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Nelson Fire Chief Visits the Nelson Air Cadets

By Contributor
January 21st, 2021

The Nelson Air Cadets started 2021 with three promotions. Flight Corporals Liam Egan, Justice Ward and William Wiltzen were promoted to the rank of Sergeant. All three of the new Sergeants are in their fourth level of training with the Squadron.

Also during the virtual meeting, the Squadron was joined by Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles. Chief MacCharles talked to the cadets about his career in the Fire Services in both Calgary and Nelson, his leadership during the Calgary flood and the Slave Lake fires and gave the cadets valuable information about what is required to join Emergency Services.

During the Covid-19 pandemic the cadets of Nelson have had the chance to virtually meet leaders in both civilian and military occupations. This has included military pilots, aircraft mechanics, local leaders and provincial cadet leaders.

In the next months, the cadets will be meeting a local author, a Virgin Galactic Astronaut and cadets from the Nelson New Zealand Air Cadet Squadron.

Nelson Air Cadets continue to meet virtually every Friday. More information can be found on our facebook page

The squadron always welcomes new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18. You can start your application at

Adults who would like to volunteer with squadron are also welcome.

Quick Facts

  • 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

Photo Caption: Nelson Fire Chief Len MacCharles was recently welcomed to join the Nelson Air Cadets via a Zoom meeting. — Submitted photo

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