The annual review is a time for the cadets to celebrate and demonstrate what they have learned over the past year.
This year, 363 Captain Brian Barker Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets celebrate another milestone as well – their 30th anniversary.
The reviewing party consisted of Keith Stewart, commanding officer of the Comox Cadet Flying Training Centre, Brody Gimson, squadron commander, Tad Nicol, squadron commanding officer, Doug Slowski, director at the Air Cadet League of Canada, BC Provincial Committee, and Tanja Shields, president of the Campbell River Air Youth Association.
During the ceremony the drill team, as well as the marksmanship team, demonstrated the skills and routines they have been working on this year.
Nicol said he is always amazed to see the cadets growth and improvement.
They start off with not enough confidence to look you in the eye then they are off to get their pilot wings or to military college, he said.
“Enjoy your time in cadets today, invite your friends to join, work hard and you will find it to be tremendously rewarding,” Stewart said. “The lessons you learn, friendships you build and the skills you develop will stay with you for life and they contribute to making an already good citizen a terrific one. You are among the leaders of tomorrow, your time spent in this program will help you equip yourself in that challenge.”
Some of the year end awards were presented at the ceremony and some cadets were promoted in rank.
Most proficient first year-Tyler Wakelin
Most proficient second year-Nathania Morin
Most proficient third year-Brianna Pollock
New Horizons Volunteer-Maru Napa
Most Proficient Junior NCO- William Beaupre
Commanding Officer’s Choice-Travis Saunders
Dress and Deportment-Callum Gimson
Most Improved Drill Team Member-Tyler Wakelin
Top Drill Team Member-Nathania Morin
Most Improved Shooter-Brandon Babcock
Top Shooter-Luke Shields
Hugh O’Donnell Citizenship Award-Luke Shields
Cadet of the year-Brody Gimson
Leadership Award-Harley McCory
Squadron Warrant Officer-Brody Gimson
Lord Strathcona Medal of Excellence-Harley McCoy
Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence-Callum Gimson