Hope all is well.
I wanted to just a quick moment to again thank everyone from our wondering parents, Sr. Cadets and Adult Staff that went above and beyond for this training. If you missed our Annual Ceremonial Review please contact the DCO - Capt Mok, Z to be given access to the digital version.
The West Vancouver Air Cadet program is very much alive and will be continue stronger then ever when we return hopefully to in-person training this upcoming training year. We have a specific committee of a Sr. Cadet and Adult Staff member dedicated to telling the community at large that we are still strong and ready to train the future leaders of Canada.
I just wanted to send a reminder to everyone to continue to be checking their SLACK and email notifications through the summer months as any updates reference the upcoming training year or summer training opportunities will be communicated via this method, some inquiries will also require a prompt response so please stay vigilant. Don’t hesitate to reach out to the SSC Chair or myself if you require any assistance.
To help answer any questions that a parent or cadet may have between now and September I will holding office hours on Saturday evenings and can meeting with anyone who has questions or wishes to chat by appointment only, please email the Commanding Officer or send a SLACK message to set up an appointment.
I wish you all the very best for your summer plans, for those who are attending the summer training opportunities good luck, and I know you will make 525 proud.
I will hopefully see you all again in-person in September for our year start registration.
Commanding Officer - Capt Khan, Z
To celebrate and acknowledge the hard work of our cadet over the last training year the squadron will be hosting a virtual Annual Ceremonial Review.
Date: 31 May 2021
Time: 1930 hrs
Location: Virtual Zoom (same link used during regular training nights)
Dress: Appropriate Civilian Attire
Parents are also welcomed to join us celebrating the squadron accomplishments this training year. Please contact the Squadron Sponsoring Committee for the link for the ACR.
Cadets, please log in using the normal link we have used for the training year for our Monday night sessions. Contact your level officers if you have any concerns or questions.
We ask everyone to please be signed on for 1920, to ensure a prompt start.
Thank you in advance for attending, looking forward to “seeing” you on the 31 May.
A reminder that Virtual CTC application are due by midnight 13 May 2021 to OCdt Wu.
Please see the attached letter from the Commanding Officer of the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific) Lieutenant Commander S. Gresmak.
The Canadian Cadet Organization has signed a contract with Microsoft to provide a collaboration platform for the organization which will be called Cadet365. Cadets selected for virtual CTCs will be using the platform over the summer, with the remainder of cadets receiving their accounts for the 2021/2022 training year.
In order to ensure a seamless roll out of this program at 525, it is imperative that all cadet confirm that they have a personal email address attached to their file FORTRESS. We have received specific direction from national that this email is NOT to be an email for the parents, but a personal email owned by the cadet. Cadet365 accounts are being autogenerated from the information provided in FORTRESS with information being sent directly to the provided email accounts. The officers at 525 are not involved in the process and will be unable to help once the process has begun. All requests for assistance will be managed through a national help desk.
Please note that the information contained in FORTRESS is the information that was submitted parents during the annual validation in September. If you are unsure if you have a personal email address on file in FORTRESS or need to change the email from that of your parents, please contact OCdt Wu before May 31st. If you have a sibling in cadets who you share an email with, you will need to ensure that you have separate emails on file for an account to be created for each one of you.
A reminder that registration is open for virtual CTCs. RCSU has advised that they will begin loading cadets on courses on May 10th with offers beginning to be sent to cadets on the 14th of May.
Information about summer training opportunities can be found on the Summer CTC page found here
Virtual CTCs this summer will be run using CADET365 accounts which will be created using the information in the FORTRESS database. Please ensure that the following information is up to date:
Some additional information reference the Summer Cadet Activity Program.
Applications for Summer training for staff cadets and course cadets are now open. Space for the courses will be limited and prompt sign up will be required.
Please contact the Admin O to be considered for an assigned course, see the attached document reference the Summer Training CAP. This CAP will be happening in conjunction with the opportunity for the past announced summer virtual training opportunities.
Click on the link below to uptodate information reference current summer training opportunities.
Summer Training - important information regarding Summer Training
If you wish to attend the in-person CAP and/or participate in the virtual opportunities contact the Admin O to be registered for the course.
SUMMER TRAINING COURSES
We have received a large amount of information regarding the summer training program for 2021. It will be conducted virtually, with the possible exception of in-person local Cadet Activity Programs.
The list of training courses offered this summer is very similar to the normal in-person courses that we would regularly offer, with the exception of the more hands-on skill-based courses. These virtual courses will give you the same qualifications and entitle you to wear the same badge as the in-person equivalent. The virtual courses are:
Basic Aviation Course
Advanced Aviation Course
Airport Operation Course
Basic Military Band
Intermediate Military Band
Advanced Military Band
Basic Pipes and Drums
Intermediate Pipes and Drums
Advanced Pipes and Drums
Introduction to Fitness and Sports
Marine Restricted Radio Operator’s Certificate
Pleasure Craft (Boat) Operator Competency
Most of these courses (with the exception of Basic Military Band, Basic Pipes and Drums, Cadet Correspondent, and Cyber Training) are 3 hours per weekday (Monday to Friday) over a 6 week period, running from Monday 5 July 2021 to Friday 13 August 2021.
Please read the FAQ sheet, which answers many of the questions you may have.
You must have adequate internet and computer equipment for any of the virtual training courses.
Please see the cadets canada link below for more information.
Questions to OCdt Wu, K
All cadets from 525 are invited to participate in a virtual hanger tour provided by Capt Hanson. Sign up for an incredible opportunity to see the inner workings of a corporate air operator and maintenance facility! Detailed walkthroughs of various aircraft and the operation that supports them!
Just a reminder April 11th is the final day to sign up using the google form link below.
Tour lasts 60-90 minutes showing offices, lounge, flight operations area and hangar. Discussions will include career options in dispatch, support roles, flight crew and maintenance.
Tour will be hosted via ZOOM by a CIC officer currently working at Take Flight Group as an Aircraft Maintenance Engineer team lead. Audience questions and discussion are encouraged by using the built in chat window in ZOOM.
Check out the company we will tour! -----> https://takeflightgroup.com/
Questions to WO2 Wang, K
A reminder that in order for website registrations to be processed, you must include both the email you wish to use for the account as well as the cadet's name. There are several requests which have not gone through because they have been submitted without a name. If you registered without putting a name, please complete the registration process again in order for the request to go through.
Cadets and Parents are invited to virtually attend our upcoming Commanding Officers Parade for the month of March.
The virtual ceremony will begin at 1930 on March 8th and cadets will be dismissed at the conclusion.
Parents are welcome to join their cadets.
Cadets - questions can be directed to your Level NCO's
Parents - if you have any questions or concerns please don't hesitate to reach out to the SSC.