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 A Call to all Past Cadets:

Were you once an Army Cadet?

Can you attribute your personal or professional success to what you learned from the program?

The Army Cadet League of Canada is interested in compiling accounts from individuals from across the country who have spent time in the Army Cadet program and have gone on to serve their community in the arts and sciences, business, military, politics, volunteerism, medical and teaching professions, sports etc.

We are not looking to receive only the names of people in the public spotlight such as an astronaut, a rock star, or a general in the military.  We would also like to include are stories from those who are successful and involved within their community, such as bank managers, thriving business owners, school principals and teachers, leaders of youth organizations, municipal, provincial or federal politicians and those who give their time as volunteers to community based organizations.

Your stories can inspire today’s cadets by providing them examples of teenagers who came before them and persevered in the cadet program and have since, become successful, understanding it’s not how far you get but how far you go from when you started.

If you are one of them, use the online form we have prepared for you.  Photos of you then and now are also welcomed.

Note: You may also know someone in your community or a family member who is not currently involved with the program but may attribute their success to the program, please invite them to share their stories too.

Thank you,

The Army Cadet League of Canada’s National Public Relations Committee

     Past Cadet online form


 Success stories from past cadets

June 8, 2012 – Central Region’s 1st National Star of Excellence Recipient!

Very first Cadet in Canada to meet the requirements for level 1 of the National Star of Excellence

  • Cadet Given Unique Badge for Accomplishments – The News, New Glasgow April 12,2012 – Major Robert Eagle, Commanding Officer of the Regional Cadet Land Training School (Atlantic) presents Jennifer Wilcox with a unique badge for being the first person in Canada to meet the requirements for level 1 of the National Star of Excellence…

An Army Cadet League of Canada Life-member named Lieutenant-Governor of Nova-Scotia(see stories below)


Master Bombardier Adam Holmes of Delhi was a cadet at the 2853 Simcoe RCACC (read below)

OTTAWA — Seven men serving in the Canadian Armed Forces were awarded the Medal of Military Valour Thursday.

“Each of you has shown great courage and determination in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds. You have tackled challenges of global importance,” Governor General David Johnston told a crowd of proud families gathered at Rideau Hall.
“You have contributed greatly to the safety of people at home and abroad, and you have played an essential role in shaping how the Canadian Forces are perceived.”
The round wreathed maple leafs were pinned on the chests of: Master Bombardier Adam Holmes of Delhi, Capt. William Fielding, Master Cpl. Gilles-Remi Mikkelson, Pte. Philip Millar, Master Cpl. Paul Mitchell, Pte. John Nelson and Sgt. Graham Verrier.

You can read more about the presentation ceremonies at Rideau Hall by clicking here

 A very special Cadet_Master-Corporal Jake Nixon

An up-lifting story of a young cadet who overcame his difficulties and is capable of participating and benefiting from the cadet program.  An inspiring story.

Langley Cadets Corps Celebrates Rare Accomplishment

The Langley Cadets Corps may only be a year old, but it has already accomplished something that only a very
few Cadet groups can lay claim to – graduating a full 7-year member of the Corps.

Profile of a cadet selected to attend Royal Military College

Francis Castein has had a successful few years in the 2928 Royal Canadian Army Cadets Corps in Truro. The 18-year-old recently received an award recognizing her service, dedication and exemplifying the highest standards of leadership as the corps’…

 P.E.I. Biathlete Captures First World Cup Gold

Mark Arendz was a cadet from PEI who competed in the Cadet Biathlon competitions. His experience as a cadet and Biathlete has now made him a world renowned figure in International and Para-Olympic competitions. You may recall the article that was published in the On-Target publication in the Spring of 2008, see PDF file.
Mark Arendz
Mark Arendz Published on January 25th, 2011
Mark Arendz wins race in Finland

Mark Arendz of Springton captured his first IPC World Cup victory after winning the gold medal in a biathlon individual race Sunday in Vuokatti, Finland.

Arendz shot clean to post a winning time of 39 minutes, 35.9 seconds in a tight sprint to the wire with Norway’s Nils-Erik Ulset and Russia’s Oleg Balukhto.

Arernz had been fighting for the medals with them all week in the men’s standing division — one of the deepest on the IPC World Cup.

“That was amazing,” said Arendz. “My first World Cup victory and to shoot clean — nothing feels better.”

Ulset settled for the silver medal at 40:52.1, while Balukhto was third (41:56.1).

It was the third medal of the week for the 20-year-old Arendz.

The 2010 Paralympian won a silver and a bronze in the biathlon sprint and pursuit races respectively.

“I think the two podium finishes this week definitely gave me the confidence to know I deserve to be here with these guys,” said Arendz. “I woke up this morning and felt ready to go and said this is my day. I couldn’t be happier.”

From The Guardian, PEI, Article published on Jan 25th, 2011.

Trek to North Magnetic Pole is Tops For LaSalle Woman

(Montreal Gazette, 2011.03.29 , CHERYL CORNACCHIA)

Ariane Ste. Marie has travelled a fair bit through school and other groups but the young LaSalle woman has never felt quite as on-top-of-the-world as she feels right now about her next trip.

On April 27, the 19-year-old flies from Ottawa to Resolute Bay, the second northernmost civilian community in Canada, to join a 21-day Arctic expedition to the north magnetic pole.

A language student at CEGEP André Laurendeau, Ste. Marie was chosen in February to be part of an international expedition of seven young explorers, age 17 to 22, who will trek across a 150-kilometre stretch of ice and snow that few men and even fewer women have conquered.

The expedition is the latest voyage to be organized by Pangaea, a European based organization founded by South African explorer Mike Horn and dedicated to showing young people the impact humans are having on the planet.

The goal is to inspire them to make a difference for future generations, and what better place to start than the land of melting polar ice caps.

It all started in December when Ste. Marie read Conquèrant de l’impossible, a book written by Horn about one of his solo expeditions.

Captivated by the adventure he described – a circumnavigation of the globe – she went online to search for more and learned about the Pangaea expedition to the pole.

“Immediately, I thought, ‘hey, this is for me,’ ” she recounted, this week during an interview in the family’s LaSalle home. “I yelled, ‘Mom, I’m going to the north pole!’ ”

But “my mom just sort of laughed,” she added, recognizing how out-of-the world her statement must have sounded.

The north magnetic pole – although located south of the geographic north pole, the point where the Earth’s longitudinal lines converge – is still in the far reaches of the northern hemisphere.

Undeterred, she made a video applying to be part of the expedition and fired it off to Pangaea. The following month, she learned, while on a Spanish language exchange in Ecuador, that she had made the international shortlist.

In February, she and 15 other young people were flown all-expenses paid to Switzerland.

She said the 10-day selection camp was gruelling. In addition to first-aid rescue workshops and lectures on the environment, she said, it included scaling a glacier and walking 48 hours through forest with little rest. But she said she still wanted to be part of the expedition more than ever.

“I don’t know; I just don’t give up,” said Ste. Marie. “Even when my legs were burning, I just kept going.”

Her mother credits her stamina to the fact she was born at 27 weeks, a preemie weighing just over a pound.

“She had to fight for her life,” says Luce Ladouceur. “She’s used to fighting for everything. When we go for a family hike, she has to get to the top first.”

She said she has seen much of Canada as well as parts of the United States, Central America and England through family vacations, the Army Cadets, national youth program Katimavik, and international school exchanges.

Last summer, she hit the road, backpacking for six weeks through Europe with a friend.

But none of these trips, she said, come close to the excitement she feels about going to the north magnetic pole, the point in the northern hemisphere at which the Earth’s magnetic field points vertically downward.

“In two months, my life has totally changed,” she said. “It’s been quick.”

She is now busy training, following a six-week program designed for her by the expedition’s organizers to build her leg muscles and cardiovascular strength.

“To be chosen, I was so happy and surprised at the same time,” she said. “Just the opportunity to meet people who think like you and to have the same goals and ambitions was wonderful.”

Standing 5 feet, 2 inches and weighing 110 pounds “maybe,” you would be forgiven if you thought she wasn’t up to lugging a 110-pound sled for miles on end, her only refuge a tent at the end of the day. But you would be wrong.

Cathy Horn, an organizer of the Pangaea expedition, said Ste. Marie is “a great all-rounder, a team player,” winning traits that can’t be underrated.

It’s a given that the extreme adventure will change their lives, Horn said, but the hope of the organization is that it will also change the lives of others.

“We choose young people that are good communicators” and “passionate all-doers,” Horn said.

Upon their return and for years to come, they will be expected to share what they have seen. That’s why, she said, the expedition is underwritten by major corporations, including Mercedes-Benz.

“These young people are our ambassadors,” she said.


PANGAEA EXPEDITIONS / LaSalle’s Ariane Ste Marie, 19, trains in Switzerland for an expedition to the north magnetic pole from April 27 to May 18.;