TRINITY BAY NORTH, N.L. — The Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps #84 Golden Hind Corps came under inspection on June 2 for the corps 65th annual ceremonial review June 2.
Corps Coxswain CP01 Kiley Mackey was emotional in noting that the day was dedicated to the memory of past member, bass drummer, Heidi Dunn, who passed away in 2017.
Mackey also noted with regret that this is her final year with Golden Hind Corps before moving on to post-secondary pursuits.
“I would never trade the last five years,” said Mackey, noting she was welcomed with open arms and always encouraged to do the best she could.
Mackey then introduced the first of a number of displays, leading with the color party under the direction of P02 Olivia Reid. Stepping lively to a variety of musical tunes, the drill team gave an excellent performance.
The talented glockenspiel display followed, under the guidance of P02 Mallory Cotter, with the accompaniment of drummer MS Jake Kennedy.
It was lights out for the black light drum routine under the leadership of Kennedy.
P01 David Bradd directed the guard display and last but by no means least, the band display under the leadership of Band Major P02 Aimee Duffett.
Reviewing Officer Commander H. Maxwell Harvey rated the event as “awesome”.
“You have the shiniest shoes and the greatest smiles,” noted Harvey, adding how creative the drill was, with pride and care showing in the corps.
Harvey also commended the support of cadet families, staff and volunteers. He reiterated that the skills learned in being a sea cadet will serve them well in the future.
He left the cadets with the quote, “If you want to go fast, go alone; if you want to go far, go together”.
Congratulations were extended by Provincial Navy League president Marie Raymond, who reminded the eligible cadets planning to attend post-secondary institutions to apply for available scholarships before the deadline of June 30.
Commanding Officer Lt(N) Wanda Tremblett expressed her great pride as commanding officer with the annual review, encouraging cadets to “pat yourselves on the back”.
Bonavista MHA Neil King praised the cadet review and presented NL government service award certificates to three cadets who were aging out, namely Jake Kennedy, David Bradd and Kiley Mackey.
Band Major P02 Aimee Duffett presented CI Dennis White with a painting creation in appreciation of his dedication to the band. White has been the corps band’s talented instructor following his aging out as a cadet himself some years ago. Awards Emcee, John White was also recognized for his lifetime of commitment with the Golden Hind Corps.
At the Golden Hind Sea Cadet Inspection on June 2 a number of awards were presented to this year’s outstanding cadets:
• LS Savannah Hunt —Top Phase One Cadet
•MS Dylan Moss — Top Phase Two Cadet
•LS Natalie Cotter — Paul Bursey Scholarship Award
•PO2 Rachel McQuarrie — Top Phase Three Cadet
•PO2 Emily McDonald — Most Improved Cadet award.
•P02 Mallory Cotter and P02 Shannon Shirran — Top Phase Four Cadet
•PO2 Kiley Mackey — Cadet of the Year award; Corporal Albert Duffett Memorial Trophy and Audrey White Memorial Scholarship
•PO2 Mallory Cotter — Cadet Choice Award and the Mr. A. C. Bursey Memorial Award
•MS Jake Kennedy — Albert W. Norman Memorial Award
• PO2 Shannon Shirran and MS Dylan — Top Guard Cadet
• PO2 Rebecca Donovan — Top Color Party Award
•MS Jake Kennedy — Venture Credit Union Scholarship Award and the GJM Enterprise Ltd. Scholarship Award