Reviewing officer DiPersio has high praise for 689 Handley Page Squadron
© Jamie Heap
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:
April Brill, Alexander Odlin, Oliver Smith
Advancing to Level 5, 2nd year:
Advancing to Level 5, 1st year:
Advancing to Level 4:
Advancing to Level 3:
Advancing to Level 2:
Entering Level 1:
Kara Lynn Shaw
Promotions for 2013:
From AC to LAC:
From LAC to CPL:
From CPL to F/CPL:
From F/CPL to SGT:
From SGT to F/SGT:
From F/SGT to WOII:
From WOII to WOI:
Staff Promotions-OCDT to 2nd Lt: