Army top brass award Kitimat cadets

Encouraging to see Kitimat supporting the program

Seven local cadets received awards from high ranking Royal Canadian Army officers who traveled to Kitimat for the occasion last week.

Commander Brad Henderson, C/O of the Regional Cadet Support Unit, and Chief Petty Officer Will Slater, traveled to Kitimat from Victoria to attend the fourth annual ceremonial review in Kitimat as part of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets program.

Henderson told the gathering of cadets and their parents that while the cadet program is not a recruitment program for the army, it was encouraging to see Kitimat supporting the program and thanked the parents for their commitment.

The cadet program is run jointly by the Department of National Defence and the Army League of Canada, facilitated locally by the Corp Sponsoring Committee.

“The committee is responsible for the fundraising, facilities, liaison with the Army Cadet League and other support functions,” said Commanding Officer Chris Bishop.

He encouraged parents to join the committee to assist the Kitimat program.

“The more help the lighter the work. Without the parents there is no Cadet Corps,” said Bishop.

The awards were as follows:

Most Proficient Green Star cadet – Cpl. Chennille Gingera.

Ernie Archer Memorial Trophy for Citizenship – M/Cpl. Sarah Toth.

Cpt. RJ Buller CD Award for Marksmanship – Sgt. MJ Herrin.

Most Proficient Junior NCO Award – Sgt. Anne-Marie Larouche.

Commanding Officer’s Award for Leadership – Sgt. Nolan O’Brien.

Legion Medal of Honour – Sgt Braedon O’Brien.

Lord Strathcona Medal – Sgt. MJ Herrin.


Sergeant Braedon O’Brien receives the Legion Medal of Honour from Kitimat Legion president Marg Bogaert. Photo Gerry Leibel