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Royal Canadian Navy League saluts Nelson’s Sebastian Bodine

Original Article:
Photo: Royal Canadian Navy Leadership Award presented to Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Chief Petty Officer First Class Sebastian Bodine, by Vice-Admiral M.F. Ron Lloyd, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy with Lt (N), Ret, Earle Corn at the National Navy League Annual Luncheon held recently in Ottawa.

Nelson’s Sebastian Bodine was recently in Ottawa where the 81 Hampton Gray Sea Cadet was honoured with the Royal Canadian Navy Leadership Award.

The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Chief Petty Officer First Class received the award from Vice-Admiral M.F. Rob Lloyd, Commander of the Royal Canadian Navy with Lt (N), Ret, Earle Corn during the National Navy League Annual Luncheon last month in Ottawa.

The award is for:

“For his exceptional leadership in citizenship, teamwork and aiding in the development of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet identity and morale. His outstanding participation in training and community-based activities within the Sea Cadet Program is regarded by his peers and supervisors as representative of the model Royal Canadian Sea Cadet and Canadian citizen ~ Bravo Zulu!”

Prior to the National Navy League Luncheon Bodine was requested to perform the duties of Master of Ceremonies for the Canadian Navy League AGM Banquet where he also gave a speech about his seven years of training, coaching, mentorship and international expeditions with the Canadian Sea Cadet Programme.

Sebastian Bodine recently received another award following a very distinguished career with the Canadian Sea Cadet Programme

Cadets Set Sail Aboard HMCS Calgary

Sea Cadets from Alberta and British Columbia took to the high seas from March 11th – 15th, 2019, aboard Her Majesty’s Canadian Ship (HMCS) Calgary for a weeklong experience off the southern shores of Vancouver Island. The cadets, many of whom hail from HMCSCalgary’s namesake city, earned the experience to become ‘part of the crew’ thanks to a unique aspect of the Cadet Program which opens up opportunities to interact with active members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF).

HMCS Calgary is a Halifax Class Frigate that has circumnavigated the globe many times in support of Canadian missions at home and abroad. It has a proud history serving Canadians in both war and peacetime operations. Cadets aboard had the opportunity not only to experience the culture of this proud ship, but also take part in real time training exercises such as man overboard, fire suppression, navigation, officer of the watch, high speed maneuvers and onboard landings with the Royal Canadian Navy’s (RCN) new Cyclone helicopter.“I thought it was super cool to become part of the crew for a little bit and see the ship in action. There is so much teamwork that happens during the drills, and it was great to be treated like part of the team by so many people we look up to.” said Cadet Tyler Knowless from Syndey, B.C.

According to the Commanding Officer of HMCS Calgary, Commander Blair Saltel, the cadets were a welcome addition to the ship’s company. Taking part in all aspects of life aboard, the cadets showed a keen interest and willingness to learn. “Having Sea Cadets onboard has been a priority of mine since I took Command in 2016. HMC Ships are always “busy” when we put to sea, but some missions allow for maximizing opportunities in showing the Canadian public what the RCN does and what life at sea in a warship is like while allowing my sailors to develop their own skills in working with youth and in the case of embarking cadets, being exposed to the great volunteers associated with the cadet organization. In 2018 my team brought 89 cadets to sea over a series of five day periods and I hope Calgary’s program will allow for something similar this year, starting with this past sail. Working with RCSU(Pacific) and others showed me how impressive and solution-focused people are to getting great kids to experience great things.”Judging by the smiles on the Cadet’s faces, the experience is one they will take with them for a lifetime!

Local Sea Cadets present ship’s bell to Trail

Original story:

TRAIL – The City of Trail’s new museum is now in possession of the authentic HCMS Trail Ship’s Bell.

The Trail’s Bell is officially held by Trail’s Sea Cadet Corps – 131 Kootenay RCSCC – and is on loan to the city by the Canadian Armed Forces.

Several months ago, the Trail Historical Society inquired about the possibility of having the bell for its new museum, after having found old newspaper articles featuring the ship’s bell.

An agreement was made between the city and the local branch of the Canadian Armed Forces, that the bell would be on extended loan, and a replica bell, with the Cadet Corps’ identifying number would be provided to the Cadets to use.

The ship’s bell is integral to the life onboard any ship, as sailors mark time using the ship’s bell since the sound can cut through even the loudest noises onboard, and each Sea Cadet Corps in Canada holds at least one.

“The City of Trail used to be quite a booming place in the early part of the 1900’s,” said Sarah Benson-Lord, city representative to the Trail Historical Society. “It’s quite extraordinary for us to have a naval ship named after our little city, so we were really hoping everything would work out for us to be able to complete our display.”

After several months of research and many emails back and forth to different vendors, the replica bell was finally obtained and the exchange was made earlier this month at the Trail Armoury. Attending the event were several members of the Trail Historical Society, the Sea Cadets, and Chief Warrant Officer Sharman Thomas.

“We are proud to have been able to do this for the city,” said Chief Petty Officer Second Class Naomi Savage. “And it’s really nice that they were able to provide us with our ‘own’ bell. I like that the replica says our Corps name on it.”

The HMCS Trail bell is now on display at the Riverfront Centre in Trail, and a formal presentation ceremony is planned for the near future.

The Trail Sea Cadets meet every Tuesday night from September through May at the Trail Armoury from 6 – 9 p.m. For more information, please contact Lieutenant(N) David Cherrington, Commanding Officer at 250-231-1016 or visit us on Facebook.

AGM 2018 in Kelowna

Another AGM has been completed! With lots of information going back to the many Navy League Branches, Cadet Corps and Sea Cadet Corps, we are sure to continue providing the best possible experience for the youth under our care!

A big thanks to all of our supporters and special guests!

Updated: Here are two important documents for members:

Operation: This Is You

Operation: This Is You is now accepting applications!

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Lebrun to take aim at provincial biathlon competition

Williams Lake cadet Kaitlin Lebrun takes aim during the Northern Zone Biathlon this past weekend in Prince George. Lebrun finished first in the female youth category. (Cpt. Andrew Tomlinson photo)

Original Story by Williams Lake Tribune:

Cadet Kaitlin Lebrun of Williams Lake shot her rifle and skied to a gold medal at the Northern Zone Biathlon Competition held at Otway Ski centre in Prince George last weekend.

Lebrun, 17, is with 202 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps in Williams Lake. More than 30 cadets competed in Prince George, testing their fitness, skiing, teamwork, and marksmanship skills over a 6 km course.

“I’ve always wanted to ski and do sports, this is fun,” says cadet Lebrun, “I encourage others to do it.”

Lebrun, who is Chief Petty Officer in her Corps, has attended three zone competitions and participated in two provincial competitions in past years. Lebrun has also been on an exchange trip to the U.S. with the Cadet Program.

Lebrun finished first in the female youth category and will compete at the provincial level February 2-3 in Mount Washington, Comox.

The Cadet Program aims to develop in youth ages 12-18 the attributes of good citizenship and leadership, promote physical fitness and stimulate the interest of youth in sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.