Chief Warrant Officer Lau-Chapdelaine is a young man of 18 years who's biography would be impressive for a person twice his age. I will capture just some of the highlights as they pertain to Cadets.
He joined the guards in 2001 at the age of 13 and distinguished himself from his peers right from the start and quickly rose to Sergeant. He has received many, many awards over the past five years including being selected to attend the Army Cadet League of Canada International Expedition to Mont Blanc, France / Italy and Switzerland as one of the sixteen top cadets in Canada this year.
While away on expedition he was notified that he had been awarded the Walsh Memorial Award out of 5000 Army Cadets, representing 110 Army Cadet Units across Ontario. This award goes to the top Cadet in Ontario, and he's one of ours. Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Lau-Chapdelaine was also the runner-up for the Lieutenant General Geoffrey Walsh Memorial Sword Award as the top Army Cadet in Canada - out of 20,000 Army Cadets, representing 455 Army Cadet Units across Canada.
In September this year, this young man began classes at the University of Ottawa and was promoted to Regimental Sergeant Major of 2784 Governor General's Foot Guards and now leads a unit of 120 young people in safe, fun and challenging training and he has helped lead this Cadet Corp - our Governor Generals Footguards to six straight years of receiving the Lord Strathcona Shield Award - given to the most proficient Army Cadet Unit in Eastern Ontario. This award was presented for the sixth time on Wednesday night to the Commanding Officer, Captain Joe Horvath.
Members of both the Governor General Footguard Army Cadets and Air Cadets will be joining us on November 10th for our Remembrance Day luncheon. I am happy to report we have an action packed schedule of training and sporting activities with both Cadet Units this year, but we need help on the Cadets Committee.
I need a volunteer to join us one Monday each month - the fourth Monday of each month - to attend our meetings and take the minutes. If you have not yet joined a committee, or would like to increase your involvement with the Club and support one of our most important youth programs, I would be very grateful for your help and will support you any way I can. It's not heavy work, and I promise you will get a lot out of becoming personally involved with these truly impressive young men and women.
Guy Milne Cadet Committee Chair