LCol Novak (Commanding Officer, Vernon Cadet Training Centre), Ryan Martin, Pawel Pater and Sophia Young. (Photo supplied)

Sophia adds another notch to her awards belt

Candidate must demonstrate superior leadership qualities and serve as a role model

Kitimat cadet Sophia Young has added yet another award to her already impressive collection – in June she received one of the Royal Canadian Army Cadet’s top awards.

Warrant Officer Young, of the Kitimat Corp of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets, received the Lieutenant-General J. E. Vance award after spending her summer at cadet camp.

The award, named after former Defense Staff vice-chief Lieutenant-General J. E. Vance, CMM, CD, and Colonel Commandant of the Royal Canadian Army Cadets from 1989 to 1992, serves as a legacy of his desire to promote leadership in the Army Cadet movement.

The award is administered by the National Office of the Army Cadet League of Canada, and for a candidate to be considered he or she must demonstrate superior leadership qualities, demonstrate a willingness to accept duties and responsibilities, possess exceptional instructional abilities, and serve as a role model for other cadets.

This year’s award was shared between Sophia, Ryan Martin from 1292 Army Cadet Corps in Calgary and Pawel Pater from 1838 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corp in Maple Ridge.

“On behalf of all of us at the Kitimat Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion we extend our congratulations to WO Young on another job well done,” said the Legion’s Dwight Magee.

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