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Royal Canadian Air Cadets Graduate from Advanced Aviation Courses

Aug 19, 2016

Group of cadets marching out of an airplane hangar

(NORTH BAY, ONT.) – One hundred and twenty Royal Canadian Air Cadets from across Canada graduated from Canadore this morning.

The Cadets received a certificate of achievement from the Canadian Forces after completing 142 hours of instruction in the Advanced Aviation Technology - Aircraft Maintenance and Airport Operations programs at Canadore.

Comprehensive training included courses in airport safety, air traffic control, ground services, and meteorology to name a few, and was delivered six days a week for eight hours each day.

The Cadets, aged 12 to 18, began their training in early July. Hundreds of applications are received from squadrons across Canada each year for this prestigious training. Applicants compete for the coveted spots based on academic merit, essays, community service and interviews.

The ceremony was held at Canadore’s Aviation Campus earlier today. Guest speakers included Colonel H.N. Smith, CD, 22 Wing Commander, Mr. Don Berrill, National President of the Air Cadet League of Canada and Major Michael J. Anglin CD, Officer Commanding AATC.

Two deserving Cadets were awarded the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Cadet Medal of Merit (ANAVETS). Cadet Sonia Wong from Edmonton, Alberta and Cadet Liam Funnell from Edmonton, Alberta were chosen for demonstrating overall achievement in their courses, strong leadership qualities, above average dress, a high level of motivation and consistent cooperation with others.

The Cadet Programme is open to all youth ages 12-18 years old. As they progress, their training becomes more specialized and the cadets have many subjects they can choose to focus on. The aim of the program is to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and stimulate an interest in the sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Forces.

Canadore trains people through applied learning, leadership and innovation. It provides access to over 65 full-time quality programs and has outstanding faculty and student services. The College and its students add nearly $290 million to the regions of Nipissing and Parry Sound. Approximately 1,000 students graduate from Canadore each year, and they join 43,000 alumni working across the globe.

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