A large group of friends and relatives gathered at the Emo Legion last Monday (June 1) to watch the 144 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (Fort Frances) hold their annual inspection.
On hand to review the corps was S/Sgt. Martin Steinbach of International Falls, Mn., who served with the 41st Field Artillery of the Third Division under General Patton during World War II and took part in many campaigns across Europe.
SLT Dawn Gray, the training officer and the unit human rights advisor, introduced S/Sgt. Steinbach and thanked him for taking the time to inspect the corps.
She then went on to introduce the officers and VIPs for the evening. Taking part in the annual inspection were Lt.(N) Newman, the commanding officer and the administration officer, CI (Civilian Instructor) Theresa Sharp, CI Cheryl Maki, and CI Benjamin Taylor.
Also taking part in the evening’s presentation were senior cadets, Cox’n and Petty Officer 1st class George Kemper-Lukasevics and Divisional Petty Officer 1st class Ryan Goertzen.
SLT Gray explained the 144 Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps (Fort Frances) is supported by the Regional Cadet Support Unit, detachment Winnipeg, which offers the cadets financial support with their training weekends.
“The town of Emo allows us to use the upper level of the curling rink for our classrooms and offices at a very manageable rental rate,” she added.
The corps also receives financial support from the Royal Canadian Legions and the Navy League.
“The Royal Canadian Legions in our area, Br. #29 [Fort Frances], Br. #99 [Emo], and Br. #54 [Rainy River], have all been very generous with their financial support of this corps and we thank them for it,” SLT Gray stressed.
The Navy League, made up of parent volunteers, provides the “supplemental” financial and recruitment support required to build the corps and enhance the program.
This year’s group consisted of Connie Jewett (president), Tatjana Lukasevics (vice-president), Gary Sliworsky (branch rreasurer), and Karen Sliworsky (secretary), along with members John Enns, Gladys Enns, and Crystal Gray.
The Navy League supports the cadets through financial means that makes the training exercises more productive (i.e., by paying bills, buying equipment or supplies, and assisting with travel expenses), but also by organizing many social events throughout the year, including the Christmas party, bowling party, and annual barbecue.
The evening’s program then continued with several annual awards and presentations:
•Top New Male Recruit of the Year—Able Seaman Clinton Gray;
•Esprit de Corps—Master Seaman Dylan Taylor;
•Top Fitness—Petty Officer 2nd Class Adam Sliworsky;
•Gordan Matheson Seamanship Award—Leading Seaman Erik Engberg;
•Perfect Attendance—Master Seaman Dylan Taylor;
•Teamwork, Leadership, and Attitude award—Petty Officer 1st Class Ryan Goertzen; and
•Top Cadet of the Year—Leading Seaman Erik Engberg
The Top Cadet trophy is given to the cadet who has shown devotion to this corps and has a genuine interest in the Canadian Cadet Movement.
It is based upon attendance, the wearing of the uniform, co-operation with other cadets, and taking part in corps activities.
Teamwork and leadership are two abilities the Sea Cadet program is designed to develop. A healthy, positive attitude is a personal characteristic that makes teamwork and leadership easier to accomplish.
These are three important and highly transferable personality traits that, when properly developed, will serve a cadet well as he or she enters post-secondary school and/or the job market of the future.
Several promotions also took place during the program:
•Able Seaman to Leading Seaman—Dallas Maki;
•Leading Seaman to Master Seaman—Eric Engberg; and
•Master Seaman to Petty Officer 2nd Class—Ian Enns and Dylan Taylor
Lt.(N) Newman then presented Connie Jewett and Theresa Sharp with ceremonial paddles for their years of service to the 144 RCSCC Fort Frances.
Both have decided to retire from their respective positions with the corps.
S/Sgt. Steinbach also received a paddle for taking part in the annual review.
SLT Gray then thanked everyone for coming, invited them to stay for some cake and refreshments, and wished them a safe and happy summer.