Our Cadet Corps prides itself in following the traditions of our military. It is a good way for them to understand the historical aspects of service that our Veterans and serving members guard and enjoy. As you know, we are proud to be affiliated with The Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment. This is one of the oldest regiments in Canada that dates back to the mid-1700s in this region. Every year the Cadet RSM and his senior Cadets, along with the support of our Staff and Support Committee, plan the annual Christmas/ Winter Holiday Dinner.
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This tradition dates back well over a hundred years in the Canadian Army Units. Traditionally just before Christmas, the Army units would gather for dinner. The Officers and Senior NCOs would serve the soldiers their Christmas Dinner, promote some of the soldiers and also give out annual awards. It was in this tradition that the Officers and Senior NCOs demonstrated their respect for the dedicated service of their soldiers.
Our Cadet Corps does something similar, except that the Officers and Senior Adult staff serve all the Cadets in our Corps. The Cadet RSM, MWO Jacob Fader, as part of his duties plans the dinner including coordinating with the caterer. He appoints his Drill Sergeant Major, MWO Owen DeYoung to perform the role of the President of the Mess (PMC) and it is his responsibility to act as the Master of Ceremonies for the night. On Wednesday night, 20 December 2017, over 60 cadets combined with approximately an additional 40 staff, Support Committee and guests, enjoyed a wonderful dinner prepared by the RCL Branch 594 Caterer and served by the Officers and Staff. Following the dinner, the Cadets enjoyed a dance.
On behalf of the Commanding Officer, Cadet RSM, Staff and all Cadets, we would like to thank the Support Committee for their hard work in fundraising for this event. We would also like to thank our Sponsors, Royal Canadian Legion Branch 594, for their wonderful support to our Cadet Corps.