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Nelson air cadets earn Long Service Medal

By Contributor
January 16th, 2023

During a recent regular meeting of the Nelson air cadets in January, two of the squadrons senior cadets were presented with their Air Cadet Long Service Medal.

This medal is for cadets who have completed four years in the cadet program.

The cadets who received the medal were Flight Sergeant Ashley Sonnichsen and Flight Sergeant Brooke Sonnichsen. Both Brooke and Ashley joined the squadron in November of 2018 and both attended the General Training course at Albert Head Cadet Training Centre in 2019. 

Also during the evening, 4 cadets, Samuel Rempel, Charlotte Faragher, Christian Faragher and Justice Ward were recognized by the Nelson Legion for being the four cadets with the largest donations during the time that the cadets helped with the Legion’s 2022 Poppy Drive. 

This year marks 70 years of air cadets in Nelson. As part of the 70th anniversary, the squadron is hoping to get in contact with former members of the squadron.

If you were a member of 561 as either a cadet, adult staff, or a member of the Sponsoring Committee, please contact us at Let us know what you have done since you were in 561 and send us any pictures that you have in your time with 561. 

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

The squadron meets every Wednesday evening at the Nelson Eagles Hall, 641 Baker St, from 6:15 pm to 9 pm and does activities on selected weekends throughout the year. 

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

Photo Caption: Flight Sergeant Ashley Sonnichsen and Flight Sergeant Brooke Sonnichsen receive Long Service Medals from Major Kevin DeBiasio. — Submitted photo

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