On the morning of June 9, 2018, cadets from the 57 SD&G Highlanders Army Cadet Corps celebrated one year of training during their annual ceremonial review parade.

This marked the 78th edition of the review and the event was held at Vankleek Hill Collegiate Institute (VCI). The 57 Highlanders Cadets have been around since 1899. (Photo credit: Cedrik Bertrand)

“All our cadets will be dressed in their finest, be marching on parade and there will be demonstrations all around after,” said Captain Steve Campbell, the cadets’ Commanding Officer.

These annual reviews give the cadets a chance te demonstrate what they have learned to their loved ones and members of the community.

Deputy Parade Commander, C/MWO James Miller (left) and Parade commander C/CWO Camille LeBaud Roy. (Photo credit: Cedrik Bertrand)

Cadets aged 12 to 18 were present at the review. Some of the cadets present have also been part of the organization for many years and have received medals for their dedication.

The aura of pride around the event was palpable. As the cadets marched into the room, it was clear that each cadet had respect for their Officers, the dignitaries present, the spectators and, of course, their fellow cadets.

“The cadet program is based on community service, leadership, physical fitness and awareness of the Canadian Forces – even though they are not soldiers. All that boils down to making better canadian citizens, people who are well-rounded and able to take the lead when they have to,” proudly stated Captain Campbell.

Anyone requiring more information on the 57 SD&G Highlanders Army Cadet Corps can visit the organization’s Facebook page (@57sdg).


Awards and trophies

Many honours were bestowed upon deserving cadets during the review. Here are a handful of awards among the 20 that were given:

Master Warrant Officer (MWO) Sara Villeneuve being award the Lord Strathcona Medal by the Reviewing Officer, Commander P.D. Fraser. This honour is bestowed upon a cadet in recognition of exemplary performance in physical and military training. (Photo credit: Cedrik Bertrand)

Top Green Star (first year) – Hlndr Alexandre Schnupp and Hlndr Jean-Marc Schnupp

Top Red Star (second year) – Cpl Nicolas Cyr

Top Silver Star (third year) – MCpl Xavier Perreault

Top Gold Star – Sgt Alexis Geneau

Top Master Cadet – MWO Vasily Piccone

Legion Medal of Excellence – CWO Camille LeBaud Roy

Lord Strathcona Medal – MWO Sara Villeneuve

“One thing has remained constant, our passion and pride in the Canadian Cadet Organization program. I am proud to serve as this corps’ commanding officer as all of you should be of our cadet corps,” stated Captain Campbell.