Over the summer Flight Corporal Willow Kikosewin-Holden participated in Cadets Canada’s first-ever virtual summer training program and completed the World of Cadets course as well as the GPS Navigation and Geocaching course with cadets from across Canada.
Willow has been with 561 Nelson Osprey Squadron for two years and attends L.V. Rogers Secondary in Nelson. Initially Willow was accepted for the Basic Aviation Technology and Aerospace course that was to be held on Vancouver Island for the summer of 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic moved the cadet summer training to a virtual format, and in place of the planned course she able to attend two virtual courses. Willow is working towards to becoming one of the leaders in the squadron as well as working on her public speaking so she can compete in the Air Cadet effective speaking competition.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets, in partnership with the Air Cadet League of Canada and the Department of National Defence has been training youth in Canada since 1941. The cadet program, which includes Sea, Army and Air Cadets, is the largest government funded youth program in Canada with over 53,000 participants across Canada.
The Royal Canadian Air Cadets accepts youth between the ages of 12-to-18 who have a desire to learn more about the air element of the Canadian Forces, wish to develop the attributes of leadership and good citizenship and who wish to promote physical fitness. While the program is military based, there is no obligation for a cadet to join the Canadian Armed Forces when they finish their cadet career.