This summer will be filled with new challenges and experiences for Sergeant Simon Gazey from 57 Stormont Dundas and Glengarry in Vankleek Hill, Ont. Sergeant Simon Gazey has been selected for a staff cadet position at Blackdown Cadet Training Centre in Canadian Forces Base Borden from July 1st 2019 to August 16th 2019.

As a staff cadet tasked with the Drill and Ceremonial Instructor course, he works with cadets who are preparing for leadership roles in the Cadet Program. He assists them in their training in drill, dress, deportment, and a variety of other activities.

Sergeant Simon Gazey’s favourite part about the training so far has been mentoring cadets, “I want to make a positive impact on myself and my cadets.” He uses his past experience as a cadet to mentor and encourage leadership skills in his platoon. There are approximately 100 cadets who complete the Drill and Ceremonial Instructor course at Blackdown, and Sergeant Gazey has a part in each of their successes. When asked what advice he would give someone interested in joining cadets he said “Breath and think positive, it’s going to be a fun experience!”

Blackdown is the place where approximately 3,300 cadets participate in training that will improve their leadership, physical fitness, and good citizenship, making this the largest training centre in Canada. As cadets complete their training they will be filled with a sense of accomplishment and bring their new skills back to their local units to share with their peers.

The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living. If you are ready for the challenge, visit and click on “Find Us” and visit our Facebook page to see their adventures!

Story credit: Civilian Instructor Joanne Vallely Hignett, Assistant Unit Public Affairs Representative, Blackdown Cadet Training Centre.

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