Youth from Atlantic Canada, across the country, and abroad gathered in Charlottetown to celebrate the granting of Freedom of the City to the Argonaut Cadet Training Centre, July 22, 2015.
Granting Freedom of the City is the highest honour a city can bestow. This historic tradition signifies a city’s trust in a military unit, organization or dignitary and serves as an official welcome, granting the freedom to parade or visit the city at leisure.
To mark the occasion nearly 200 cadets and staff from Argonaut Cadet Training Centre paraded through Charlottetown’s downtown core. The parade concluded with a ceremony in front of City Hall, where Lieutenant-Colonel Allan Boileau, Commanding Officer of the training centre was greeted by His Worship, Mayor Clifford Lee to formally commemorate this important honour.
• This is the first time Argonaut Cadet Training Centre has been granted Freedom of the City in any Atlantic Canadian community
• Over 1,100 cadets from across Atlantic Canada, the country, and abroad, will take part in training opportunities at Argonaut this summer. The training centre is located in Oromocto, N.B.
• Cadets can attend various training opportunities at Argonaut that range in duration from two to seven weeks
• Cadets from across P.E.I. will take on the challenges Argonaut has to offer including the six-week long Expedition Instructor Course which hosts cadets from across Canada and select cadets from the United Kingdom.
• The Charlottetown area hosts four Cadet Corps or Squadrons including 148 Birchwood High School and 20 Stratford Army Cadet corps, as well as 24 Kent Sea Cadets and 60 Confederation Air Cadets.
• As of September 2014, there were over 425 youth involved in the Canadian Cadet Organizations in P.E.I.
• The Cadet Program is a community-based program for Canadian youth ages 12 to 18 and is operated as a partnership between the Department of National Defense and the civilian leagues including the Navy League of Canada, the Army Cadet League of Canada, and the Air Cadet League of Canada
"It’s with great pleasure that we grant the Freedom of the City to the Argonaut Cadet Training Centre. The centre has served youth in the Atlantic region with both honour and distinction. It supports our youth and inspires leadership and citizenship. It is for these reasons – and many more – that we formally welcome the cadets in Charlottetown."
- His Worship Clifford Lee, Mayor of Charlottetown
"It’s certainly a great honour for Argonaut to be granted the Freedom of the City of Charlottetown, not only for the cadets of Argonaut Cadet Training Centre but also the cadet units of Prince Edward Island. One of the goals of our Program is to develop great citizens and this parade provides a perfect chance for our cadets to experience the birthplace of Canadian confederacy"
- Lieutenant-Colonel Allan Boileau, Commanding Officer, Argonaut Cadet Training Centre
"I’m really excited because this way I get to show off in front of all my friends and show them how the Cadets do their thing and I also get to see my parents after so long and I miss P.E.I. Most of cadets I’m training with this summer have never been and they’re really excited to go; I’m hoping to show them what P.E.I. really is."
- Cadet Michelle Menezes, 1231 Kensington Army Cadets, Summerside, P.E.I.
• Argonaut Cadet Training Centre - http://www.cadets.ca/en/summer-opportunities/training-centres-argonaut.page
• City of Charlottetown: http://charlottetown.ca
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Captain Liam Mather, Regional Cadet Support Unit (Atlantic) Public Affairs Officer
Phone: 902-720-1224 or 902-720-3055
After Hours: 902-802-6579 or email@example.com
Jennifer Gavin, City of Charlottetown Communications Officer
For more information on the Canadian Cadet Organizations please visit www.cadets.ca or follow us @AtlCadets ou en français @CadetsAtl
More photos of this event are available at: www.facebook.com/CityofCharlottetown