Operation: This Is You

Operation: This Is You is now accepting applications!

Eligibility Requirements

  • The Achieve Anything Foundation defines as girls & women any persons that identify as female, including transgender. This definition applies to any reference of girls, women and/or females. To be eligible to apply for Operation: This IS You! events, the applicant must identify as female
  • A Lower age limit may be applicable to some events, please refer to specific event details before applying
  • Signed Guardian consent rquired for those under the age of 19, a signed waiver is also applicable to everyone
  • Government issued photo identification may be required, please refer to specific event details before applying

Events are starting soon, and continue all year! Apply now!

Operation: This IS You! Application Process

IMPORTANT: Please read carefully before applying

The person wishing to attend an event must apply on their own behalf, and must answer the questions in their own words, to the best of their ability. You may not apply on behalf of someone else.

A completed application does not assure acceptance to an event. The selection process for each event varies depending on the quality of information provided, number of applicants, available space, nature of the event and other operational factors.

Admission to an event is by invitation only, without exception. Invitations are not transferrable and do not include any other person other than the successful applicant. RSVP’s must be received by the stated deadline in order for the ivitation to remain valid.

The information you provide us is protected once completed, and will not be shared with anyone outside of the Achieve Anything Foundation or agency partner hosting the event without your prior consent.

You may apply to only one event at a time. Within 48 hours of a completed event, your status will be released and you may then apply for other events. If you have previously applied to an Operation: This IS You! event, or as a volunteer for the Achieve Anything Foundation, enter the email address you previously used and then select “return user”.

You may apply for, and attend more than one Operation: This is You! event, however you may not repeat the same event.

The selection process for an event is ongoing and remains open unless otherwise indicated. We sometimes have last minute cancellations so if you’re interested in an event and applictions are listed as open – APPLY!

Events may be postponed or cancelled at any time due to circumstances outside of our control.

Apply here! Scroll down to the Apply button, enter your email, and finish the wizard.

Quadra Education Foundation – Accepting Applications

The Board of Directors of the Quadra Education Foundation wish to announce that the QEF is now accepting applications for scholarships, which will be awarded at the Alumni Weekend at HMCS Quadra in August, 2018.

It is anticipated that this year, the QEF will be in a position to award 9 scholarships having a total value in excess of $10,000. These scholarships are being made possible through the generosity of the Canadian Learning Trust, the Naval Association of Canada – Endowment Fund, Seaspan, two professional maritime associations and members of the Alumni Association of HMCS Quadra.

Cadets and officers currently serving in Quadra, former cadets and officers who have served in Quadra and their children are legible to apply for a scholarship so long as they are enrolled in a Canadian Post-Secondary institute of education.

The policy for the granting of scholarships, the scholarship application and instructions relating thereto can be found on the Quadra Education Foundation website.

Sea Cadet Medal of Excellence information

Application Deadline: March 15th  2018

Late applications will not be accepted.

  1. Navy League Medal of Excellence
    The Sea Cadet Navy League Medal of Excellence shall be awarded annually by each Division to the most proficient Royal Canadian Sea Cadet(s) within the Division. The number of Medals awarded is calculated at 1 per 200 Cadets or part thereof and will be sent out in January with the National Award Quota. The top Cadet in that Division medal shall have a Gold Bar affixed to it (one anchor for Sea Cadets) and worn on the right breast of the uniform. The medal may only be awarded once to a Cadet, but they may have their submission for Sea Cadet of the Year forwarded more than once. The National Cadet of the Year will receive two Gold bars for their medal and the number two Cadet of the Division will become the Division Cadet of the year.

Branches with a Corps with over 60 cadets may submit two (2) applications, IF they feel they have viable candidates.

Branches with corps under 60 cadets may submit only one application per unit.

  1. Prerequisites
    To be eligible for the Sea Cadet Navy League Medal of Excellence Award, the Sea Cadet must have:
  • Attended a minimum of 80% of all activities in the current training year;
  • Achieved the rank of Petty Officer First Class or higher;
  • Consistently set an outstanding personal example of dress and deportment;
  • Demonstrated a thorough grasp of cadet training, as indicated by promotions, and previous awards; and
  • Demonstrated good citizenship through community service activities.
  1. Application / Documentation
    Supporting documentation for the Medal of Excellence Award is to be received by BCMD in the following order:
  • A Title Page; keep it simple; Cadet’s name, rank and corps
  • Completed /signed NL104(E); signed by the branch president and the nominating officer
  • Resume; that includes rank, cadet experiences and course qualifications, including summer training; (Remember to include community service and athletic achievements as well as high school education)
  • Commanding Officer’s letter of recommendation;
  • Branch President’s letter of recommendation;
  • Cadet essay/autobiography of how and what the Cadet programme has meant to him / her up to 750 words; ie. explaining a significant cadet event or events that have contributed to the success of the individual’s cadet experience; this may include summer training, leadership experiences, what the cadet experience means to the individual
  • Letters of Recommendation (letters from peers and family are not appropriate) should include:
  • citizenship
  • volunteer work and/or sports – from Schools, Legion or other interested parties (up to a maximum of six)
  • you may include copies of relevant awards, and certificates that relate to the successes and skills of the cadet; and
  • Application must include one full body photo of the Sea Cadet in

Remember the content is what is important, so don’t feel pressured to create a work of art. This can be off-putting for applicants, therefore include the requested materials and put it together completely and neatly.

If sending by:

  • email please combine the documents into a PDF in the order outlined above
  • If mailing a hard copy please place all the documentation in a duo tang or presentation folder in the order outlined above

NL(21) Administrative Orders  page 26 is a useful reference.

  1. Send completed applications by email to Bev Lovell – BC Mainland Sea Cadet Chair/Awards and Recognition Chair at [email protected]

If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to send me an email to Bev Lovell.

Helpful forms

NL(104)E – Awards Application Form
NL(21) Administrative Orders
BCMD–2018 Sea Cadet MOE Instructions

Trail Sea Cadets help with Communities in Bloom

Trail Cenotaph gets flowers from the Trail Sea Cadets

November 14, 2016
Trail, BC
Department of National Defense

The week before Remembrance Day, members of the 131 Kootenay, Royal Canadian Sea Cadets were hard at work on the Trail Cenotaph planting tulip bulbs.

“Helping the community is an important part of the cadet program and we are happy to help anyway we can” -Sub Lieutenant David Cherrington

The cadets, working with Communities in Bloom, planted red and white tulip bulbs.  These tulips will bloom around the Cenotaph with the colours of Canada’s Flag during the Canada’s 150th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation.

“This going to look great in the spring” -PO2 Naomi Savage

131 Kootenay meets every Tuesday evening at the Trail Armories and is always welcoming new cadets and adult volunteers.

Quick Facts

·        The Trail Sea Cadets have been active in Trail since the 1950’s.

·        There is little or no cost for the cadets to be a member of Sea Cadets and Summer Training is no cost.

Trail Sea Cadet Attends “Boot Camp”

TRAIL, BC. – Ordinary Seaman Lochlan Reid from the Trail Sea Cadet Corp. receives his certificate for completing the Level 1 “Boot Camp” that was held last weekend at the Kembel Armories in Trail.

The “Boot Camp” was an introduction for cadets from around the Kootenays to learn about the basics of Drill, Uniform Care and Marksmanship with other cadets.

Lochlan has been in Sea Cadets for about 2 months and is a member of 131 Kootenay Sea Cadets, in Trail.  He was interested in cadets because his Step-Father was also in the Sea Cadet program. Lochlan also enjoys water, so the idea of being in Sea Cadets was a given.

Lochlan enjoyed taking part in the physical activities provided throughout the weekend, as well as marksmanship. He hopes to take part in General Training this summer and eventually wishes to apply the skills he learns from sea cadets in the military as a medic.

The Cadet program, which include Sea, Army and Air Cadets, is the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 50,000 participants across Canada.  The Royal Canadian Sea Cadets accepts youth between the ages of 12-18 who have a desire to learn more about the naval element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship, and who wish to promote physical fitness.  While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces when he or she finishes their Cadet career.

Cadets meet for Sports Weekend in Castlegar

Kootenay Cadets attend Sports Weekend in Castlegar

February 1, 2017
Castlegar, BC
Department of National Defense

The weekend of 27-29 January 2017 was a busy two days for local Kootenay cadets, with over 160 youth and 24 adult supervisors representing all three elements of the cadet program in attendance. They came from Grand Forks, Trail, Castlegar, Nelson, Creston, Cranbrook, Fernie, Invermere, Golden and Sparwood converging on Selkirk College for a weekend of fitness, fun and leadership activities.

“Cadets has given me more opportunities than I would have ever been able to have otherwise.  It is a great program and I would recommend it to anyone” – Ryan Buckley, 131 Kootenay Sea Cadets, Trail

The weekend’s events included initial testing to baseline cadet fitness levels, indoor soccer, volleyball and dodgeball.  Instruction also taught cadets about resistance training and safety in the weight room.  Thanks to the weekend activities which promoted body health, numerous hard working cadets qualified for fitness awards based on their results.

“Cadets is not easy, but it will be worth it in the long run” – Lucas Wodyga, 841 Boundary Air Cadets, Grand Forks

Outdoor pursuits activities were also included as part of the experience with cadets being given instruction in the basics of orienteering culminating in a map and compass challenge in the area surrounding the college.

“It’s fun to be around all the other cadets” – Corban Johnson, 581 Castlegar Air Cadets

Leadership skills were emphasized as cadets built awareness of the importance of fitness, camaraderie and teamwork throughout the weekend.

The cadet program is an excellent opportunity for youth to participate in leadership and positive self image development. The cadet program encourages all interested youth and youth leaders to join the program!

Quick Facts

·        Cadets is the largest youth organization operated by the Government of Canada

·        There is little or no cost for the cadets to be a member of Air, Army and Sea Cadets and Summer Training is no cost.

Trail Sea Cadet PO1 Campbell Retires

Petty Officer First Class Brianna Campbell ages out of Sea Cadets

January 31, 2017
Trail, BC
Department of National Defense

On 29 January 2017, Petty Officer First Class Brianna Campbell turned 19 years of age and retired from Sea Cadets.

Brianna joined 131 Kootenay Royal Canada Sea Cadet Corps in Trail in 2010 and except for a year off, she has been involved since. During her time in the Corps, she attended four summer courses. In 2011, she attended General Training, in 2012 she attended Basic Sail, 2013 saw her on the Ship Boat Operator Course and in 2014 she was on the Boatswain Course. All the courses were at Cadet Summer Training Centre Quadra on Vancouver Island.

“It has been a pleasure having PO1 Campbell in 131. It has been great to see her develop her skills and help the other cadets.” – Sub Lieutenant David Cherrington, Commanding Officer of 131 Kootenay

Last October, Brianna was selected for the Sea Cadet Seamanship Deployment. For six days she was onboard Patrol Craft Training Vessel “Moose”, an ORCA class training ship. With nine instructors and twenty four other cadets she sailed from the Vancouver Coast Guard station to Ganges Island and Salt Spring Island.

Another experience that stands out for Brianna is last year’s trip to Vancouver Island. On the one week trip during spring break, she visited the BC Legislature, the BC Museum, Butchart Gardens and Canadian Forces Base Esquimalt.

During her time in cadets, she received the Navy League Long Service Medal for 5 years in Sea Cadets, the Legion Medal, her Can Sail Level 1 and her Boating Licence.

“Cadets has been a great experience for me. It has helped me become less shy and more outgoing” – PO1 Brianna Campbell

Brianna is from Fruitvale but has also lived in Trail and Rossland. She graduated grade 12 last year from the Kootenay Columbia Learning Centre.

131 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps Kootenay always welcomes new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18.

Adults who would like to volunteer with the Corps or its civilian sponsoring body are also welcome.

Quick Facts

· Cadets is the largest youth organization operated by the Government of Canada

· There is little or no cost for the cadets to be a member of the Cadets program and Summer Training is operated at no cost.