Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

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Published on June 19, 2014

Attempting to shake hands while holding the massive Most Improved trophy provided some of levity during the 258 Amherst Sea Cadets ceremonial review held at the Amherst Armouries. Holding the trophy for Most Improved Sea Cadet Corps is squadron commander Helen Triff, reviewing officer Terry Mudge and Sea Cadet Shawn LePage. Peter Townsend (back, left) was also reviewed the cadets. 

Published on June 19, 2014

Peter Townsend of the Navy League of Canada (right), Terry Mudge of the Department of National Defence, and Helen Triff, commander of the 258 Amherst Sea Cadets, review the cadets during their annual review at the Amherst Armouries. 

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Cumberland North MLA Terry Farrell reviews the cadets.

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Corey Cameron received the Lord Strathcoan Medal from Peter Townsend.

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David Chapman received the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence.

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Aidan Hicks received the Most Promising First Year Cadet award.

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Amanda Sanford received a promotion during rthe cermemony.

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Mitchell O'Brien was also promoted during the ceremony.

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A cadet wipes his brow with his shirt during the ceremony.

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Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Published on June 19, 2014

Amherst Sea Cadet numbers explode in size

Cadets receive most improved award

AMHERST – The Most Improved Sea Cadet Corps trophy was presented to the 258 Amherst Sea Cadets, which recently held their Annual Ceremonial Review at the Amherst Armouries.

“The 258 Amherst Sea Cadet Corps has doubled in size in the last year-and-a-half,” said Terry Mudge, reviewing officer at the 2014 ceremony. “They had 25 new cadets this year.”

There is 20 sea cadet corps in Mainland Nova Scotia.

“Most of the smaller communities in Nova Scotia have dwindling populations among the young,” said Mudge. “To have that many young people joining is great to see because I can guarantee it’s not happening in many parts of the province.”

Mudge said there were three reasons why the 258 Amherst Sea Cadets received the most improved award.

“They had an increase in Cadets, an increase in staff, and the introduction of the Naval League, which is another body to help with fundraising to support the corps.”

Helen Triff is the commanding officer for the 258 Amherst Sea Cadets, and Mudge gives her much of the credit for the massive growth in participation.

“It was only two years ago Helen was working by herself (one staff member), so there’s been a dramatic change.”

Mudge also give credit to the parents of the cadets.

“Youth are often playing video games and watching TV, so it’s nice to see them coming out,” said Mudge. “A lot of that is because of the support from the parents. Hopefully they will come back and support the corps again next year.”

He says the community also deserves a pat on the back.

“As much as DND (Department of National Defence) and Navy League of Canada supports these programs it’s all about the community,” said Mudge. “I sit in Halifax and I can’t make the sea cadets grow from Halifax. We provide guidance but it’s all about taking that guidance and making it work in the community.”

– Award recipients are as follows:

Aidan Hicks – Most promising first year cadet

Brayden Morris – Top second year cadet

Robyn Patterson – Most Improved Cadet

Jacob Crandall – Endeavour award

Mitchell O’Brien – Senior Cadet Proficiency Award

Haley Gilroy – George Evans Award

Shawn LePage – Cadet of the Year

Jacob Crandall – Top Marksman

Corey Cameron – Lord Strathcona Medal

David Chapman – Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence

Tyson Girouard – Sea Cadet Medal of Service

Mitchell O’Brien – Sea Cadet Medal of Service

Jacob Crandall – Sea Cadet Medal of Service

– Cadet promotions: Amanda Sanford, Tyson Girouard and Mitchell O’Brien.

– Dignitaries in attendance included:

Terry Mudge of the Department of National Defence and Peter Townsend of the Navy League of Canada were in attendance to review the cadets.

Organizations: Amherst Sea Cadet Corps, Navy League of Canada, Naval League National Defence Department of National Defence and Peter Townsend

Geographic location: Nova Scotia, Halifax

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  • jrp
    June 20, 2014 - 11:57

    If the Navy League is supporting these guys, then that is relatively new as they have had another sponsor in town for a lot of years. There have been civillian instructors involved over the years (someo of which have moved on) that have been instrumental in the increase in the number with this Cadet Corps. It is great to see them grow but give credit where it is due to those other instructors for helping make all this happen.

    • will
      August 27, 2014 - 07:11

      that's so true there are people that have been pushed away by the co after they gave so much of there time over the years