Air Cadets earn annual trophies and medals

Local youth doing well in program

Warrant Officer Eric Hiltz is presented with the Legion Medal of Excellence by Bowser Legion president Jack Wilson.

Eighteen members of 893 Beaufort Royal Canadian Air Cadets paraded in an annual review ceremony on Saturday, May 14 at the Qualicum and District Curling Rink.  

The squadron paraded before reviewing officer City of Parksville Acting Mayor Chris Burger, a former air cadet of the squadron when it was founded 29 years ago. 

The public, parents and friends were invited to view the ceremony that completes the local training year.  

Trophies and medals were presented to the most proficient cadets, including the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence to Warrant Officer Second Class Eric Hiltz and the Lord Strathcona Medal to Sergeant Christopher Eckert.  

The cadet unit is commanded by Capt. Elizabeth Reid, who is assisted by training staff Capt. Reginald Johanson, Capt. Rob Schnider, and Lt. John Archer.  

The cadet parade commander for Saturday’s parade was cadet Warrant Officer Second Class Eric Hiltz

In addition to the reviewing officer, the inspecting party included Maj Richard Mudryk from Pacific Region Cadet Support Unit, Victoria; Mike Simons of the Air Cadet League of Canada, and the chair of the local sponsoring committee, Nicole Bancov.

The event included demonstrations planned and organized by the cadets themselves, including a combined biathlon and first aid scenario.  Static displays also showed the cadets involvement in survival, first aid, effective speaking, aviation, and general cadet training.

Cadets will be selected to attend summer training this year.  Two cadets, Sgt. Christopher Eckert and Sgt. Justin DeRooy have already been awarded the Glider Scholarship Program and will attend the Regional Gliding Instruction School at Comox to earn their air cadet glider pilot wings.

For further information contact Capt Elizabeth Reid, Tel. 250-752-5382 or




— Air Cadet League of Canada


Just Posted

Third delivery of building units for 222 Corfield in Parksville arrives April 26

Vehicles should expect intermittent, single-lane alternating traffic

City of Parksville to look into cost, process of beach cleanup

Cleanup would include removing rotten logs, adding sand

BC Ferries to pilot selling beer and wine on select routes

Drinks from select B.C. breweries and VQA wineries to be sold on Swartz Bay to Tsawwassen route

RCMP ask Parksville Qualicum Beach businesses for help battling thieves

‘With your assistance forensic evidence could be located for prosecution’

Early morning break-in at Parksville Dairy Queen

Oceanside RCMP said incident occurred at 1:50 a.m. on April 17

VIDEO: Alberta man creates world’s biggest caricature

Dean Foster is trying to break the world record for a radio show contest

B.C. senior sentenced for sexually abusing special-needs granddaughter

73-year-old Cortes Island man will go to jail for three years

Howe Sound Queen sailing toward retirement

Vessel now up for auction ends regular runs between Crofton and Vesuvius at the beginning of June

Should B.C. lower speed limits on side roads to 30 km/h?

Vancouver city councillor wants to decrease speed limits along neighbourhood side roads

Lawsuit eyed over union-only raise for B.C. community care workers

‘Low-wage redress’ leaves 17,000 employees out, employers say

Landlord of alleged Okanagan shooter recounts deadly day

Tony Friesen was working in one of the units of his Penticton building when he heard shots

Foreign national arrested in connection to thefts at YVR

A woman, 60, is being held in police custody as Richmond RCMP investigate

Police pursue pesky porker on Vancouver Island

‘This was allegedly not the pig’s first escape’

Westjet tries again to dismiss proposed class-action lawsuit alleging discrimination

Former flight attendant claims airline broke contractual promise to create harassment-free workplace

Most Read