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Cor­po­ral Jack Wil­son, of Lan­caster, a mem­ber of the 253 Claude Nun­ney VC Royal Cana­dian Air Cadet Squadron in South Glen­garry, won the gold medal at the re­cent Air Cadet League of Canada-On­tario Pro­vin­cial Com­mit­tee’s Wing 5 Ef­fec­tive Speak­ing Com­pe­ti­tion. The con­test, hosted by the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion Branch 423 in Alexan­dria, saw cadets from squadrons from across Eastern On­tario de­liver a pre­pared and an im­promptu ad­dress. Cpl. Wil­son’s pre­pared speech was on the topic of “What is a Cana­dian?” He noted many typ­i­cal and stereo­typ­i­cal con­cepts of Cana­di­ans, but also fo­cused on the wel­com­ing and good­hearted na­ture of Cana­di­ans, as he per­son­ally saw when his fam­ily moved to Canada from the United King­dom nine years ago. He pointed to many world achieve­ments from Canada, in­clud­ing peace-keep­ing mis­sions and global se­cu­rity for which Cana­dian Peace Keep­ers. The topic for the im­promptu speech was “Space...the fi­nal fron­tier.” Cpl. Wil­son took his three min­utes of prepa­ra­tion time to for­mu­late and de­liver a speech full of sta­tis­tics about space, while also in­clud­ing ad­vances in space tech­nol­ogy. He men­tioned mul­ti­ple in­dus­tries and com­pa­nies that are ded­i­cat­ing nu­mer­ous hours and funds to ad­vance mankind’s pres­ence in space.Win­ning the com­pe­ti­tion not only pro­vides Cpl. Wil­son with a gold medal, and bronze lo­cal level par­tic­i­pa­tion pin, but also an in­vi­ta­tion to the pro­vin­cial com­pe­ti­tion in Hamil­ton, where cadets from across On­tario will com­pete for a chance to at­tend the Na­tional level.

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($3,000 to the Op­ti­mist Club of Lan­caster) for fire­works, Mr. Bour­gon re­quested $3,000 to help with this year’s events in Glen Wal­ter. “I be­lieve that would cover all the fire­works,” said Mr. Bour­gon. Coun­cil backed the re­quest. “I think this is a great ini­tia­tive. I’m re­ally glad to see some­thing go­ing on at the park,” said Deputy-Mayor Lyle War­den. “I like what you’re go­ing to do and I think it’s go­ing to be a great day.” Coun­cil­lor Stephanie Ja­worski was also ap­pre­cia­tive of the or­ga­niz­ers’ ef­forts. “Thank you so much for step­ping up to do this,” she said. “Hats off to you for or­ga­niz­ing that. It’s a great event and a great com­mu­nity-build­ing event.” “As a busi­ness owner, res­i­dent and ac­tive mem­ber of the com­mu­nity, my goal is to pro­vide a place for fam­i­lies to gather in cel­e­bra­tion of Canada Day, and to hope­fully con­tinue this new tra­di­tion on an an­nual ba­sis,” said Mr. Mustafa. Mr. Bour­gon echoed those sen­ti­ments Mon­day night. “We’re not look­ing to make this a one-time event,” he said. “We’re look­ing to build off this.” Glen Wal­ter had been with­out Canada Day celebratio­ns since 2016. GOLD- MEDAL SPEECH: Cpl. Jack Wil­son re­ceives his gold medal from Ma­jor Sandy McDon­ald.

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