Approximately 60 guests were in attendance, from parents and friends, and a number of dignitaries.
The Reviewing Party included Reviewing Officer Hugh Rose Col. Ret., CO: Capt. Kim Schur, SSC Chair Susan Midgley, ACLC Insp. Ms. Cheryl Fletcher, RCSU Rep. Maj. David Kerr, and Oliver Mayor Ron Hovanes. The review began after the cadets performed a well-executed formation drill. Cadets from both Osoyoos and Oliver belong to Bighorn Squadron 232.
Following the formation drill and review, the cadets proceeded to enact a series of demonstrations outlining the kinds of things cadets learn through the program.
Included in the demonstrations were an exercise on proper etiquette while dining, and then how to survive the seven enemies of survival.
In both cases, the cadets fully embraced the roles they were playing and the audience responded with enthusiastic applause. For those who are not aware of the enemies of survival, they are: pain/injury, heat/cold, thirst, hunger, fear/anxiety, loneliness/boredom, and fatigue.
After the demonstrations F/Cpl. Levi Kermeen was awarded the Outstanding Cadet of the Year award, which was presented to him by Capt. Schur. She complimented F/Cpl. Kermeen for his outstanding all-around performance, attendance, and commitment to the squadron.
Following the demonstrations, the members of the Reviewing Party addressed the cadets, starting with Hugh Rose, Col. Ret.
Col. Rose commended the cadets for their excellent formation drills and skilled demonstrations. Col. Rose also mentioned that although the 232 Bighorn Squadron is not large in numbers it is large in character and commitment, and each and every cadet should be proud of his/her accomplishments through the air cadet program.
Hovanes further thanked the cadets for making an important contribution to a number of important ceremonies each year, including Remembrance Day and the candle-light tribute. Hovanes said the Town of Oliver was very thankful for this program, and on behalf of the township congratulated the cadets on their achievements.
Osoyoos Councillor Sue McKortoff was equally impressed with the formation drills and review, and in particular spoke about the character that the air cadets help build – referring directly to the words spoken by the cadets as they addressed the audience.
What was most striking was the poise and confidence each of the cadets demonstrated, and McKortoff was quick to acknowledge how impressed she was and thanked the Royal Canadian Air Cadet program on behalf of the Town of Osoyoos for their outstanding contributions to both communities.
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