Olaf Furuness

Olaf Furuness

Vernon Army Camp cadet returns as instructor

There’s been a blast from the past at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre.

debbie middleton

Special to The Morning Star

There’s been a blast from the past at the Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre.

Olaf Furuness, quarter master senior instructor, was settling into his new office for the summer, when he discovered a series of photographs from 1989 in one of the folders in a filing cabinet. And to his amazement, he found himself in the photos.

“I never imagined that I would find myself 23 years later in a photograph in some obscure file,” he said.

In 1989, Furuness was a cadet in 2422 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Nanaimo when he had the opportunity to come to the Vernon camp for a six-week cadet leader instructor course.

It was during this time that the photographs were taken.

Following his cadet career, Furuness joined the Canadian Scottish Regiment as a reserve force member, where he remained for five years before joining the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton as a regular force member.

During this summer, more than 1,100 army, sea and air cadets from Western Canada will spend up to six weeks in Vernon, expanding the training they receive at their home corps, developing new skills and forming friendships.

The Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre has been training youth ages 12 to 18 for  more than 60 years.