Army/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.

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.

GGFG Cadets with Great Biathlon Results

The 2784 GGFG Cadets had some great results this year.

The Biathlon Team consists of 10 Cadets lead by Cadet Master Warrant Officer Gavin Omand, and consisting of Cadet Acting Colour/Sergeant Evan Wight, Cadet Sergeant Rachel FritzNémeth, Cadet Sergeant Amanda Godefroy, Cadet Master Corporal Magnus Crónín, Cadet Master Corporal Thomas Fairweather, Cadet Master Corporal Geneviève Fritz-Németh, Cadet Corporal Max Reesink, Cadet Corporal Oliver Streibel-May and Cadet Guardsman Piaper Veinotte.
Over the past 5 months these 12 dedicated Cadets have given up their Sunday mornings and Monday evenings to develop the skills, strength and endurance required by all Biathletes. While some of these Cadets only really discovered Biathlon this year, others have been competing for a number of seasons.
Braving the cold, sleet and snow, these extraordinary young people represented 2784 GGFG at the Eastern Ontario Area competition where the female team, consisting of Godefroy, FritzNémeth, R. and Veinotte placed 1st and the male team of Omand, Cronin and Streibel-May took 2nd place in their respective categories; allowing 7 of the teams cadets to advance to Provincials in Sault Ste. Marie. At the Sault Ste, Marie competition, the team skied hard and shot straight.

 Photos from the event on are on the Cadets' Flickr stream

GGFG Cadet Anada Silva Excels at Camp

After a demanding week of competition against over 200 staff cadets from across Ontario, Cadet Anada Silva was promoted to the rank of Cadet/Chief Warrant Officer (C/CWO) and appointed as the highest ranking cadet at the Blackdown Cadet Training Centre. Cadet Silva is with the Governor General's Foot Guard Cadets sponsored by the Club.

This rank selection process consisted of army, sea, and air cadets who had applied for a summer cadet staff position. Each participant was placed into a group and assessed based on their instructional, navigational and leadership abilities. Additionally, the cadets were tested on their cadet theoretical knowledge.

More details are posted here.