One hundred and twenty Royal Canadian Air Cadets from across Canada celebrated graduation at Canadore College Friday morning.
The Cadets received a certificate of achievement from the Canadian Forces after completing 142 hours of instruction in the Advanced Aviation Technology – Aircraft Maintenance and Airport Operations programs at Canadore.
Comprehensive training included courses in airport safety, air traffic control, ground services, and meteorology to name a few, and was delivered six days a week for eight hours each day.
The Cadets, aged 12 to 18, began their training in early July. More than 700 applications were received from squadrons across Canada each year for this prestigious training. Candidates compete for the coveted spots based on academic merit, essays, community service and interviews.
The ceremony was held at Canadore College’s Aviation Technology Campus. Guest speakers included Don Berrill, president of the Air Cadet League of Canada and major Melissa Wordragen CD, officer commanding Advanced Aviation Technology Courses (AATC).
Two deserving Cadets were awarded the Army Navy and Air Force Veterans in Canada Cadet Medal of Merit (ANAVETS). Cadet Navyatha Pottumutu from Victoria, B.C. and Cadet Mahdi Rida from Laval, Que. were chosen for demonstrating overall achievement in their courses, strong leadership qualities, above average dress, a high level of motivation and consistent cooperation with others.