AMHERST – For 107 years the 272 Nova Scotia Highlanders Royal Canadian Army Cadets has been offering young people a place to grow and learn.
The organization hosted its annual review at the Col. James Layton Ralston Armoury on June 4 with its commanding officer Capt. Glenn Darragh congratulating the corps for another great year of training.
“You have lots to be proud of. You people continue to amaze me every year,” Darragh said. “It was a challenging at times with things like weather, but you all got the job done and that’s what makes this group very special.”
Darragh also thanked staff for the hours they put into the group as well as support staff and parents, who worked behind the scenes to make it a successful year.
He said he has enjoyed his time with the cadets, adding he probably wouldn’t be where he is today if not for the organization.
“I’ve incorporated a lot of things from this program into my work life and it has helped me out a lot,” he said. “Whether it’s army, navy, or air, this program is great.”
Guest speaker and reviewing officer Lt. Helen Triff, CD (Navy) of the 258 Amherst Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Squadron asked the cadets to think about how their membership in the corps has helped them. She also suggested they bring a friend to the first night of cadets in September.
She also challenged the cadets to think about how they can better themselves and the organization.
“Talk to an officer about an idea and make it happen. Do what you can to make it happen,” she said.
A number of trophies, medals and awards were presented during the ceremony with Cpl. Dylan Goodwin earning the Top Overall Cadet Award and Sgt. Myles Robichaud and Emilie Riley sharing the Leadership Award.
Cpl. Brandon Gale received the Endeavour Award and Sgt. Emilie Riley and Sgt. Myles Robichaud also shared the Top Marksmanship Award, while Cdt. Curtis Smith and Cdt. Kayden Evans received the Top Green Star Cadet Award and Cpl. Keiran Keith received the Top Red Star Cadet Award.
Four-Year Army Cadet Service Medals were presented to: Sgt. Emilie Riley, Sgt. Myles Robichaud, Sgt. Morgan White and Sgt. Michael Cameron.
Sgt. Myles Robichaud received the Top Physical Fitness Award.