Some distinguished honours have been awarded to a Vernon cadet as well as an officer as summer training concluded recently.
Cadet Dayton Bongers of Vernon, was selected as the best cadet in the third intake of General Training at Vernon Cadet Summer Training Centre.
Meanwhile Jayne Lapointe has worked for 28 summers at the Vernon Cadet Summer Training Centre, and her years of service were acknowledged at the graduation parade for General Training Cadets last Friday morning.
Cadet Bongers is a member of 1705 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (BC Dragoons), Vernon.
Cadet Bongers and 160 other army cadets attended the Army Cadet General Training Course which sees the cadets introduced to communal living, participate in an overnight Basic Trades Field Exercise, challenge the mini confidence course, improve their accuracy with the air rifle, take part in a summer biathlon, learn orienteering and receive information on more senior courses that will be available to them in the coming years.
During the summer, more than 1,300 army cadets from western Canada will have spent up to six weeks in the Okanagan Valley training centre, expanding the training they receive at their home corps, developing new skills and forming friendships.
The cadet program is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.
Cadets make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities. Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.
And during the program, leadership plays a major role, which is why Lapointe was also recognized.
Commander Andy Muir, Commanding Officer of Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific) presented Lapointe with a Certificate of Appreciation that reads: “In appreciation of 28 years of exemplary service to Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre. Your professionalism and dedication in providing administrative support have greatly contributed to the smooth operation of the training centre”.
Lapointe was also one of the Assistant Reviewing Officers at the Dress Rehearsal for the Sunset Ceremony.