Contributed photos — It was also the fourth year for RCSCC 355 Cape Breton to take part in the Cape Breton West Zone Marksmanship competition, this time in North Sydney involving Sea, Army and Air Cadets combined. Team members included, Taylor Googoo, Jerome Gould and Isaiah Martin. Other activities for the cadets included a Regionally Directed Activity Skills Competition and C7 Assault Rifle simulator at the Highlanders’ Victoria Park, as well as Orienteering with the Cheticamp Army Corps in Strathlorne.
For generations it has been a tradition of the Mi’kmaq to serve their nation in the Canadian Armed Forces, as well as well as the United States Armed Forces. It was with this respect for tradition that the Cadet Corps was established in We’koqma’q in 2010.
The cadets were selected for the Damage Control School at the Shearwater base in Halifax where cadets learn to how to put fires out and stop a ship from sinking.
The Reviewing Officer was Leonard MacLeod, Canadian Armed Forces Warrant Officer (Retired).
The cadets were fortunate to have a new officer for the corps this year Lt(N) Jennifer Allen, XO Training Officer, who is also a Merchant Marine Captain Master Mariner in the civilian world and teaches at the NSCC Strait Area Campus.
The ORCA Deployment of 2019 in British Columbia was granted to Lexiney Googoo. This involves having cadets fly out to British Columbia to learn more about navigation, maneuvering a real ship, and test driving aspects of the many roles as a member of the Royal Canadian Navy.
The cadets took part in an Interdivisional Seamanship Competition Weekend where they learned concepts in navigation, used the portable Ship’s Simulator, participated in rope and tackle work, and rigged the gyn.
In this training year, the cadets did well at the Biathlon competition in Mira, which is a combination of metal target shooting and endurance running. This included bronze medals for Mary Ann Martin and Vada Googoo. The Biathlon was open to all Air, Army and Sea Cadet Squadrons and Corps in the Cape Breton Region. The Biathlon Team included Mary Ann Martin, Vada Googoo, Isaiah Martin, and Taylor Googoo.