WELCOME TO 614
From your Commanding Officer,
Hello Parents and Cadets. I have just added two letters to the SSC 614 Sqn website which outline direction from our Brigadier-General D.B. Cochrane, MSM, CD and Lieutenant-Colonel B.J. Leonard, CD.
As we move forward during these unprecedented times, I would like to remind all our Cadets how proud we are of your dedication to our Squadron, our community and to yourselves during your time here at 614 Sqn. and within the Canadian Cadet Organization.
From our newest members to those about to leave and everyone in-between, you have done an outstanding job this year and you should all be very proud of our accomplishments.
Your Squadron Sponsorship Committee, your Civilian Volunteer’s and your Officer Staff are making efforts to finalize this year with some updates and future plans to bring this year to an end on a high note, as we prepare for our return in September.
Of note is, all Cadets have passed this year's qualification and will move forward to their next level upon the commencement of the new training year, this includes your promotion to your next rank.
FSgt's that took part in the Merit Review Boards, promotions will be announced once all marks are tabulated. We are still looking at a method of delivery to advise you of these promotions.
Annual Squadron awards will still be determined and issued. Cadets will be advised of the award recipients once a method of delivery is determined.
Please stay tuned for more updates as we are working through life from a social distancing perspective.
I know this is not easy, and some of you may feel like we have lost our year. But know this, we will take with us our accomplishments thus far, and look forward to future endeavours in the months and year to come. Stay positive and know that as a Squadron we remain strong. We are dedicated to ensuring that as a team we will work through this time, and return very soon to continue our efforts to learn, to serve and to advance.
Captain B. Merrison
What is the Air Cadet Program?
The Cadet Program is one of the largest federally sponsored youth programs in Canada.
It is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces. Cadets are encouraged to become active, responsible members of their communities. They make valuable contributions to Canadian society on a daily basis in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities. Cadets also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.
Cadets are not members of the Canadian Armed Forces, nor are they expected to join the military. While they are introduced to Air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces and certain traditions, they are also introduced to many other respectable career choices that are available to them.
Through the Cadet Program, the Government of Canada is investing in today’s youth and Canada’s future.
The Cadet Program is community-based. The program succeeds through strong community support and involvement. Cadets in turn make valuable contributions to their communities.
What do we do?
Air Cadets learn the principles of aviation, while some learn to become glider pilots, pilots of engine-propelled aircraft or both.
Why do youth aged 12 to 18 years old join cadets?
To have fun;
To be with their friends or to make new ones;
To partake in interesting and unique challenges;
To participate in diverse training at no cost;
To learn valuable life skills (work and personal);
To improve their self-confidence and sense of responsibility;
To pursue an interest in the Canadian Armed Forces; and To be part of a program that is both welcoming and nurturing, where they feel included and have a sense of belonging.
Five things to remember about the Cadet Program
Invites all Canadian youth aged 12 to 18;
Instills Canadian military values;
Develops in youth attributes of citizenship, leadership and fitness;
Balances safety and challenge; and
Leaves a positive life-long impact through a set of positive youth outcomes.
Five things to remember about Cadets
Cadets are proud Canadians and proud citizens;
Cadets are healthy in mind and body;
Cadets contribute to Canada’s future;
Cadets seek and appreciate healthy discipline; and
Cadets represent Canada in a positive light.
There are no fees associated with participating in the Air Cadet program. To run 614 Forest City Squadron, the expenses are roughly $55,000 per year, before any trips or extra activities for the Cadets! Since the Department of National Defense (DND), only covers a portion of the training that the cadets receive, the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) must raise funds to meet the annual squadron training budget. This is why our fundraising efforts are so important!,
Annually the squadron is assessed and is required to pay a fee to the Air Cadet League of Canada - Ontario Provincial Committee of $85 per cadet. The assessment is paid by every squadron in the province to support effective speaking competitions, volunteer screening, the selection process for advanced cadet training courses and international exchanges, regional gliding centres, insurance for all cadets while at cadet functions, public relations, and other activities of the Air Cadet League.
The SSC holds various fundraising activities during the year. However, without the generous support of the community, the squadron budget cannot be met and the cadets risk losing out on many activities.
Financial donations are gladly accepted and extremely welcome, of course, and we will issue tax receipts for the current tax year.
THE 614 SQUADRON SPONSORING COMMITTEE WARMLY THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!