PO2 Rob Stevens and Cadet Valraea Pederson from Nelson on percussion during a rare and unique joint practice session on August 1 in the Naden Band Room at CFB Esquimalt. The 30 air cadets were able to practice – albeit briefly – be mentored by the seasons and professional musician with the Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy.

Nelson air cadet gains valuable experience on coast

Nelson’s Valraea Pederson has had a summer to remember.

Nelson’s Valraea Pederson has had a summer to remember.

The 15-year is an air cadet with 561 Squadron in Nelson with over two years of experience playing percussion tucked away under her belt. Over the past few weeks, Pederson has gained valuable experience in Victoria.

“Every summer is different, there are new people and new experiences,” said Pederson of her summers away with the provincial cadet program. “I learn music and grow as a person.”

Pederson and another 200 air cadets graduated this past weekend from a variety of three- and six-week courses in areas such as aviation technology and aerospace; sports and fitness; and survival. With The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia as reviewing officer, the graduates treated guests and spectators with calisthenics, music, and drill routines that they had choreographed themselves.

“No matter which direction you decide to travel, you will all be better equipped for the future as a result of the experiences here at Albert Head Cadet Camp,” said Guichon during her address to the assembled cadets on parade. “I see that all those of you who go through the cadet experience learn so much about self-discipline, team work, sportsmanship, citizenship and of course, it appears to me, that there is a great deal of fun to be had along the way.”

There are almost 30 air cadets with 561 Squadron in Nelson. Ten of its cadets have completed a variety of courses at Albert Head, a provincial air cadet summer camp.

The newest of BC’s four cadet summer training centres, Albert Head Air Cadet Summer Training Centre was established in 1995. Each year, approximately 930 cadets will attend the Albert Head Air Cadet Summer Training Centre between July and August, while a staff of approximately 150 will provide supervision and instruction.

As a provincial training facility, air cadets selected for the courses and as staff come from the 58 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadrons located throughout BC.

The Cadet Program is the largest federally-sponsored youth program in Canada and includes the Royal Canadian Sea, Army and Air Cadets. It is a national program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

For more information, visit cadets.ca, “Like” them on Facebook at facebook.com/AHACSTC and follow them on Twitter @BC_Cadets.

Just Posted

Nelson Leafs’ win marred by dangerous play

Nelson is undefeated through the first five games of the season

VIDEO: SPCA ushers in new era with Castlegar facility

$2.69-million project had ribbon cutting on Friday

Slocan seniors’ housing hosts grand opening Sept. 27

The society wants to give the public a glimpse before tenants move in and the weather changes.

LETTERS: Tom Fletcher analysis is as outdated as the Edsel

Dona grace-Campbell takes issue with columnist Tom Fletcher’s column on the carbon tax

VIDEO: Lydia Kania is here to skunk you

The Vallican track athlete has turned to cribbage in her senior years

Whitecaps see playoff dreams fade after 2-1 loss to FC Dallas

Goal in 87th minute seals Vancouver’s fate

B.C. students send books to displaced students of Hornby Island school fire

Maple Ridge elementary school teacher says students learned about acts of kindness

WHL: Kootenay Ice drop Calgary Hitmen 5-3 in home opener

Youth take centre stage as Kootenay explodes for three second-period goals

Trump drains oxygen from Trudeau foreign policy with PM, Freeland bound for UN

A lot has changed since the Liberals came to power in Canada in 2015

B.C. man fined $15,000, barred from trading securities for fraud

Larry Keith Davis used money from an investor to pay personal bills

Emergency crews investigate small sulphuric acid spill in Kootenays

IRM states a small volume of less than one cup and three dime-sized drips were leaked from carrier

Family, friends of B.C murder victim want killer sent back to max security facility

Group wants convicted murderer Walter Ramsay sent back to a maximum security facility

Most Read