Activities; Week of March 26

It was a busy week and the calendar is filling up as we close in on our Spring tagging, competitions for many of our programs as a celebration of the culmination of all of the cadets efforts throughout the year. 

Our 1st celebration was Monday as we recognized 17 cadets that completed the Youth Leadership Program.  Each of the participants spoke of what they would take away from the program.  Many commented about the confidence they gained, the friends and team that developed, another about the mosaic of techniques they gained that allowed them to weave together a beautiful piece of art and another about the experience of learning… that it’s not necessarily about being the best but doing their best. One cadet summarized it well when they said ‘It’s not about perfection. It’s about connection.’  Congratulations!

On Saturday, the SCC hosted the ROC4 Effective Speaking competition for participants from Pickering to Picton.  David Brown, Program Development officer, from the OPC was in attendance.  SSC lead, Tehmina Peshimam and CV Wityszyn coordinated the efforts of many adult and cadet volunteers who organized the day.  SSC Chair, Lisa Codlin and her team, served up a yummy meal for everyone!  FCpl Upadyhah and FSgt Wainwright represented 2 VandenBos amongst 8 other competitors.  All did amazingly well and the year over year improvements as the bar continues to be raised.  The day wrapped with the fantastic announcement that FSgt Wainwright was ranked top of the team and will represent the Region at the Provincial competition at Mohawk College on April 29.

Tomorrow, March 27, the debate teams’ preparation will come alive as they come before judges to test their debating skills.  Thanks in advance to the community judges and volunteers that are helping to put this together.  Congratulations to all that got involved to learn these news skills and good luck to the competing teams!

Important Tagging Information

Coming up is our Spring Tagging weekend.  All cadets should sign up for their mandatory shifts through FSgt Tchouffa.  Click here for Tagging Details   You can also check for the times your cadet has signed up for by clicking on the Tagging Schedule.  If you can help drive cadets or have questions, reach out via email at

Summary of the upcoming week’s Activities:

  • Monday, Mar. 27, 6:00pm-9:00pm:  Debate Competition
  • Tuesday, Mar. 28, 6:45pm-9:00pm:  Band practice – General Sikorski Hall 
  • Wednesday, Mar. 29, 7:00pm-9:00pm:  Drill Team practice at the Hangar
  • Wednesday, Mar. 29, 7:00pm-9:00pm:  Supply at the Hangar
  • Thursday, Mar. 30, 6:45pm-9:30pm:  Training & Regular parade at the Hangar
  • Friday, Mar. 31, 5:00pm-9:00pm;  Tagging – Emmanuel Reformed Church
  • Saturday, April 1, 8:30am – 6:00pm:  Tagging – Emmanuel Reformed Church
  • Sunday, April 2, 8:30am – 5:30pm:  Tagging – Enterprise Hangar 

Highlights & Reminders:

  • Year end trip:  Invitations for the year end trip have been given out and deposits with the signed waivers have started to be received.  Deposits for $100 (or payment in full) with signed waivers need to start be returned.  If you were invited but will NOT attend, please advise ASAP so that the spaces can be offered to the next candidates.  Deposits or questions can be directed to 2Lt Farid, CV Wityszyn or FSgt Peshimam.
  • Remind Sign up:   If you haven’t signed up yet, subscribe to the squadron general ‘remind’ notices at join/2vanden.

Important Tagging Information

Thanks to everyone that attended the tagging information session!!

There’s a lot of information if you’re new to this process so please feel free to  Click here for tagging information.  This document will provide the majority of what’s needed.

Don’t hesitate to send an email to with any questions or concerns or ask at Parade on Thursday evening (note the change for this week).

Thank you.



Activities; Week of March 19, 2017

Welcome back from March Break!  Hope everyone had a chance to do something relaxing – even if it was enjoying not going to school each day or the improved traffic!  We’re back and ready with a full week of activities.

Message from the Commanding Officer:

Our Squadron will be taking part in the upcoming Area Band and Drill Team Competitions. I’m very pleased and proud of the hard work our cadets have been putting into practices so far this year. Keep up the great effort and push even a little more as we go up against some other squadrons. Placing first is great but even if we don’t, knowing that we’ve done our best is the true victory.
Major Garry Burns

Summary of the upcoming week’s Activities:

  • Monday, Mar. 20, 7:00pm-9:00pm:  YLP graduation in the Hangar & Debate practice
  • Tuesday, Mar. 21, 6:45pm-9:00pm:  Band practice at the Hangar
  • Wednesday, Mar. 22, 7pm-9:00pm:  Drill Team at the Hangar
  • Wednesday, Mar. 22, 7pm-9:00pm:  Supply at the Hangar
  • Friday, Mar. 24, 6:45pm-9:30pm;  Training & Parade at Donald A. Wilson

Highlights & Reminders:

  • Youth Leadership Program (YLP:  The 8 week program is wrapping up on Monday, March 20 at the Hangar.  All parents whose cadets have participated are welcome and encouraged to come and hear their cadet put their new or improved speaking skills to work with a 2-3 minute prepared talk followed by a reception and wrap up from the Toastmasters.  Your attendance is appreciated!
  • Year end trip:  Initial invitations were given out at the sports night before March break.  Those who qualify but were not in attendance will receive there’s at parade on Friday.  Deposits for $100 (or payment in full) with signed waivers need to start being returned.  If you were invited but know that you will NOT attend, please advise ASAP so that the spaces can be offered to the next candidates.  Deposits or questions can be directed to 2Lt Farid or CV Wityszyn.
  • Remind Sign up:   If you haven’t signed up yet, subscribe to the squadron general ‘remind’ notices at join/2vanden.
  • Tagging:  Scheduling for shifts for tagging weekend for Mar. 30 – April 2 has started.  Cadets are required for Friday evening with 40 cadets required for Saturday and Sunday.  Seniors need to be spread out over all shifts to balance the junior cadets.  All cadets are required to cover a minimum number of shifts – more are appreciated.  Parent drivers will also be required.  This is a very important weekend so your help is appreciated.  Parents can see the SSC to sign up for driving.  Cadets should speak with FSgt Tchouffa to sign up and/or let her know if you are  flexible with your shifts.
  • Lost & Found:  there are 2 hoodies from Sports Night and a large sleeping bag in a carrying baf left at the hangar after Ganaraska.  They will be put in supply on Wednesday for pick up.