Greetings & Invitation from Major Burns!

Last week Major Burns offered these words to the cadets and staff as the new year kicked off.  They’re being posted here for those that may have missed the evening.

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Good Day Members of 2 VandenBos Whitby Squadron,

It was great to see many of you and to see the hub of activity as administrative information was verified, supply issues sorted through, training matters set for the upcoming year and to enjoy that BBQ that was ‘super’ enjoyable as always from the SSC.

I was pleased to have the opportunity to officially introduce my successor, your Incoming Commanding Officer, to all of you.  I’ve known Major Blight for many years and I know you will be super impressed by her high level of organizational skills, her professionalism and her dedication to the task of making our Squadron the very best it can be.  She’s no stranger to us as she has served for quite some time as our Regional Cadet Advisor.

Without any exaggeration, I can tell you I expect to see 2 Squadron picking up the Top in Ontario Award over the next couple of years – with Major Blight’s great experience and leadership; the staff teams outstanding dedication to the success of each and every cadet; the marvelous support and hard work of our Squadron Sponsoring Committee under the guidance of Mrs. Codlin; the wonderful ‘leadership by example’ set by the Warrant Officers (WOs) and Non-Commissioned Officers (NCOs); and most significantly the eager participation, fun loving, adventurous and positive outlook of you, our air cadets.  All the necessary plans and parts are lined up for this Squadron to soar to the very top.

For the curious amongst you, I will be moving on to a new position as one of three Area Elemental Advisors (AEAs) for SEOA. This position used to be called Regional Cadet Advisor and while much of the job is the same there are a few changes.  I’ll still be your CO for a little while longer but please allow me to say: It’s been a great honour to serve with you over the past year.  Together we’ve grown the Squadron in size but more importantly we’ve worked hard as a team to do our best at the many competitions we attended; we’ve fostered an optimistic spirit and encouraged one another (regardless of rank or position) to consistently look for the positive; we’ve trained hard and felt the success of many promotions; we’ve proven to all around us that while our number is 2 – we are second to none!

We will be having a Change of Command Parade on Friday 29 September.  The invitation is attached with the details.  No need for cadets and staff to RSVP as this is a mandatory parade.  Please RSVP to Captain Howie at ihowie@2vandenbos.org if you will be attending. We’ll be honoured that night with Major Andersen, the Officer in Charge of the South Eastern Ontario Area (SEOA) of Regional Cadet Support Unit (RCSU) Central, serving as our Presiding Officer.

2 Sqn CoC Invitation 29 Sept 2017

Keep looking for the positive,

Garry Burns
Major
Commanding Officer
2 VandenBos Whitby Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Cadets
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Message from Major Burns

Good Day Members of 2 VandenBos Whitby Squadron,

By now you know that my term as your Commanding Officer is finished as of this September. I’ll be off doing some other work and you’ll certainly see me around early in the Training Year.

I’m extremely pleased that an officer I’ve known and respected for many years will be my successor: Major C. Blight will be taking on the command role – I know you’ll all be extremely pleased and impressed by her professionalism and outstanding leadership ability.  Please give her all of the enthusiastic support you provided me throughout my command.

Keep looking for the positive.

Cheers,
Garry Burns
Major
Commanding Officer
2 VandenBos Whitby Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Cadets

DRILL TEAM AND BAND COMPETITIONS RESULTS

I’m very proud of all our teams and their leaders.  Competition was very stiff this year and I know our cadets did their best so while no trophies were brought home, I’m sure our whole Squadron will want to join with me in declaring all those who competed as being winners.  We received very positive feedback on the performances of both the Drill Team and the Band and were given a few pointers to work on for next year.

  • Our Military Band placed 4th out of 11 bands competing

  • Our Drum Major placed 3rd out of 11 drum majors competing

  • Our Drill Team Without Arms placed 8th out of 16 teams competing

  • Our Drill Team Captain placed 9th out of 16 competing.

Again, my sincere congratulations to all who took part in these competitions.  I am looking forward to hearing from our Effective Speaking and Debate representatives competing this weekend.  This will complete our 2016 training year competitions and I look forward to then focusing on preparations for our Annual Ceremonial Review on Saturday 3 June.

Major Garry Burns
Commanding Officer
2 VandenBos Whitby Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Cadets

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/).

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

DUKE OF EDINBURGH AWARD

I registered our Squadron as a Duke of Edinburgh Award participating organization last week and followed up with a meeting of eligible cadets Friday night at the end of our regular parade night.  It’s a super program open to 14 to 25 year olds.  Rather than trying to describe this, if you’re remotely or totally interested please check the following website:  http://www.dukeofed.org

For those who already know you want to get going, our Squadron can be found by looking under Eastern Ontario (not Central Ontario).  Remember, if you’re under 18 your parents need to be involved as there is a $31.00 registration fee which must be paid as part of the registration process.

If you need any info you can’t find on the website, please send me a note or just ask when we see one another around the unit.

The wonderful thing about this independent Award program is that it will not require you to do much more work above and beyond what you already do in air cadets.  I encourage all of my cadets aged 14 and older and my staff aged 25 and younger to take part.

Major Garry Burns
DofE Award Leader

Some Sad News

Last weekend the younger sister of Officer Cadet Victoria Davidson passed away.  It’s tragic when anyone young passes and I know everyone associated with our Squadron feel deep sympathy for Victoria and her family in their time of loss.

Please respect the family’s need for some privacy.  There will be a memorial service in mid January which all Squadron personnel are welcome to attend.

http://m.legacy.com/dignity-memorial/obituary.aspx?n=Violet-Davidson&lc=3774&pid=183154849&mid=7216081

Rest In Peace Violet Davidson.

 With Respect and Sympathy,

Garry Burns
Major
Commanding Officer
2 VandenBos Whitby Squadron
Royal Canadian Air Cadets