Air Cadet League Scholarships – April 1 deadline

The Air Cadet League of Canada offering three post-secondary education scholarship awards to Royal Canadian Air Cadets. They are the Young Citizen Foundation Scholarship, the Birchall Scholarship and the Dale Scholarship.  These are entrance scholarships which will be granted to a deserving cadet entering any community college, cegep or university in Canada for post-secondary studies.

Applicants are required to complete the ACC64 application form online, and submit it in digital form (PDF), along with supporting documentation to the Air Cadet League of Canada, at: leaguehq@aircadetleague.com. The email should be titled beginning with your name and National Education Scholarships such as: Fred Jones National Education Scholarships.  Application ACC64 – English  Application ACC64 – French

Important Note:  OCdt Paul Podesta will be your point of contact if you have questions or are looking for a letter of reference.  Requests for a letter of reference must be received by March 9 to allow the necessary time to meet the April 1 deadline.

These scholarships have no restrictions as to the field of study.  For the academic component, the evaluation focus will be on the following subjects:  (a) Languages; (b) Mathematics; (c) Physical Sciences; and (d) Social Sciences.  It is important that the most recent report card or transcript include these courses.

Additional Information on the scholarships and the application forms may be found on the League’s National website (http://aircadetleague.com/for-cadets-squadrons/awards/scholarships/).

Activities; Week of Feb. 19, 2017

Hope everyone had a good long weekend and enjoyed the beautiful weather!  Considerably different than last weekend at Ganaraska.  Here are the highlights & activities for this week.

Summary of this weeks Activities:

  • Tuesday, Feb. 21, 6:45pm-9:00pm:  Band practice at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7pm-9pm;  Effective Speaking Competitors prep. in P1
  • Wednesday, Feb. 22, 7pm-9pm:  Drill Team at the Hangar.
  • Friday, Feb. 24, 6:45pm-9:30pm:  Recruit graduation & regular training at Donald A. Wilson

Highlights:

  • Ski day:  You have a last chance to make payment on Thursday to Sgt. Hiltz at the Hangar from 7pm-7:30pm.  Saturday you should arrive with your health card at the hangar at 6:30am for a 7am departure.  No health card, no go.  Bring your smiles and warmest clothes for a fun day!
  • Year end trip:  The year end trip has been approved and the Quebec City was announced as the 2017 location.  March 3 will be the last date used to calculate snowbird points to determine the initial 50 cadets that will be offered to attend.  Initial letters will be distributed March 9 (correction from Friday) with deposit and final payment details. Cost of the trip will be $250.
  • Remind Sign up:  You may have gotten the reminder this week of the CO parade via Remind.  If you haven’t signed up yet, subscribe to the squadron general ‘remind’ notices at  https://www.remind.com/join/2vanden.  Hopefully you received the notice when the squadron settled in and left Ganaraska.

Activities; Week of Feb. 12

Parade kicked us off at the hangar, the beginning of a full weekend of activities when the school is not available.    The cadets are fortunate to be train alongside real airplanes in an aviation environment.  It is a reminder too that everyone needs to be extra attentive when around the aircraft and equally respect that Enterprise Airlines is first and foremost a place of business that we are privileged to visit.

The Winter FTX (field training exercise) went well.  It was definitely winter with the snow falling most of the weekend with a reprieve on Saturday while the cadets spent the day outside in training exercises learning things like search & rescue, fire starting, and GPS and compass navigation.  One team went on a hike planned by FSgt Wainwright, in support of the Duke of Edinburgh requirements, climbing hills and wading through the deep snow.  Amongst it all the first aid team was given some practice with a simulated exercise.  Sunday the snow resumed falling and through it the cadets teamed up to see who collectively could put their new skills to work starting a fire that would make the water boil, get the water boiling and see the reaction generated by the secret soap.  Ask the cadets what happened!  It truly was a weekend of fun, learning, and new experiences organized and executed by a knowledgeable and dedicated team of staff and CV’s.

The national camp interviews were also held this weekend and 2 Vandenbos with Enterprise airlines were the host coordinators and location respectively.  Thank you to SSC members Lisa Codlin (Chair) and Nikki Tsimiklis (Treasurer) who coordinated the efforts to allow all cadets a good environment to be at their best. Thank you to Lt.’s Erdelyi and Wainwright who have worked the last number of months to prepare cadets for many scenarios.

Highlights:

  • Ski day:  Thanks to those that have signed up.  Full payment is due for Feb 17.  Full details and costs for the day have been published under a separate post.  Please come with a cheque or exact cash.
  • Remind Sign up:  You may have gotten the reminder this week of the CO parade via Remind.  If you haven’t signed up yet, subscribe to the squadron general ‘remind’ notices at  https://www.remind.com/join/2vanden.  Program level ‘remind’ groups are also active.
  • Year end trip:  The year end trip has been approved and the Quebec City was announced as the 2017 location.  March 3 will be the last date used to calculate snowbird points to determine the initial 50 cadets that will be offered to attend.  Cost of the trip will be $250.  More details for deposits, etc. will follow with the invitation.

Summary of this weeks Activities:

  • Monday, Feb. 13, 7pm-9pm:  Debate & Effective Speaking at the Hangar.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 14, 6:45pm-9:00pm:  Band practice at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 7pm-9pm:  Drill Team at the Hangar.
  • Thursday, Feb. 16, 7pm-9pm:  Supply night at the Hangar.
  • Thursday, Feb. 16, 6:00pm-9pm:  Range practice for the team at the Hangar.
  • Friday, Feb. 17, 6:45pm:  Regular training at the Hangar.
SSC Reminders:
  • Power famil:  Cadets can sign up for Power familiarization for $15.  Please provide payment to the SSC.  Flights will be scheduled based on pilot availability & weather conditions.
  • Lottery books:  There are many cadets that have not yet picked up a lottery book.  Thanks to those that have.  The money raised is important to supporting squadron activities.  The OPC Lottery ticket funds are shared between the selling squadron and the OPC.  Each squadron puts their portion towards their program while the OPC uses their portion to fund the gliding grogram that is available to all squadrons in Ontario.  Books are available on parade nights from the SSC.  Please be sure to get yours if you don’t have it already.  All stubs need to be returned by March 3 to be entered in the draw.
  • Spring Tagging:  Amazing how time flies!!  Please make note in your calendars for March 30 – April 2. This is our big tagging weekend, one of our largest fundraisers.  It is mandatory for all cadets and support from parents, staff and volunteers will be needed to ensure it’s success.

Boston Pizza supports 2 VandenBos!

Boson Pizza Whitby has been graciously collecting receipts from anyone who has dined with them and submits their receipts with “Whitby Air Cadets” written on them.  In turn they will give back a portion of the sales to our squadron!

This money will be used to offset a year-end dinner or celebration for one or more of our teams!   Plan to make Boston Pizza your choice to dine with friends, colleagues or family, include “Whitby Air Cadets” on your receipt and let your waitress know. 

The whole squadron could benefit from your fun!  Even better – let all of your friends know to do the same and we may be able to take the entire squadron out!!!

Thanks families & friends … thanks Boston Pizza!!

 

 

ACTIVITY CANCELLATION ALERT:

Given the freezing rain conditions, Band Practice and all other Squadron activities are cancelled for this evening (Tues 7 February 2017).

Maj G.Burns
Commanding Officer

 

North Division (@DRPSNorthDiv) tweeted at 1:11 PM on Tue, Feb 07, 2017:
Freezing rain has begun and roads are getting icy. Stay off roads unless absolutely necessary. Drive carefully https://t.co/7rZmxW41b6
(https://twitter.com/DRPSNorthDiv/status/829029763817816066?s=03)

Activities: Feb. 5, 2017

Thanks to everyone that made the 1st CO parade a success.  Major Burns commented about many pairs of shiny boots and overall good dress.  Attendance was strong and reflected of our growing squadron and confirmed increased national camp slots that will be available next year.  Congratulations!

Highlights:

  • Winter Field Training Exercise:  Click Here  for the Annex B – Warning Order and Required Equipment.  For those not attending this weekend, an alternate day will be scheduled in May.
  • New Uniform distribution:  If you haven`t picked up your uniform, please come to supply on Wednesday.  If it is not picked up it will be put into regular distribution. If any Snr cadets have extra accessories – ties, wedges – please return as soon as possible.
  • Remind Sign up:  You may have gotten the reminder this week of the CO parade via Remind.  If you haven’t signed up yet, subscribe to the squadron general ‘remind’ notices at  https://www.remind.com/join/2vanden.  Program level ‘remind’ groups are also active.
  • Ski day:  Thanks to those that have signed up.  Full payment is due for Feb 17.  Full details and costs for the day have been published under a separate post.  Please come with a cheque or exact cash.
  • National Camp Interviews:  Good luck to everyone participating in Saturday’s interviewed.  Be confident that you have worked hard and prepared well.

Summary of this weeks Activities:

  • Monday, Feb. 6, 7pm-9pm:  Debate & Effective Speaking at the Hangar.
  • Tuesday, Feb. 7, 6:45pm-9:00pm:  Band practice at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7pm-9pm:  Supply night at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7pm-9pm:  Drill Team at the Hangar.
  • Wednesday, Feb. 8, 7pm-9pm:  National Interview prep. at the Hangar.
  • Thursday, Feb. 9, 6:45pm-9:30pm: Regular training & Parade at the Hangar.
    • Note:  Range is cancelled due to Parade night shifting for Ganaraska
  • Friday, Feb. 10, 5:30pm:  Arrive at the Hangar for Ganaraska weekend
  • Saturday, Feb. 11:  National Camp Interviews.  Pls arrive per your instructions.
  • Sunday, Feb. 12, 3:00pm:  Pick up at the Hangar from Ganaraska
SSC Reminders:
  • Power famil:  Cadets can sign up for Power familiarization for $15.  Please provide payment to the SSC.  Flights will be scheduled based on pilot availability & weather conditions.
  • Lottery books:  There are many cadets that have not yet picked up a lottery book.  Thanks to those that have.  The money raised is important to supporting squadron activities.  The OPC Lottery ticket funds are shared between the selling squadron and the OPC.  Each squadron puts their portion towards their program while the OPC uses their portion to fund the gliding grogram that is available to all squadrons in Ontario.  Books are available on parade nights from the SSC.  Please be sure to get yours if you don’t have it already.  All stubs need to be returned by March 3 to be entered in the draw.
  • Spring Tagging:  Amazing how time flies!!  Please make note in your calendars for March 30 – April 2. This is our big tagging weekend, one of our largest fundraisers.  It is mandatory for all cadets and support from parents, staff and volunteers will be needed to ensure it’s success.

Thank you from the SSC

A warm THANK YOU goes out to all of the cadets, parents, staff and volunteers who came out to introduce our Squadron to a crowd of over 100 guests – the largest crowd ever Sunday Style Networking!

We had a spectacular fundraiser on Sunday, thank you to all of the prize contributions from our  volunteers, Durham Flight Centre, McAskill Chiropractic and Wellness Centre, Brock Street Brewery, Art & Technique Salon, Mackie Moving and Frantastic Cafe!  Your donated items were all a hit with our guests and helped us raise $1140 in one afternoon.

The event was hosted at OLG Slots and sponsored by A1 Connecting Sunday Style Networking. Sincere thanks to Edward Lam and Jenn Humphries for offering us the opportunity as Charity of Choice and the unwavering support you have shown our squadron for the past few years! The support of Ian McCutcheon and Sue Sutcliffe who pitched in and spread the word of our Squadron was stellar – you are truly amazing!

Our combined efforts led to a sell-out crowd, the likes of which have yet to be seen by another charity at Sunday Style Networking since the events’ inception!

It took a lot of coordination and effort, but the end result was well worth it!  We had an “A1” day, with a ton of support for our awesome cadets, who were so well received by our incredible guests.  These guests had the opportunity to get to know us, have a delicious lunch at the Gateway Restaurant, win some of our prizes and then try their luck on the slots with their credits that were a special bonus from OLG Slots.

Thank you!