2019 Annual Air Cadet Ceremony – 197 Air Cadets – Typhoon Squadron – Acton Ontario.

Our Annual Air Cadet Ceremony was a great day for our cadets and their parents.

CO Cpt Richard Dobbs had his cadets out for his first ACR as the squadrob CO and his cadets made him product.

The Mayor for Guelph/Eramosa the Honorable Chris White stepped up to the task of Reviewing Officer, visiting dignitaries included Wellington County’s MP Michael Chong, and the original CO and creator of 197 squadron and Air Cadet League Representative Cpt Kevin Smith (Ret’d). Former squadron warrant officer WO2 Madison Blackwood (Ret’d) was our Master of Ceremonies this year.

Presentations from the cadets included: Effective Speaking Demonstrations from FCpl Jackson Vallance and from WO1 Matthew Davey. A demonstration on precision drill was given by the drill team instructor FSgt Krishni Kulenthiran and our excellent drill team: WO1 Matthew Davey, Cpl Nathaniel Dayman, Cpl Ashley Kolosvari, Sgt Kyle Kulenthiran, Sqt Erika Labonte, Cpl James Murray, WO2 Alexander Pumphrey, FCpl Cameron Toth, FCpl Jackson Vallance & LAC William Wood.

The cadets created some displays for everyone to view, so that they can better understand many of the concepts that the cadets work on during the year. Displays of: Orienteering, Aerodrome, Marksmanship, Flight Scholarship and the new Social Media presence for 197.

The awards this year were:

Best First Year Cadet Award: LAC William Wood

Best Dressed Cadet Award: WO2 Alexander Pumphrey

Top Lottery Sales: Cadet Zachary Bennett

Initiative Award: FCpl Colin Hunter

Top Instructor Award: (Tied) WO1 Matthew Davey & WO2 Alexander Pumphrey

Enthusiasm Award: FCpl Jackson Vallance

Best Junior NCO award: Sqt Erika Labonte

Leadership Award: WO1 Matthew Davey

Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence: WO1 Matthew Davey

Lord Strathcona Medal awarded to: FSgt Krishni Kulenthiran

Air Cadet of the Year Award: FSgt Krishni Kulenthiran

197 Cadets retiring this year:

WO1 Matthew Davey, Sgt Jamie Barton, FCpl Austin Daleman and FSgt Cameron Maclean

As special thank you to our cadets who worked very hard to make this a terrific ACR and our Squadron Staff and Squadron Sponsoring Committee for all of their hard work to put this ACR together, the visiting Dignitaries¬† and parents and family for your support to both the cadets and the squadron. Cadets, enjoy your summer off or your summer training camp if you obtained a placement and we’ll see you all back at HQ in September.

A few videos (Courtesy Mr. LaBonte)