211 AIR CADET YEAR END SPEECH 2010

[I delivered this speech to the Cadets at the 211's Year end inspection]

The Kiwanis International mandate is... “Serving the Children of the World”, and the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa is focused on the development of leadership skills for our youth.  We run literacy and other support projects in many of our local schools, we support and mentor Key Club and Circle K service clubs in our local high schools and universities and we sponsor two local cadet units among many other programmes. 

Your  Squadron is a very important group for our Club to be associated with to further our goals for youth leadership development.  Here you are taught to be accountable and responsible for your actions and to look out for your fellow cadets and to become leaders.  Even those of you that don’t become officers and leaders in the squadron, are exposed to the strong leadership of the staff officers and the cadet officers.  This will help you to recognize good leaders later in your life, and to hold them accountable.  It will make you better citizens and people.

On behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa members and our Board of Directors, I want to say that we are very proud of you, and our association with the 211 Ottawa Kiwanis Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron for the past 68 years since 1942.

When you come to the end of a year there are many people to thank.  I want to thank the Parents for their hard work and dedication to our young people.  The Sponsoring Committee and its Chairman, Ken Miller, and in particular Edmond Lanthier, the Squadron advisor from the Air Cadet League who has been associated with the squadron for over twenty years.  And a special thank you to Sandra McDonald for her dedication as a committee member and parent volunteer.

 It has been the combined efforts of everyone involved, the Officer Staff, the parents and the members of the Kiwanis Sponsoring Committee the Air Cadet League of Canada along with the support of the Westboro Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and of course DND that made this past year possible.

I also want to recognize the effort and positive contribution made by each and every Cadet present here today for the success of this past year and in helping to make this program so valuable to all of you; whether it was through shooting, public speaking, sports, music or drill competitions.  You embraced a vision at the beginning of the year and followed through on your commitment to better yourself. 

All of you are to be commended for your dedication and maturity.

Those of you, who will be leaving, take with you the pride of being a member of this great Corps.  I am confident you will find use for what you have learned in the future regardless of where life takes you. 

Those of you, who will be returning in the fall, think of the opportunities that lie ahead and what you can do to enhance your Cadet experience.  If there are programs, projects or events you think would be of interest to your fellow Cadets, step forward and share them.  Be a leader.

And finally, for those of you who have doubts about returning; I ask that you take time over the summer to think of what you may be giving up.  Think about what you have achieved so far.  Think about what challenges await and the opportunities you will miss if you don’t return.  I hope all of you who are eligible to return do so and bring your friends.

Congratulations to one and all...on a very successful year.