Air Cadets from the two Nelsons met each other on Zoom recently. Photo: Submitted

Air Cadets from the two Nelsons met each other on Zoom recently. Photo: Submitted

Local air cadets meet cadets from Nelson, New Zealand

Cadets discussed the similarities and differences in their programs and cities

Submitted by the Nelson Air Cadets

Members of the Nelson Air Cadets met recently with their counterparts from Nelson, New Zealand, on Feb. 12.

Several senior New Zealand cadets joined in with Nelson’s Level 4 training for one class and then the seniors had some time to get to know each other. All the cadets also had a chance to be together and discuss the similarities and differences in their two programs.

Nelson, New Zealand, is located on the eastern shores of Tasman Bay at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. It is the oldest city in the South Island and the second-oldest settled city in New Zealand – it was established in 1841 and became a city by royal charter in 1858.

In the next few months, the cadets from the two Nelsons hope to get together again with the junior levels sharing time together.

Also, during the virtual parade, Nelson cadets Christian Faragher, Elle Faragher and Grace Ward were promoted to the rank of Leading Air Cadet.

During the COVID-19 pandemic the cadets of Nelson have had the chance to virtually meet leaders in both civilian and military occupations. This has included military pilots, aircraft mechanics, local leaders and provincial cadet leaders.

Nelson Air Cadets continue to meet virtually every Friday. More information can be found on our Facebook page www.facebook.com/561NelsonOspreyAirCadets/.

The squadron always welcomes new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18. You can start your application at https://app.cadets.gc.ca/cadet-registration/get-started.html.

Adults who would like to volunteer with squadron are also welcome.

Quick Facts

• The cadet program is open to all Canadian youth from the ages of 12 to 18 regardless of income, race, religion, culture or other socio-economic factors. The program embraces Canada’s multiculturalism and offers young Canadians opportunities to interact with youth from other cultures.

• Cadets is the largest youth organization operated by the government of Canada

• The New Zealand Air Training Corps was formed in 1941 and there are currently 49 Air Training Corps units in New Zealand.

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