Category Archives: Recruiting

And so it begins…

I know everyone has been waiting to hear about how we’re beginning our 2021/22 training year and I’m excited to be able to outline our initial plans this morning. Obviously, some of this is tentative based on the state of current COVID-19 measures, but we’re optimistic that we can get back to in-person training in the next month. We’ll start with some virtual activities in preparation for a proper start and the approval of in-person training, but the bulk of these are administrative and shouldn’t take away from the program that we know and love.

Our first administrative matters will be annual validation forms and uniform exchanges. We’ll be sending out the validation forms for you to review and return over the next few days. For uniform exchanges, we’re going to have everyone fill out the sizing forms for both dress and field uniforms so that CI Dau can have everything ready for you on our uniform exchange nights this month. Links to those forms can be found below and we’re asking that those be filled out as soon as possible. Some items may need to be ordered and we want to minimize any unnecessary delays.

Dress Uniform / Dress Uniform Parts Request
Field Training Uniform

We’re also looking to welcome new cadets beginning on our first (tentative) in-person training night in October. If you know someone who you think would get a lot out of our program, bring them out that night or on any following training night.

Here’s our tentative outline for the first few months:

2021/9/15 – Staff/Instructors’ Training Meeting to Review the Year’s Training Plan
2021/9/22 – Administration Night, Uniform Exchanges, Instructional Techniques Review for Instructors
2021/9/29 – Administration Night, Uniform Exchanges, Instructional Techniques Review for Instructors
2021/10/6 – First In-Person Training Night (Tentative)
2021/10/13 – In-Person Training Night (Tentative)
2021/10/20 – In-Person Training Night (Tentative)
2021/10/27 – In-Person Training Night (Tentative)
2021/11/3 – In-Person Training Night (Tentative)
2021/11/10 – In-Person Training Night – Remembrance Day Preparations (Tentative)
2021/11/11 – Remembrance Day Activities (Tentative)
2021/11/17 – In-Person Training Night (Tentative)
2021/11/24 – In-Person Training Night (Tentative)
2021/12/1 – In-Person Training Night (Tentative)
2021/12/8 – In-Person Training Night (Tentative)
2021/12/15 – Annual Mess Dinner (Tentative)
2021/12/16 – 2022/1/6 – Winter Stand-Down (No Training)

The above schedule doesn’t include Monday night training activities and field training exercises. Once we have everything lined up for the regular schedule, we’ll be working to get these solidified as soon as possible.

Weekly Routine Orders outlining specifics will commence tomorrow and will outline any necessary adjustments to the above.

We’re looking forward to seeing everyone and finally restarting our cadet program in full. Welcome back! I hope you’re all as enthusiastic as we are!

J Lemoine
Commanding Officer
809 Newark RCACS

Virgil Stampede Booth

Good evening.

For those who have volunteered to assist with our booth at the Virgil Stampede this Saturday and Monday, here are the relevant details:

Location: Virgil Centennial Arena, 1565 Four Mile Creek Rd, Virgil, ON L0S 1T0
Timings: 1000-1300 (10:00am-1:00pm) and 1300-1600 (1:00pm to 4:00pm)
Dress: 3B for CAF Personnel and C2B for Cadets

I will be on-site at 0830 (8:30am) setting up the booth. Cadets and volunteers should be on site no later than 15 minutes prior to your shifts. We are exhibitors, so payment of admission fees is not required.

Parking at the event will be difficult and likely inconvenient, so it’s best to make arrangements to be dropped off and picked up.

See you tomorrow!

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


Registration & Attendance Cheques

Duty Officer: Capt Palumbo.

NO DUTY NCM for our first night – new policy to come into effect next week.

Bring a friend! Dinner is covered.

Dress: C2B for Sgts, FSgts, WOII; C4A for Cpl & FCpls

New Recruits: come as you are – dress instructions for interim will be discussed when you arrive.

Don’t Forget: we’re at our NEW LOCATION: 1875 Niagara Stone Rd  Niagara-on-the-lake, ON (Front doors of the Royal Elite International Academy) Doors will be locked, an 809 FSgt will let you in.

ALL documents pertaining to registration will be available upon arrival. For returning cadets, look online under cadet resources to find the most up to date CADET PLANNER and ANNEXES.

ATTENDANCE CHEQUES can be brought in tonight – Mrs Lett will be on hand to process them for you. CO’s Policies will be distributed along with the SSC Letter of Understanding regarding Fundraising. CHEQUE only – no cash.

REGISTRATION FEE: $60 per cadet for the OPC-ACL Assessment fee and $60 for one book of lottery tickets (which you can resell) will be able to be paid tonight. Cash or cheque only.


NAG Effective Speaking & NOTL Home Show

This Saturday sees our two winners of the 809 Sqn Effective Speaking Competition participate at the Regional – NAG Comp – at 62 Grimsby Phantom Squadron Headquarters, Mountain Ridge Community Centre. Best of luck to Cdts Miele & Gowans!

Cadet Dress for the Comp is C-2 (no Whites at all) , Officers 1-D, Other Designated Sqn Escorts Appropriate Civilian Sqn Dress; Cadets are required to make their own way to Comp.

Mrs. Gowans has all required paperwork for the Competition – please find her on arrival.

  •  Timings:               Registration : Main Hall 11:30-12:00hrs
  •                                Opening Remarks : Church 12:00-12:15hrs
  • Competition Commences : Church 12:15 hrs
  •                                Program Break Following Prepared Speeches: 20-30 min (approx 2pm)
  •                                Impromptu Speeches: Approximately 14:30 start
  •                                Awards and closing Remarks:  Approximately 1530-1600hrs
  •                                Dismissal: Hopefully NLT 16:15hrs

NOTL Home Show is also on Sat but at Crossroads School in NOTL. We have a booth in one of the classrooms. The schedule for those participating is as follows:

  • Set-up: Sat morning 700am – 830am
  • Booth open : 9am-4pm
  • Tear down: 4-6pm
  • Morning (including set-up) – Capt Palumbo, Capt Lemoine, CI Nicolescu, Mrs Lett & Mr Zalepa (set-up only)
  • Afternoon (including tear down) – Capt Palumbo, CI Lemoine, Mrs Mehrotra
  • Set-up & Tear down should only take a maximum of 30 mins. Morning volunteers are welcome to join us for breakfast at Silk’s following set-up (& before the show commences at 9am).

Any cadets that require additional volunteer hours are welcome to help at the booth on Sat. The dress is C-2. Officers: 3C. Civilian adults: 809 Sqn blue golf shirts & khaki pants/skirt.

St. Michael’s School Visit

Tomorrow morning at 910am, Capt Palumbo and two cadets  will be making a recruiting presentation to the Grade 6, 7, & 8 students at St. Michael’s school in NOTL. Dress is uniform (C-2).

Duties include: speaking for approx 2 mins about their favourite aspects of the cadet program, distributing promotional material, answering questions as appropriate. The presentation will include 2 videos.

Parents: if there are additional cadets that can miss school for this important presentation, please let Capt Palumbo know. Cadets need to arrange their own transportation to/from the school – presentations will be approximately 20 mins long for 3 groups. We should be completed and ready to leave by 1045am.