Parrsboro Air Cadets Second to None

Jamie Heap
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Reviewing officer DiPersio has high praise for 689 Handley Page Squadron

Reviewing Officer Commander W.J. DiPersio OMM, CD speaks to a member of
the 689 Handley Page Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron as he inspects her inside
Branch 45 of the Royal Canadian legion this past Saturday in Parrsboro during
the squadron's annual ceremonial review.

PARRSBORO-A year of hard work and dedication paid off for members of the 689 Handley Page Air Cadets this past Saturday during their ceremonial review.

Reviewing Officer Commander W.J. (Wayne) DiPersio, a native  of Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, talked with members of the 689 Handley Page Air Cadet Squadron as he inspected them inside Branch 45 of the Royal Canadian legion.

“The air cadets corps here in Parrsboro is as good as any corps in the province,” stated Commander DiPersio, the boss of bosses. “You should all be very proud. Today is a chance to celebrate what you’ve all accomplished this year,” he added.

Such accomplishments and activities include the July 2012 Tattoo;  a two day canoeing trip and power and glider flying in Debert, September, 2012;  poppy campaign, Remembrance Day supper in November, 2012; field training exercise, Santa Claus parade and squadron Christmas dinner, December, 2012; air operation trip to Halifax, February, 2013; Greenwood Level 5 Leadership Training (which is a now a two-year program),  March, 2013; Veteran Memorial Medallion/Diamond Jubilee Ceremony, April, 2013; regional sports and drill competition; orientation and fire lighting and flying power and glider, May, 2013. 

Looking forward, next month is the senior leadership hike for level 4 and 5 cadets, notwithstanding summer training activities for members of Handley Page 689.

Commander Officer Keith Odlin unveiled the new standard during a dedication service during which the new colours of Handley Page 689 were revealed.

Another highlight of the day was the announcement that Parrsboro Regional High School, in conjunction with the Nova Scotia Department of Education, awarded a school credit out of recognition for the work undertaken by local air cadets.

“The school credit program is a milestone in Atlantic Canada,” stated DiPersio. “A lot of effort has been made to raise recognition of the cadet program at the provincial/department level. Recently, New Brunswick became the last Atlantic Canadian province to offer a school credit in recognition for work done by cadets.”

A number of special awards not on the program were also handed out on Saturday.

List of Trophies, Awards, Advancement, Promotions for 2013:

Trophy and Awards Winners:

 Fire Lighting Contest-Nicholas Campbell and Luke Gillis

Morse Marksmanship Trophy-Austin Ellis

689 Endeavour Award-Austin Ellis

Orion Junior Air Cadet Award-Taylor Smith

689 Achievement Award-Joshua McCulley

Most Improved Cadet-Luke Gillis

Robinson Fellowship Trophy-Alexander Odlin

General Curleigh Trophy-Alexander Odlin

Veteran`s Memorial Citizenship Trophy-Alex Odlin

Veterans`Memorial Scholarship-Oliver Smith

Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence-Rhianna Odlin

Lord Strathcona Medal-Alexander Odlin

 

Advancement for 2013:

Graduating:

April Brill, Alexander Odlin, Oliver Smith

 

Advancing to Level 5, 2nd year:

Nicholas Campbell

Timothy Copp

Luke Gillis

Joshua McCulley

Brandon Metz

             

Advancing to Level 5, 1st year:

 Rhianna Odlin

Josie Redmond

 

Advancing to Level 4:

 Shannon Brill

Corey Merriam

Elizabeth Smith

Chris Wilson

 

Advancing to Level 3:

 Austin Ellis

Ashely Hamel

Nicholas Hoar

Austin McCulley

Victoria McLellan

Iain Odlin

Taylor Smith

 

Advancing to Level 2:

 Raine Ripley

Victoria Wilson

 

Entering Level 1:

 Kelsey Dinaut

Anita Levy

Kara Lynn Shaw

Brian Taylor

 

Promotions for 2013:

 

From AC to LAC:

 Raine Ripley

Victoria Wilson

 

From LAC to CPL:

 Ashley Hamel

Raine Ripley

Victoria Wilson

 

 From CPL to F/CPL:

Austin Ellis

Ashley Hamel

Nicholas Hoar

Austin McCulley

Victoria McLellan

Iain Odlin

Taylor Smith

 

From F/CPL to SGT:

 Shannon Brill

Corey Merriam

Elizabeth Smith

Chris Wilson

 

From SGT to F/SGT:

 Rhianna Odlin

Josie Redmond

 

From F/SGT to WOII:

 Alexander Odlin

Oliver Smith

 

From WOII to WOI:

 Alexander Odlin

 

Staff Promotions-OCDT to 2nd Lt:

 Andrew Bickle

Audra Campbell

 

 

 

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