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883 Halifax Trip Feedback

posted 20 Mar 2018, 05:29 by Site Maintenance

Thank you to those who attended 883 Squadron's March Break Trip to Halifax! We hope you had as much fun attending this trip as we did planning it out. We want to hear your feedback so we can keep improving our trips and events! Please fill the quick survey out below and let us know your thoughts! 

Halifax Trip Feedback

#883TakesHalifax Blog

posted 14 Mar 2018, 18:39 by Site Maintenance   [ updated ]

11 March 18 – Sgt Hsieh

As the cold breeze blew, we quickly got on the bus and some of us waved to our parents before we departed on the extremely long journey. The rest of us quickly explored the fact that our bus had outlets and were overjoyed about not worrying whether our portable battery packs would last. Soon after departing, most of the squadron went to sleep after waking up so early. After catching up on our sleep, some of the cadets watched time pass until lunch by listening to music or were figuring out how to fix settings on our cameras. Lunch soon followed at Burger King where almost all of us were stuffed by the challenging Whopper burger. With the hefty meal came a great variety of scenery from Quebec’s mountains to its vast plains. Music and conversation were shared as we bonded through our 16-hour travel in the coach bus to CFB Gagetown. We stopped for dinner at Subway and had a final nap session after the seniors began playing some classic hits such as Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen until we reached the base.

12 March 18 – Sgt Chen

We began our second day bright and early with a classic breakfast at McDonald’s. The final leg of the journey to Halifax took about 4 hours. The time passed relatively quickly and before we knew it, we had arrived at Cambridge Suites Hotel. We dropped off our bags, had lunch and then headed to the Canadian Museum of Immigration.  We spent the afternoon there doing a scavenger hunt, learning about how Pier 21 was a major port for immigrants from all around the world to come into Canada, how Canadian immigrants compare Canada to their home countries, how they seek peace and freedom in Canada, what the refugee housing looked like and how grateful they are to be living in Canada. After the tour, we went to Swiss Chalet for dinner. After dinner, it was time to go back to the hotel, unpack and settle in for the night.

13 March 18 – FSgt Zhang

This morning we were greeted with a delightful surprise from the friendly staff at Acadian Maple hosting us for pancakes and sausages. Here, the cadets learned about the history and the process of making one of the many great things made in Canada: maple syrup! Besides having the opportunity to eat decadent pancakes and savoury sausages, cadets also had the opportunity to make and eat maple taffy on snow.

After the tour, we travelled to the iconic Peggy’s Cove. If there is one comment or understatement that I could ever make about our experience there it definitely would be that it was windy. Besides the absurdly heavy winds, the view of the rock formation and the lighthouse was breathtaking. The atmosphere of Peggy’s Cove along with the vastness of the Atlantic Ocean creates a sense of awe that is very unique to itself. After taking a few pictures, we went to have lunch in the restaurant Sou’Wester and I must say that the fish is something I can wholeheartedly recommend to anyone who plans on coming to Peggy’s Cove.

In the afternoon, cadets were split into smaller groups to spend some free time to wander and discover the downtown area. There were miscellaneous shops that sold antiques, clothing, candy – even a comic book shop! There were also a few statues of historical figures, such as British Prime Minister Winston Churchill. After a few hours, 883 reconvened and went out for dinner. I’m looking forward to the next 4 days!

14 March 18  Sgt Chiu

We started off our day at Hadfield Farm where we went on a horse drawn wagon ride to around the farm. We went inside a barn with fun games like a mechanical bull ride and a bouncy castle. After filling ourselves with pizza at the farm, we hopped back on the bus and went to the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. The cadets completed a scavenger hunt and watched a film about a man who travelled from the East Coast to the West Coast of Canada. Before dinner, we enjoyed the sunshine and walked along the water to a Farmer’s Market, followed by a souvenir shop. We came across a giant Canada 150 sign and took a fun squadron photo. We had dinner at Boston Pizza, which the cadets enjoyed. Before we ended the night, we went to an escape room. As the cadets worked to escape their challenging rooms, they learned more about working as a team and also learned more about each other! Overall, we had fun and I hope to see what happens tomorrow.

15 March 18 – FSgt Sum

This morning after eating a continental breakfast at the hotel, the cadets made their way to the Halifax Citadel National Historic Site. The views from the citadel were amazing as the whole city of Halifax could almost be seen. Walking through the rooms of the citadel was almost as if we were walking through history itself. Many of the walls and items that were used were well preserved for the past 200 years. After the tour of the citadel, we made our way to the Museum of Natural History. There were a ton of things inside the museum, ranging from rocks and gemstones to animals, such as a baby sloth! After the museum, we got on the bus to go to the Halifax Shopping Centre to eat lunch.

We then made the trip to the Atlantic Canada Aviation Museum, located near the Halifax Stanfield International Airport. After a guided tour, the cadets were allowed to wander and look around the museum where a plethora of historic aircraft from the past are on display. The cadets were able to apply the knowledge they learned back at the squadron, as well as to learn a bit more of the history and construction of these airplanes. From the museum, we made our way to dinner at a restaurant called Wooden Monkey. This being the final meal in Halifax, the cadets had a great time talking to each other, revisiting the memories made over the past few days.

After dinner, the officers surprised the cadets with ice cream and apple pies from McDonald’s, ending the already enjoyable night on an even higher note!

16 & 17 March 18  FSgt Au

It’s time to head back home! Today we packed all of our things, loaded the bus and left the beautiful city of Halifax. It’s safe to say that all the cadets had an enjoyable time on this trip and some didn’t even want to leave; however, all of us were satisfied and ready to go home. One thing we all definitely weren’t ready for was another 16 hours on the coach bus.

Even if the bus ride was ridiculously long, the relationships built over the week made the way going back feel much shorter. After multiple pit stops, we finally arrived at our overnight destination in Quebec City. We first went to a relatively fancy restaurant in which we had a three-course meal consisting of a soup, lasagna and dessert. After dinner, we walked through some of the streets around the restaurant. The night time glow of the street lights along with the winding streets and the smell of fresh biscuits being made; it really felt like we were in a small town in France! At the end of our walk, we got onto the bus and headed to our hotel room. The cadets settled in and slept in preparation of returning home.

After quickly having the hotel’s continental breakfast, we loaded the bus and set on our way home. The last 8 hours on the bus was full of laughter and the recounting of the events on the trip. Inside jokes, funny pictures that were taken being passed around, the last few rounds of gaming with each other – we all had a good time, even till the last second.

March 2018 Newsletter

posted 9 Mar 2018, 16:48 by Site Maintenance   [ updated 20 Mar 2018, 05:52 ]

See attached for the newsletter from the Squadron Sponsoring Committee for the events happening in March!

Flag Party and Flag Party Commander Tryout

posted 5 Mar 2018, 17:24 by Site Administrator   [ updated 20 Mar 2018, 05:53 by Site Maintenance ]

A tryout open to all cadets for Flag Party and Flag Party Commander will be held on Wednesday, March 21st, 2018 from 1800hr to 1830hr at Randall Public School. 
You will not need to know flag drill, and the tryout is open to all ranks.
If you are interested, please talk to WO2 Ly for more information.

180 Invitational Band and Drill Comp.

posted 1 Mar 2018, 08:05 by Site Maintenance

883 will be participating in the 180 Invitational Band and Drill Competition this Sunday Mar 4th! Both teams are expected to be at Randall PS to meet the buses NLT 1045 hrs. 

Details are as follows:
Date: Sunday 04 Mar 18
Time: 1045-1600 hrs
Loc.: Meet at Randall PS (Competition will be at Denison Armoury)
Dress: Show up in appropriate civilian attire, Bring ALL uniform parts on a hanger, boots in a box.
Other: Bring light snack / lunch

Note2: We will have the cadets call the parents if any timings changes. 

Good luck to both teams!

Name Tag Orders

posted 21 Feb 2018, 18:12 by Site Administrator   [ updated 1 Mar 2018, 07:57 by Site Maintenance ]

883 Supply is taking orders for a second batch of name tags! If you have not ordered the first time, or just joined, please order a name tag here by May 1, 2018. 
Name tags for 2nd year and up cadets are $3 each. First year cadets get their first name tag free.

Uniform Registration Forms

posted 9 Feb 2018, 09:45 by Site Administrator   [ updated 16 Feb 2018, 20:16 by Site Maintenance ]

All cadets are now required to fill the form here. Please ensure that your email is correct before submitting the form.
If you make a mistake, received a new part or got promoted, please fill in the form again with the updated information. The email is paramount for getting your record correct.
If you accidentally filled out the incorrect email and submitted the form, please resubmit with the correct email, then talk to the Supply Officer during parade night.

Any questions can be directed to your Flight Commander.

883 Squadron Mess Dinner

posted 1 Dec 2017, 10:44 by Site Maintenance   [ updated 9 Dec 2017, 13:03 ]

What better way to start the holidays than to attend 883's Traditional Mess Dinner. This dinner will be filled with old traditions, fun, and games. If you are looking forward to attend, please purchase your ticket with the SSC on Wednesday nights. We encourage you all to attend as you would not want to miss an amazing opportunity.

Details are as follows:

Date: Wed 20 Dec 17
Time: 1830-2130 hrs
Loc.: The Brighton Banquet Hall - 2155 McNicoll Ave., Toronto, ON M1V 5P1
Dress: C8 (mess dress / tunic, a white dress shirt, bow tie)
Note: Those without a uniform will be in black and white with a bow tie

Ticket Price: 
Cadets that did 3+ Tagging shifts in October: $25
Cadets that did 0-2 Tagging shifts in October: $30

If you have any further questions or concerns, please visit the SSC desk on Wednesday Nights. 

Make sure you get your tickets before they run out! 

883 Open House

posted 16 Nov 2017, 13:13 by Site Maintenance   [ updated 18 Nov 2017, 21:53 ]

Interested in knowing what the Air Cadet Program is all about? 883 is proud to announce that we will be holding an Open House event on 29 Nov 17 from 1900-2100 hrs at Randall Public School.  Parents and friends are invited to attend this event as we will be having a general information session about the program and we will be answering questions you may have. There will also be displays of what 883 has to offer for your son or daughter joining the program. Hoping to see many new faces! 

Markham Santa Claus Parade 2017

posted 10 Nov 2017, 12:26 by Site Maintenance   [ updated 22 Nov 2017, 16:55 ]

883 will be participating in this year's 45th annual Markham Santa Claus Parade on Saturday 25 Nov 2017. Our squadron will march as a float in the parade while squadron band members will be playing their holiday music. There are Parade Float Awards to be won, so make sure you come out and participate. Details are as follows:

 Sat 25 Nov 2017
Time: 1015 hrs-1230 hrs
Location: Meet on Hwy 7, East of Main St (right by the Markham Village Community Centre)
Dress: C3 (Same as C2, except the sweater replaces the shirt and tie), bring your parkas and dress for the weather
Float Info: # 18

Note: Parade will travel North on Main Street Markham and will end at the Markham Museum

Sign up using the form below.

Markham Santa Claus Parade

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