211 Air Cadets

75 Years for the 211 Kiwanis Air Cadets

Did you know the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa has proudly sponsored the 211 Ottawa Kiwanis Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron for 75 years since November 1942?!  The longest sponsorship and partnership in the history of our Club.  

The late Vic Castledine was the first Commanding Officer and his son Past President Allan Castledine was the first cadet. Both Vic and Allan are members of the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa Hall of Fame.

On the 12th May 2018, the squadron held their Annual Ceremonial Review. The cadets had the final parade and awards were presented for individual and group achievements over the past year.  

Included in the awards were special recognition of Allan Castledine and Ken Miller, along with recognition for the Kiwanis Club of Ottawa for the 75 years of sponsorship, the longest of any cadet squadron or corps.

Kiwanis Luncheon - Lieutenant-General Chris Whitecross

A member of the Canadian Forces since 1982, Lt. General Whitecross joined the Canadian Military Engineers after spending 4 years in the Cadet program.  Her postings have taken her from Germany to almost every province in Canada and she is the former Chief Military Engineer of the Canadian Forces at National Defence Headquarters.  She is a recipient of the Order of Military Merit and was awarded the US Defense Meritorious Service Medal for her service in Kabul, Afghanistan.  Currently, she is the Commander of the Canadian Forces Strategic Response Team on Sexual Misconduct.

This is our Remembrance Day Luncheon and we will be joined by our Kiwianis 211 Air Cadets Colour Party and their band.

Invite a Veteran to join us as we will be recognizing them for their service to our country

Background on the Kiwanis 211 Air Cadet Squadron

The 211 Air Cadet Squadron was formed in 1942 by Kiwanian Vic Castledine, who became the first Commanding Officer of the squadron. His son Allan Castledine, who has been with our club since 1951 and was our Club President in 1961, was the first Air Cadet.

The Kiwanis Club of Ottawa's support for the Squadron continues and include both financial and volunteer support to continue great job the Squadron does in building tomorrow's leaders.

The 211 Squadron is one of 455 across Canada, part of the Air Cadet League of Canada, and the squadron maintains a web site.

During the school year, the Squadron meets at Notre Dame High School (710 Broadview Ave, Ottawa, K2A 2M2 ) each Wednesday evening. Meetings start at 18:30 and youths between 12 and 19 are welcome to join.

More information on the 211 Air Cadet Squadron is available here.

Members’ Spotlight - Ross Christensen and Ken Miller

President Alison honoured two active members today. Firstly, Ross Christesen took a leading role in establishing the “Pass the Torch” campaign to raise funds for the War Museum. He has also recently served as a very active Chair of our Membership Committee.

Secondly, Ken Miller was honoured for his long record of working on our Cadets Committee.


Kiwanis Remembrance Luncheon Nov 9 - Sergeant Bjarne Nielsen

Our Guest Speaker was Sergeant Bjarne Nielsen, from the 1st Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, talked to us about the “fighting spirit” of Canadians, a spirit with which we overcome adversity to succeed and which was first exemplified during the War of 1812, then through two world wars, the Korean conflict and Afghanistan.

Sergeant Nielen’s bravery in battle and through his long recovery from horrific wounds demonstrates this fighting spirit big time.

On July 1, 2010 while leading a 12-man patrol in Afghanistan, Sergeant Nielsen was severely wounded by a hidden explosive, losing his left leg, his left elbow and suffering serious wounds to his right arm, and left shoulder. Sergeant Nielsen has had the tenacity to work through an extensive combination of repeated and extensive surgeries and ongoing rehabilitation to rebuild his physical and mental capacities. (Sergeant Nielsen says “If you don’t like what or where you are, get up and do something about it.”)  

We were joined by the Cadets Color Party who led the March and share with us their Flag Presentation. 

We proudly recognized the war veterans in attendance.