Mayor Stone and the reviewing party inspect Squadron 257 (Cole Schisler photo)

Ladysmith Air Cadets celebrate year of success

The annual ceremonial review recognized the work of cadets, within the program, and the community.

Ladysmith Royal Canadian Air Cadets Squadron 257 had their 76th annual ceremonial review over the weekend.

The annual ceremonial review recognized the work of the cadets, both within the program, and within the community. Outstanding cadets were awarded with medals, trophies, and awards.

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League inspector, Captain John Archer, a retired league member, represented the British Columbia provincial committee, (BCPC) of the Air Cadet League of Canada. He was responsible for reviewing the squadron and preparing a report on the event. Other members of the reviewing party included Ladysmith Mayor, Aaron Stone; Regional Cadet Support Unit, Lt. Mary Kay Meeker; Commanding Officer Captain, Karen Peel; BCPC representative, Darcy Dean; and Squadron 257 Sponsoring Committee chair, Yvonne Dean.

“For our cadets, I wish I knew the appropriate salute to express my gratitude to you for making this investment in yourselves and our collective future,” Mayor Stone said. “You all perform wonderfully and deserve the recognition you receive today, each and every one of you.”

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Several awards were given out during the ceremony: Most Improved Cadet went to Ariel Veys. Outstanding First Year Cadet went to Elliot Kinsey. Top Junior Cadet went to Ariel Bell. Outstanding Senior Cadet went to Hera Bucatan. Commanding Officer’s Award went to Jacob Dean. Citizenship Award went to Cathryn Barney. Marksmanship Award went to Hera Bucatan. Most Improved Shot went to Pierce Lindenhoff. Ryan Dean received the Canadian Legion’s Medal of Excellence.

Some cadets are about to head off for summer training, while others remain on the waitlist for the training program. The Ladysmith squadron will resume activities in September.

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