Region’s Cadet Program Recognized for Excellence

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 4, 2019

Region’s Cadet Program Recognized for Excellence Ontario Legislators Salute Brantford-Brant Cadets

QUEEN’S PARK – Today, Brantford-Brant MPP Will Bouma paid tribute the top Cadets from each Brantford area Cadet Corps: Navy League, Sea Cadets, Army Cadets and Air Cadets respectively – praising them and their Commanding Officers for leadership, community involvement and mentoring from across Brantford-Brant-Six Nations.

MPP Will Bouma said “Today we salute the top cadets as chosen by their commanding officers for their dedication, excellence and willingness to make our community the best it can be. Cadets learn to become active, responsible members of our community,” MPP Bouma continued, “They make valuable contributions to Canadian society through citizenship and community-service activities. Today we immortalized their names in the permanent Legislative record and they enjoyed a well-deserved day and a full tour of the historic building”.

The Ontario Legislature gave the 8 Cadets and 4 Commanding Officers a standing ovation as each cadet stood to salute the MPPs.

Captain Jesse Free is the Commanding Officer of #104 ‘Starfighter’ Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Brantford said “The Squadron boasts a membership of over ninety youth from around Brant and Norfolk Counties and the Six Nations Community. This local Squadron has put forward dozens of pilots in its long history through scholarships and training courses available to youth at little-to-no cost. The officers, volunteers, and cadets are excited to be closing up another successful year of training, and looks forward to busy summer of training, work, and some relaxation”. Captain Free continued to say that he thanks MPP Will Bouma for his invitation and recognition today, and for his on-going support of the cadet program.

Lieutenant Julie Bernard, Commanding Officer for Admiral Landymore Navy League Cadet Corps said “A very wise man once told me…if it’s meant to be, it’s up to me, and that is the attitude that we try instill with our Navy Cadets. We can’t be more proud of their accomplishments”.

In Brantford-Brant-Six Nations, the 4 Cadet programs keep 260 youth engaged, off the streets and away from their hand-held devices, teaching them structure, respect, community involvement and civic duty from today and into adulthood.

Recognized for the Navy League Cadets: Chief Petty Office 1st Class: Matthew Peach and Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class: Benjamin Austin, Commanding Officer: Lieutenant Julie Bernard

For the Sea Cadets: Chief Petty Officer 1st Class: Celina Bernard and Chief Petty officer 2nd Class: Isaiah Loftman Joined by: Lieutenant Shane Downey

For the Army Cadets: Chief Warrant Officer: Molly Stamp and Master Warrant Officer Jacob Stoneman Commanding Officer: Captain Joshua Jenne

For the Air Cadets: Warrant Officer Second Class: Joshua Fogg and Flight Corporal: Halle Corner Joined by: Second Lieutenant Celina Corner

The people of Ontario salute YOU.

Link to the statement: https://youtu.be/KzGbpNnBG6o

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For more information, contact MPP Will Bouma at 519-759-0361 or [email protected]