Lac Seul hosts second-annual air cadet ceremonial review
Jesse Bonello - Staff Writer
The Lac Seul Events Centre hosted the second-annual 270 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron ceremonial review last Sunday.
The review started with the inspection of the cadet squadron with help from reviewing officer Steve Poling, who is also the principal of Sioux Mountain Public School which supported the cadet squadron by providing access to facilities.
From there, the review proceeded with the squadron march past and then the awards ceremony.
Among the award winners were Tristan Bouchard (Top Junior Cadet), Drew Vincent (Top Senior Cadet), Kailey Barnes (Top Marksmanship Award), Nicholas Popovic and Gabriel Otto (Top Biathlon Award) and Luke Bates (Commanding Officer’s Award for Top Overall Cadet).
Luke Bates said he thinks they have a solid group, and he’s excited to see where they’ll go from here.
“There are about four of us that are moving up at the same level, so it’s exciting. We have a good group,” said Bates.
Brent Darling, director with the Ontario Provincial Committee, announced some exciting news for the squadron. The Ontario Ministry of Transportation will be putting up a sign on Highway 72 acknowledging the 270 Otter Squadron.
“We were looking for an opportunity to give back to the community, and we know the community participates in the annual pitch-in Canada program. The MTO also has the adopt a highway program, so we wanted to do both programs. The MTO was gracious enough to bring us in to their program and, in that, they erect a sign…The sign will be on Highway 72 between the Ministry of Natural Resources and Drayton Road,” explained Darling.
When asked about the cadet programming moving forward, Darling concluded that they are always happy to participate in community initiatives that align with the cadet fundamentals they try to instill.
“We are always interested in helping our sponsors out, and we are always interested in pursuing anything that involves leadership, citizenship, and community involvement,” he concluded.
The air cadets program is open to all boys and girls 12-19 years old. 270 Otter Squadron meets Wednesday evenings 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Sioux Mountain Public School throughout the school year. New recruits are accepted at any time throughout the year. More information can be obtained by calling 738-0999, by email at email@example.com, or by visiting their Facebook page at facebook.com/270squadron.