Major Brenda Aumonier poses with her Commander’s Coin with Brigadier General Dave Cochrane, Commander Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group (right), and Formation Chief Warrant Officer Bill Crawford (left) on July 9. - Submitted photo

Major Brenda Aumonier poses with her Commander’s Coin with Brigadier General Dave Cochrane, Commander Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Support Group (right), and Formation Chief Warrant Officer Bill Crawford (left) on July 9. - Submitted photo

Parksville resident finds purpose leading youth in cadet program

Brenda Aumonier is spending her summer doing what she loves most

Parksville resident Brenda Aumonier is spending her summer doing what she loves most — serving youth and community building. As a high school autism support worker, Aumonier has always had a heart for helping others succeed. This summer she is the Basic Squadron Commander at Albert Head Cadet Training Centre (CTC), and building a village of support for the cadets in her squadron is her No. 1 priority.

Growing up, Aumonier first gained exposure to the cadet program with 676 ‘Kittyhawk’ RCACS in Sidney, B.C. She attributes her early affiliation as having given her a positive value base and the structure she needed to succeed as a young adult. The officers in her unit took note of her potential, helping her earn glider pilot and power pilot scholarships so that she could earn her wings and get the flight hours needed to become a gliding instructor and tow pilot. As a way to stay involved and give back, Aumonier joined the Canadian Armed Forces in 2004 as a Cadet Instructors Cadre Officer.

RELATED: VIDEO: Cadets try caber toss

When not at summer training, Aumonier serves as the Commanding Officer of 893 Beaufort Squadron -Royal Canadian Air Cadets in Parksville. Her primary goal as an officer is to give the youth under her command a community that nurtures positive self image and an attitude of success.

“Without opportunities to observe what success looks like, cadets may struggle to build success into their own lives,” Aumonier said. “It’s important for youth in those transition years to understand where they can build success, and I see cadets as a safe space for them to challenge themselves and try new things.”

In her own life, Aumonier seeks opportunities to give back even beyond her role with her unit. She sees the opportunity to serve at Albert Head CTC as a chance to use her skills and to collaborate with other leaders. With 12 years of experience serving at CTCs under her belt, Aumonier has a great deal of value to offer.

RELATED: Local cadets take first place

“My favourite part of the summer is walking around in the evening and getting a chance to check in with each of the cadets, because they are so keen to reach out,” Aumonier said. “As you walk by, they want to share little pieces of who they are. I try to make a point of stopping to see that they’re enjoying things and to show them that we know who they are, that there is a personal connection here.”

Aumonier will work alongside dozens of other CAF officers at Albert Head CTC this summer delivering curriculum in leadership, aviation, fitness, survival and music. She is just one example of many Canadians who choose to don the uniform and serve youth as CIC officers with the Canadian Armed Forces.

— NEWS staff, submitted

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

(PQB News file photo)
Qualicum Beach voters head back to the polls on May 15

Byelection will be held to replace former councillor (now MLA) Adam Walker

Ecko Aleck, recipient of $5,000 award for Indigenous entrepreneurs presented by Young Entrepreneurs Symposium. (photo courtesy of Adam Ziorio Photography)
Qualicum Beach woman one of 20 winners in nationwide challenge for Indigenous entrepreneurs

Ecko Aleck plans to create youth council with paid consultation

The Town of Qualicum Beach East Village Revitalization project has received a grant from the B.C. government. (Town of Qualicum Beach illustration )
Parksville Qualicum Beach projects receive more than $1M in provincial funds

Chamber of Commerce plans to establish micro-fullfilment centre to aid area businesses

(PQB News file photo)
Qualicum Beach offers to establish temporary cold-weather shelter

Move would provide aid to a maximum of 15 individuals

Dr. Bonnie Henry talk about the next steps in B.C.'s COVID-19 Immunization Plan during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, January 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
456 new COVID-19 cases in B.C., 2 deaths

Since January 2020, 78,278 have tested positive for the novel coronavirus in B.C.

A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette)
Vaccinating essential workers before seniors in B.C. could save lives: experts

A new study says the switch could also save up to $230 million in provincial health-care costs

The late Michael Gregory, 57, is accused of sexually exploiting six junior high students between 1999 and 2005. (Pixabay)
Former Alberta teacher accused of sexually assaulting students found dead in B.C.

Mounties say Michael Gregory’s death has been deemed ‘non-suspicious’

According to a new poll, a majority of Canadians want to see illicit drugs decriminalized. (THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
Majority of Canadians think it’s high time to decriminalize illicit drugs: poll

More than two-times the B.C. residents know someone who died from an overdose compared to rest of Canada

Photograph By @KAYLAXANDERSON
VIDEO: Lynx grabs lunch in Kamloops

A lynx surprises a group of ducks and picks one off for lunch

(Black Press Media file photo)
B.C. residents can reserve provincial camp sites starting March 8

B.C. residents get priority access to camping reservations in province

Two women were arrested in Nanaimo for refusing to wear masks and causing disturbance on a BC Ferries vessel. (File photo)
B.C. ferry passengers arrested and fined for disturbance, refusing to wear masks

Police said woman threatened their pensions in Feb. 21 incident aboard Nanaimo-bound boat

When his owner had knee surgery, Kevin, 2, was able to continue to go for walks thanks to volunteers from Elder Dog Canada. (Contributed photo)
B.C. woman has nothing but praise for Elder Dog Canada

National organization has a fleet of volunteer walkers ready, but needs more clients to serve

Most Read