Nelson’s Bodine named Canada’s top sea cadet

Sebastian Bodine was honoured last week

Sebastian Bodine (left) and Nelson Navy League president Jan Van Caeseele pose during a ceremony in which Bodine was named Canada’s top sea cadet. Photo submitted


A Nelson native has been recognized as Canada’s best sea cadet.

Chief Petty Officer first class Sebastian Bodine, a member of the 81 RCSCC Hampton Gray V.C., was named Top Royal Canadian Sea Cadet of the Year during a ceremony Friday.

The Navy League of Canada’s award recognizes a cadet that is highly involved in the community, shows great leadership, and sets a high example for younger cadets to follow.

“Being chosen means the world to me,” said Bodine. “I would like to thank all the people who supported me and mentored me and made this possible. They are all so important to me.”

Bodine, who graduated this year from L.V. Rogers, was one of 12 Canadian cadets last year to be invited for a 12-day deployment on the English Channel.

Bodine was also named Division Cadet of the Year by the B.C. Mainland Division.

“His dedication to himself and to his community make Chief Bodine a shining example for other young Canadians to follow. We are very proud of him,” said B.C. Mainland Division president Denise Robson.

Bodine plans to attend Selkirk College’s Law and Justice program in the fall.

Related: Sebastian sets sail

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