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Heritage City author Kate Armstrong visits Nelson Air Cadets

By Contributor
February 11th, 2021

Kate Armstrong, the Nelson author of “The Stone Frigate” joined the Nelson Air Cadets for their meeting on February 5th.

During the virtual meeting, Kate told the cadets about her time in Air Cadets and the Canadian Armed Forces. Kate joined Air Cadets just as females were officially permitted into the Cadet program in the mid 1970’s. In 1978 she was in one of the first groups of female cadets that earned their Air Cadet Glider Wings.

She then attended Royal Military College in the first class that included female Officer Cadets and then had career in the Canadian Armed Forces as a logistics officer.

Also during the virtual parade, cadet Piper Wilkinson was promoted to the rank of Leading Air Cadet.

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, a Virgin Galactic Astronaut and cadets from the Nelson New Zealand Air Cadet Squadron will be joining the squadron for virtual meetings.

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

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