A change in leadership on June 7 saw Capt. David Jones turn over command of the 40-member 3005 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps to Capt. Bryanne Materi. With Lt.-Col. Kirk Jones, commanding officer of 39 Service Battalion and retired lt.-col. Phillip Sherwin joining over 80 members of the community in attendance, the parade celebrated the service of Jones to the corps over the last two years, and welcomed Materi to the corps and regimental family.
Materi is a newcomer to Victoria, after having grown up in Creston. She started working with the 3005 Army Cadet Corps in April 2012.
“It’s going to be a fantastic year ahead,” said the newly minted commanding officer, who works as a geography laboratory technician at Camosun College. “We’ve already made plans for canoe trips, winter survival weekends, as well as leadership opportunities for the senior cadets. … There is so much support from 11 Service Battalion, our affiliated unit, as well as the community — we have a great team.”
Materi was a cadet in Creston with 1746 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps from 1997-2003. She completed her bachelor of arts degree and followed up with a bachelor of education degree from the University of British Columbia – Okanagan.
Royal Canadian Army Cadets is a national youth organization jointly sponsored by the Department of National Defence/Canadian Forces and the civilian Army Cadet League of Canada, and encourages leadership and citizenship, physical fitness, and an interest in the land forces activities of the Canadian Forces primarily by outdoor activities. There is no enrolment or uniform fee and summer training opportunities are available for selected Cadets. For more information, please visit www.cadets.ca.
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