A great deal for cadet corps

The Glengarry News - - The Opinion Page -

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.

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