Department of National Defence. Although cadets are not members of the military, they are given opportunity to learn about, familiarize themselves with and train using military equipment and structure.
The program also focuses on the development of youth leaders, while ensuring a safe, fun and challenging environment in which cadets focus on citizenship, community service, leadership and in particular for the air cadets, aviation. Training and uniforms are provided at no charge.
The cadet program is about youth leadership.
As author and lecturer Alfie Kohn has said: “Children, after all, are not just adults-in- the-making.
The squadron is also supported by the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 544 in Lancaster.