Fix The Roof!

Since 1952 the Castlegar Air Cadets have been active participants in community events like Castlegar’s Sun Fest, the Pass Creek Fall Fair, Remembrance Day ceremonies and Castlegar’s Winterfest just to name a few.

The Squadron has had many homes in its nearly 70 years of serving the community. Starting its early days in the old Castlegar Elementary School which stood where the Castlegar Courthouse now stands. This headquarters was followed by Stanley Humphries High School, the Kinnaird Hall and then old Airport Terminal Building.

And finally the Kiwanis Hall, our current home since 1994. It is also the home of the community Sharing Pot, a soup kitchen that typically runs on Tuesdays at noon.

Why we’ve started a GoFundMe Campaign – Our current building is in need of desperate and emergency repairs.

Kiwanis Community Hall

In October of this year, members of the Sponsoring Committee, who regularly check on the building, noticed puddles of water on the main floor which has resulted in water damage. Water damage that will require significant remediation to the ceiling, main floor and basement.

Although we had hoped the roof leak would be resolved by a repair, we have been advised a full roof replacement is now required. We are fortunate that our insurance will cover the extensive water damage that has occurred to the interior of the hall, with a deductible of $5,000.

However, the roof repair is NOT covered by insurance. The squadron sponsoring committee of the Castlegar Air Cadets is looking at approximately $30,000 to replace the roof. As a result of COVID and other fundraising challenges we are starting this GoFundMe campaign to raise the $30,000.

We are seeking your financial support to ensure that our Cadets and the community soup kitchen will continue to have a safe and secure place. Any excess over the $30,000 goal will be used for other building upgrades, and/or invested in other cadet programs (upgrade flight sims etc).

 

Thank you for your support.
581 Castlegar Air Cadets Squadron Sponsoring Committee

Notice of Annual General Meeting

of The Air Cadet League of Canada 581 Castlegar Squadron Sponsoring Committee

This will be a virtual meeting held through Zoom on Saturday, September 19th at 2pm

To all 581 SSC members:

This is the notice of AGM for the Castlegar 581 Sponsoring Committee.

This year the AGM will be held online, via Zoom. A link to the meeting will be posted to the group Facebook page and this page 30 minutes before the meeting.

We will be presenting the budget and reports, and electing board members for the coming year. Any member of the community may serve on the board, the only requirement is that the board member go through the standard volunteer screening process.

East Meets West Sports Weekend

East Meets West Sports Weekend

Annual Cadet Sports and Fitness Weekend

 

January 28, 2020                                                               581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Castlegar, BC – Over 150 Cadets and Officers from all 12 East and West Kootenay units meet this past weekend to engage in friendly sports and fitness competition.

Sea, Army, and Air Cadets from Creston, Fernie, Invermere, Golden, Elkford, Cranbrook, Trail, Nelson, and Kimberly joined their host, the 581 Castlegar Air Cadets, at Selkirk College to take part in activities ranging from volleyball and basketball to 20 m shuttle runs and push-ups and even a dance.

“We put a huge focus on having a variety of activities to ensure everyone is having fun,” stated Tyler Visona, a Volunteer Instructor for the 581 Squadron and former cadet himself.  “All the while meeting new friends from other units.”

The goal of the Air Cadets is to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promote physical fitness; and to stimulate the interest of youth in the sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces.  As part of this goal, each Cadet unit is required to participate in a fitness assessment at least once a year.

“Cadets were able to earn their Cadet Fitness badge, compete in sports activities and learn leadership skills.” said Capt. Gerry Rempel commanding officer of the 581 Castlegar Air Cadets. “Additionally, they got to participate with youth from other units while also making new friends.”

“My favorite part was being a role model to my cadets, and getting to show them all of the benefits cadets has to offer.” Said Sierra Johnson a Flight Sargent with the 581 Castlegar Air Cadets.

“East meets west is fantastic … (and) makes cadets feel more connected to their fellow cadets…” said F.Sgt Dylan Hastie when asked about the event.  “My favorite part was interacting with different cadets from all over the region.”

The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living.  Individuals interested in joining or volunteering with the cadets are encouraged to check out aircadetleague.com and www.cadets.ca.  You can also visit the 581 Casltegar Air Cadet Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets.

Strike A Pose.  Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

Strike A Pose. Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

F.Sgt Sierra Johnson and her 2IC (2nd In Charge) take a moment to pose of the camera. Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

F.Sgt Sierra Johnson and her 2IC (2nd In Charge) take a moment to pose of the camera. Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

Push up time.  Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

Push up time. Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

2020 East Meets West Sit and Reach Station.  Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

2020 East Meets West Sit and Reach Station. Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

Cadets from around the Kootenay’s took part in the 2020 East Meets West Sports Weekend at Selkirk College.  Photo credit: Major Kevin DeBiasio

Cadets from around the Kootenay’s took part in the 2020 East Meets West Sports Weekend at Selkirk College. Photo credit: Major Kevin DeBiasio

 

New Officer Sworn In

December 3, 2019                                                            581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Castlegar, BC – Local Castlegar resident Dave Blancher is no stranger to supporting his local community or country; having served in the Canadian Armed Forces for just over 20 years between 1989 to 2009, he now works as a Primary Care Paramedic (PCP) for the BC Ambulance Service.  Now he can add a new item to his list of accomplishments after being sworn in as an Officer Cadet for the Castlegar Air Cadets.

Capt. Gerry Rempel, the commanding officer of the 581 Squadron, swore in his new officer on November 19th, during a regular parade night for the Air Cadets.  “I’ve known Dave for just over 8 years, starting when he and I were both involved with St John Ambulance.” said Capt. Rempel, “He will be an important addition to our Squadron and we are lucky to have him.”

As an Officer Cadet, Dave is now a member of the Cadet Instructors Cadre branch of the Canadian Armed Forces.  His primary duty will be as the assistance supply officer and instructing Cadets.  “Before I joined the regular forces, I was with the Nelson squadron for 4 years.  It really helped prepare me for a life in the armed forces” said OC Dave Blancher.

Cadet Instructors Cadre (CIC) consists of specially trained part-time members of the Canadian Forces. CIC officers are responsible for cadet training, supervision and administration; and are an important piece of the puzzle when it comes to the Cadet program.

“We are always looking for new volunteers to join and help support this great program.” said Capt. Rempel.  “Without Officers and the volunteers who run our Squadron Sponsoring Committee we couldn’t have a Cadet squadron here in Castlegar.  Individuals donate large amounts of time and it shows in how successful out Cadet Program has been.”

If you are interested in volunteering with the Castlegar Air Cadets either as an Officer or volunteer you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets or their website at 581castlegaraircadets.ca for more information.

Dave Blancher (right) and Capt. Gerry Rempel (left) Photo credit: F.Sgt Corbin Johnson

Dave Blancher (right) and Capt. Gerry Rempel (left) Photo credit: F.Sgt Corbin Johnson

Dave Blancher signing his paperwork, making him an official CIC officer as Capt. Gerry Rempel and F.Sgt Anthony Ismay look on.  Photo credit: F.Sgt Corbin Johnson

Dave Blancher signing his paperwork, making him an official CIC officer as Capt. Gerry Rempel and F.Sgt Anthony Ismay look on. Photo credit: F.Sgt Corbin Johnson

Cadet Air Mail

November 29, 2019                                                         581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

Castlegar, BC – When the Canadian Armed Forces tweeted out an appeal for holiday greetings for soldiers serving away from home this holiday season, the Castlegar Air Cadets answered the call and got right down to work.

“I have a friend who has served overseas, in a variety of operations, so I know how important caring contact from home can be.”  Said 2Lt Barb. Makortoff the squadron’s administration officer who organized the letter-writing night. “not all soldiers have a supportive family back home, but even those that do, appreciate the care and thoughtfulness of those at home, known or unknown.”

The Castlegar Air Cadets recently visited seniors in local care homes around the community during Remembrance Day activities and took part in the Castlegar Remembrance Day Services held on November 11.  “It only seemed like the next step to take to teach the younger generation, what it is all about…LEST WE FORGET.” said Makortoff.

The aim of the Air Cadets is to “develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promote physical fitness; and to stimulate the interest of youth in the sea, land and air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces”.  The Castlegar Air Cadets have been strong members of the local community since 1952, when they first received their charter.

“It makes me feel good to know that someone who might not have gotten a letter from home will get one now for the holiday season.” Said F.Sgt Dylan Hastie when asked about the letter he wrote.

The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living.  They meet every Tuesday night at 6 pm.  For more information, you can visit their Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets or website at 581castlegaraircadets.ca

Members of the 581 Squadron holding their letters to be sent to Canadian Armed Forces members serving away from home.  Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

Members of the 581 Squadron holding their letters to be sent to Canadian Armed Forces members serving away from home. Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

Christmas Dinner Invitation & RSVP

On December 15th, 2019, the Cadets will be gathering for our annual Christmas Dinner at the Castlegar Legion.  This year, we are having the dinner catered so everyone will be able to enjoy themselves.  The cost will be covered for all Cadets, Officers and Instructors by the sponsoring committee.

Tickets for guests are at cost for $15 each. RSVP by December 6th via the form below:

    Are you attending (required):


    The cost for each guest ticket is $15.

    Top Gun Movie Night Supports Food Bank and Air Cadets

    November 20, 2019                                                          581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

    Castlegar, BC – The Castlegar Air Cadets recently invited the public to join them for a movie night at the Castle Theatre on November 12, 2019.  The movie of the night? “Top Gun”, a true 80s classic.  A video showing off some of the amazing things Air Cadets do was shown to the audience prior to the screening.

    The Air Cadets collected both cash and non-perishable food donations from patrons.   Half the financial donations which they recently presented to the Community Harvest Food Bank on November 20.

    “It was a much deserved fun night after all the training and effort they [Cadets] put in to preparing for and participating in Remembrance Day,” said Shelley Hastie who is part of the Squadron Sponsoring Committee.  “We wanted to do a fun night that would also benefit the local community.  We intend to do more events like this in the future.”

    The Castlegar Air Cadets will also be hosting a “Paws for Claus” photo shoot event on November 30 with a portion of the proceeds going to support the local SPCA.  For more information about Paws for Claus you can check out the Castlegar Air Cadets Facebook page.

    The Castlegar Air Cadets have helped to serve the local community since 1952, when they first received their charter.  They are proud to be strong community members and help support local causes.

    The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets or our website at 581castlegaraircadets.ca for more information.

    Uniformed and ununiformed Cadets greeting guests for the Top Gun movie night. Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

    F.Sgt Dylan Hastie greeting movies goers with pizazz. Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

    Capt. Gerry Rempel presenting the Community Harvest Food Bank with a cheque with cadets looking on holding non-perishable food donations. Photo credit: Matthew Mussio

    Poppy Campaign

    Castlegar Air Cadets hand out Poppies

    October 25, 2019                                                             581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

    Castlegar, BC – Every year, in the days leading up to November 11, the Royal Canadian Legion conducts the Poppy Campaign, along with thousands who volunteer across the county to raise funds in support of Veterans and their families.

    From the last Friday of October to November 11, the Poppy is worn by millions of Canadians from coast to coast as a visual pledge to never forget those who sacrificed for our freedom.  Castlegar Air Cadets and the members of the local Royal Canadian Legion Branch 170 will be out and around Castlegar distributing poppies.

    Castlegar Air Cadets will be at stationed at local businesses around Castlegar in the opening days of the 2019 Poppy Campaign to help raise money for the Poppy Fund.  While the Poppy is available freely to all who wish to wear one, the Legion gratefully accepts donations.

    “The Poppy drive is an important activity that the Cadets take part in each year.” Said Capt. Gerry Rempel, the commanding officer of the 581 Castlegar Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.  “The importance of Remembrance Day and the Poppy are something we teach to the Cadets.  The Cadets are also a big part of the Remembrance day Ceremony in Castlegar, and they spent a significant amount of time training for the day.”

    The Castlegar Air Cadets have helped to serve the local community since 1952, when they first received their charter.  They are proud to take part in the Poppy Campaign and Remembrance day.

    The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets or our website at 581castlegaraircadets.ca for more information.

    AC VanderHave and AC Bosch. Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

    F. Sgt. Anthony Ismay. Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

    LAC Maddy Fairclough. Photo Credit: Matthew Mussio

    Associated Links

    581castlegaraircadets.ca

    www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets

    Contact:

    Matthew Mussio

    581 Squadron Sponsoring Committee Secretary

    West Kootenays
    Email: mmussio@gmail.com

    Air Cadets and Scouts Join Forces

    Pass Creek Fall Fair

    September 24, 2019                                                                  581 Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron

    Castlegar, BC – Castlegar Air Cadets joined forces with the 1st Robson Scouts and Venturers to give the public what they wanted at the 26th Annual Pass Creek Fall Fair – “Cotton Candy”.  Always a fan favorite, the sales of the cotton candy, are an important part of the Castlegar Air Cadets fundraising.

    “The sales of Cotton Candy and the money made from parking at the fall fair is a very important fundraising activity for us.” said Shelley Hastie, the 581 Squadron Sponsoring Committee treasurer.  “This year we had a limited number of parent volunteers and cadets available to look after both the parking and cotton candy booth, so we reached out to the Scouts and asked if they could help us out on Sunday.  Without them we couldn’t have made it work.  We are very thankful.”

    When asked about working with the Scouts, Air Cadet Warrant Office 2nd Class Deannah Kaiser, had this to say “I would say it was a really fun experience getting to know other people and learning how different youth groups work and what fun things they do. It was a big help having that many hands on in each shift.”

    “It’s great to see youth and adults from different organizations come together supporting each other” said Scouter Deidre Price “1st Robson (scouts) is currently fundraising to send 4 youth and 2 adults to the International Scout Center in Kandersteg, Switzerland.”

    The Castlegar Air Cadets have helped to serve the local community since 1952, when they first received their charter.  They are proud to be present for important events such as the Pass Creek Fall Fair.

    The 1st Robson Scouts are open for 11 and 14 year olds, and the Venturers for 15 to 17 year olds.  For more information about Scouts Canada visit www.scouts.ca

    The cadet program is open to all youth between the ages of 12-18 years old with a focus on leadership, citizenship and healthy living. Visit our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/CastlegarCadets or our website at 581castlegaraircadets.ca for more information.

    Cadets and Scouts making cotton candy.. Photo credit: Deannah Kaiser

    It is a sticky job but someone has to do it. Photo credit: Deannah Kaiser