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12 2332 Major EJG Holland, VC Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps 2016/2017 Training Year in Review Submission for Top Large Cadet 2332 Major EJG Holland, VC Royal Canadian Army Cadets participated in a very productive training year that commenced on September 3, 2016 and ran until June 24, 2017. This news letter will present the highlights of our training year that focused on Community events, support for our two sponsoring Legion Branches, Barrhaven Legion Branch 641 and Bells Corner Legion Branch 593, Team Competitions, the Mandatory / Optional Training and Summer Training. Community Involvement Poppy Campaign and Remembrance Day Ceremonies We assisted the Bells Corners and Barrhaven Legions in the 2016 Poppy Campaign by raising over $36, 000 dollars. 85 Cadets stood at the Cenotaph for both Legions on November 11th do their small part in honouring those who sacrificed their lives for Canadian freedoms. A large number of our Cadets also took part in Remembrance Day Ceremonies at their schools by proudly wearing their uniforms. National Capital Region 2016 Remembrance Week Ceremonies We had Cadets take part in several Remembrance Week Ceremonies including: First Poppy Ceremony at Rideau Hall Senate Remembrance Ceremony on Parliament Hill. Veterans Affairs Candlelight Vigil at Centre Pointe Theatre Wreath Bearers on Remembrance Day Wreaths across Canada Ceremony at the National Military Cemetery Leliefontein The Commanding Officer and 20 Royal Canadian Dragoon (RCD) Cadets were invited to represent their affiliation to the RCD Squadron at CFB Petawawa in November 2016.
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12 VETS BOG Walks In September 2016, cadets of 2332 Major Holland VC Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps embraced a new civics project. Their aim was not only to become more aware of the homeless and less fortunate in their community, but also participate and aid in the solution. To see and understand this issue, the cadets integrated themselves with VETS (Veterans Emergency Transition Services Canada, Ottawa Chapter. Among the many services provided for veterans in crises, this group also engages in a monthly event referred to as “Boots on the Ground” (BOG) walk. The objective of the BOG walks is to assist the homeless in the hopes of meeting a veteran and provide a means to allow the Veteran to get in contact with VETS. The ultimate goal is to get Veterans off the streets. During this event, volunteers from all walks of life, including the 2332 Army Cadets walk around the downtown core, surrounding communities and local shelters in Ottawa. Additionally, these volunteers provide non-perishable foods, blankets, warm clothing, smiles and thoughtful conversation. During a BOG walk in January titled “In Her Boots” which focused on women’s shelters and the search for female veterans; the female Cadets from 2332 met a young female refugee. They discovered that she had only been in Canada just over a month and was 9 months pregnant. She arrived on the steps of a women’s emergency shelter with only a small suit case of clothes and a large amount of courage. This refugee had recently escaped a war torn country in the hopes that
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