On Saturday, March 9, FCpl Joel O’Sullivan, 279 Elk Valley Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, Sparwood, BC won the gold medal at the Air Cadet League of Canada, Kootenay Wing Effective Speaking Competition. This year, the competition was held in Trail, BC. Dustin Brooks, 266 Kimberley RCACs, Kimberley BC earned the silver medal and LAC Sierra Blackwell, 552 Key City RCACS, Cranbrook placed third earning the bronze medal. Cadets from Cranbrook, Nelson, Kimberley, Castlegar, and Elk Valley took part in the competition
Each cadet presented a five to six minute prepared speech as well as a two to three impromptu speeches during the competition.
The cadet program is a national program which, among other things, aims to instill leadership and citizenship qualities in young people and to encourage their involvement in the community.
For more information about the cadet program http://www.cadets.ca.