As Christmas is almost upon us I would like to take this opportunity to wish all members of the Army Cadet family my warmest wishes for a very Merry Christmas and good health and happiness in 2019.
This will be my last Christmas update to you as I will be stepping down as your President in the new year at our Annual General Meeting. The year 2018 proved to be an exciting and fun filled year for all, with many challenges which you have met head on.
The Last 100 Days, the 100th Anniversary of the end of WWI on November 11, reminded us all of the sacrifices of so many Canadians to give us the quality of life we enjoy in this great country. We continue as well to remember through the 9 April Memorial Service with many of you participating in various ceremonies across the country.
Cadets also achieved many personal successes during the summer Advanced Training Period. Expeditions, the Voyage in History Tour, Maple Leaf Exchange, the Para Course and attendance at CTCs as course participants or staff cadets provided the opportunities to expand your knowledge, self-confidence and achieve personal goals. Each and every cadet has the right to be proud of your involvement and success in the Army Cadet Program. I congratulate each and every one of you on your achievements. And I encourage you to continue to strive to realize your dreams and goals
It is equally important to recognize the parent volunteers and Cadet Instructors at all levels across Canada who have worked in exemplary fashion to foster the ethics and life skills to help guide Canada’s youth to a bright and prosperous future. The recognition of Army Cadets provincially and nationally continues to be a positive outcome of your combined efforts. I admire and thank you for the hard work and time that each of you contributes to the Army Cadet Movement. I am proud to be associated with you.
Our relationship with our partners has strengthened this past year. Although the leadership within the National CJCR Support Group has changed, the focus on collaborative resolution to the challenges facing local corps and branches continues. While the Cadet Renewal Program continues into its sixth year much has been accomplished and much needs yet to be realized. The National CJCR Support Group is working diligently to wrap up the Renewal Working Groups this coming year. Each of the Regions has adopted their respective organizational structure and are completing transference to full operational capacity if that has not already been achieved. This is intended to result in a greater level of support to the LHQs. Yet there is much more that can be achieved. That is the challenge.
In 2019 the League will continue to adapt to changes, introduced through the Cadet Renewal, related to League Costing and our Memorandum of Understanding with DND. As these groups wrap up their work, the Working Group recommendations in our governance structure will be implemented to adapt to the evolving requirements placed upon our organizations. I know that all cadets can count on the continuing commitment of parents and corps officers to ensure success of the Program. The National Board of Directors will continue to advocate for cadets and the volunteer base, especially at the local community level where it all comes together.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all.