At the first commanding officers (CO)’s parade of the year, one Army Cadet leader and three cadets received service medals.
The 2890 Royal Edmonton Army Cadet Corps meets in the Slave Lake Legion. The corps has around 30 members from 12 to 18 years old. It is actively recruiting new members. The first CO’s parade was on October 17. The goal is to have one every month or two.
Lieutenant Ron Leslie has been in the military for 14 years. He was in the reserves with the 20th Royal Canadian Artillery. When he moved to Slave Lake, he became involved as a Cadet Instructor. Cadet Instructors are part of the reserves in the Canadian Armed Forces.
Leslie received a Canadian Decoration at the CO’s parade. It is for 12 years of service. It’s awarded to regular forces, reserve forces, officers of the Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC), Canadian Rangers and holders of honorary appointments.
Three cadets earned service medals, however, only two of them were present at the parade to receive them.
Cadet Warrant Officer Pearce received a six year service award. Cadet Sergeant Reuben Burton received a five year award.
Not present to collect his award, Cadet Sergeant Ethan Drake earned a five year award.
Ian McDermid, Northwest Zone Chair Army Cadet League of Canada, presented the cadets with their awards.