1849's Monthly Report
This month staff and senior cadets got started early in preparing for the kick-off of our 2020-2021 training year on the 9th of Sept.
Our 1st virtual parade night had 17 cadets and 3 staff participating.
As this was our initial parade, traditionally it was not a mandatory event and participation numbers are expected to improve as the year progresses.
Our current state of concern revolves around our access to in-person training facilities. The Upper Grand District School Board cancelled their Community Use Program for the entirety of the school year. Without access to our typical training locations, we are currently working towards securing alternate venues. Ongoing repetitive cost, space availability and access are our biggest concerns right now.
There is a CO's conference this coming weekend and those are some of the concerns I will be seeking additional information on.
As expected, we have already started seeing some cadets turning in their resignation letters, including our DSM. How big an issue this becomes is yet to be seen. We will keep an eye on this and report back for next month's meeting.
We have a new CIC Officer recruit submitting their enrollment docs. Ms Misty Wilson from our PSC has made the jump to the green side. In addition we have another prospective CIC recruit showing interest, an OPP Sgt and former GGFG PRes member.
Capt Storey has advised that he is looking to make a move to another corps closer to home. That process has just been started so an ETA on execution is still a while away.
We will continue to do all of our training remotely until the resumption of in-person training is authorized. This is expected to be 01Oct20, but given the recent jump in COVID-19 cases, I wouldn't be surprised if that is pushed further back.
We are still continuing to plan for fall FTXs, with the proviso that there will be no overnight stays.
85's Monthly Report
85 Tornado has been preparing for the return of cadets. We have had staff meeting and meeting with the senior cadets. Registration has started and even with COVID we have a few new cadets and most of our past cadets are returning. We have set up Zoom for our virtual meetings and will be starting tomorrow night. We look forward to getting back to in person training as soon as possible. 85 is presently without a parade location, but working hard to find a place to meet when in person training returns.
Ruth M. Garwood
164 Shelburne RCACS
203 William St, Shelburne, ON L9V 3L6
Off Tel: 519-925-6621 / Cell: 416-768-9358
Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence
The ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION CADET MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE is a Canadian Cadet medal, which is available to members of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadets, Royal Canadian Army Cadets, and the Royal Canadian Air Cadets. The Legion Medal of Excellence is awarded by the Royal Canadian Legion to Cadets who have displayed excellence in citizenship both inside and outside of the Cadet program. The medal is awarded to one Cadet per corps annually.
The Cadet Medal of Excellence is awarded to a Cadet who;
• Meets all requirements of the corps annual mandatory and optional training programs.
• Participated in a minimum of three community service events, in addition to those supported by the cadet corps.
• Is regarded by peers and superiors as exemplifying the model cadet.
• Enhanced the cadet corps.
This year, the ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION CADET MEDAL OF EXCELLENCE is awarded to: MWO Scullino
Star Level Awards
Awarded to the top cadet in each star level for the current training year. The awarded cadet must have demonstrated an overall comprehension of the program and been successful in completing his/her star level with no wavers.
Top Green Star: LCpl Donnelly
Top Red Star: MCpl Beck, R
Top Silver Star: MCpl Post
Top Gold Star: WO Simoes
Top Master Cadet: MWO Scullino
Best First Year Cadet -
This award is given to the cadet who has been observed showing the most enthusiasm and potential in their first year as a cadet. The award for best first year cadet this year is presented to: Cpl Dimitrio
The recipient of this award must be an instructor who is enthusiastic, highly motivated and gets the Cadets to want to learn. This years recipient of the Best Instructor award is: WO Gustos
The platoon receiving this award has demonstrated the best attendance, dress and deportment and efficiency throughout the year. This years best platoon is: Alpha
RSM Award - This award is being presented to CWO Stewart This is presented to the Cadet Commanding Officer who holds the responsibility of ensuring that all orders are carried out while maintaining the morale and discipline of the Cadet Corps.
Best Overall Cadet
This award goes to the Senior Cadet who was seen to perform with the most enthusiasm and proficiency at a Senior Rank Level. This year’s best overall cadet is: A/WO McKechnie
CWO Nathan Teeter Award
Citizenship is a very important aim of the Cadet Program. No one exemplified this aim better than Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Nathan Teeter. CWO Teeter was a Cadet with our Unit from December 1999 to December 2005. In that time he put in more community service hours in one year that most cadets put in in 3-4 years. He was the first ever Orangeville Army Cadet to Receive the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence for his acts in the local Community. Balancing school studies, work, family commitments and cadet activities can very tough. CWO Teeter was able to do this, demonstrating dedication, loyalty and commitment to our Community and the Orangeville Army Cadets. His leadership and dedication was an example for others to follow. He did this without complaint, and always with a smile on his face.
On Christmas day in 2007 at the age of 20, Nathan lost his battle with cancer. He leaves behind a legacy that touched many people in their lives, and he will not be forgotten. Even today, Nathan continues to serve his community through a charitable foundation in his name. The Nathan’s Wish Foundation continues to raise money to provide the comforts of home to patients at local hospitals, and to help relieve the stresses of families coping with illnesses. Nathan’s one and only wish was to give back to the community that was so kind and giving to him during his illness. Presented to WO Wood
Best Marksmanship Award - Rifle Team
This award goes to the Cadet on the rifle team who demonstrated the highest marksmanship skills over this past training year and includes all competitions. This years best marksman is: CWO Stewart
Best Marksman - Top Shot - Annual Rifle Day
Best Shot goes to the cadet with the highest score on the annual rifle training day shoot. BEST SHOT at the Annual One Day Rifle Shoot is: Sgt Wilford
Most Improved Cadet
This award is presented to the cadet who has shown the most improvement over the training year vs. last year. This years we had two cadets that showed a marked improvements over the previous year, to such degree that both were deemed equally worthy of this award. As such this award will be presented to two cadets this year. The recipients of the Most Improved Cadet are: WO Trafananko, and WO Manuel
Seltzer Award - Awarded by the Legion Branch 233
This award has been made possible through a donation from the Seltzer Family, and is awarded each year to the cadet in our unit that best demonstrates the definition of leadership and dedication within the cadet program. This award is be presented to: MWO Sylvia
Lord Strathcona Medal
The LORD STRATHCONA MEDAL, is the highest award which can be bestowed upon a Canadian cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training.
Lord Strathcona's objectives in establishing his endowment were to:
• encourage the improvement of the physical and intellectual capabilities of cadets; and
• foster patriotism in cadets through the acquisition of a good knowledge of military matters.
The criteria for the Lord Strathcona Medal are the following: The cadet must:
• have a high level of physical fitness;
• have completed at least one senior training course of six weeks for sea and army cadets; or of three weeks duration for Air Cadets;
• have qualified to a training level of at least Silver Star
• have met all requirements of their corps’ mandatory training program;
• have met all requirements of their corps’ extracurricular support training program;
• have completed three years as a cadet; and
• be regarded by peers and supervisors as exemplifying the model cadet.
The LORD STRATHCONA MEDAL will be presented to: CWO Stewart
THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE CADETS FROM THE ORANGEVILLE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION BRANCH 233!
Top Level 1 Cadet - Awarded based on the current year’s activity, attendance, dress, deportment, participation in extra-curricular activities including tagging weekend(s) and compatibility with peers during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by 2Lt Michelle Posavec to: LAC Rush Philip
Top Level 2 Cadet – Awarded to the cadet with best all-round record, covering regular training, attendance, extra curricular activities, fund raisers etc. During their term as a Level 2 cadet, during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by 2Lt Michelle Posavec to: Cpl Mayson Mitchell
Top Level 3 Cadet – There is no award for 2019/20.
Top Level 4 Cadet – Awarded to the individual who best exhibits Leadership Potential in the position of a junior leader during their term as a level 4 cadet during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by Captain Brenda Smith to: Sgt Jakeb Messam
Top Level 5 Cadet – Awarded to the individual who best exhibits all attributes of an excellent cadet in the position of a senior leader. During their term as a level 5 cadet during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by Captain John Smith to: FSgt Joelah Etti-Balogun
Most Improved Bands Person – This award is presented to the band member who has shown significant improvement during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by Captain Betty Sinclair to: Cpl Mayson Mitchell
Top Bands Person - This award is presented to the cadet band member who has shown good attendance, musical skill, dedication to their instrument and mentorship and leadership to the squadron band during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by Captain Betty Sinclair to: Sgt Liam Balch and Sgt Suhail Suleiman
Most Improved Rifle Marksman – This award is based on shooting scores throughout the training year during both training and in competition during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by Captain John Smith to: Cpl Mayson Mitchell
Top Marksman – This award is presented to the cadet who has provided leadership to the Marksmanship team, has excellent attendance and who's shooting scores throughout the year during both training and competition have been exemplary for the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by Captain John Smith to: Warrant James Gray
Keepers from Marksmanship Competition will be presented -
2020 Zone Shoot 3rd Place, Bronze overall presented by CV Ryan Stewart to: Warrant Officer James Gray
2020 Zone Shoot Competition, 2nd Place team, Silver presented by CV Ryan Stewart to:
LAC Tyree McLean
Corporal Mayson Mitchell,
Warrant James Gray,
Warrant Dennis Greenwood,
Squadron Warrant Officer April Messam,
Keepers from 2020 Area Biathlon Competition, Composite Male Team, Bronze Medal, presented by CV Ryan Stewart to: Warrant Officer Dennis Greenwood
Most Improved Cadet - This award is presented to a cadet that has shown the most improvement, during regular parade nights, over a period of time, which could be one to six years, during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by Captain Betty Sinclair to: Sgt Jakeb Messam
Cadet Choice – This award goes to the Cadet who represents someone that the other cadets in the Squadron deem to be someone they can aspire to be like, and also someone they can turn to for advice regarding matters within the framework of the everyday functions of the squadron as demonstrated during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by CI Phil Brisby to: Warrant Sufyan Suleiman and Squadron Warrant Officer April Messam
Citizenship Award – To win this award, the Cadet must; Be respectful to all, Display leadership with sensitivity when serving the Squadron and community, Demonstrate a willingness to help others without being asked, and Be involved in community activities both within Air Cadets and on their own time as demonstrated during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by Captain Ron Shaw to: FSgt Nicholas Thompson
Commanding Officers Award – This award is presented to a cadet (Not the WO1) who represents what in the eyes of the Commanding Officer is someone they believe exemplifies; above standard performance, exceptional leadership and attitude. as demonstrated during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by Captain Ron Shaw to: Warrant Dennis Greenwood
Warrant Officer First Class Award – This award is presented to those Cadets who achieve the rank of Warrant Officer First Class – WO1. A squadron may only have one WO1 at any given time. To receive this award is a great achievement. WO1 Messam demonstrated this well during the Cadet training year 2019-2020.
Presented by Captain Ron Shaw to : Squadron Warrant Officer April Messam
Lord Strathcona Medal – The Lord Strathcona Medal is the highest Award which can be bestowed upon a Cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training. The Medal and the accompanying Certificate of Merit are awarded by the Lord Strathcona Trust. The issue and wearing of the medal is authorized by the Chief of the Defence Staff. Each Air Cadet Squadron may award one Medal in each training year, but the award of the Medal is to be based solely on the availability of a worthy candidate.
Presented by Captain Ron Shaw to: Warrant Dennis Greenwood
Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence – The medal is awarded to one Cadet per corps/squadron annually. The Cadet Medal of Excellence is awarded to a Cadet who: 1. Meets all requirements of the corps/sqn annual mandatory and optional training programs. 2. Participated in a minimum of three community service events, in addition to those supported by the cadet corps/sqn. 3. Is regarded by peers and superiors as exemplifying the model cadet. 4. Enhanced the cadet corps/sqn.
Presented by Mr. Barry Kimber, Branch 233 President to: Warrant Sufyan Suleiman
Krista Hofer Award – Is presented to a well-rounded Air Cadet who has touched almost every area of the Air Cadet program as part of the Canadian Cadet Organization; Drill, Survival, Aviation, Band, Community Service, and has promoted Squadron Excellence.
This cadet would have participated in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities and learned valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.
This Cadet has demonstrated an ongoing interest and dedication to an air studies related career path.
This is the last year that this award will be presented.
Presented by Captain Betty Sinclair to: Warrant Dennis Greenwood, Warrant Sufyan Suleiman and Squadron Warrant April
THANK YOU TO ALL OF THE CADETS FROM THE ORANGEVILLE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION - BRANCH 233!
The cadets always make us proud but we at the Legion were particularly proud of the wonderful job they did at our Remembrance Day ceremony. They braved the cold, the wind, the snow and give us hope for the future! They also did many days of Poppy Service to raise funds for our veterans. Thank you for helping us honour our veterans and the fallen. Thank you for YOUR service!!!
1849 Army – Report to Legion
- 08Jan – CO’s parade, Promoted 8 cadets, including 1 to WO.
- 13Jan – One of our cadets is applying for the Basic Parachutist course and took part in a pre-para fitness assessment – He was successful in meeting the standard
- 15Jan – 4 Cadets presented with their Army Cadet League Service Medals. Medals were presented by League Rep, Maj Federico. Parade positions for Alpha and Bravo Platoons announced. Newly promoted WO Gustos was awarded Alpha Platoon IC, Sgt Wood was awarded Bravo Platoon IC.
- 22Jan – Fitness night. Joint Orangeville Army, Shelburne Air and Grand Valley Air Washington DC March break trip continues to be finalized. Nearing max capacity.
- 24Jan – 2 Cadets volunteered to assist in a Legion Dinner (hopefully they showed up – Have not received any feedback to the contrary)
- 25Jan – CO, TrgO and Civ Volunteer attended the Lorne Scots Robbie Burns Dinner in Brampton to represent the Corps. A good time was had by all. Turning into an annual event.
COs parade - January 14 Warrant Officer April Messam promoted to Squadron warrant officer. Biathlon team working very diligently in raising its status as a team. 10 members competed at the area biathlon competed on the weekend of January 18-19.
The marksmanship team looking forward to the marksmanship competition in the middle of February. Band continues to grow. Supporting members of 1849 army cadet corps.
On Friday, 13 December 2019, Barry Kimber, President of the R.C.L. Branch 233 Orangeville had the great pleasure of attending the 85 Tornado, Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, Grand Valley Mess Dinner. It was an extremely enjoyable evening but made even more so, in that President Kimber was also there to present to the Squadron a cheque in the amount of $3000.00. This money, raised through the Poppy Campaign donations allows for us (the Legion) to be able to provide support to these great organizations.
These young men and women, our future leaders, deserve all of the help that they can get and the Legion has made this one of their missions, the support of our future.
Pictures of this event are below: First picture: left, Br233 president, Barry Kimber, centre, Kevin Ewan, Lions Club president, right, Capt Ron Shaw, Commanding Officer, 85 Tornado Sqn, Second picture, Barry Kimber speaking to the Squadron and third picture, members of 85 Tornado Squadron.
On the behalf of the membership of the Royal Canadian Legion Col Fitzgerald Branch #233, our president, Barry Kimber had the pleasure of presenting the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence to these fine young cadets. These presentations took place at 85 Tornado Air Cadets ACR in Grand Valley (8 June 2019) and 1849 Lorne Scots Army Cadets ACR here in Orangeville (9 June 2019). Again, congratulations on behalf of all members of Branch 233 Orangeville.