202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadet corps hold Annual Review at Fort Malden

By Joel Charron

The 202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps held their 34th Annual Review at the Fort Malden National Historic Park, Sunday afternoon.

In front of family, friends and local dignitaries the 202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps performed a number of demonstrations for the audiences.

The Annual Review serves as the year-end event for the Cadet Corps, where awards are handed out to the Cadets for various titles.

Chief of Commercial Operations Ambassador Bridge Canada Border Services Agency Gerry Dundas inspects the cadets during their annual review Sunday affternoon At Fort Malden.

Chief of Commercial Operations Ambassador Bridge Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), Gerry Dundas served as the reviewing officer.

“I’m very impressed with the corps,” said Dundas, who has been the captain for the CBSA drill team for 20 years. “I would like to recruit you all right now, I can’t get my group to march like that.”

Dundas told the Cadet Corps that the CBSA’s values are integrity, respect and professionalism, which he saw all those qualities in the cadets while they were performing their drills.

Dundas also encouraged the cadets to peruse a career in the CBSA.

“We would be lucky to have you,” said Dundas.

The Cadet Corps Rifle Team and Silent Rifle Team were amongst those who performed demonstrations.

Essex MP Jeff Watson,  who was unable to attend sent, his representative Aaron Jahn in his place. Jahn congratulated the Cadets on their performance.

“You have done a wonderful job,” said Jahn. “Clearly you have put a lot of effort into this and we are all extremely impressed and proud.”

Deputy Commanding Officer Lt. Seerat Pershad, who is leaving the 202nd Fort Malden Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps for a position in the Niagara region also addressed the cadets.

“Great job today,” he said. “You should be proud of yourselves. You have proved throughout the years that you can come and perform time and time again.”

“This is a program where you learn to construct yourselves not only as being new adults but as a Canadian citizen,” he continued. “The values and the tools you learn through the cadet program are something that you will carry with you in life. Remember and cherish these moments.”

Cadet Award Winners:

Best first year cadet: Trooper Wharam.

Best second year cadet: Corporal Kelly.

Top Shot: Sergeant Zahorak.

Most improved cadet: Corporal Lauzon.

Best Junior NCO: Sergeant Zahorak.

Best Senior NCO: CSM. Master Warrant Officer Derocher.

Commanding Officers Award: RSM Chief Warrant Officer Purdy.

Pat Thrasher Memorial Award (Cadets Choice) WO Dickinson.

If there is anyone interested in joining the local Cadet Corp could leave their name and phone number at 519-736-4900 and someone will get back to them.

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