I can’t believe that we’re already into February and that we’ve crested the halfway mark for our training program. We’ve certainly had our ups and downs; I haven’t seen most of you since before our Christmas break, and that’s certainly not “normal”! I think mother nature has these storms out of her system though, and we’ll start seeing each other on a regular basis again.
You all have a great deal to be proud of so far this year. You have really stepped up and taken on new challenges in order to continue the program moving forward. Your dedication and commitment have certainly not gone unnoticed. We’ve seen a lot of changes at the squadron over the past few months, and each of your ability to roll with these changes with patience and a positive attitude is admirable.
You also have a lot to be proud of in terms of your accomplishments this year;
Ground School this year was a great success, we sent three cadets (the max we could send, I should add) to the regional exams and interviews. All three of our cadets passed their exams and moved onto the interview, now we wait!
Effective Speaking also had one of its most successful years this year as well. We had a huge group of cadets participate and compete locally. We’ll be finding out at the CO’s parade just who won that competition
I can’t forget about Biathlon, this past weekend we had 11 cadets participate in the Ottawa Valley, all representing the squadron proudly. For some, it was their first time competing!
As proud as you all should be to have competed to everyone how strong we are physically and mentally over the past couple of months, you should be equally proud of your commitment to the community in these events;
I think it’s easy to get lost in snow days, cancellations and last minute facility changes, but it’s clear to see that this year has been a fantastic one so far for the squadron. Let’s find that momentum we had at the end of December and carry it into the New Year. We’re going to be seeing some exciting new activities and programs coming up in the coming weeks and month so stay tuned…I don’t want to spoil the fun, but expect to see a couple new overnight activities, more inter-flight competitions and maybe even a new reward system!
Captain Mason Magill
5 Cyclone, Royal Canadian Air Cadets