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Message from the CO – 2020/09/07

What You Should Know As We Resume Training

• No in person training will take place prior to 01 October 2020. If the situation requires, we shall move the in person start date to ensure everyone remains safe. We have submitted risk management assessments to our Command Team and await approval for our plans.
• The re-opening of society and resumption of normal activities will be dependent upon the conditions in Canada. In person Cadet activities will be permitted provided the most restrictive guidelines outlined by federal, provincial and municipal health agencies as well as Command restrictions are followed.
• Non-Medical masks have been ordered for all Cadets and staff and will be provided by Canadian Armed Forces; until such time as they have been received, Cadets will be required to use a personal one that meets the standard requirements as outlined by Health Canada.
• Physical distancing and maximum room capacity as indicated by staff will be observed.
• In the interim, while we await approval for in person training, we will rely upon information technology and have moved forward to establish an online forum. We shall be using GSuite for lessons and some activities. GSuite has been set up, however, we are awaiting full approval to increase the number of participants.
• No in person fundraising activities involving Cadets and Staff are authorised until further notice. The Sponsoring Committee is working on alternatives and will make known to all how we can support these initiatives.
• Local day activities without an overnight stay will be permitted, provided that the location is within one hour of LHQ and we make use of parental transportation as well as observing stated protocols.
• Due to the ongoing environment/situation, international travel is prohibited until 01 September 2021. No overnight travel is permitted until further notice.
• As previously communicated helpful information may be found on the CJCR app which can be downloaded
to your mobile phone as indicated here: Apple iOS users will register at https://interceptum.com/s/en/A3iOSSignUp
Android Users will register at  https://interceptum.com/s/en/A3AndroidSignUp
• The Cadet Portal is also an excellent resource for parents and Cadets as communicated in March. If you have not yet created a profile to access the information you are very much encouraged to do so. This is the landing page from which you may choose your preferred language:
https://portal-portail.cadets.gc.ca/_layouts/splasharrivee.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f_layouts%2fAuthenticate.aspx%3fSource%3d%252F&Source=%2F

Although this is not a typical training year, please know that we are diligently working to provide exciting content for our Cadets, including in an online setting. While we do need to complete mandatory elements of training, we also recognise the challenges we all encounter to do what once were typical activities. With this thought in mind, we wish you to know that we will be selective with what will be required training to advance to the next level.

Much of the training will of course be necessary, however leniency and flexibility will be very much part of our assessment for each Cadet. I believe strongly that in spite of the challenges ahead, will have a great year. If at any time you need assistance, please know that we are here for you.
On behalf of Captain Emptage (Training Officer), CI Blake (Supply Officer and Instructor), CI Willms (Admin Officer and Instructor) and myself, we look forward to seeing each of you and remain committed to providing the best program to our Cadets.

T Copses-Parker, CD
Captain
Commanding Officer
128 RCACS

Message from the CO – 2020/08/18

Good evening, everyone. I hope you are well!
I am writing to bring you up to speed on a few things.
  1. Training for this year has been postponed until 01 October 2020 or updated orders
  2. New direction has been disseminated to us today and includes conducting a risk assessment for our return. An email will be sent out to each of you with further information just as soon as the staff and I discuss (tomorrow evening).
  3. I have yet to receive measurements from some of you. I telephone each one this evening and followed up with an email. The FTU will be the standard uniform and we have one shot to get it right. Measurements are required NLT Friday. Please work with us to complete this order for the benefit of our Cadets.
  4. A new online source for registration will be implemented by Formation Leadership. If you have a friend who is interested in joining, please let me know. The site will be sent in the email along with other specifications.
I appreciate your assistance in the above. Stay tuned. More to come.
Capt Parker

Welcome Back!

Greetings, Dragons!

 

Welcome Back and Happy New Year!

 

We are now not only into a new year, but also a new decade and I want to share my thoughts with you. I sincerely enjoy entering a new year; with it, I see a whole new world of possibilities and fresh beginnings! It’s a good time to leave behind any disappointments and set-backs from 2019.; and I assure you we all have them. Jump into 2020 with passion and diligence – there are wonderful adventures and possibilities awaiting. 

 

So buckle up, Dragons, it’s wheels up and CAVU…2020 is looking good!

 

Your Captain,

 

T Copses-Parker

2019 Message from the Commanding Officer

Cadets and Parents,

The Staff and I welcome you back to Thorold and to the 2019-2020 training year. We are excited to see each of you and look forward to an exciting training program, which will begin 9 September 2019 at 1830hrs.

I wish to highlight a few items here, so that each of you is prepared for the first few weeks of training:

September

  • 7-8 – Recruiting Event
  • 9 – First Night Back – Bring a Friend!
  • 12 – Ground School Begins
  • 15 – Gliding Date
  • 27-29 – Tagging Dates
  • 30 – Open House / Recruiting

October

  • 4-6 – Autumn FTX
  • 9 – CO’s Parade
  • 14 – Thanksgiving Stand Down
  • 15 – Return to Training
  • 27 – Begin Wearing Poppy

* Please note that this schedule will change shortly with additional dates (ex. Band, Drill, Flag, etc). *

Cadets, we are privileged to work with you and to assist you in achieving your goals and potential. To do so we wish to have your thoughtful input. If you have an idea for a training event or an idea to improve our squadron, please bring it forward. This program is for you – and while we have established orders and training objectives we must follow, there is always something more we can do to improve your experience; so, don’t be shy… be creative and share your ideas!

The Staff extends heartfelt thanks to Mrs. Yarnell, Chair, and the Sponsoring Committee for the work they do, often behind the scenes, that ensures the Squadron’s success. Let each member of 128 Flying Dragons show our appreciation to them by applying our best self to each of our roles and endeavours.

Best Regards,

T Copses-Parker

Captain

Commanding Officer