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Registration closed: Due to reduced physical occupancy limits, we have had to close registration for new and returning cadets on 25 Sep 20. If you did not make the cut off, please join our waiting listย and we will notify you if and when we able to accommodate additional members.

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1 week ago

#๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฒ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ

๐Ÿฅฉ Itโ€™s that time of year again to kick off our Meat Fundraising Campaign โ€” an initiative where our 540 Squadron Sponsoring Committee teams up with North Country Fundraising to offer delicious meat and seafood options!

๐Ÿค Due to the onset of COVID-19, we will be transferring this campaign online. It will be dubbed #MeatyMondays!

๐Ÿ–ฅ Orders and payments will be done online and are due on Sunday, December 6th at 6:00pm. Order here! form.jotform.com/202948015022244

๐Ÿ˜ท Pick-up will be in-person on Thursday, December 10th at 6:00pm at St. Paul's United Church (454 Rebecca Street in Oakville). Please note, cadets should not be present for the pick-up.

โณ Order while supplies last!
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#๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฒ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ

๐Ÿฅฉ Itโ€™s that time of year again to kick off our Meat Fundraising Campaign โ€” an initiative where our 540 Squadron Sponsoring Committee teams up with North Country Fundraising to offer delicious meat and seafood options!

๐Ÿค Due to the onset of COVID-19, we will be transferring this campaign online. It will be dubbed #MeatyMondays!

๐Ÿ–ฅ Orders and payments will be done online and are due on Sunday, December 6th at 6:00pm. Order here! https://form.jotform.com/202948015022244

๐Ÿ˜ท Pick-up will be in-person on Thursday, December 10th at 6:00pm at St. Pauls United Church (454 Rebecca Street in Oakville). Please note, cadets should not be present for the pick-up.

โณ Order while supplies last!

2 weeks ago

This week, the #540goldenhawks would have shown their support to our local Royal Canadian Legions Branches 114 (Oakville) 486 (Bronte), as well as our community by participating in the annual Poppy Drives and marching in solidarity at both local Remembrance Day Services. This year, we turn to a very different November 11th.

We would like to express our thoughts today as the #540family members reflect, in their own individual way, upon the sacrifices many of this land's brave young men and women have made for us for well over 100 years.

As a youth organization whose aims are to help instill citizenship values in our young members of society, it is crucially important that 540 knows the history and value behind Remembrance Day, the significance of the Poppy, and what it means to Canada and the world. It's important to recognize that many of our cadets are members of this organization because of their family's ties to the Canadian Armed Forces, and the contributions made in their service to Canada, both at home and abroad.

Particularly today, for a brief moment at 11am, we will pause our daily life as a means to reflect and honour all of those who have served in conflict and peacetime for our Land's freedoms and liberties. May we never forget those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, #wewillrememberthem.
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This week, the #540GoldenHawks would have shown their support to our local Royal Canadian Legions Branches 114 (Oakville) 486 (Bronte), as well as our community by participating in the annual Poppy Drives and marching in solidarity at both local Remembrance Day Services. This year, we turn to a very different November 11th. 

We would like to express our thoughts today as the #540Family members reflect, in their own individual way, upon the sacrifices many of this lands brave young men and women have made for us for well over 100 years.

As a youth organization whose aims are to help instill citizenship values in our young members of society, it is crucially important that 540 knows the history and value behind Remembrance Day, the significance of the Poppy, and what it means to Canada and the world. Its important to recognize that many of our cadets are members of this organization because of their familys ties to the Canadian Armed Forces, and the contributions made in their service to Canada, both at home and abroad.

Particularly today, for a brief moment at 11am, we will pause our daily life as a means to reflect and honour all of those who have served in conflict and peacetime for our Lands freedoms and liberties. May we never forget those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, #WeWillRememberThem.

3 weeks ago

Check out what our very own WO2 Kasturi asks our new Commander, Commodore Kurtz, on behalf of Ontario Cadets! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

#BravoZulu to our very own 2Lt Vukojevic on receiving the $3,000 Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) Citizen Scholarship!

You continue to make us #540Proud#SaluteToStaffSunday: The Chair and Trustees of the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) Citizen Scholarship Trust are pleased to announce the awarding of seven scholarships for this year to deserving CIC Officers from #CentralRegion who are pursuing their initial post-secondary diploma or degree.

The selection committee met and selected recipients based on the members submissions and against the criteria of character, leadership, commitment and financial need.

Recognizing the particularly challenging times resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trustees have decided to award an unprecedented number of scholarships this year!

#BravoZulu to the following recipients of the 2020 CIC Citizen Scholarship:

2Lt Anthony Vukojevic from 540 Golden Hawks RCACS โ€” studying Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Toronto;

OCdt Alexandra Jenne from 2659 Royal Canadian Army Cadets โ€” studying Social Sciences at Brock University;

OCdt Christopher Redfearn from Chatham Cadet Flying Site โ€” studying Aviation, General Arts and Science at Conestoga College;

OCdt Avalon Cheung-Budd from 741 Air Cadet Squadron โ€” studying Police Foundations at Fanshawe College;

OCdt Kathryn Anglin from RCSU Central โ€” studying Bachelor of Arts at McGill University;

OCdt Joyce Mugisha from 2861 Army Cadet Corps โ€” studying Political Science and Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Windsor; and last but not least

OCdt Samuel Lee from 351 Silver Star Royal Canadian Air Cadets โ€” studying Disasater and Emergency Management at York University.
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#BravoZulu to our very own 2Lt Vukojevic on receiving the $3,000 Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) Citizen Scholarship! 

You continue to make us #540Proud

1 month ago

Today, we thank Major Mike LaCombe for his passion, dedication, and loyalty to the #540GoldenHawks as he passes on command to our 20th Commanding Officer, Captain Neil DePass.

This year's Change of Command Ceremony had to be taken virtual due to the restrictions put in place by the pandemic. What would normally be a parade, is now an exciting video.

Along with the Commanding Officers, we will be conducting a change of Squadron Sponsoring Chairpersons and Squadron Warrant Officers.

This ceremony was presided by Major Lisa LaCombe, past Commanding Officer of #540goldenhawks and current Regional Advisory Council COATS Chair for RCSU Central.

We hope that you enjoy this video presentation of our virtual event!

**All Canada Public Health guidelines were followed in the making of this video โ€” social distancing, wearing of a Non-Medical Mask and sanitization between participants of commonly touched areas**
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2 months ago

Commanding Officer’s COVID-19 Update — 9 October 2020To our Cadets, Parents and the Community of the Town of Oakville,

In light of the increased community spread of COVID-19 in Halton Region and our neighbouring hotspot Peel Region, I have decided to take our Squadron to virtual training only for the remainder of the fall period.

This decision may come at a bit of a disappointment to some, but it was not one I took lightly. In emphasizing our Commander’s Intent, we must put the safety of our cadets and staff first and ensure that the Canadian Cadet Organizations does not become a vector for the virus to spread.

WHO:

All Cadets who have already registered — you will be receiving an update of how to proceed from your Level Officer and Level Warrant Officer.

WHEN:

Online Training will be conducted on weekly basis and will be separated by your Cadet’s level. The virtual training will be 7:00pm to 8:30pm and will be on the following days:

Level 1 — Fridays

Level 2 — Mondays

Level 3 — Tuesdays

Level 4 — Fridays

If you have any questions with respect to the timings or days that your Cadet will be participating in our online delivery of training, please have them contact their respective Level Warrant Officer.

WHERE:

Our Training Officers want to ensure that the transition to online training is as smooth and as easy as possible. Therefore, in the next few days, we will be sharing some exciting news of how your Cadet will be able to access our “540 Training Hub”! Keep an eye out on our website and social media platforms.

We aspire to constantly review our ever-changing situation and offer the best value-added opportunities we can provide while keeping the safety of our Cadets a priority. Rest assured, as our situation unfolds and certainty emerges though this COVID-19 pandemic, we will communicate any changes and improvements to our program delivery.

All questions or concerns you might have in relation to this update can be directed to 2Lt Vukojevic ([email protected]) or Capt DePass ([email protected]). We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Yours truly,

Captain Neil DePass, Acting Commanding Officer of 540 Golden Hawks
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Commanding Officer’s COVID-19 Update — 9 October 2020

2 months ago

Keep an eye out for the upcoming Change of Command video ๐Ÿ‘€ ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

๐’๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ #๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ๐๐ซ๐ข๐๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐š #๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐คโ€ฆ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ!๐Ÿ˜ท

Our Squadron Sponsoring Committee will be selling branded #540FaceMasks in support of this yearโ€™s Squadron activities.

Masks are $12 for one or $10 each if you purchase more than one.

We are offering free porch drop off in Oakville and Burlington, free pickup at our training headquarters on Monday and Friday nights or shipping for $5.

You can find out more here: 540goldenhawks.ca/face-masks/

Weโ€™ll also be looking for photos of families wearing their masks to share, so please don't forget to send them to us!
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๐’๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ #๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ๐๐ซ๐ข๐๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐š #๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐คโ€ฆ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ!๐Ÿ˜ท

Our Squadron Sponsoring Committee will be selling branded #540FaceMasks in support of this yearโ€™s Squadron activities.

Masks are $12 for one or $10 each if you purchase more than one.

We are offering free porch drop off in Oakville and Burlington, free pickup at our training headquarters on Monday and Friday nights or shipping for $5.

You can find out more here: https://540goldenhawks.ca/face-masks/

Weโ€™ll also be looking for photos of families wearing their masks to share, so please dont forget to send them to us!

2 months ago

๐€๐ง๐ ๐–๐ž ๐€๐ซ๐ž ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ! ๐Ÿš€

Tonight, 36 of our brand new #540Recruits participated in their first-ever #540GoldenHawks' virtual training session!

The Level 1 Staff Cadets and new #540Recruits had the opportunity to introduce themselves with each other, playing ice breaker games like "Does pineapple belong on pizza?", talked about the Air Cadet Program and what we offer here at 540, and finally finished the meeting with a fun game of Among us!

Both our Staff Cadets and new #540Recruits were super excited and are very much looking forward to their first in-person meeting in a few weeks.

Welcome, new recruits, to our #540Family! ๐Ÿ’•
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๐€๐ง๐ ๐–๐ž ๐€๐ซ๐ž ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ! ๐Ÿš€

Tonight, 36 of our brand new #540Recruits participated in their first-ever #540GoldenHawks virtual training session! 

The Level 1 Staff Cadets and new #540Recruits had the opportunity to introduce themselves with each other, playing ice breaker games like Does pineapple belong on pizza?, talked about the Air Cadet Program and what we offer here at 540, and finally finished the meeting with a fun game of Among us!

Both our Staff Cadets and new #540Recruits were super excited and are very much looking forward to their first in-person meeting in a few weeks. 

Welcome, new recruits, to our #540Family! ๐Ÿ’•

2 months ago

Commanding Officer’s COVID-19 Update — 23 September 2020To the Cadets, Parents and the Community of the Town of Oakville,

I hope everyone is doing well! The Squadron Staff is working very hard to ensure that preparations for our sage return to training are completed on time. In light of our constantly changing environment, I wish to bring to everyone’s attention several updates that are important to our safe return to in-person training, along with updates from my most recent training conference.

Training Program Updates

Over the last month, we communicated to you our plan to safely return to in-person training. In light of a recent order from our Formation Commander, we have found it necessary to modify our weekly in-person training plan to the following:

Training sessions will be on Mondays and Fridays;

Cadets will train in-person every other week, with virtual training offered in-between;

A final schedule of which cadet training level will train on which evenings will be confirmed after returning cadet numbers are finalized next week — 2 Oct 20;

Weekends will revert back to supported activities once approved by Regional Cadet Support Unit Central (e.g. marksmanship training, Zumba, rocketry, hiking, canoeing, etc.); and finally

All in-person music training (Brass, Reed, Percussion) is postponed until further notice.

As a precautionary measure, in-person participation by uniformed Cadets and Staff members in organized Remembrance Day Ceremonies is not authorized this year. In lieu, 540 Golden Hawks will endeavour to offer a virtual Remembrance Day ceremony.

Further updates to the cadet training year (Summer Training, Competitions, Flying Operations) will be shared by our Formation Commander under an additional order. This direction is expected between 1 Nov - 1 Dec 20.

I am pleased to share that despite the ‘uncertain-at-this-time’ outcome of Flying Training Courses (formerly know as flying scholarships), we will be offering a virtual aviation training program for any cadets interested in learning more about aviation. A sign-up sheet will be posted to our website within two weeks.

Squadron COVID-19 Policy Document

This week, we have finalized our COVID-19 Operating Policy and will be awaiting final approval of our plan from our Niagara & Greater Toronto Area Office. A copy of this document can be referenced by our cadets and their parents HERE.

New Cadet Registration and Returning Cadet Annual Information Update

New Cadets can expect to have their registration information entered into our database by the end of this week, while returning Cadets can expect a request from our Administration Staff for updated personal information by the end of next week.

Staying Connected With Us

As part of the information update, please ensure that your cadet has a valid email address that they will be checking regularly. This will be critical to their participation in virtual training activities this year. As we ramp up our operations, you are reminded that the Squadron Calendar is the central hub for information about any and all upcoming events. You are all encouraged to add our calendar to your phones.

Last Call

Many of you have confirmed your intent to join us for another year of cadet training, although a unique one to say the least! To ensure our training staff can appropriately confirm their training schedule, we ask that the remaining prospective cadets/parents confirm their intent to resume training with us NO LATER THAN THIS FRIDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, AT 5PM. Registration will be closed following this time.

All questions or concerns you might have in relation to this update can be directed to 2Lt Vukojevic ([email protected]) or Capt DePass ([email protected]). We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Yours truly,

Captain Neil DePass, Acting Commanding Officer of 540 Golden Hawks
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Commanding Officer’s COVID-19 Update — 23 September 2020

2 months ago

An opportunity was identified for Air Cadets interested in Aviation Careers to participate in a speaker series run by Youth Flight Canada Education Fund on the topic of "Flight Plan Revised: Aviation Career Post-COVID".

The post-COVID world will dramatically change the prospects and ease with which aspiring aviators could join aviation and these nights are excellent opportunities for Air Cadets to learn about opportunities in flying from subject matter experts while Squadron activities in person aren't possible.

Check out the event details below! See you there!
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2 months ago

A friendly reminder of our event tonight!

See you there! :)

Returning Cadet Information NightSep 15, 6:30pmZoomDear Prospective Returning Cadets and Cadet Parents,

We cordially invite you and your cadet to attend a virtual evening where we will be presenting to you our plan for a safe return to in-person training. This meeting will take place on Sept 15, 2020 at 6:30 pm.

This will be a 40 minute presentation from our Staff and Sponsor with an opportunity for you to ask questions at the end, should you have some. We will also have an opportunity to hear from some of our team coaches about their plans to resume activities as well.

**Can I submit questions in advance?

Yes please! Please submit any questions you may have ahead of time to Capt DePass at [email protected]

**How do I join the meeting?

us02web.zoom.us/j/81639601009?pwd=NFFxd1BFU0dCeFRwQ1RCNmd5S2dudz09

Password: 540540
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1 week ago

#๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฒ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ

๐Ÿฅฉ Itโ€™s that time of year again to kick off our Meat Fundraising Campaign โ€” an initiative where our 540 Squadron Sponsoring Committee teams up with North Country Fundraising to offer delicious meat and seafood options!

๐Ÿค Due to the onset of COVID-19, we will be transferring this campaign online. It will be dubbed #MeatyMondays!

๐Ÿ–ฅ Orders and payments will be done online and are due on Sunday, December 6th at 6:00pm. Order here! form.jotform.com/202948015022244

๐Ÿ˜ท Pick-up will be in-person on Thursday, December 10th at 6:00pm at St. Paul's United Church (454 Rebecca Street in Oakville). Please note, cadets should not be present for the pick-up.

โณ Order while supplies last!
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#๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฒ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ

๐Ÿฅฉ Itโ€™s that time of year again to kick off our Meat Fundraising Campaign โ€” an initiative where our 540 Squadron Sponsoring Committee teams up with North Country Fundraising to offer delicious meat and seafood options!

๐Ÿค Due to the onset of COVID-19, we will be transferring this campaign online. It will be dubbed #MeatyMondays!

๐Ÿ–ฅ Orders and payments will be done online and are due on Sunday, December 6th at 6:00pm. Order here! https://form.jotform.com/202948015022244

๐Ÿ˜ท Pick-up will be in-person on Thursday, December 10th at 6:00pm at St. Pauls United Church (454 Rebecca Street in Oakville). Please note, cadets should not be present for the pick-up.

โณ Order while supplies last!

2 weeks ago

This week, the #540goldenhawks would have shown their support to our local Royal Canadian Legions Branches 114 (Oakville) 486 (Bronte), as well as our community by participating in the annual Poppy Drives and marching in solidarity at both local Remembrance Day Services. This year, we turn to a very different November 11th.

We would like to express our thoughts today as the #540family members reflect, in their own individual way, upon the sacrifices many of this land's brave young men and women have made for us for well over 100 years.

As a youth organization whose aims are to help instill citizenship values in our young members of society, it is crucially important that 540 knows the history and value behind Remembrance Day, the significance of the Poppy, and what it means to Canada and the world. It's important to recognize that many of our cadets are members of this organization because of their family's ties to the Canadian Armed Forces, and the contributions made in their service to Canada, both at home and abroad.

Particularly today, for a brief moment at 11am, we will pause our daily life as a means to reflect and honour all of those who have served in conflict and peacetime for our Land's freedoms and liberties. May we never forget those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, #wewillrememberthem.
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This week, the #540GoldenHawks would have shown their support to our local Royal Canadian Legions Branches 114 (Oakville) 486 (Bronte), as well as our community by participating in the annual Poppy Drives and marching in solidarity at both local Remembrance Day Services. This year, we turn to a very different November 11th. 

We would like to express our thoughts today as the #540Family members reflect, in their own individual way, upon the sacrifices many of this lands brave young men and women have made for us for well over 100 years.

As a youth organization whose aims are to help instill citizenship values in our young members of society, it is crucially important that 540 knows the history and value behind Remembrance Day, the significance of the Poppy, and what it means to Canada and the world. Its important to recognize that many of our cadets are members of this organization because of their familys ties to the Canadian Armed Forces, and the contributions made in their service to Canada, both at home and abroad.

Particularly today, for a brief moment at 11am, we will pause our daily life as a means to reflect and honour all of those who have served in conflict and peacetime for our Lands freedoms and liberties. May we never forget those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, #WeWillRememberThem.

3 weeks ago

Check out what our very own WO2 Kasturi asks our new Commander, Commodore Kurtz, on behalf of Ontario Cadets! ... See MoreSee Less

4 weeks ago

#BravoZulu to our very own 2Lt Vukojevic on receiving the $3,000 Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) Citizen Scholarship!

You continue to make us #540Proud#SaluteToStaffSunday: The Chair and Trustees of the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) Citizen Scholarship Trust are pleased to announce the awarding of seven scholarships for this year to deserving CIC Officers from #CentralRegion who are pursuing their initial post-secondary diploma or degree.

The selection committee met and selected recipients based on the members submissions and against the criteria of character, leadership, commitment and financial need.

Recognizing the particularly challenging times resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trustees have decided to award an unprecedented number of scholarships this year!

#BravoZulu to the following recipients of the 2020 CIC Citizen Scholarship:

2Lt Anthony Vukojevic from 540 Golden Hawks RCACS โ€” studying Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Toronto;

OCdt Alexandra Jenne from 2659 Royal Canadian Army Cadets โ€” studying Social Sciences at Brock University;

OCdt Christopher Redfearn from Chatham Cadet Flying Site โ€” studying Aviation, General Arts and Science at Conestoga College;

OCdt Avalon Cheung-Budd from 741 Air Cadet Squadron โ€” studying Police Foundations at Fanshawe College;

OCdt Kathryn Anglin from RCSU Central โ€” studying Bachelor of Arts at McGill University;

OCdt Joyce Mugisha from 2861 Army Cadet Corps โ€” studying Political Science and Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Windsor; and last but not least

OCdt Samuel Lee from 351 Silver Star Royal Canadian Air Cadets โ€” studying Disasater and Emergency Management at York University.
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#BravoZulu to our very own 2Lt Vukojevic on receiving the $3,000 Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) Citizen Scholarship! 

You continue to make us #540Proud

1 month ago

Today, we thank Major Mike LaCombe for his passion, dedication, and loyalty to the #540GoldenHawks as he passes on command to our 20th Commanding Officer, Captain Neil DePass.

This year's Change of Command Ceremony had to be taken virtual due to the restrictions put in place by the pandemic. What would normally be a parade, is now an exciting video.

Along with the Commanding Officers, we will be conducting a change of Squadron Sponsoring Chairpersons and Squadron Warrant Officers.

This ceremony was presided by Major Lisa LaCombe, past Commanding Officer of #540goldenhawks and current Regional Advisory Council COATS Chair for RCSU Central.

We hope that you enjoy this video presentation of our virtual event!

**All Canada Public Health guidelines were followed in the making of this video โ€” social distancing, wearing of a Non-Medical Mask and sanitization between participants of commonly touched areas**
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2 months ago

Commanding Officer’s COVID-19 Update — 9 October 2020To our Cadets, Parents and the Community of the Town of Oakville,

In light of the increased community spread of COVID-19 in Halton Region and our neighbouring hotspot Peel Region, I have decided to take our Squadron to virtual training only for the remainder of the fall period.

This decision may come at a bit of a disappointment to some, but it was not one I took lightly. In emphasizing our Commander’s Intent, we must put the safety of our cadets and staff first and ensure that the Canadian Cadet Organizations does not become a vector for the virus to spread.

WHO:

All Cadets who have already registered — you will be receiving an update of how to proceed from your Level Officer and Level Warrant Officer.

WHEN:

Online Training will be conducted on weekly basis and will be separated by your Cadet’s level. The virtual training will be 7:00pm to 8:30pm and will be on the following days:

Level 1 — Fridays

Level 2 — Mondays

Level 3 — Tuesdays

Level 4 — Fridays

If you have any questions with respect to the timings or days that your Cadet will be participating in our online delivery of training, please have them contact their respective Level Warrant Officer.

WHERE:

Our Training Officers want to ensure that the transition to online training is as smooth and as easy as possible. Therefore, in the next few days, we will be sharing some exciting news of how your Cadet will be able to access our “540 Training Hub”! Keep an eye out on our website and social media platforms.

We aspire to constantly review our ever-changing situation and offer the best value-added opportunities we can provide while keeping the safety of our Cadets a priority. Rest assured, as our situation unfolds and certainty emerges though this COVID-19 pandemic, we will communicate any changes and improvements to our program delivery.

All questions or concerns you might have in relation to this update can be directed to 2Lt Vukojevic ([email protected]) or Capt DePass ([email protected]). We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Yours truly,

Captain Neil DePass, Acting Commanding Officer of 540 Golden Hawks
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Commanding Officer’s COVID-19 Update — 9 October 2020

2 months ago

Keep an eye out for the upcoming Change of Command video ๐Ÿ‘€ ... See MoreSee Less

2 months ago

๐’๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ #๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ๐๐ซ๐ข๐๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐š #๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐คโ€ฆ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ!๐Ÿ˜ท

Our Squadron Sponsoring Committee will be selling branded #540FaceMasks in support of this yearโ€™s Squadron activities.

Masks are $12 for one or $10 each if you purchase more than one.

We are offering free porch drop off in Oakville and Burlington, free pickup at our training headquarters on Monday and Friday nights or shipping for $5.

You can find out more here: 540goldenhawks.ca/face-masks/

Weโ€™ll also be looking for photos of families wearing their masks to share, so please don't forget to send them to us!
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๐’๐ก๐จ๐ฐ ๐จ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ ๐ฒ๐จ๐ฎ๐ซ #๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ๐๐ซ๐ข๐๐ž ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฉ๐ฎ๐ซ๐œ๐ก๐š๐ฌ๐ž ๐š #๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ’๐ŸŽ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž๐Œ๐š๐ฌ๐คโ€ฆ ๐จ๐ซ ๐ญ๐ฐ๐จ!๐Ÿ˜ท

Our Squadron Sponsoring Committee will be selling branded #540FaceMasks in support of this yearโ€™s Squadron activities.

Masks are $12 for one or $10 each if you purchase more than one.

We are offering free porch drop off in Oakville and Burlington, free pickup at our training headquarters on Monday and Friday nights or shipping for $5.

You can find out more here: https://540goldenhawks.ca/face-masks/

Weโ€™ll also be looking for photos of families wearing their masks to share, so please dont forget to send them to us!

2 months ago

๐€๐ง๐ ๐–๐ž ๐€๐ซ๐ž ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ! ๐Ÿš€

Tonight, 36 of our brand new #540Recruits participated in their first-ever #540GoldenHawks' virtual training session!

The Level 1 Staff Cadets and new #540Recruits had the opportunity to introduce themselves with each other, playing ice breaker games like "Does pineapple belong on pizza?", talked about the Air Cadet Program and what we offer here at 540, and finally finished the meeting with a fun game of Among us!

Both our Staff Cadets and new #540Recruits were super excited and are very much looking forward to their first in-person meeting in a few weeks.

Welcome, new recruits, to our #540Family! ๐Ÿ’•
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๐€๐ง๐ ๐–๐ž ๐€๐ซ๐ž ๐Ž๐Ÿ๐Ÿ! ๐Ÿš€

Tonight, 36 of our brand new #540Recruits participated in their first-ever #540GoldenHawks virtual training session! 

The Level 1 Staff Cadets and new #540Recruits had the opportunity to introduce themselves with each other, playing ice breaker games like Does pineapple belong on pizza?, talked about the Air Cadet Program and what we offer here at 540, and finally finished the meeting with a fun game of Among us!

Both our Staff Cadets and new #540Recruits were super excited and are very much looking forward to their first in-person meeting in a few weeks. 

Welcome, new recruits, to our #540Family! ๐Ÿ’•

2 months ago

Commanding Officer’s COVID-19 Update — 23 September 2020To the Cadets, Parents and the Community of the Town of Oakville,

I hope everyone is doing well! The Squadron Staff is working very hard to ensure that preparations for our sage return to training are completed on time. In light of our constantly changing environment, I wish to bring to everyone’s attention several updates that are important to our safe return to in-person training, along with updates from my most recent training conference.

Training Program Updates

Over the last month, we communicated to you our plan to safely return to in-person training. In light of a recent order from our Formation Commander, we have found it necessary to modify our weekly in-person training plan to the following:

Training sessions will be on Mondays and Fridays;

Cadets will train in-person every other week, with virtual training offered in-between;

A final schedule of which cadet training level will train on which evenings will be confirmed after returning cadet numbers are finalized next week — 2 Oct 20;

Weekends will revert back to supported activities once approved by Regional Cadet Support Unit Central (e.g. marksmanship training, Zumba, rocketry, hiking, canoeing, etc.); and finally

All in-person music training (Brass, Reed, Percussion) is postponed until further notice.

As a precautionary measure, in-person participation by uniformed Cadets and Staff members in organized Remembrance Day Ceremonies is not authorized this year. In lieu, 540 Golden Hawks will endeavour to offer a virtual Remembrance Day ceremony.

Further updates to the cadet training year (Summer Training, Competitions, Flying Operations) will be shared by our Formation Commander under an additional order. This direction is expected between 1 Nov - 1 Dec 20.

I am pleased to share that despite the ‘uncertain-at-this-time’ outcome of Flying Training Courses (formerly know as flying scholarships), we will be offering a virtual aviation training program for any cadets interested in learning more about aviation. A sign-up sheet will be posted to our website within two weeks.

Squadron COVID-19 Policy Document

This week, we have finalized our COVID-19 Operating Policy and will be awaiting final approval of our plan from our Niagara & Greater Toronto Area Office. A copy of this document can be referenced by our cadets and their parents HERE.

New Cadet Registration and Returning Cadet Annual Information Update

New Cadets can expect to have their registration information entered into our database by the end of this week, while returning Cadets can expect a request from our Administration Staff for updated personal information by the end of next week.

Staying Connected With Us

As part of the information update, please ensure that your cadet has a valid email address that they will be checking regularly. This will be critical to their participation in virtual training activities this year. As we ramp up our operations, you are reminded that the Squadron Calendar is the central hub for information about any and all upcoming events. You are all encouraged to add our calendar to your phones.

Last Call

Many of you have confirmed your intent to join us for another year of cadet training, although a unique one to say the least! To ensure our training staff can appropriately confirm their training schedule, we ask that the remaining prospective cadets/parents confirm their intent to resume training with us NO LATER THAN THIS FRIDAY, 25 SEPTEMBER 2020, AT 5PM. Registration will be closed following this time.

All questions or concerns you might have in relation to this update can be directed to 2Lt Vukojevic ([email protected]) or Capt DePass ([email protected]). We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Yours truly,

Captain Neil DePass, Acting Commanding Officer of 540 Golden Hawks
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1 week ago

#๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฒ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ

๐Ÿฅฉ Itโ€™s that time of year again to kick off our Meat Fundraising Campaign โ€” an initiative where our 540 Squadron Sponsoring Committee teams up with North Country Fundraising to offer delicious meat and seafood options!

๐Ÿค Due to the onset of COVID-19, we will be transferring this campaign online. It will be dubbed #MeatyMondays!

๐Ÿ–ฅ Orders and payments will be done online and are due on Sunday, December 6th at 6:00pm. Order here! form.jotform.com/202948015022244

๐Ÿ˜ท Pick-up will be in-person on Thursday, December 10th at 6:00pm at St. Paul's United Church (454 Rebecca Street in Oakville). Please note, cadets should not be present for the pick-up.

โณ Order while supplies last!
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#๐Œ๐ž๐š๐ญ๐ฒ๐Œ๐จ๐ง๐๐š๐ฒ๐ฌ

๐Ÿฅฉ Itโ€™s that time of year again to kick off our Meat Fundraising Campaign โ€” an initiative where our 540 Squadron Sponsoring Committee teams up with North Country Fundraising to offer delicious meat and seafood options!

๐Ÿค Due to the onset of COVID-19, we will be transferring this campaign online. It will be dubbed #MeatyMondays!

๐Ÿ–ฅ Orders and payments will be done online and are due on Sunday, December 6th at 6:00pm. Order here! https://form.jotform.com/202948015022244

๐Ÿ˜ท Pick-up will be in-person on Thursday, December 10th at 6:00pm at St. Pauls United Church (454 Rebecca Street in Oakville). Please note, cadets should not be present for the pick-up.

โณ Order while supplies last!

2 weeks ago

This week, the #540goldenhawks would have shown their support to our local Royal Canadian Legions Branches 114 (Oakville) 486 (Bronte), as well as our community by participating in the annual Poppy Drives and marching in solidarity at both local Remembrance Day Services. This year, we turn to a very different November 11th.

We would like to express our thoughts today as the #540family members reflect, in their own individual way, upon the sacrifices many of this land's brave young men and women have made for us for well over 100 years.

As a youth organization whose aims are to help instill citizenship values in our young members of society, it is crucially important that 540 knows the history and value behind Remembrance Day, the significance of the Poppy, and what it means to Canada and the world. It's important to recognize that many of our cadets are members of this organization because of their family's ties to the Canadian Armed Forces, and the contributions made in their service to Canada, both at home and abroad.

Particularly today, for a brief moment at 11am, we will pause our daily life as a means to reflect and honour all of those who have served in conflict and peacetime for our Land's freedoms and liberties. May we never forget those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, #wewillrememberthem.
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This week, the #540GoldenHawks would have shown their support to our local Royal Canadian Legions Branches 114 (Oakville) 486 (Bronte), as well as our community by participating in the annual Poppy Drives and marching in solidarity at both local Remembrance Day Services. This year, we turn to a very different November 11th. 

We would like to express our thoughts today as the #540Family members reflect, in their own individual way, upon the sacrifices many of this lands brave young men and women have made for us for well over 100 years.

As a youth organization whose aims are to help instill citizenship values in our young members of society, it is crucially important that 540 knows the history and value behind Remembrance Day, the significance of the Poppy, and what it means to Canada and the world. Its important to recognize that many of our cadets are members of this organization because of their familys ties to the Canadian Armed Forces, and the contributions made in their service to Canada, both at home and abroad.

Particularly today, for a brief moment at 11am, we will pause our daily life as a means to reflect and honour all of those who have served in conflict and peacetime for our Lands freedoms and liberties. May we never forget those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice.

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old: Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn. At the going down of the sun and in the morning, #WeWillRememberThem.

3 weeks ago

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4 weeks ago

#BravoZulu to our very own 2Lt Vukojevic on receiving the $3,000 Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) Citizen Scholarship!

You continue to make us #540Proud#SaluteToStaffSunday: The Chair and Trustees of the Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) Citizen Scholarship Trust are pleased to announce the awarding of seven scholarships for this year to deserving CIC Officers from #CentralRegion who are pursuing their initial post-secondary diploma or degree.

The selection committee met and selected recipients based on the members submissions and against the criteria of character, leadership, commitment and financial need.

Recognizing the particularly challenging times resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trustees have decided to award an unprecedented number of scholarships this year!

#BravoZulu to the following recipients of the 2020 CIC Citizen Scholarship:

2Lt Anthony Vukojevic from 540 Golden Hawks RCACS โ€” studying Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Toronto;

OCdt Alexandra Jenne from 2659 Royal Canadian Army Cadets โ€” studying Social Sciences at Brock University;

OCdt Christopher Redfearn from Chatham Cadet Flying Site โ€” studying Aviation, General Arts and Science at Conestoga College;

OCdt Avalon Cheung-Budd from 741 Air Cadet Squadron โ€” studying Police Foundations at Fanshawe College;

OCdt Kathryn Anglin from RCSU Central โ€” studying Bachelor of Arts at McGill University;

OCdt Joyce Mugisha from 2861 Army Cadet Corps โ€” studying Political Science and Bachelor of Science (Honours) at the University of Windsor; and last but not least

OCdt Samuel Lee from 351 Silver Star Royal Canadian Air Cadets โ€” studying Disasater and Emergency Management at York University.
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#BravoZulu to our very own 2Lt Vukojevic on receiving the $3,000 Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) Citizen Scholarship! 

You continue to make us #540Proud

1 month ago

Today, we thank Major Mike LaCombe for his passion, dedication, and loyalty to the #540GoldenHawks as he passes on command to our 20th Commanding Officer, Captain Neil DePass.

This year's Change of Command Ceremony had to be taken virtual due to the restrictions put in place by the pandemic. What would normally be a parade, is now an exciting video.

Along with the Commanding Officers, we will be conducting a change of Squadron Sponsoring Chairpersons and Squadron Warrant Officers.

This ceremony was presided by Major Lisa LaCombe, past Commanding Officer of #540goldenhawks and current Regional Advisory Council COATS Chair for RCSU Central.

We hope that you enjoy this video presentation of our virtual event!

**All Canada Public Health guidelines were followed in the making of this video โ€” social distancing, wearing of a Non-Medical Mask and sanitization between participants of commonly touched areas**
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2 months ago

Commanding Officer’s COVID-19 Update — 9 October 2020To our Cadets, Parents and the Community of the Town of Oakville,

In light of the increased community spread of COVID-19 in Halton Region and our neighbouring hotspot Peel Region, I have decided to take our Squadron to virtual training only for the remainder of the fall period.

This decision may come at a bit of a disappointment to some, but it was not one I took lightly. In emphasizing our Commander’s Intent, we must put the safety of our cadets and staff first and ensure that the Canadian Cadet Organizations does not become a vector for the virus to spread.

WHO:

All Cadets who have already registered — you will be receiving an update of how to proceed from your Level Officer and Level Warrant Officer.

WHEN:

Online Training will be conducted on weekly basis and will be separated by your Cadet’s level. The virtual training will be 7:00pm to 8:30pm and will be on the following days:

Level 1 — Fridays

Level 2 — Mondays

Level 3 — Tuesdays

Level 4 — Fridays

If you have any questions with respect to the timings or days that your Cadet will be participating in our online delivery of training, please have them contact their respective Level Warrant Officer.

WHERE:

Our Training Officers want to ensure that the transition to online training is as smooth and as easy as possible. Therefore, in the next few days, we will be sharing some exciting news of how your Cadet will be able to access our “540 Training Hub”! Keep an eye out on our website and social media platforms.

We aspire to constantly review our ever-changing situation and offer the best value-added opportunities we can provide while keeping the safety of our Cadets a priority. Rest assured, as our situation unfolds and certainty emerges though this COVID-19 pandemic, we will communicate any changes and improvements to our program delivery.

All questions or concerns you might have in relation to this update can be directed to 2Lt Vukojevic ([email protected]) or Capt DePass ([email protected]). We look forward to seeing you all soon!

Yours truly,

Captain Neil DePass, Acting Commanding Officer of 540 Golden Hawks
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Commanding Officer’s COVID-19 Update — 9 October 2020