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Andrew Swan, MLA Minto
October 22, 2007

Minto Armoury Cadet Exercise

The Minto Armoury, located in the heart of Minto constituency, was very busy this past weekend. Over 20 cadet corps, representing close to a thousand cadets from northwestern Ontario and Manitoba, gathered at the armoury for their annual competition exercise.

The cadet program has been a great Canadian institution for generations. It encourages youth to become active and responsible members of their communities and helps them learn valuable life skills such as teamwork, leadership and citizenship. In turn, cadets reap benefits throughout their lives in increased self-confidence and physical fitness. I would like to recognize the valuable contributions made by cadet corps to our communities and the innumerable benefits that these programs have for the individuals involved.

In particular, I would like to acknowledge the Cross Lake Cadet Corps, which was established in 2006 and is the first-ever cadet program in an Aboriginal community. My colleagues and I had the opportunity to meet these young men and women during their visit to the Legislature on October 18 while they were here receiving certificates of merit for their summer training achievements.

The Cross Lake Cadet Corps also had a very successful weekend while participating in the events at the Minto Armoury. They came in second in the drill exercise and won the Tommy Prince Award which includes a $1,000 bursary for the group.

Mr. Speaker, through the promotion of its core values of citizenship, leadership, respect and integrity, the cadet program has succeeded in producing responsible, active and engaged members of our society. Amid the many challenges faced by youth today, these individuals are role models to their peers for their hard work and dedication.

I'm proud that Minto was the weekend home to the cadets from across Manitoba and Ontario who came out to compete. It is indeed very exciting to see the potential in these leaders of tomorrow.

Thank you, Mr. Speaker.