Warrant Officer David Quilty wins Lord Strathcona medal
The chairs were lined up in two rows at the back of the gymnasium at St. Anne’s Academy in Dunville on May 22.
© Photo by Laura Griffin/Special to The Compass
Warrant Officer David Quilty (left) took home the top award — Lord Strathcona medal — May 22 during the annual ceremonial review of the 2558 army cadet corps in Placentia. At right is Warrant Officer Colin Edison, who received the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence.
A giant Canadian flag hung from the ceiling overlooking family, friends and special guests who sat anticipating the arrival of their uniformed loved ones.
Bright and wide-eyed faces proudly surfaced in anticipation when a loud voice in the distance hollered “attention.”
It was the beginning of the 59th annual ceremonial review of the 2558 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps of Placentia, with 22 members parading in dark green uniforms.
A nervous, silent feeling dazed the audience while the members showed off their skills in fitness, marksmanship, public speaking and first aid.
The corps enjoyed a very successful year, commanding officer Capt. Lorne Collins wrote in the review program.
He said parents and family members should be proud of the accomplishments of every cadet.
Capt. Collins made special mention of the parents, expressing appreciation for their continued support and encouragement.
Civilian instructor Lt. Wayne Power, who is also the mayor of Placentia, introduced guests Senator Fabian Manning, David Curtis of the Army Cadet League, and Comrade Val Careen of the Royal Canadian Legion. They were on hand to present a variety of awards.
Senator Manning also served as the reviewing officer, and described the cadets as "our future leaders."
Lord Strathacona award
Warrant Officer David Quilty, 16, has been in cadets since Grade 8. Quilty earned the Lord Strathacona award. It's the highest award that can be bestowed upon a Canadian cadet in recognition of commendable performance in physical and military training.
“It means a lot, actually,” said Quilty. “It shows that I have leadership skills.”
Quilty did not expect to receive the award. He thought it would go to another cadet.
“It pushes me forward,” he said.
The following, meanwhile, is a list of award winners:
• Best dressed cadet — Cpl. Taylor Hann;
• Army Cadet Long Service Medal — Warrant Officer Emily Fowler, Master Warrant Officer Nathan Mulrooney, and Chief Warrant Officer Nicole Mulrooney;
• Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence — Warrant Officer Colin Edison;
• Lord Strathcona Medal – Warrant Officer David Quilty.
— Laura Griffin is completing a field placement at The Compass as part of a two-year program in journalism at the Stephenville campus of the College of the North Atlantic.