Recently, the cadets of 561 Nelson Osprey Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets ended their 2019-2020 Training Year with a virtual awards presentation.
Since mid-March, the cadet program has been shut down for in person meetings due to Covid-19.
The squadron has continued meet virtually for optional activities since the shutdown started.
The cadets have meet members of the Canadian Armed Forces who are in the pilot training program and did a virtual tour of a Calgary based aviation maintenance facility. Cadets also have been involved in several national virtual activities, including a memorial for the Vimy Ridge battle.
The virtual awards ceremony replaced the usual Annual Ceremonial Review that squadron usually holds at the end of May.
During the awards ceremony, cadets were recognized for completing their year of training.
Cadets who completed Level 1:
- LAC Svasti Nedelec
- LAC Aron Sutton
- LAC Hope Ward
- LAC Felix Williems
Cadets who completed Level 2:
- Cpl Josephine Evans
- Cpl Willow Kikosewin-Holden
- Cpl Ashley Sonnichsen
- Cpl Brooke Sonnichsen
- Cpl Peyton Wilkinson
Cadets who completed Level 3:
- FCpl Brandon Brook
- Cpl Liam Egan
- FCpl Nattanon McIntosh
- FCpl Ryan Penner
- FCpl Nicole Sonnichsen
- Cpl Justice Ward
- Cpl William Wiltzen
The cadets who completed Level 3 also received certificates that allow them to receive 4 high school credits.
Several Awards were presented to deserving cadets:
- Best Attendance – LAC Svasti Nedelec
- Best Drill – FCpl Brandon Brook
- Lt W Sinclair Award for Most Promising Cadet – Top Rookie – Cpl Liam Egan
- Major Stan Jenkinson Award for Community Commitment – FCpl Nicole Sonnichsen
- Nelson Kinsmen Most Improved Male – FCpl Nattanon McIntosh
- Nelson Rotary Club Top Shot – Cpl Ashley Sonnichsen
- Nelson Police Association Best Dress and Deportment – Cpl Brooke Sonnichsen
- Salmo Legion Most Improved Female Cadet – Cpl Willow Kikoswen-Holden
- Top Female Cadet – Columbia Basin Trust – FCpl Nicole Sonnichsen
- Top Level 1 Cadet – LAC Hope Ward
- RDCK Top Male Cadet – FCpl Brandon Brook
- Volunteer Commitment – Cpl Peyton Wilkinson
Cadets also received promotions:
- Svasti Nedelec
- Aron Sutton
- Hope Ward
To Flight Corporal
- Josephine Evans
- Willow Kikosewin-Holden
- Ashely Sonnichsen
- Brook Sonnichsen
- Justice Ward
- Liam Egan
- William Wiltzen
- Brandon Brook
- Nattanon McIntosh
- Ryan Penner
- Nicole Sonnichsen
The squadron is planning to start back up in September on Friday September 4th, 2020. Nelson Air Cadets meet at 6:15 p.m. every Friday in the Nelson Eagles Hall at 641 Baker Street.
The squadron always welcomes new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18.
Adults who would like to volunteer with squadron are also welcome.
- The Cadet Program is open to all Canadian youth from the ages of 12 to 18 regardless of income, race, religion, culture or other socio-economic factors. The program embraces Canada’s multiculturalism and offers young Canadians opportunities to interact with youth from other cultures.
- Cadets is the largest youth organization operated by the Government of Canada and has over 54,000 cadets and is led by 7000 adults.
Photo Caption: Before the COVID-19 pandemic struck, this group of air cadets received a first-hand look at a glider in action. — Submitted photo