Special to The Morning Star
Four North Okanagan cadet instructor officers have been recognized for their contribution to the program.
Rear admiral Bill Truelove, commander of the Maritime Forces Pacific, presented them with the Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal at a recent ceremony in Vernon.
Lt. Brenda Heywood, of Enderby, was commended: “For dedication and outstanding service as a music instructor with the Canadian cadet organizations in the Pacific region. Over 14 years, her selfless dedication and high quality of instruction was a key factor in music achievement by many army cadets, several of who achieved national recognition.”
Lt. Sandra Patterson, of Vernon, was commended: “For her excellent service with the Canadian cadet organizations over seven years and for her role in promoting cancer awareness programs with her community. Through her efforts, army cadets were inspired to engage in citizenship activities promoting cancer awareness and fundraising.”
Capt. Victoria Schrauwen, of Vernon, received recognition because: “Through her 14 years of service to the Canadian cadet organizations, she has shown an outstanding commitment to maintaining the air cadet program for the youth of Vernon Her dedication and leadership have been a positive example and her contributions are an inspiration.”
Major Govind Reddy was honoured: “For 21 years of outstanding service with the Canadian cadet organizations. His exemplary leadership skills have been showcased through his successes as a cadet, a cadet corps commanding officer, an instructor at the regional cadet instructor School (Pacific) and as the facilities co-ordinator at Vernon Military Camp.”