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.
($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.