Cadets from around the Elk Valley stood in formation during their annual Ceremonial Review, which took place in the Sparwood Recreation Centre last Thursday.
The Elk Valley Royal Canadian Air Cadets (279 Elk Valley RCACS) and the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (2757 PPCLI Fernie RCACC) displayed to officers, and parents, their ability to march in formation, stand at attention, take commands and work as a team.
In attendance was the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Pacific Region Cadet Support Unit who acted as their Reviewing Officer.
The Top First Year awards for both 279 and 2757 were awarded to Leading Air Cadet Kamryn Rawles and Lance Corporal Saidee Shaw.
Cpl Matthew Allen from 279 was named most improved cadet.
The Top Junior Cadet award for 2757 was given to Cpl Rylan Miller, while the Top Junior Cadet award for 279 went to Flight Cpl Kaleb Barnum.
The CO’s award for dress and deportment was awarded to 279 FSgt Kaitlyn Hamilton.
Flight Cpl Emily Ramsay and Cpl Robert Beranek received the 279 Training Officer’s Awards for Outstanding Commitment and Dedication.
Sgt Brayden Sorensen was named Top Senior Cadet. Sorensen was also awarded the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal Of Excellence.
The Lord Strathcona Medal, one of the highest achievements a cadet can receive, was given to Warrant Officer Second Class Jacob Mayne. As a graduating student, this served as Mayne’s final year with the program.
The cadets received high praise from officers in attendance.
Captain Sherri Shaw was awarded a Formation Commanders Commendation by Brigadier-General D. B. Cochrane, Commander of the National Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group. Shaw was overcome with emotion as she accepted the award.
As the CO of two units this year (279 and 2757), she received this commendation for her excellent service and outstanding accomplishments with the youth.
“Her proactive leadership has strengthened the Cadet Program in these communities,” read the commendation.