HONOURS and AWARDS - also see Nationals Site
Honours and Awards:
Top Army Cadet in British Columbia
This is a National Army Cadet League award, awarded to the top cadet in British Columbia, each province has this award, which was initiated by Colonel (retired) Gene Lake, when he was president of the Army Cadet League of Canada. Each province has a large trophy that has been cast by the sculptor Mr. Nathan Scott from Sooke, British Columbia. The British Columbia Branch, in conjunction with the Regional Cadet Support Unit Pacific discuss cadets who are eligible. A committee is struck to consider each candidate with the British Columbia Branch having the final decision. A plaque from the same sculptor is presented to the selected top cadet at our Annual Pillars Conference. The selection criteria and policy is on the National Army Cadet League Website, under Policy (Walsh Sword) This award is presented at the Annual Pillars Conference each year.
ROY RIGBY JONES AWARD
Top Cadet Unit in British Columbia
This is awarded to the top cadet corps in British Columbia. We ask that the Elemental Area Advisor's and the Zone Director for that area for input and a committee makes the final decision. This award is presented at the Annual Pillars Conference each year. There is no keeper trophy for this award.
MAJOR CHARLES WHISKER'S AWARD
Volunteer of the Year in British Columbia
This is awarded to the most outstanding volunteer of the year in British Columbia. We ask the Commanding Officers to send us a submission for their choice for volunteer of the year. This award is far to often overlooked by the Support Committee's to remind their Commanding Officers to put a worthy name forward for exceptional contributions to your corps.
Background on Major Whisker. Charles was an ACICO in the Nanaimo area of our province and when he passed away, his family gave his mess kit to the Regional Cadet Support Unit in Victoria and requested that a plaque be made for presentation to a volunteer each year in his memory. The SO2, at the time, sold the Mess Kit and gave the money to the British Columbia Branch of the Army Cadet League of Canada, which in turn funded this award. Colonel Bob Stanley designed the perpetual plaque and the Branch had it made at Landmark Recognition. There is a keeper each year for this award.
BGen (ret'd) DARRELL DEAN FITNESS AWARD
Top Fitness for Male and Female in BC
This is awarded to, both, the top male and top female fitness cadet in British Columbia. The award is based on their performance at the Spring Concentration at VACSTC in Vernon, British Columbia. BGen Dean donated some funds for the purchase of this award and we purchased it from Landmark Recognition. There is a keeper each year for this award.
MAJOR SAM MECKBACH'S AWARD
Top Para Cadet in British Columbia
This is awarded each year to the cadet candidate from British Columbia that tops the parachute course, which is held in Alberta each year. Major Sam Meckback's family upon his passing, in lieu of flowers, requested any donations be sent to the Army Cadet League of Canada British Columbia Branch to fund setting up this award. This trophy was purchased from Joe Drouin's in Hull Quebec along with some keeper trophies. There is a keeper each year for this award.
Lord Strathcona Medal
The Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Medal is the highest award which can be bestowed on a Royal Canadian Army Cadet. It recognizes the physical and military training. The intent is to bestow the following attributes;
Encourage improvement in physical, intellectual capabilities and foster patriotism in cadets through knowledge.
To be eligible for this medal, a cadet must participate in a wide variety of training and experiences over a period of not less than three years. Have a superior level of fitness and attended one summer six (6) week training course. He or she, must be qualified with distinction to a training level of not less that silver start. Must have met all the requirements of their corps mandatory LHQ training and attended at least the minimum of schedules training parades in the year of nomination. As well, they must have met all the requirements of their corps optional/support LHQ training and participated in a minimum of 50% of the scheduled activities in the year of nomination and finally be regarded by their peers and supervisors as an exemplary cadet.
Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence
The RCLCME is presented annually by the Royal Canadian Legion to each cadet corps. This medal is in recognition of a cadet that endeavors to display pride in citizenship by meeting or enhances the aims and objectives of the Canadian Cadet Movement. The Cadet must have completed annually the following steps in the cadet training.
Meets all the required corps LHQ mandatory requirements, support/optional training requirements, participated in a minimum of three (3) community service events, in addition to those supported by the cadet unit through its LHQ training requirements. Regarded by their peers and subordinates as exemplifying the model cadet by, enhancing their cadet unit, cooperation with peers and subordinates, comradeship, promoting goodwill and morale, aiding the development of group identity and cohesiveness by supporting and assisting other cadets, officers and volunteers, and finally enhancing the impact of the cadet organization within their local community.
Anavets Cadet Medal of Merit
The Army, Navy, and Air Force Veterans Cadet Medal of Merit is presented annually to a cadet at each Summer Training Centre for being deemed the most outstanding cadet on the course. A selection board selects the cadet and nominees are approved by NDHQ Director of Army Cadets and the Dominion Command of the ANAVETS.
Cadet Medal of Bravery
The Cadet Medal of Bravery award my be awarded to a cadet who performs an outstanding deed of valour, involving risk to his or her life by attempting to save the life or property of another person. The Commanding Officer of the cadet unit shall initiate the recommendation for this award, who shall obtain the concurrence of the Army Cadet League of British Columbia Branch and National. The recognition letter, along with the League's concurrence, will be forwarded through the military chain of command up to the Chief of Defense Staff.
This medal has only been awarded eight (8) times to an Army Cadet in 60+ years.
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