The Invermere Army Corps Cadets spend much of their time as a group volunteering, including with the Lions club recently where they helped load and set up for a biking event May 20th then helped to take it down May 21st.                                Submitted photo

The Invermere Army Corps Cadets spend much of their time as a group volunteering, including with the Lions club recently where they helped load and set up for a biking event May 20th then helped to take it down May 21st. Submitted photo

Cadets invite community to year-end ceremony

Invermere’s Cadets demonstrate skills learned at ceremony June 10th

It’s about more than marches and medals, about training and teamwork. The local Cadets would love the community to come out and see the results of their hard work at the Cadet’s upcoming Ceremonial Review.

“The Annual ceremony review is really nice for the cadets because it’s their time to shine,” says Captain Megan McConnell, Invermere’s Army Corps commanding officer. “They do a parade, they have a march path, an inspection, there’s awards handed out.”

Invermere’s program includes roughly 26 to 28 Cadets, gathered from Canal Flats all the way to Edgewater. Captain McConnell encourages community members to come to this year-end event to celebrate what these youth have accomplished.

As a leader, Captain McConnell sees the youth grow and learn so much through the Cadets program. Cadets not only learn hard skills, they also learn the value of service through volunteer opportunities throughout the Columbia Valley, such as setting up for service club events, or marching in parades in the Cadet’s home communities.

The Cadets is a program for youth aged 12-18. The Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadets aim to develop in youth good citizenship and leadership attributes, promote physical fitness and stimulate interest in the activities of the Canadian Armed Forces. Captain McConnell reports the program is free, including the uniform, and she encourages anyone interested in Cadets to also come to the ceremonial review.

More than 50 cadets from the Invermere, Golden and Fernie branches will gather together to demonstrate skills and training they gained throughout the year, and to receive awards and recognition.

The annual Ceremonial Review takes place Saturday, June 10 at 1 p.m. at the Invermere Curling Centre.

“Come down and see your local youth doing something positive,” says Captain McConnell. “It’s their day to shine.”

The corps is also looking for new staff members to assist with the administration, training and supervision of cadets. Adults aged 19-55 who are interested in providing a dynamic, structured and engaging program to youth in Invermere are encouraged to contact Major Kevin Debiasio at kevin.debiasio@cadets.gc.ca for more information.

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