Stand-Down Ending


As of today, the stand-down is over.  All activities are allowed to resume.  As such we will resume with our normal activities starting Tuesday night.

Any activities scheduled for tonight are still cancelled.  This includes Rifle Team and Effective Speaking.

Please continue to monitor this page for additional updates.

Thank you for all your continued patience.


Awards for 2 VandenBos Whitby Air Cadet Squadron

A GREAT day for # 2 VandenBos Whitby at the Air Cadet League (OPC) AGM

 At Saturday’s AGM, 2 VandenBos Whitby Air Cadet Squadron was honoured with many awards.  Among them were 2 awards that are given annually by the league (Ontario chapter) to the TOP air cadets in the province.   We are proud to announce that among the 15 cadets that were short listed for awards, 2 VandenBos had 2 of our own there representing our squadron.  LCol (retired) Maryse Carmichael was the guest speaker at the cadet awards luncheon.  Her speech to the cadets was inspiring. Having started her career as an air cadet herself, she stressed the importance of leadership and teamwork using examples such as the Snowbirds flying in formation.  She explained how the 8 tutors follow # 1 (Team Lead), that they put their trust in #1 and always follow what the Team Lead does.   At the same time, the Team Lead trusts that the other pilots are in the position they need to be in, in order to ensure the success of the demonstration.  This all takes LEADERSHIP, TRUST and TEAMWORK.  LCol (retired) Carmichael learned the basics of leadership and teamwork during her time in the air cadets.

We also had another very special guest and unwavering supporter that drove to Vaughan because he heard 2 of our air cadets were being honoured at the AGM.   This special individual is Mr. Desmond Newman (President of the Whitby Rotary & past Whitby Mayor).

We were thrilled that our squadron had 2 AIR CADETS out of the 15 in total.   All 15 were told that they were the TOP in the province and this is why they were invited there.

1st Event:   Cadet Award Luncheon                                 

WO2 Kyle Fisher:  Received the RCAF Association Award (National and Provincial Effective Speaking Competitions). WO2 Fisher’s dedication to the Effective Speaking and Debating program is unquestionable and has benefitted many at the squadron.

WO2 Fisher - Effective Speaking

WO2 Dallas Frost & WO2 Kyle Fisher:   Both cadets were short listed for the following awards:  OPC TOP Cadet of the Year ( BGen Bob Robert Shield), Peter Stickley award for OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP and Robert Snider award for OUTSTANDING CITIZENSHIP.

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This is quite the accomplishment for the 2 cadets and the squadron as this competition is PROVINCE – WIDE and we had 2 cadets that made the short list of only 8 cadets.

Both cadets were Runners Up and received a certificate for this.   This is a HUGE accomplishment and honour; it isn’t easy to get this far and both cadets did.

THANK YOU BOTH for your hard work, dedication and leadership. We wish you luck in your future endeavours and don’t forget the huge part the air cadet program played in your lives.

We hope that you will continue to be ambassadors for the program; just like LCol (ret’d) Maryse Carmichael is and many other successful adults who got their start as an Air Cadet.


2nd Event:   Honours and Awards Dinner

Certificates of Merit:

The following SSC members received Certificates of Merit from the Air Cadet League (OPC).

CV Susan Fisher:  CV Sue Fisher’s many contributions and particularly in the areas of Effective Speaking and Debating were recognized this evening.   CV Sue Fisher was not at the dinner. We will be giving her award soon during a parade night.

SSC Chair Nikki Tsimiklis:  Over the past two years, SSC Chair Nikki Tsimiklis has faced many unique challenges but has shown amazing dedication, expending countless hours, to ensure she does everything she possibly can to make the squadron the best it can be, always with a focus on the cadets.

THANK YOU BOTH for your tremendous dedication and your commitment to today’s YOUTH.

BGen Bruce Burgess Award:  

This award is presented to the TOP Squadron Sponsoring Committee in Eastern Ontario.


TOP SSC in Eastern Ontario:     2 VandenBos Whitby SSC

It will be displayed at Enterprise Airlines Hangar with pride.

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THANK YOU TO ALL SSC members for their tremendous hard work and dedication.   This program cannot succeed without the help of such amazing people. Thank you!



Legion Poppy Campaign


2 VandenBos Cadets,

This time of year, we assist the local Legions, Branch 112 (Whitby) and Branch 152 (Brooklin) with their Poppy Campaign. This campaign is a key fundraising activity for the Royal Canadian Legions.  Funds raised support the work they do in supporting Canada’s Veterans. We will be assisting with the Poppy Campaign on November 1st (Branch 112) and November 8th (Branch 152).

Please contact your team commander as soon as possible in order to confirm your attendance for one of the following shifts:

Saturday, Nov 1st
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 112, 117 Byron St South, Whitby

Saturday, Nov 8th
9:00 am to 1:00 pm
12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Royal Canadian Legion Branch 152, 56 Baldwin St, Brooklin

Lunch will be provided on both days and don’t forget to bring your Community Service Hours sheet to get it signed.

Your support of the Legion and of our Veterans is very much appreciated.

Activities: Week of Oct 27th

All upcoming activities are posted below for easy reference. Please check the listing now and ensure you check back periodically as further details may be added.

Band Practice
Tuesday, Oct 28th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:00 pm

Ground School
Wednesday, Oct 29th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Drill Team
Wednesday, Oct 29th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Supply Night
Wednesday, Oct 29th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Regular Training Night
Thursday, Oct 30th at Enterprise Airlines Hangar
6:45 pm to 9:30 pm
Dress is winter (full) dress.

Happy Hallowe’en!
Friday, Oct 31st — No training
Enjoy your Hallowe’en and Be Safe!

Legion Poppy Campaign                                       
Saturday, Nov 1st at Legion Branch 112
117 Byron St South, Whitby
First Shift: 9:00 am to 1:00 pm,  Second Shift:  12:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Lunch will be provided and don’t forget to bring your Community Service Hours sheet to get it signed.
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News from your Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC)

Community News 

On Friday October 17th, at Closing Parade, we will be welcoming Matt Cardwell and Ian McCutcheon.

Matt is the owner of 2 local pubs, a member of the Whitby Chamber of Commerce, the founding member of the Young Entrepreneurs & Professionals, former Whitby Dunlop hockey player and a proud supporter of our 2 VandenBos Whitby Air Cadet Squadron.

Ian is a Whitby Chamber Member, involved with Business Development at ServiceMaster of Durham, who have been supporting 2 VandenBos for the past few years, and is on the Executive of the Whitby Dunlops.

Matt and Ian had the privilege of taking a private flight with one of our finest Cadets over our tagging weekend and are thoroughly impressed with what they have seen of our squadron, and what our cadets are able to achieve with hard work and perseverance.

Parents, please join us on Friday for our closing parade. Matt and Ian will speak about teamwork and what it takes to succeed in business. They have also arranged for $2 tickets for all cadets, their family members and their friends to attend the Home Opener of the Whitby Dunlops vs. Welland Whalers on October 25th!

Matt and Ian, on behalf of the Whitby Dunlops, will be donating the proceeds of each ticket sold by 2 VandenBos Whitby Air Cadets right back to our squadron!

“It takes a village to raise a child”. 2 VandenBos RCACS is part of that village for over 100 cadets. Over the training year we will introduce other community members who are helping 2 VandenBos in many ways. This week, please join us as we welcome Matt Cardwell and Ian McCutcheon to our “village” during Closing Parade at Enterprise Airlines Hangar on Friday October 17.

Have a great evening out with family and friends while supporting our Squadron! Purchase Whitby Dunlops Home Opener tickets for $2 each (no limit)! Tickets will be available on Friday, October 17th at The Enterprise Airlines Hangar.

Air Cadet League - OPC Lottery Books

Cadets should have picked up their lottery book by now. If you haven’t, you must come and get one asap in order to be eligible for the year end trip and for all social events. SSC subsidizes social events and the year end trip.       Selling a minimum of 1 book is a requirement.     In order to pick up your booklet, you need to bring a post dated cheque for $ 50.   Come see us if you have any questions.

Cheques are made payable to:   2 Whitby RC Air Cadet SSC

Annual Banquet News

The banquet that had been scheduled for November 22, 2014 has been POSTPONED to May 2015.

A recent decision was made to have our annual banquet in May.   This will allow for all cadets and families to participate (both recruit courses). We will no longer have a year end BBQ; all the awards and prizes that we normally hand out at the year end BBQ will now be handed out at the year end banquet in May.

We are still accepting raffle prizes for the banquet. If you have anything to donate, please see Mr. Rankin.

Power Familiarization — Almost ready to get you off the ground!!

For only $ 15, cadets will learn all about power aircraft and even get to fly!!  Cadets will go up in groups of 3 at a time and the flight can last anywhere from 40 to 50 minutes. Cadets get to experience the preflight planning process, aircraft set up, airport environment from a pilot’s perspective and much more!

Recruits can also pre-pay; they will fly only after they graduate.

Kit shop  

We still have a couple of items for sale. New items coming soon.

The league has stopped printing the drill manuals at this time. We know they are very popular among our air cadets, so we are in the process of printing some on our own; we will let you know when they become available.

Canteen & Canadian Tire money

THANK YOU to all the families that have generously donated these items and who continue to donate.     We are always accepting canteen items and Canadian Tire money.

Come see us at the SSC table.

All squadron families (new recruits included)

Please stop by our SSC table when you drop off your cadet for a short SSC presentation.     It will start at 7pm and talk about the plans for the year ahead ( re fund raising, sponsorships, social activities, etc).

 Tagging Weekend THANK YOU

Thank you to all families and friends who helped make tagging weekend a success!   All cadets should be proud of what they accomplished together as a team.
See you this Friday at Enterprise Airlines Hangar (our major sponsor!)

Has your contact info changed?

Major Howie is currently contacting each cadet directly about their summer camp travel instructions. While doing this he has found several cadets that have changed their contact information and not provided updates to the unit.

If you have changed your contacts (home, cell, office numbers or email address) please let the unit know ASAP, by email:  It is your camp opportunity that we are calling about!  It could be travel instructions, or it could be a camp offer.