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Nelson air cadets receive long service awards

The squadron wants to contact former members for its 70th anniversary
Flight Sergeant Brooke Sonnichsen and Flight Sergeant Ashley Sonnichsen receive their Long Service Medal from Major Kevin DeBiasio. Photo: Submitted

Submitted by 561 Nelson Osprey Air Cadets

During the regular meeting of the Nelson air cadets on Jan. 4 two of the squadron’s senior cadets were presented with their Air Cadet Long Service Medal.

This medal is for cadets who have completed four years in the cadet program. The cadets who received the medal were Flight Sergeant Ashley Sonnichsen and Flight Sergeant Brooke Sonnichsen. Both Brooke and Ashley joined the squadron in November 2018.

Also during the evening, four cadets — Samuel Rempel, Charlotte Faragher, Christian Faragher and Justice Ward — were recognized by the Nelson Legion for being the four cadets with the largest donations during the Legion’s 2022 Poppy Drive.

This year marks 70 years of air cadets in Nelson. As part of the anniversary, the squadron is hoping to get in contact with former members of the squadron.

If you were a member of 561 as either a cadet, adult staff, or a member of the sponsoring committee, please contact us at Let us know what you have done since you were in 561 and send us any pictures that you have in your time with 561.

The squadron always welcome new cadets who are between the ages of 12 and 18. You can start your application at

The squadron meets every Wednesday evening at the Nelson Eagles Hall, 641 Baker St., from 6:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. and does activities on selected weekends throughout the year.

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