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PODCAST: B.C.’s Capt. Sigmund Sort recognized in House of Commons

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Host Peter McCully welcomes Captain Sigmund Sort of Qualicum Beach, one of six Canadian Armed Forces members selected to be recognized in the House of Commons as part of this year’s Canadian Armed Forces recognition program.

In addition to being a freelance flight instructor and a former commercial pilot, Sort has spent 25 years with the Royal Canadian Air Cadet Program in a variety of roles.

Sort and his colleagues were presented in the House of Commons.

It was an incredible moment of awe and splendour, and yet I felt the weight of the responsibility of being the chosen to represent so many Canadians that do the great work that we see from time to time in the news,” said Sort.

I was a secondary school teacher for a lot of years before I was a pilot, so teaching Canadian history and the parliamentary system and all that sort of thing,” he said. “I’m used to seeing pictures of the Hill and those places of great meaning and import to running a nation, but to be singled out, to be presented in the House of Commons, that was really surreal.”

Sort spent two months flying volunteer flights shuttling passengers and cargo, when floods isolated communities in B.C., flying more than 10,000 kilometres and 49 missions.

On the podcast McCully asks Sort about his time as an RCAF trainer, the Air Cadet program and attending Remembrance Day ceremonies in Hawaii.

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Peter McCully

About the Author: Peter McCully

Peter has been a broadcaster and publisher on both of Canada’s coasts and has owned a small newspaper and run an advertising agency along the way.
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