Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence awarded to SSM Mathew Zahorak

 

By Joel Charron

 

Squadant Sgt. Major Mathew Zahorak was quite surprised when the 202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corp met recently.

Zahorak was awarded the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence. The medal is awarded annually to the cadet having shown a high degree of participation and leadership in the area of citizenship and in meeting and enhancing the aims and objectives of the cadet organization.

The presentation and wearing of this medal is authorized by the Chief of the Defence Staff and is based solely on there being a suitably worthy cadet candidate within the corps.

The medal was presented to Zahorak by Royal Canadian Legion Br. 157 first vice Dick Girard.

Zahorak said he had no idea he was being awarded the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence.

Squadant Sgt. Major Mathew Zahorak accepts the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence from Br. 157 first vice Dick Girard.

Squadant Sgt. Major Mathew Zahorak accepts the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence from Br. 157 first vice Dick Girard.

“I was pretty surprised,” said Zahorak. “I didn’t even know I was nominated for the medal.”

Zahorak said he has put in “a lot of work” in cadets, trying to get the drill dress and deportment “perfect.”

“I feel it’s a good reward at the end of the line,” he said.

He added that the 202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corp is a very important aspect in his life.

“I have a lot of time invested in the Cadet Corps,” he said. “It has grown on me, it’s like a family there.”

By being awarded the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence, Zahorak said he is being recognized as a “good cadet” and feels like all his hard work is paying off. He noted that receiving the medal makes him want to strive to be not only a better cadet but a better person as well.

202nd Fort Malden Windsor Regiment Army Cadet Corp  Commanding Officer Captain Ernie Gazdig said Zahorak is “deserving individual” of the medal because of his extensive training over the last few years and his devotion and dedication to the cadet movement.

“He’s a very deserving young man,” said Gazdig. “He’s in place to be RSM hopefully next year. So in the meantime this is a way to bolster his interest and certainly reward him in the public eye.”

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