Category Archives: Community

Squadron Open House & CO’s Parade

809 Squadron is having an open house where cadet aged youth of Niagara On The Lake, along with their parents/grandparents/guardians are being invited to take attend in our parade night. You’re encouraged to bring your friends and their parents if you think that they would enjoy the adventure that being an Air Cadet brings.

We’re also asking your parents to join us for the evening.   We’re going to have a BBQ, followed by and information session to go over the details for the upcoming training year.

The evening will be topped off by our 1st Commanding Officer Parade of the year, so make sure your Blue’s are ready to go.

Lt Couroux, D.
Commanding Officer

Bottle Drop-Off This Weekend

Good evening.

As 2Lt Couroux and Mr. Abt have already indicated, this Saturday is our first bottle drop-off event of the year. For those of you who may be unaware, the bottle drop-offs have been the principal fundraiser for our squadron for a number of years now and its continued success is critical to our ability to deliver the cadet program in Niagara-on-the-Lake. COVID-19 and its associated lock-downs have diminished our program’s current activities, but we still need to face the future with the assumption that this is temporary. When this is over, we’ll need the funds to be able to do this… and that can’t be done without the help of our cadet families and friends.

Normally, these events would be an all-hands mandatory activity for cadets where they, their families, staff, sponsorship committee members, and friends all band together for a good cause. Current orders regarding cadets and staff don’t permit us to participate directly, but the work still needs doing and we’re asking for your help on Saturday the 8th from 0830 (8:30am) to 1330 (1:30pm).

If you can offer your time this Saturday in support of the squadron, please contact Mr. Abt as soon as you can.

Thank you for your ongoing support of your cadets and the entire squadron.

J Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Message from our SSC Chair – Parental Help Needed – Bottle Drive – Saturday January 8

Dear Proud Parent of a Cadet,

Hoping your holiday season has been great, and that 2022 will be better times for all!

This Saturday January 8th we are having our bottle drive for 809 Squadron.  This is a big fund raiser for us and helps to fund the entire program.  During non Covid times this is a mandatory event for cadets and strongly encourage for the rest of the family to pitch in and help.  The squadrons working orders are that in person cadet activity is not sanctioned at this time but life must go on.  We need your help to make this fundraiser work.

Saturday Jan 8th

8:30am – 1:30pm

We will have 3 drop off locations that need to be manned and we will need a crew out at the VanNoorts Greenhouse to sort and package.

2-3 trailers will be needed to service these locations

If you could reply right away with the number of family members that can help that would be great…the sooner the better.

Please respond to me directly at  or my cellphone 289-687-7050.

All the best,

Cory Abt

Chair, 809 Squadron Sponsoring Committee


Remembrance Day Sleepover, Vigil, and Parades

This is the kickoff for our annual Remembrance Day Vigil. On Sunday, 10 Nov 2019 at 1900 (7:00pm), cadets will meet at the Royal Canadian Legion’s Ed Boldt Memorial Hall (upstairs) and begin preparations for Remembrance Day on Monday.

Bring your uniform (on a hanger) and your boots; pyjamas; a sleeping bag and pillow; toiletries; and any other essential items for a sleepover.

Dress for the Sunday evening portion is casual. Jeans and a t-shirt are fine. Dress for the Monday parades is full dress uniform: C1A. The weather is anticipated to be cold, so bring your parka, gloves, and toque.

Breakfast will be provided by the Squadron Sponsorship Committee through donations by our cadets’ families. Please accept our sincere thanks if you are contributing to our breakfast. Please see the Remembrance Day Breakfast Contributions sign-up sheet and bring the items with you when you arrive on Sunday night.

The sign-up sheet for Remembrance Day breakfast contributions can be found here: Event Sign-ups. Please remember that you need to be logged into the site to see the sign-up sheets.

Remembrance Day occurs on a weekday this year, so a letter has been provided for cadets to take to their schools to explain their absence from classes. It can be found here: Remembrance Day Letter.

Our schedule for Remembrance Day is as follows:

0600 – Reveille (First Group)
0620 – Breakfast (First Group)
0645 – Walk to Cenotaph (First Group)
0700 – Shifts begin
1000 – Last shift at the Cenotaph
1030 – Old Town parade begins
1200 – Old Town parade ends and cadets return to the Royal Canadian Legion
1230 – Cadets are provided with a snack and are transported to Queenston for the afternoon parade
1300 – Queenston parade begins
1430 – Queenston parade ends and cadets return to the Royal Canadian Legion
1500 – Cadets are ready for pickup at the Royal Canadian Legion

Shifts last for 30 mins each with five (5) cadets per shift.

Changeovers will occur at the top and bottom of each hour until the last shift takes position at 1030. This shift will remain for the duration of the Remembrance Day parade.

Thank you to all who contribute to making this event successful. The Remembrance Day parades are where we have an opportunity for cadets, staff, and volunteers to show our respect for our fallen and, through them, our community.

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Grace United Church Remembrance Service

Join us in supporting our local community as they commemorate Remembrance Day. Rev. Ellison has asked that we provide a flag party for the service.


Sign-up Sheets
Grace United Church Remembrance Service
Paper sign-up sheets will also be available on Wednesday evening.

Parents should drop their cadets off at Grace United Church in Niagara-on-the-Lake no later than 1015 (10:15am) and pick them up at the same location at 1200 (12:00pm).

Decoration Day

A reminder for those cadets who signed up for today’s Decoration Day ceremony:

Decoration Day
2019/09/22 1400-1600
Niagara Lakeshore Cemetery, 1483 Lakeshore Road, Niagara-on-the-Lake, ON L0S 1J0, Canada

CAF Member Dress

Cadet Dress

If you haven’t signed up, but are available to participate, please come out and support our Legion.

I will be on site at 1330 (1:30pm) and request that cadets arrive no later than 1345 (1:45pm) for the event.

Refreshments will be served at the Legion on King Street following the ceremony. Cadets are, of course, invited but will have to arrange their own transportation.

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Volunteers needed for Snowbirds Event on 11 September

On Wednesday, 11 September, the Canadian Armed Forces’ own 431 Air Demonstration Squadron (better known as The Snowbirds) will be doing a demonstration show. We’re looking for a few enthusiastic volunteers to help out with the information booth from 1400 hours (2:00pm) to 1800 hours (6:00pm). Yes, we know it’s a school day, so we’re not asking for many, but if you can make it, please sign up as soon as you can.

Sign-up sheets (remember that you need to be logged in to see them) are available here: Event Sign-Ups

For those who aren’t volunteering, but want to come to the show, further details will be posted in the next few days.

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival Bottle Pickup (Week 1)

As discussed on Wednesday, the Niagara-on-the-Lake Icewine Festival has once again generously offered to donate the empty bottles from the event to our fundraising, so The SSC is looking for a few volunteers on this Sunday and next to assist with the pickup. If you’re available to assist, sign up here. Volunteers will meet at the Old Court House in Niagara-on-the-Lake (26 Queen Street) at 1700h (5:00pm).

J. Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Education Takes Flight at Airport

Another great article featuring the Niagara Catholic District School Board’s new SHSM in Aviation and Aerospace, along with two of our enthusiastic cadets from 809 Newark Squadron.

Aviation and Aerospace careers are in high demand. If you’re between the ages of 12 and 18, have an eye to the sky and want a fun, exciting, and in-depth foundation for these fields, come out see what we’re all about.

We train on Wednesdays from 1830h (6:30pm) to 2100h (9:00pm) at our new headquarters:

Croatian National Centre
1416 Line 3
Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario
L0S 1J0

We can be reached by telephone at (905) 468-7584 or by email at

We’re actively seeking new and enthusiastic cadets.

St. Catharines Standard: Education Takes Flight at Airport


Decoration Day Parade Correction and Reminder

The original posting for this weekend’s Decoration Day Parade was mistakenly listed the date as being 15 Sep 18. The actual time and date is 1330h (1:30pm) to 1500h (3:00pm) on 16 Sep 18.

We currently have only one cadet signed up for this event and would like a reasonable presence. If you can free up a couple of hours on Sunday, sign up and come out to support your squadron and its primary sponsor