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4 days ago

Flying HighBy: 2Lt Anthony Vukojevic, Public Affairs

An Ontario CIC Officer, and former air cadet, is a recipient of the very first ever Air Canada — Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship. This scholarship will assist her with her post-secondary studies, as well as help her in accomplishing her dreams of becoming an airline pilot. This is an important goal for her as she strives to increase the opportunities and equality within the industry of aviation.

Second Lieutenant (2Lt) Yasna Taieb graduated as a Warrant Officer Second Class from 540 Golden Hawks RCACS after a very successful cadet career. She was able to obtain both her Glider Pilot and Private Pilot licences through the #CadetProgram. However, 2Lt Taieb didn’t stop there!



Once she got the taste of flight, 2Lt Taieb decided that she wanted more and enrolled at Conestoga College in their Aviation-Science and Arts program, where her next goal is to achieve her Commercial Pilot Licence.

After 2 years of hard work and dedication to her post-secondary studies and her flight training at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre - WWFC, 2Lt Taieb is one out of four recipients of the first ever Air Canada — Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship! The scholarship is named after retired Captain Judy Cameron, the first female pilot to be hired at Air Canada, in 1978.

“As an Afghan-Canadian female, I am working to bring change to the lives of underrepresented females across Canada. I am committed to organizations that promote females in STEM and aviation, and strive to become a successful airline pilot.”

The Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship recognizes and celebrates the achievements of accomplished women studying in aviation and aerospace. It makes significant financial assistance available to young women enrolled in post-secondary aviation flight or maintenance programs. Out of 113 applicants, only 4 are selected to receive the $5,000 scholarship.

Currently, 2Lt Taieb is the Head Instructor with the Ground School programs at 540 Golden Hawks RCACS, 80 KW Spitfire Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, 822 'Tutor' Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, 530 Havoc RCACS and 296 City of Cambridge Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

Annually, 2Lt Taieb turns out 20-25 pilots by preparing and mentoring them to do well on their entrance exam for our Pilot Training Courses.

“Cadets has been monumental to my personal and professional growth as an individual, a leader, and a pilot. Air Cadets evidently gave me the opportunity to achieve both my wings, but it also solidified my goal to not only becoming an airline pilot, but to also ensure that I increase the opportunities and equality within the industry.”

This summer, 2Lt Taieb was hired as the summer student for the role of Executive Assistant for the Northern Lights Aero Foundation — a foundation that holds an annual gala and often sees senior female cadets from across the province in attendance.

The foundation’s mission is to inspire and encourage increased participation in aviation and aerospace with women in Canada, as well as ensuring that they are successful in their careers by promoting awareness of the best career opportunities within. They work closely with organizations to ensure they recognize and benefit from women’s diverse talents.

2Lt Taieb will continue to teach and mentor the young air cadets across Southern Ontario, whether that be in-person or virtually online. 2Lt Taieb has inspired many young cadets, especially females, to accomplish their goals and chase their dreams no matter how many obstacles are in the way.

2Lt Taieb will continue to inspire our youth in the #LeadersOfTomrrow and will always encourage them to reach their full potential. #BravoZulu

Are you a cadet alumnus? How has cadets shaped you into the person you are today?

Let us know for your chance to be our next #CadetAlumni story! Send us a direct message to our page or email [email protected] and share your story with us of how you continue to be #CadetProud!
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3 weeks ago

๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐——๐—ผ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐—•๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐—ป ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜๐—ผ? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Thatโ€™s right! We are looking to change up our cover photo and we want one of YOU to be featured on it!

For your photo to qualify, make sure to try and include the following:

โœ… Cadet appropriate and relevant
โœ… Promotes one, or all, of the aims of the Cadet Program
โœ… Exemplifies social distancing by following the Government of Canada and Cadet Program COVID-19 guidelines
โœ… Appropriate civilian clothing, as uniforms are not authorized to be worn in public
โœ… Participating in a Virtual CTC course online
โœ… Facebook cover photo size (tinyurl.com/CoverPhotoSize)
โœ… Ensure there is enough space to fit "Ontario Cadets" (See current cover photo for details)
โœ… SMILES!
๐Ÿ“… Deadline is Friday, July 31, 2020

You can submit your best photo by commenting below, direct messaging our page, or emailing to [email protected]

Get creative and best of luck to all our #OntarioCadets participants!
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๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ

1 month ago

๐—›๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚! ๐——๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ! ๐Ÿ“ฒ

Cadets Canada is proud to announce the launch of our very own mobile app!

Check out the details below on how to get the app on your phone ๐Ÿ†’
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1 month ago

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ช๐—ข๐Ÿญ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ; ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ช๐—ข๐Ÿญ ๐—–๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฏ! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

It is now official! After a special meeting between the Commanding Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, retiring Warrant Officer 1st Class (WO1) Larissa Balcita, and the incoming WO1 Evan Chubb, we are proud to announce the torch has been passed with the appointment of WO1 Chubb to the position of 540โ€™s Squadron Warrant Officer (SWO).

WO1 Balcita leaves us after a stellar career as an Air Cadet, moving on to attend Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario in the Fall to study Computer Sciences.

In her 6 years with 540, she has made a significant impact on the history and operations of #540GoldenHawks. Her time as WO1 was sadly cut-short with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down since March; however, she will be remembered for her motivating leadership style, friendly smile, and her positive attitude. All of us at 540 Squadron wish her the very best in her future endeavours!

WO1 Chubb brings with him an excellent cadet resume to the SWO position, having attended several summer training courses including the Power Pilot Training Course. He has been a member of our Band, Drill with Arms, Sports, and Air Rifle Marksmanship Teams. WO1 Chubb has participated in almost every possible opportunity offered by the Air Cadet Program throughout his 6 years as a cadet. We are confident he will bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the SWO position and will continue to take 540 Sqn to new heights of success.

You both have and will continue to make us #540Proud!
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๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ช๐—ข๐Ÿญ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ; ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ช๐—ข๐Ÿญ ๐—–๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฏ! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

It is now official!  After a special meeting between the Commanding Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, retiring Warrant Officer 1st Class (WO1) Larissa Balcita, and the incoming WO1 Evan Chubb, we are proud to announce the torch has been passed with the appointment of WO1 Chubb to the position of 540โ€™s Squadron Warrant Officer (SWO).

WO1 Balcita leaves us after a stellar career as an Air Cadet, moving on to attend Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario in the Fall to study Computer Sciences.  

In her 6 years with 540, she has made a significant impact on the history and operations of #540GoldenHawks.  Her time as WO1 was sadly cut-short with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down since March; however, she will be remembered for her motivating leadership style, friendly smile, and her positive attitude.  All of us at 540 Squadron wish her the very best in her future endeavours!

WO1 Chubb brings with him an excellent cadet resume to the SWO position, having attended several summer training courses including the Power Pilot Training Course.  He has been a member of our Band, Drill with Arms, Sports, and Air Rifle Marksmanship Teams. WO1 Chubb has participated in almost every possible opportunity offered by the Air Cadet Program throughout his 6 years as a cadet.  We are confident he will bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the SWO position and will continue to take 540 Sqn to new heights of success.

You both have and will continue to make us #540Proud!Image attachment

1 month ago

๐—”๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—น ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฌโ€™๐˜€ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

It is at this time we proudly announce that Captain (Capt) Neil DePass has officially been named the Acting Commanding Officer of #540GoldenHawks Squadron, effective July 15th, 2020!

After completing his 3-year term as the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Squadron, Major (Maj) Mike LaCombe will be passing off command of the Golden Hawks to Capt DePass. Maj LaCombe will be staying with 540 for the immediate future in an Officer Staff capacity, while the Squadron transitions to Capt DePassโ€™ command.

Capt DePass brings with him a wealth of experience to the COโ€™s position; having previously been a highly successful CO at 534 Raider Squadron in Peterborough, ON, where he increased both the effective strength of the Squadron and the operational efficiency of 534 Raider as well. He has held various positions in several Squadrons such as Band Officer, Administration Officer, Training Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, and has experience as a staff member at a Cadet Training Centre as well.

This new chapter in 540โ€™s history will see some changes, which we believe will make 540 Squadron even greater! Capt DePassโ€™ mantra of โ€œputting the Air back into Air Cadetsโ€ will see some new and exciting ideas being brought to life, and some great opportunities for the youth of our Squadron.

We hope you will join us in wishing Maj LaCombe all the best in his new role within 540 and in welcoming Capt DePass as he assumes the role of Commanding the 540 Golden Hawks Squadron! #540Proud
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๐—”๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—น ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฌโ€™๐˜€ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

It is at this time we proudly announce that Captain (Capt) Neil DePass has officially been named the Acting Commanding Officer of #540GoldenHawks Squadron, effective July 15th, 2020!

After completing his 3-year term as the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Squadron, Major (Maj) Mike LaCombe will be passing off command of the Golden Hawks to Capt DePass. Maj LaCombe will be staying with 540 for the immediate future in an Officer Staff capacity, while the Squadron transitions to Capt DePassโ€™ command.

Capt DePass brings with him a wealth of experience to the COโ€™s position; having previously been a highly successful CO at 534 Raider Squadron in Peterborough, ON, where he increased both the effective strength of the Squadron and the operational efficiency of 534 Raider as well.  He has held various positions in several Squadrons such as Band Officer, Administration Officer, Training Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, and has experience as a staff member at a Cadet Training Centre as well.

This new chapter in 540โ€™s history will see some changes, which we believe will make 540 Squadron even greater!  Capt DePassโ€™ mantra of โ€œputting the Air back into Air Cadetsโ€ will see some new and exciting ideas being brought to life, and some great opportunities for the youth of our Squadron.

We hope you will join us in wishing Maj LaCombe all the best in his new role within 540 and in welcoming Capt DePass as he assumes the role of Commanding the 540 Golden Hawks Squadron! #540ProudImage attachment

1 month ago

Here is an important update from the Formation Commander, BGen Cochrane, regarding training in September.

www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/cadets-junior-canadian-rangers/covid-19/pha...
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Here is an important update from the Formation Commander, BGen Cochrane, regarding training in September.

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/cadets-junior-canadian-rangers/covid-19/phase3covid.html

1 month ago

Hey #540cadets!

Keep your eyes to the skies to try and get a glimpse of the Avro Lancaster! Engines fire up at 11am this morning.
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1 month ago

๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐˜† ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

It has probably been a while since the last time youโ€™ve heard the greatest song ever created.

Good thing our #540Band never rests! Please enjoy their performance of O Canada as we celebrate today virtually.
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1 month ago

โ€œDiversity makes us stronger.โ€ - WO2 Kasturi

#Pride Month
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2 months ago

Virtual CTCs 2020Cadet Cyber Training Course – Standard

Abbreviation: Cyber_Standard

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age group: 12-16.

Description: The Cadet Cyber Training Course - Standard will be conducted over the course of 1 week. Training provided will help cadets develop the first level of Cyber skills and will compete in an online competition at the end of the week. Successful participants will also have the opportunity to move onto the Advanced Course.

Timings: There will be a total of 5 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 4 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-17 Jul (A_Cyber_Standard_1E) and

serial 2: 27-31 Jul (A_Cyber_Standard_2E)

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and be available on test day. A second monitor will be helpful.

Cadet Cyber Training Course - Advanced

Abbreviation: Cyber_Advanced

Pre-requisites: Prefer prior knowledge of Cyber Awareness, Programming or have attended the Standard Course.

Target Age group: 12-16.

Description: The Cadet Cyber Training Course - Advanced will be conducted over the course of 1 week. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the Advanced level of Cyber skills and will compete in an online competition at the end of the week.

Timings: There will be a total of 5 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 4 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 20-24 Jul (A_Cyber_Advanced_1E) and

serial 2: 3-7 Aug (A_Cyber_Advanced_2E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and be available on test day. A second monitor will be helpful.

Web Programming

Abbreviation: Programming

Prerequisite: Nil.

Description: The Web Programming Course will be conducted over the course of 2.5 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the skills on simple website development, app development and virtual platforms (Minecraft).

Timings: This will be a low facilitation activity in which cadets will self-study with the option of attending tutorial hours to receive assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-28 Jul (A_Programming_1E) and

serial 2: 29 Jul-14 Aug (A_Programming_2E)

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet.

Fieldcraft Engineering

Abbreviation: Fieldcraft

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-16.

Description: The Fieldcraft Engineering Course will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Training provided in this course will include various knots & lashings and how they can be applied to construct various useful items for field living. Each week will cover a different project including lanyards, tables, benches, and lean-to shelters.

Timings: Cadets will have facilitated training 3 times a week for 1-1.5 hours. Tutorial hours will be offered 2 times a week for 30-45 mins each time.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (A_Fieldcraft_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop or tablet, rope or boot laces, twine or dental floss, branches / broom sticks / doweling / etc. Cadets are encouraged to use material from around the house to construct their field living items.

GPS Navigation and Geocaching

Abbreviation: Geocache

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-16.

Description: The GPS Navigation and Geocaching Course will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Training provided in this course will cover navigation, GPS usage, safety, and geocaching website resources. This course will involve using a smartphone as a GPS device to navigate to hidden “caches” that are publicly accessible through the sport of Geocache.

Timings: Cadets will have facilitated training 3 times a week for 1-1.5 hours. Tutorial hours will be offered 2 times a week for 30-45 mins each time.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (A_Geocache_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection and access to computer/laptop/tablet and smartphone capable of supporting an app and with access to data.

Build a Rope Bridge Challenge

Abbreviation: Rope Bridge

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-16.

Description: The Build a Rope Bridge Challenge will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Each week an activity sheet will be provided to cadets, outlining the knots & lashings that will be used that week. The build will become progressively more difficult, moving from 1-strand to 2-, and then 3-strand rope bridge models. Cadets will be encouraged to watch instructional videos and come to tutorial sessions to receive assistance. Each Friday cadets will be invited to participate in an on-line Challenge to test the overall design and strength of their model rope bridge.

Timings: Each week a tutorial will be held in which cadets are encouraged to come and get assistance if required. On-Line Challenges will be conducted each Friday for an hour.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (A_Rope_Bridge_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop or tablet, rope or boot laces, chair, twine or dental floss. Cadets are encouraged to use material from around the house to construct their bridges.

Build a Boat Challenge

Abbreviation: Boat_Build

Pre-Requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-15.

Description: The Build a Boat Challenge will occur in 4 tiers, over the course of a 5-week period. Cadets will be encouraged to participate at all tiers of the challenge taking time to improve and re-think the design of their boats. Throughout the five week, cadets will have the opportunity to participate in lessons around buoyance and ship building which will help in their understanding of how to build a seaworthy boat. Guest speakers will lend their voice to the conversation to encourage cadets throughout the build.

Timings: each week cadets will be required to participate in 1.5 hours of online facilitation with optional lessons and guest speakers.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (A_Boat_Build_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop or tablet and be able to build a boat with recycled materials laid out in the build a boat challenge activity sheet.

PCOC – Pleasure Craft Operator

Abbreviation: PCOC

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 14-16.

The Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Course will be conducted over the course of 2 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the knowledge to attempt the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency qualification, which will occur on the last Friday of the 2-week session. Cadets will explore topic areas that include Personal Safety, Rules and Regulation when operating a vessel and Navigation Safety.

Timings: There will be a total of 6 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1.5 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-24 Jul (A_PCOC_1E) and

serial 2: 3-14 Aug (one-week gap) (A_PCOC_2E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and be available on the final day of the course.

Naval Communications

Abbreviation: Naval_Comms

Pre-requisites: Recommended PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Course) before ROC begins in week 4

Target Age Group: ROC: 12-16.

Description: Participants will have the ability to earn up to three qualifications while participating in the areas of concentration: Radio Operator Certificate (Maritime), International Flags and Phonetic Alphabet and Communicating using Semaphore.

International Flags and Phonetic Alphabet will be conducted in a one-week module. Cadets will be provided with all the necessary knowledge to obtain 1 of the communication badges. Cadets will be able to identify each of the international flags, their meaning and recite the phonetic alphabet in preparation for earning the qualification.

Timings: This will be a low facilitation activity in which cadets will self-study with the option of attending tutorial hours to receive assistance.

Communicate using Semaphore will be conducted over the course of 2 weeks. Cadets will be provided with all the necessary knowledge and skill to obtain 1 of the communication badges. Cadets will learn to send and receive messages using Semaphore in preparation for earning the qualification.

Timings: 2 sessions a week will be held each week with the test occurring on the final Friday of the 2-week module. Tutorial hours will also be offered should a cadet need extra assistance. Cadets are able to self-study should they wish.

The Radio Operator Certificate (Maritime) Course will be conducted over the course of 2 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the knowledge to attempt the Radio Operator Certificate qualification, which will occur on the last Friday of this 2-week session. Cadets will explore topic areas that include: Identifying Voice Procedures, Utilize Distress, Urgency and Safety Calling Procedures and Describe the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.

Timings: There will be a total of 6 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1.5 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-24 Jul (A_Naval_Comms_1E) and

serial 2: 3-14 Aug (one-week gap) (A_Naval_Comms_2E).

Requirements: For all courses in Naval Communications cadets must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and be available on the final day of the course.

Music

Abbreviation: Music

Pre-requisites: Nil or the level preceding the level you are trying to achieve.

Target Age Group: 12-18.

Description: The music course will provide cadets will the opportunity to be engaged in music training over the course of 5 weeks. Cadets will participate in music theory, rhythm and aural skills, music leadership and history. Cadets will also participate in group and private lessons online with qualified instructors, and at the end of the summer those cadets wishing to take a level test will be provided the opportunity to do so.

Timings: Music staff will provide facilitated training 3 times a week for 1.5 hours. Cadets will also have the opportunity to sign up for individual lessons and attending tutorial session should they wish.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (B_Music_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and a musical instrument.

Fitness and Sport

Abbreviation: Fitness

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-16.

Description: The Fitness and Sport Course will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Training provided in this course will cover aerobics, cardio, flexibility, strength, and personal safety during exercise. Cadets will concurrently participate in the CAF-Physical Activity Tour virtual challenge to track their progress and compare their results across other cadets and member of the DND/CAF community.

Timings: Cadets will have facilitated training 3 times a week for 1-1.5 hours. Tutorial hours will be offered 2 times a week for 30-45 mins each time.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (B_Fitness_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection and access to computer/laptop/tablet.

World of Cadets

Abbreviation: World

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-16.

Description: The World of Cadets Course will be conducted over the course of 2.5 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets see the different cadet programs out in the world and virtually visit, via online tours, the countries or locations where the international cadet programs are.

Timings: This will be a low facilitation activity in which cadets will self-study with the option of attending tutorial hours to receive assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-28 Jul (B_World_1E) and

serial 2: 29 Jul-14 Aug (B_World_2E).

Cadet Correspondent Training

Abbreviation: Correspondent

Pre-requisite: Nil.

Target Age Group: 14-17.

Description: The Cadet Correspondent Workshop is a 5-session course where you learn the basics of Public Affairs. The modules include how to connect with local media, effectively use social media, and become a storyteller at your corps or sqn.

Timings: There will 5 sessions taught over a two-week period, in person instruction will be approx. 1.5 hours on specified training days.

Dates: serial 1 (English): 13-24 Jul (B_Correspondent_1E);

serial 2 (French): 20-31 Jul (B_Correspondent_2F); and

serial 3 (English): 3-14 Aug (B_Correspondent_3E).

Requirements: Must have an internet connection, a computer, and something to take photos with (phone, camera, or laptop).

Backyard FTX

Abbreviation: Backyard_FTX

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age group: 12-15.

Description: The Backyard FTX is a 5-week adventure in the making. Show up weekly for themes and activities in survival, or just for the final overnight activity and challenge yourself to complete all the requirements. Learn how to survive and thrive in your basement, on your balcony or in your backyard.

Timings: There will be a total of 15 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1.5 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (B_Backyard_FTX_E).

Requirements: Must have Internet connection and computer / laptop / tablet / mobile device. Some small household items may be used in the construction of a survival kit.

Knot Challenge

Abbreviation: Knots

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-15.

Description: The Knot Challenge will be conducted over the course of 4 weeks. Each week an activity sheet will be provided to cadets, outlining 6 knots that will be taught over the course of the week. Each week the knots and whippings will become progressively more difficult. Cadets will be encouraged to watch instructional videos and come to tutorial sessions to receive assistance. Each Friday for the duration, cadets will be invited to attend Show Off Fridays. During Show Off Fridays cadets will be engaged in a Kahoot game and a virtual conversation in which they describe the use of each of the knot and whipping they have learned.

Timings: Each week a tutorial will be held in which cadets are encouraged to come and get assistance if required. Show Off Fridays will be conducted each week for one hour.

Dates: 20 Jul - 14 Aug (4-week block) (B_Knots_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop or tablet, rope or boot laces, broom handle or poll, whipping twine or dental floss. Cadets are encouraged to use material from around the house.

Citizen Scientists and Explorers

Abbreviation: Scientists

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 15-16.

Description: The Citizen Scientists and ExplorersCourse will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Cadets will contribute to the completion of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s initiative, “Expedition Arctic Botany”, provide reflections on their own experience and their learning as well as discuss impacts (to science and the environment, for Canada, and for themselves and the Cadet Program) of the activity and their participation. We want to challenge the Cadet program (adults and senior cadets) to complete the 13k returns still required.

Timings: Scheduled synchronous sessions = 2 x 1.5 hours per week. Cadets will do independent work outside of the scheduled timing.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (B_Scientists_E)

Requirements: internet connectivity and Laptop/computer/tablet.

Build and Fly an Airplane Challenge

Abbreviation: Airplanes

Pre-Requisites: Nil.

Target Age group: 12-15

The Build and Fly an Airplane Challenge will occur in 4 tiers, over the course of a 5-week period. Cadets will be encouraged to participate at all tiers of the challenge taking time to improve and re-think the design of their aircraft. Throughout the 5 weeks, cadets will also learn about principles of flight and wing design. Guest speakers will lend their voice to the conversation to encourage cadets throughout the build.

Timings: There will be a total of 10 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (C_Airplanes_E).

Requirements: Must have Internet connection and computer / laptop / tablet / mobile device and access to paper.

Air Operations

Abbreviation: Air_Ops

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age group: 12-16

Description: Understand how airports operate and support flying operations. Cadets will also learn about meteorology, weather measuring, navigation and help in NASA research. Guest speakers will inspire cadets to see the full 360 degrees of the flying support environment.

Timings: There will be a total of 10 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1.5 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-28 Jul (C_Air_Ops_1E) and

serial 2: 29 Jul-14 Aug (C_Air_Ops_2E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and be available on test day.

Introduction to Drones

Abbreviation: Drones

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: Cadets must be 14 years or older to meet the requirements of the Transport Canada exam.

Description: The Introduction to Drones (Drones Ground School) will be conducted over the course of 2.5 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the knowledge to attempt the Transport Canada Basic Operators test. Cadets will explore topic areas that include Drone Flight Safety, Rules and Regulations when operating a microdrone.

Timings: There will be a total of 6 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 2 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-28 Jul (C_Drones_1E) and

serial 2: 29 Jul-14 Aug (C_Drones_2E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet.

Leadership

Abbreviation: Leadership

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 15-16.

Description: Cadets will participate in a 5-week module that will walk them through the planning of an activity such as a hike for their family or group of friends. In each of the modules the cadets will explore topic areas such as time management, planning and preparation and risk management. By the end of the 5 weeks cadets would have successful planned a leadership exercise considering all aspects of a successful activity. Cadets will be able to use these skills to assist their corps and squadron training officers. The modules in this course have been designed to stand alone so cadets will have the opportunity to participate in all of the modules or just the ones that interest them.

Timings: Cadets will have facilitated training 3 times a week for 1.5 hours. Tutorial hours will be held 2 times a week for 1 hour each time.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (C_Leadership_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet.

Effective Communications

Abbreviation: Communications

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age group: 12-16.

Description: Overcome stage fright, crack a joke in front of a group and refine your speech writing skills. Practice your effective communications or challenge your fellow cadets to a speak-off.

Timings: There will be a total of 10 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1.5 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (C_Communications_E).

Requirements: Must have Internet connection and computer / laptop / tablet / mobile device.

Virtual Mess Dinner (Customs and Traditions)

Abbreviation: Mess_Dinner

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12+.

Description: The Virtual Mess Dinner Course will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the knowledge of customs and traditions for the CAF (Navy, Army and Air), along with First Nations customs and traditions. The cadets will all participate a Virtual Mess Dinner during the last week of the summer period (Aug 11-14), which will include cadets from across the country and special guests.

Timings: This will be a low facilitation activity in which cadets will self-study with the option of attending tutorial hours to receive assistance. Final Mess Dinner will occur during the week of Aug 11-14.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (C_Mess_Dinner_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet.
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2 months ago

๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐——๐—ผ ๐—ง๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฆ๐˜‚๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ? ๐——๐—ผ๐—ปโ€™๐˜ ๐—ช๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐—ฟ๐˜†, ๐—ช๐—ฒ ๐—š๐—ผ๐˜ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ! ๐Ÿ˜Ž

As some of you may know, Cadet Canada has rolled out the national Cadet Learning Portal to help keep you busy this summer!

But in order to access these activities, you have to register an account. Follow the instructions here to get started! (tinyurl.com/CdtLearning).

There are over 30 fun and interesting activities to choose from! Donโ€™t forget to check them out when you have the chance!

All activities can be found at tinyurl.com/CdtLearningActivities
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2 months ago

๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐˜† ๐—š๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐˜‚๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ป ๐˜๐—ผ ๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ฆ๐—ฒ๐—ป๐—ถ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ๐˜๐˜€ ๐—”๐—ด๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ข๐˜‚๐˜ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ฌ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ!๐ŸŽ“

540 Golden Hawks would like to congratulate all our Senior Cadets ageing out of the Cadet Program after a somewhat unique Training Year.

Major LaCombe, the Staff and the SSC recognize and appreciate the energy and experiences you have shared; the leadership, citizenship and other skills you have gained and contributed; and the friendships you have made โ€” and wish you all the very best in your future endeavours. #540Proud
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4 days ago

Flying HighBy: 2Lt Anthony Vukojevic, Public Affairs

An Ontario CIC Officer, and former air cadet, is a recipient of the very first ever Air Canada — Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship. This scholarship will assist her with her post-secondary studies, as well as help her in accomplishing her dreams of becoming an airline pilot. This is an important goal for her as she strives to increase the opportunities and equality within the industry of aviation.

Second Lieutenant (2Lt) Yasna Taieb graduated as a Warrant Officer Second Class from 540 Golden Hawks RCACS after a very successful cadet career. She was able to obtain both her Glider Pilot and Private Pilot licences through the #CadetProgram. However, 2Lt Taieb didn’t stop there!



Once she got the taste of flight, 2Lt Taieb decided that she wanted more and enrolled at Conestoga College in their Aviation-Science and Arts program, where her next goal is to achieve her Commercial Pilot Licence.

After 2 years of hard work and dedication to her post-secondary studies and her flight training at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre - WWFC, 2Lt Taieb is one out of four recipients of the first ever Air Canada — Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship! The scholarship is named after retired Captain Judy Cameron, the first female pilot to be hired at Air Canada, in 1978.

“As an Afghan-Canadian female, I am working to bring change to the lives of underrepresented females across Canada. I am committed to organizations that promote females in STEM and aviation, and strive to become a successful airline pilot.”

The Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship recognizes and celebrates the achievements of accomplished women studying in aviation and aerospace. It makes significant financial assistance available to young women enrolled in post-secondary aviation flight or maintenance programs. Out of 113 applicants, only 4 are selected to receive the $5,000 scholarship.

Currently, 2Lt Taieb is the Head Instructor with the Ground School programs at 540 Golden Hawks RCACS, 80 KW Spitfire Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, 822 'Tutor' Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, 530 Havoc RCACS and 296 City of Cambridge Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

Annually, 2Lt Taieb turns out 20-25 pilots by preparing and mentoring them to do well on their entrance exam for our Pilot Training Courses.

“Cadets has been monumental to my personal and professional growth as an individual, a leader, and a pilot. Air Cadets evidently gave me the opportunity to achieve both my wings, but it also solidified my goal to not only becoming an airline pilot, but to also ensure that I increase the opportunities and equality within the industry.”

This summer, 2Lt Taieb was hired as the summer student for the role of Executive Assistant for the Northern Lights Aero Foundation — a foundation that holds an annual gala and often sees senior female cadets from across the province in attendance.

The foundation’s mission is to inspire and encourage increased participation in aviation and aerospace with women in Canada, as well as ensuring that they are successful in their careers by promoting awareness of the best career opportunities within. They work closely with organizations to ensure they recognize and benefit from women’s diverse talents.

2Lt Taieb will continue to teach and mentor the young air cadets across Southern Ontario, whether that be in-person or virtually online. 2Lt Taieb has inspired many young cadets, especially females, to accomplish their goals and chase their dreams no matter how many obstacles are in the way.

2Lt Taieb will continue to inspire our youth in the #LeadersOfTomrrow and will always encourage them to reach their full potential. #BravoZulu

Are you a cadet alumnus? How has cadets shaped you into the person you are today?

Let us know for your chance to be our next #CadetAlumni story! Send us a direct message to our page or email [email protected] and share your story with us of how you continue to be #CadetProud!
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Flying High

3 weeks ago

๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐——๐—ผ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐—•๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐—ป ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜๐—ผ? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Thatโ€™s right! We are looking to change up our cover photo and we want one of YOU to be featured on it!

For your photo to qualify, make sure to try and include the following:

โœ… Cadet appropriate and relevant
โœ… Promotes one, or all, of the aims of the Cadet Program
โœ… Exemplifies social distancing by following the Government of Canada and Cadet Program COVID-19 guidelines
โœ… Appropriate civilian clothing, as uniforms are not authorized to be worn in public
โœ… Participating in a Virtual CTC course online
โœ… Facebook cover photo size (tinyurl.com/CoverPhotoSize)
โœ… Ensure there is enough space to fit "Ontario Cadets" (See current cover photo for details)
โœ… SMILES!
๐Ÿ“… Deadline is Friday, July 31, 2020

You can submit your best photo by commenting below, direct messaging our page, or emailing to [email protected]

Get creative and best of luck to all our #OntarioCadets participants!
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๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ

1 month ago

๐—›๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚! ๐——๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ! ๐Ÿ“ฒ

Cadets Canada is proud to announce the launch of our very own mobile app!

Check out the details below on how to get the app on your phone ๐Ÿ†’
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1 month ago

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ช๐—ข๐Ÿญ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ; ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ช๐—ข๐Ÿญ ๐—–๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฏ! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

It is now official! After a special meeting between the Commanding Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, retiring Warrant Officer 1st Class (WO1) Larissa Balcita, and the incoming WO1 Evan Chubb, we are proud to announce the torch has been passed with the appointment of WO1 Chubb to the position of 540โ€™s Squadron Warrant Officer (SWO).

WO1 Balcita leaves us after a stellar career as an Air Cadet, moving on to attend Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario in the Fall to study Computer Sciences.

In her 6 years with 540, she has made a significant impact on the history and operations of #540GoldenHawks. Her time as WO1 was sadly cut-short with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down since March; however, she will be remembered for her motivating leadership style, friendly smile, and her positive attitude. All of us at 540 Squadron wish her the very best in her future endeavours!

WO1 Chubb brings with him an excellent cadet resume to the SWO position, having attended several summer training courses including the Power Pilot Training Course. He has been a member of our Band, Drill with Arms, Sports, and Air Rifle Marksmanship Teams. WO1 Chubb has participated in almost every possible opportunity offered by the Air Cadet Program throughout his 6 years as a cadet. We are confident he will bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the SWO position and will continue to take 540 Sqn to new heights of success.

You both have and will continue to make us #540Proud!
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๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ช๐—ข๐Ÿญ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ; ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ช๐—ข๐Ÿญ ๐—–๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฏ! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

It is now official!  After a special meeting between the Commanding Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, retiring Warrant Officer 1st Class (WO1) Larissa Balcita, and the incoming WO1 Evan Chubb, we are proud to announce the torch has been passed with the appointment of WO1 Chubb to the position of 540โ€™s Squadron Warrant Officer (SWO).

WO1 Balcita leaves us after a stellar career as an Air Cadet, moving on to attend Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario in the Fall to study Computer Sciences.  

In her 6 years with 540, she has made a significant impact on the history and operations of #540GoldenHawks.  Her time as WO1 was sadly cut-short with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down since March; however, she will be remembered for her motivating leadership style, friendly smile, and her positive attitude.  All of us at 540 Squadron wish her the very best in her future endeavours!

WO1 Chubb brings with him an excellent cadet resume to the SWO position, having attended several summer training courses including the Power Pilot Training Course.  He has been a member of our Band, Drill with Arms, Sports, and Air Rifle Marksmanship Teams. WO1 Chubb has participated in almost every possible opportunity offered by the Air Cadet Program throughout his 6 years as a cadet.  We are confident he will bring new ideas and enthusiasm to the SWO position and will continue to take 540 Sqn to new heights of success.

You both have and will continue to make us #540Proud!Image attachment

1 month ago

๐—”๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—น ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฌโ€™๐˜€ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

It is at this time we proudly announce that Captain (Capt) Neil DePass has officially been named the Acting Commanding Officer of #540GoldenHawks Squadron, effective July 15th, 2020!

After completing his 3-year term as the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Squadron, Major (Maj) Mike LaCombe will be passing off command of the Golden Hawks to Capt DePass. Maj LaCombe will be staying with 540 for the immediate future in an Officer Staff capacity, while the Squadron transitions to Capt DePassโ€™ command.

Capt DePass brings with him a wealth of experience to the COโ€™s position; having previously been a highly successful CO at 534 Raider Squadron in Peterborough, ON, where he increased both the effective strength of the Squadron and the operational efficiency of 534 Raider as well. He has held various positions in several Squadrons such as Band Officer, Administration Officer, Training Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, and has experience as a staff member at a Cadet Training Centre as well.

This new chapter in 540โ€™s history will see some changes, which we believe will make 540 Squadron even greater! Capt DePassโ€™ mantra of โ€œputting the Air back into Air Cadetsโ€ will see some new and exciting ideas being brought to life, and some great opportunities for the youth of our Squadron.

We hope you will join us in wishing Maj LaCombe all the best in his new role within 540 and in welcoming Capt DePass as he assumes the role of Commanding the 540 Golden Hawks Squadron! #540Proud
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๐—”๐—ป๐—ป๐—ผ๐˜‚๐—ป๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—ป ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐—ถ๐—น ๐——๐—ฒ๐—ฃ๐—ฎ๐˜€๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜€ ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฐ๐Ÿฌโ€™๐˜€ ๐—”๐—ฐ๐˜๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—–๐—ผ๐—บ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฑ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ด ๐—ข๐—ณ๐—ณ๐—ถ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

It is at this time we proudly announce that Captain (Capt) Neil DePass has officially been named the Acting Commanding Officer of #540GoldenHawks Squadron, effective July 15th, 2020!

After completing his 3-year term as the Commanding Officer (CO) of the Squadron, Major (Maj) Mike LaCombe will be passing off command of the Golden Hawks to Capt DePass. Maj LaCombe will be staying with 540 for the immediate future in an Officer Staff capacity, while the Squadron transitions to Capt DePassโ€™ command.

Capt DePass brings with him a wealth of experience to the COโ€™s position; having previously been a highly successful CO at 534 Raider Squadron in Peterborough, ON, where he increased both the effective strength of the Squadron and the operational efficiency of 534 Raider as well.  He has held various positions in several Squadrons such as Band Officer, Administration Officer, Training Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, and has experience as a staff member at a Cadet Training Centre as well.

This new chapter in 540โ€™s history will see some changes, which we believe will make 540 Squadron even greater!  Capt DePassโ€™ mantra of โ€œputting the Air back into Air Cadetsโ€ will see some new and exciting ideas being brought to life, and some great opportunities for the youth of our Squadron.

We hope you will join us in wishing Maj LaCombe all the best in his new role within 540 and in welcoming Capt DePass as he assumes the role of Commanding the 540 Golden Hawks Squadron! #540ProudImage attachment

1 month ago

Here is an important update from the Formation Commander, BGen Cochrane, regarding training in September.

www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/cadets-junior-canadian-rangers/covid-19/pha...
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Here is an important update from the Formation Commander, BGen Cochrane, regarding training in September.

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/cadets-junior-canadian-rangers/covid-19/phase3covid.html

1 month ago

Hey #540cadets!

Keep your eyes to the skies to try and get a glimpse of the Avro Lancaster! Engines fire up at 11am this morning.
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1 month ago

๐—›๐—ฎ๐—ฝ๐—ฝ๐˜† ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฑ๐Ÿฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฑ ๐—•๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ! ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ฆ

It has probably been a while since the last time youโ€™ve heard the greatest song ever created.

Good thing our #540Band never rests! Please enjoy their performance of O Canada as we celebrate today virtually.
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1 month ago

โ€œDiversity makes us stronger.โ€ - WO2 Kasturi

#Pride Month
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2 months ago

Virtual CTCs 2020Cadet Cyber Training Course – Standard

Abbreviation: Cyber_Standard

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age group: 12-16.

Description: The Cadet Cyber Training Course - Standard will be conducted over the course of 1 week. Training provided will help cadets develop the first level of Cyber skills and will compete in an online competition at the end of the week. Successful participants will also have the opportunity to move onto the Advanced Course.

Timings: There will be a total of 5 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 4 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-17 Jul (A_Cyber_Standard_1E) and

serial 2: 27-31 Jul (A_Cyber_Standard_2E)

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and be available on test day. A second monitor will be helpful.

Cadet Cyber Training Course - Advanced

Abbreviation: Cyber_Advanced

Pre-requisites: Prefer prior knowledge of Cyber Awareness, Programming or have attended the Standard Course.

Target Age group: 12-16.

Description: The Cadet Cyber Training Course - Advanced will be conducted over the course of 1 week. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the Advanced level of Cyber skills and will compete in an online competition at the end of the week.

Timings: There will be a total of 5 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 4 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 20-24 Jul (A_Cyber_Advanced_1E) and

serial 2: 3-7 Aug (A_Cyber_Advanced_2E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and be available on test day. A second monitor will be helpful.

Web Programming

Abbreviation: Programming

Prerequisite: Nil.

Description: The Web Programming Course will be conducted over the course of 2.5 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the skills on simple website development, app development and virtual platforms (Minecraft).

Timings: This will be a low facilitation activity in which cadets will self-study with the option of attending tutorial hours to receive assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-28 Jul (A_Programming_1E) and

serial 2: 29 Jul-14 Aug (A_Programming_2E)

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet.

Fieldcraft Engineering

Abbreviation: Fieldcraft

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-16.

Description: The Fieldcraft Engineering Course will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Training provided in this course will include various knots & lashings and how they can be applied to construct various useful items for field living. Each week will cover a different project including lanyards, tables, benches, and lean-to shelters.

Timings: Cadets will have facilitated training 3 times a week for 1-1.5 hours. Tutorial hours will be offered 2 times a week for 30-45 mins each time.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (A_Fieldcraft_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop or tablet, rope or boot laces, twine or dental floss, branches / broom sticks / doweling / etc. Cadets are encouraged to use material from around the house to construct their field living items.

GPS Navigation and Geocaching

Abbreviation: Geocache

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-16.

Description: The GPS Navigation and Geocaching Course will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Training provided in this course will cover navigation, GPS usage, safety, and geocaching website resources. This course will involve using a smartphone as a GPS device to navigate to hidden “caches” that are publicly accessible through the sport of Geocache.

Timings: Cadets will have facilitated training 3 times a week for 1-1.5 hours. Tutorial hours will be offered 2 times a week for 30-45 mins each time.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (A_Geocache_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection and access to computer/laptop/tablet and smartphone capable of supporting an app and with access to data.

Build a Rope Bridge Challenge

Abbreviation: Rope Bridge

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-16.

Description: The Build a Rope Bridge Challenge will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Each week an activity sheet will be provided to cadets, outlining the knots & lashings that will be used that week. The build will become progressively more difficult, moving from 1-strand to 2-, and then 3-strand rope bridge models. Cadets will be encouraged to watch instructional videos and come to tutorial sessions to receive assistance. Each Friday cadets will be invited to participate in an on-line Challenge to test the overall design and strength of their model rope bridge.

Timings: Each week a tutorial will be held in which cadets are encouraged to come and get assistance if required. On-Line Challenges will be conducted each Friday for an hour.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (A_Rope_Bridge_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop or tablet, rope or boot laces, chair, twine or dental floss. Cadets are encouraged to use material from around the house to construct their bridges.

Build a Boat Challenge

Abbreviation: Boat_Build

Pre-Requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-15.

Description: The Build a Boat Challenge will occur in 4 tiers, over the course of a 5-week period. Cadets will be encouraged to participate at all tiers of the challenge taking time to improve and re-think the design of their boats. Throughout the five week, cadets will have the opportunity to participate in lessons around buoyance and ship building which will help in their understanding of how to build a seaworthy boat. Guest speakers will lend their voice to the conversation to encourage cadets throughout the build.

Timings: each week cadets will be required to participate in 1.5 hours of online facilitation with optional lessons and guest speakers.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (A_Boat_Build_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop or tablet and be able to build a boat with recycled materials laid out in the build a boat challenge activity sheet.

PCOC – Pleasure Craft Operator

Abbreviation: PCOC

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 14-16.

The Pleasure Craft Operator Competency Course will be conducted over the course of 2 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the knowledge to attempt the Pleasure Craft Operator Competency qualification, which will occur on the last Friday of the 2-week session. Cadets will explore topic areas that include Personal Safety, Rules and Regulation when operating a vessel and Navigation Safety.

Timings: There will be a total of 6 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1.5 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-24 Jul (A_PCOC_1E) and

serial 2: 3-14 Aug (one-week gap) (A_PCOC_2E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and be available on the final day of the course.

Naval Communications

Abbreviation: Naval_Comms

Pre-requisites: Recommended PCOC (Pleasure Craft Operator Course) before ROC begins in week 4

Target Age Group: ROC: 12-16.

Description: Participants will have the ability to earn up to three qualifications while participating in the areas of concentration: Radio Operator Certificate (Maritime), International Flags and Phonetic Alphabet and Communicating using Semaphore.

International Flags and Phonetic Alphabet will be conducted in a one-week module. Cadets will be provided with all the necessary knowledge to obtain 1 of the communication badges. Cadets will be able to identify each of the international flags, their meaning and recite the phonetic alphabet in preparation for earning the qualification.

Timings: This will be a low facilitation activity in which cadets will self-study with the option of attending tutorial hours to receive assistance.

Communicate using Semaphore will be conducted over the course of 2 weeks. Cadets will be provided with all the necessary knowledge and skill to obtain 1 of the communication badges. Cadets will learn to send and receive messages using Semaphore in preparation for earning the qualification.

Timings: 2 sessions a week will be held each week with the test occurring on the final Friday of the 2-week module. Tutorial hours will also be offered should a cadet need extra assistance. Cadets are able to self-study should they wish.

The Radio Operator Certificate (Maritime) Course will be conducted over the course of 2 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the knowledge to attempt the Radio Operator Certificate qualification, which will occur on the last Friday of this 2-week session. Cadets will explore topic areas that include: Identifying Voice Procedures, Utilize Distress, Urgency and Safety Calling Procedures and Describe the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System.

Timings: There will be a total of 6 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1.5 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-24 Jul (A_Naval_Comms_1E) and

serial 2: 3-14 Aug (one-week gap) (A_Naval_Comms_2E).

Requirements: For all courses in Naval Communications cadets must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and be available on the final day of the course.

Music

Abbreviation: Music

Pre-requisites: Nil or the level preceding the level you are trying to achieve.

Target Age Group: 12-18.

Description: The music course will provide cadets will the opportunity to be engaged in music training over the course of 5 weeks. Cadets will participate in music theory, rhythm and aural skills, music leadership and history. Cadets will also participate in group and private lessons online with qualified instructors, and at the end of the summer those cadets wishing to take a level test will be provided the opportunity to do so.

Timings: Music staff will provide facilitated training 3 times a week for 1.5 hours. Cadets will also have the opportunity to sign up for individual lessons and attending tutorial session should they wish.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (B_Music_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and a musical instrument.

Fitness and Sport

Abbreviation: Fitness

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-16.

Description: The Fitness and Sport Course will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Training provided in this course will cover aerobics, cardio, flexibility, strength, and personal safety during exercise. Cadets will concurrently participate in the CAF-Physical Activity Tour virtual challenge to track their progress and compare their results across other cadets and member of the DND/CAF community.

Timings: Cadets will have facilitated training 3 times a week for 1-1.5 hours. Tutorial hours will be offered 2 times a week for 30-45 mins each time.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (B_Fitness_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection and access to computer/laptop/tablet.

World of Cadets

Abbreviation: World

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-16.

Description: The World of Cadets Course will be conducted over the course of 2.5 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets see the different cadet programs out in the world and virtually visit, via online tours, the countries or locations where the international cadet programs are.

Timings: This will be a low facilitation activity in which cadets will self-study with the option of attending tutorial hours to receive assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-28 Jul (B_World_1E) and

serial 2: 29 Jul-14 Aug (B_World_2E).

Cadet Correspondent Training

Abbreviation: Correspondent

Pre-requisite: Nil.

Target Age Group: 14-17.

Description: The Cadet Correspondent Workshop is a 5-session course where you learn the basics of Public Affairs. The modules include how to connect with local media, effectively use social media, and become a storyteller at your corps or sqn.

Timings: There will 5 sessions taught over a two-week period, in person instruction will be approx. 1.5 hours on specified training days.

Dates: serial 1 (English): 13-24 Jul (B_Correspondent_1E);

serial 2 (French): 20-31 Jul (B_Correspondent_2F); and

serial 3 (English): 3-14 Aug (B_Correspondent_3E).

Requirements: Must have an internet connection, a computer, and something to take photos with (phone, camera, or laptop).

Backyard FTX

Abbreviation: Backyard_FTX

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age group: 12-15.

Description: The Backyard FTX is a 5-week adventure in the making. Show up weekly for themes and activities in survival, or just for the final overnight activity and challenge yourself to complete all the requirements. Learn how to survive and thrive in your basement, on your balcony or in your backyard.

Timings: There will be a total of 15 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1.5 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (B_Backyard_FTX_E).

Requirements: Must have Internet connection and computer / laptop / tablet / mobile device. Some small household items may be used in the construction of a survival kit.

Knot Challenge

Abbreviation: Knots

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12-15.

Description: The Knot Challenge will be conducted over the course of 4 weeks. Each week an activity sheet will be provided to cadets, outlining 6 knots that will be taught over the course of the week. Each week the knots and whippings will become progressively more difficult. Cadets will be encouraged to watch instructional videos and come to tutorial sessions to receive assistance. Each Friday for the duration, cadets will be invited to attend Show Off Fridays. During Show Off Fridays cadets will be engaged in a Kahoot game and a virtual conversation in which they describe the use of each of the knot and whipping they have learned.

Timings: Each week a tutorial will be held in which cadets are encouraged to come and get assistance if required. Show Off Fridays will be conducted each week for one hour.

Dates: 20 Jul - 14 Aug (4-week block) (B_Knots_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop or tablet, rope or boot laces, broom handle or poll, whipping twine or dental floss. Cadets are encouraged to use material from around the house.

Citizen Scientists and Explorers

Abbreviation: Scientists

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 15-16.

Description: The Citizen Scientists and ExplorersCourse will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Cadets will contribute to the completion of the Canadian Museum of Nature’s initiative, “Expedition Arctic Botany”, provide reflections on their own experience and their learning as well as discuss impacts (to science and the environment, for Canada, and for themselves and the Cadet Program) of the activity and their participation. We want to challenge the Cadet program (adults and senior cadets) to complete the 13k returns still required.

Timings: Scheduled synchronous sessions = 2 x 1.5 hours per week. Cadets will do independent work outside of the scheduled timing.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (B_Scientists_E)

Requirements: internet connectivity and Laptop/computer/tablet.

Build and Fly an Airplane Challenge

Abbreviation: Airplanes

Pre-Requisites: Nil.

Target Age group: 12-15

The Build and Fly an Airplane Challenge will occur in 4 tiers, over the course of a 5-week period. Cadets will be encouraged to participate at all tiers of the challenge taking time to improve and re-think the design of their aircraft. Throughout the 5 weeks, cadets will also learn about principles of flight and wing design. Guest speakers will lend their voice to the conversation to encourage cadets throughout the build.

Timings: There will be a total of 10 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (C_Airplanes_E).

Requirements: Must have Internet connection and computer / laptop / tablet / mobile device and access to paper.

Air Operations

Abbreviation: Air_Ops

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age group: 12-16

Description: Understand how airports operate and support flying operations. Cadets will also learn about meteorology, weather measuring, navigation and help in NASA research. Guest speakers will inspire cadets to see the full 360 degrees of the flying support environment.

Timings: There will be a total of 10 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1.5 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-28 Jul (C_Air_Ops_1E) and

serial 2: 29 Jul-14 Aug (C_Air_Ops_2E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet and be available on test day.

Introduction to Drones

Abbreviation: Drones

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: Cadets must be 14 years or older to meet the requirements of the Transport Canada exam.

Description: The Introduction to Drones (Drones Ground School) will be conducted over the course of 2.5 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the knowledge to attempt the Transport Canada Basic Operators test. Cadets will explore topic areas that include Drone Flight Safety, Rules and Regulations when operating a microdrone.

Timings: There will be a total of 6 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 2 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: serial 1: 13-28 Jul (C_Drones_1E) and

serial 2: 29 Jul-14 Aug (C_Drones_2E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet.

Leadership

Abbreviation: Leadership

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 15-16.

Description: Cadets will participate in a 5-week module that will walk them through the planning of an activity such as a hike for their family or group of friends. In each of the modules the cadets will explore topic areas such as time management, planning and preparation and risk management. By the end of the 5 weeks cadets would have successful planned a leadership exercise considering all aspects of a successful activity. Cadets will be able to use these skills to assist their corps and squadron training officers. The modules in this course have been designed to stand alone so cadets will have the opportunity to participate in all of the modules or just the ones that interest them.

Timings: Cadets will have facilitated training 3 times a week for 1.5 hours. Tutorial hours will be held 2 times a week for 1 hour each time.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (C_Leadership_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet.

Effective Communications

Abbreviation: Communications

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age group: 12-16.

Description: Overcome stage fright, crack a joke in front of a group and refine your speech writing skills. Practice your effective communications or challenge your fellow cadets to a speak-off.

Timings: There will be a total of 10 instructional sessions. Sessions will be approx. 1.5 hours. There will also be tutorial hours available should a cadet require extra assistance.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (C_Communications_E).

Requirements: Must have Internet connection and computer / laptop / tablet / mobile device.

Virtual Mess Dinner (Customs and Traditions)

Abbreviation: Mess_Dinner

Pre-requisites: Nil.

Target Age Group: 12+.

Description: The Virtual Mess Dinner Course will be conducted over the course of 5 weeks. Training provided in this course will help cadets develop the knowledge of customs and traditions for the CAF (Navy, Army and Air), along with First Nations customs and traditions. The cadets will all participate a Virtual Mess Dinner during the last week of the summer period (Aug 11-14), which will include cadets from across the country and special guests.

Timings: This will be a low facilitation activity in which cadets will self-study with the option of attending tutorial hours to receive assistance. Final Mess Dinner will occur during the week of Aug 11-14.

Dates: 13 Jul - 14 Aug (C_Mess_Dinner_E).

Requirements: Must have internet connection, computer/laptop/tablet.
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Flying HighBy: 2Lt Anthony Vukojevic, Public Affairs

An Ontario CIC Officer, and former air cadet, is a recipient of the very first ever Air Canada — Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship. This scholarship will assist her with her post-secondary studies, as well as help her in accomplishing her dreams of becoming an airline pilot. This is an important goal for her as she strives to increase the opportunities and equality within the industry of aviation.

Second Lieutenant (2Lt) Yasna Taieb graduated as a Warrant Officer Second Class from 540 Golden Hawks RCACS after a very successful cadet career. She was able to obtain both her Glider Pilot and Private Pilot licences through the #CadetProgram. However, 2Lt Taieb didn’t stop there!



Once she got the taste of flight, 2Lt Taieb decided that she wanted more and enrolled at Conestoga College in their Aviation-Science and Arts program, where her next goal is to achieve her Commercial Pilot Licence.

After 2 years of hard work and dedication to her post-secondary studies and her flight training at the Waterloo Wellington Flight Centre - WWFC, 2Lt Taieb is one out of four recipients of the first ever Air Canada — Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship! The scholarship is named after retired Captain Judy Cameron, the first female pilot to be hired at Air Canada, in 1978.

“As an Afghan-Canadian female, I am working to bring change to the lives of underrepresented females across Canada. I am committed to organizations that promote females in STEM and aviation, and strive to become a successful airline pilot.”

The Captain Judy Cameron Scholarship recognizes and celebrates the achievements of accomplished women studying in aviation and aerospace. It makes significant financial assistance available to young women enrolled in post-secondary aviation flight or maintenance programs. Out of 113 applicants, only 4 are selected to receive the $5,000 scholarship.

Currently, 2Lt Taieb is the Head Instructor with the Ground School programs at 540 Golden Hawks RCACS, 80 KW Spitfire Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, 822 'Tutor' Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron, 530 Havoc RCACS and 296 City of Cambridge Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Cadets.

Annually, 2Lt Taieb turns out 20-25 pilots by preparing and mentoring them to do well on their entrance exam for our Pilot Training Courses.

“Cadets has been monumental to my personal and professional growth as an individual, a leader, and a pilot. Air Cadets evidently gave me the opportunity to achieve both my wings, but it also solidified my goal to not only becoming an airline pilot, but to also ensure that I increase the opportunities and equality within the industry.”

This summer, 2Lt Taieb was hired as the summer student for the role of Executive Assistant for the Northern Lights Aero Foundation — a foundation that holds an annual gala and often sees senior female cadets from across the province in attendance.

The foundation’s mission is to inspire and encourage increased participation in aviation and aerospace with women in Canada, as well as ensuring that they are successful in their careers by promoting awareness of the best career opportunities within. They work closely with organizations to ensure they recognize and benefit from women’s diverse talents.

2Lt Taieb will continue to teach and mentor the young air cadets across Southern Ontario, whether that be in-person or virtually online. 2Lt Taieb has inspired many young cadets, especially females, to accomplish their goals and chase their dreams no matter how many obstacles are in the way.

2Lt Taieb will continue to inspire our youth in the #LeadersOfTomrrow and will always encourage them to reach their full potential. #BravoZulu

Are you a cadet alumnus? How has cadets shaped you into the person you are today?

Let us know for your chance to be our next #CadetAlumni story! Send us a direct message to our page or email [email protected] and share your story with us of how you continue to be #CadetProud!
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3 weeks ago

๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐Ÿ“ธ๐——๐—ผ ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ช๐—ฎ๐—ป๐˜ ๐—ง๐—ผ ๐—•๐—ฒ ๐—™๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐—ป ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—ก๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐—–๐—ผ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐—ฃ๐—ต๐—ผ๐˜๐—ผ? ๐Ÿ˜Ž

Thatโ€™s right! We are looking to change up our cover photo and we want one of YOU to be featured on it!

For your photo to qualify, make sure to try and include the following:

โœ… Cadet appropriate and relevant
โœ… Promotes one, or all, of the aims of the Cadet Program
โœ… Exemplifies social distancing by following the Government of Canada and Cadet Program COVID-19 guidelines
โœ… Appropriate civilian clothing, as uniforms are not authorized to be worn in public
โœ… Participating in a Virtual CTC course online
โœ… Facebook cover photo size (tinyurl.com/CoverPhotoSize)
โœ… Ensure there is enough space to fit "Ontario Cadets" (See current cover photo for details)
โœ… SMILES!
๐Ÿ“… Deadline is Friday, July 31, 2020

You can submit your best photo by commenting below, direct messaging our page, or emailing to [email protected]

Get creative and best of luck to all our #OntarioCadets participants!
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1 month ago

๐—›๐—ฒ๐˜† ๐—ฌ๐—ผ๐˜‚! ๐——๐—ผ๐˜„๐—ป๐—น๐—ผ๐—ฎ๐—ฑ ๐—ข๐˜‚๐—ฟ ๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ! ๐Ÿ“ฒ

Cadets Canada is proud to announce the launch of our very own mobile app!

Check out the details below on how to get the app on your phone ๐Ÿ†’
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1 month ago

๐—ง๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ ๐˜†๐—ผ๐˜‚ ๐—ช๐—ข๐Ÿญ ๐—•๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฐ๐—ถ๐˜๐—ฎ; ๐—•๐—ฒ๐˜€๐˜ ๐—ผ๐—ณ ๐—Ÿ๐˜‚๐—ฐ๐—ธ ๐—ช๐—ข๐Ÿญ ๐—–๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฏ๐—ฏ! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

It is now official! After a special meeting between the Commanding Officer, Deputy Commanding Officer, retiring Warrant Officer 1st Class (WO1) Larissa Balcita, and the incoming WO1 Evan Chubb, we are proud to announce the torch has been passed with the appointment of WO1 Chubb to the position of 540โ€™s Squadron Warrant Officer (SWO).

WO1 Balcita leaves us after a stellar career as an Air Cadet, moving on to attend Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario in the Fall to study Computer Sciences.

In her 6 years with 540, she has made a significant impact on the history and operations of #540GoldenHawks. Her time as WO1 was sadly cut-short with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic shut down since March; however, she will be remembered for her motivating leadership style, friendly smile, and her positive attitude. All of us at 540 Squadron wish her the very best in her future e