A 12-year-old cadet from Colliers has earned a prestigious award from the Navy League of Canada.
Chief Petty Officer II Ehvan Griffin was presented with a Cadet Award of Excellence during the annual ceremonial review of 119 Vickers Vimy Navy League cadets in North River on Sunday, May 27.
It’s one of only two handed out in the province this year.
The recipient is selected by the Navy League of Canada in Ottawa. Some of the criteria for the award includes exemplary dress, deportment, leadership skills and knowledge.
Griffin is a Grade 6 student at Immaculate Conception Elementary in Colliers, and is one of just under 60 Navy League cadets who paraded with Vickers Vimy this year.
The corps is based in Brigus, though its annual review took place at All Hallows Elementary in North River.
Griffin also took home the best senior male cadet award, and led the corps’ impressive drill team during Sunday’s review.
The Brigus group is one of five Navy League cadet corps in the province. The others include three in St. John's and one in Gander.
Navy League cadets are between the ages of 9 and 12 years-of-age, and unlike the traditional sea, air and army cadet program (ages 12 to 18), is not affiliated with the Department of National Defence.
Vickers Vimy, which is named in honour of a wooden schooner from Brigus that operated in the 1930s, features young people from Colliers to Bay Roberts.
The corps was established in 1976, and is supported by Royal Canadian Legion Branch No. 65 in Brigus.
Meanwhile, The Compass had representatives at several cadet inspections this week, and will provide comprehensive coverage, including stories, photos and a list of award winners, in the June 5 print edition.