Sea Cadets offers engaging summer for Sackville teen

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Sea Cadet Kathryn Spaulding receives her Engineer Ticket from Commander Dan Horan, Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineering Operations at Maritime Forces Pacific. (Taylor Masson)

While some youth spent the summer at the beach, Lower Sackville's Kathryn Spaulding of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps was working on heavy machinery aboard the Royal Canadian Navy's vessels as part of the eight-week Marine Engineer Course in Comox, BC.

Standing proudly with her peers from across Canada, Spaulding was presented her marine engineering ticket from Commander Dan Horan, Deputy Chief of Staff, Engineering Operations at Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters.

The course consisted of seven weeks of challenging theoretical and practical learning, mechanical sketching, shipboard firefighting and damage control, engineering maintenance skills and emergency procedures. The final week was spent preparing for, and appearing in front of a board of the Canadian Naval Marine Engineers to test their knowledge.

"Sea Cadets has taught me the value of loyalty, professionalism and has helped me make friends from across Canada," the 16-year-old says. "I've been provided with amazing opportunities that I wouldn't get anywhere else."

Royal Canadian Sea Cadets is a national youth program sponsored by the Department of National Defence and the Navy League of Canada. The program is offered to all youth in Canada aged 12 to 18 and is provided at zero cost to families. Adults interested in volunteering or youth interested in joining, are encouraged to contact Commanding Officer Lt(N) Tammy Soper at


--Submitted story

Organizations: Canadian Sea Cadet Corps, Royal Canadian Navy, Maritime Forces Pacific Headquarters Department of National Defence Navy League of Canada

Geographic location: Canada, Comox

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