Top cadet for platoon named at Vernon Cadet Training Centre

Joeun Chong of Abbotsford was among 110 cadets attending Basic Fitness and Sports Course

Abbotsford cadet Joeun Chong receives her plaque acknowledging her as the top cadet in 12 Platoon from Lt.-Col. Mike McGinty

Abbotsford cadet Joeun Chong receives her plaque acknowledging her as the top cadet in 12 Platoon from Lt.-Col. Mike McGinty

Cadet Joeun Chong of Abbotsford was selected as the top cadet in 12 Platoon of the first intake of the three-week Basic Fitness and Sports Course in Vernon.

Chong is a member of the 861 Silverfox air cadet squadron, and was among 110 cadets attending the course at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre.

Participants improve their athletic skills in recreational sports and are taught about healthy food choices, safety awareness, goal-setting and the duties of an assistant recreation instructor at the home squadron.

During the summer, more than 1,770 army, navy and air cadets from western Canada will have spent up to six weeks in the Okanagan Valley training centre, expanding the training they receive at their home corps, developing new skills and forming friendships.

The cadet program is open to Canadians aged 12 to 18 who are interested in participating in a variety of fun, challenging and rewarding activities while learning about the sea, army and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.

Cadets make contributions in terms of environmental, citizenship and community activities, and also learn valuable life and work skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship.

The Silverfox squadron meets every Wednesday from 6:30 to 9 p.m., starting in September, at the cadet hall at Abbotsford Exhibition Park.