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Annual Ceremonial Review 2018

posted 18 May 2018, 14:44 by Site Maintenance

Please join us in celebrating 883 Air Commodore Leonard Birchall Squadron's 7th Annual Ceremonial Review on Saturday 26 May 18 @ 1230hrs. This parade will be the final one for this training year and will display some of the excellent work the cadets of 883 have done this year. We open our invites to all parents, family, and friends to attend and show your support for the cadets! 

There will be a few presentations and displays a part of the parade as well. Guests can join us after the parade for a small reception and have a look at some static displays put together by the senior cadets of 883. 

This year, we will be having Major Saccary, CD, J1 Administration Officer as our Reviewing Officer

Please see attachment and below for more information. 

Date: Saturday 26 May 18
Time: Arrive at 1230hrs for 1300hrs
Location: Markham Village Community Centre Arena (6041 Hwy 7 East, on the South East Corner)
Dress: Business Attire
*Please make sure your cell phones are turned off or put on silent upon entering*

Date: Saturday 26 May 18
Time: 0800-1500 hrs
Location: Markham Village Community Centre Arena (6041 Hwy 7 East, on the South East Corner)
- Come in appropriate civilian attire with proper footwear for drill (i.e. no flip flops and sandals) 
- Males MUST be clean-shaven and hair cut to standards, we will be enforcing this policy in the morning
- Females may have hair in a ponytail but will do their hair to standard after lunch (bring gel and all your hair accessories)
- You are to bring your FULL C1 Uniform on coat hangars, well ironed, and boots well polished with a shine
- Lunch and snacks will be provided - you may bring your own water
- Invite your friends and parents to come see everything the Squadron has done this year!

Kit List
- Wedge
- Tunic & belt
- Light Blue linen shirt and tie
- Pants and belt
- Issued Sock and boots
- lint brush
- Females: Hair gel, pins, hair net
- Polish (minor touch-ups)
- Band Cadets: Instruments and music

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact any senior cadet or staff member.

We hope to see everyone there! 

May 2018 Newsletter

posted 8 May 2018, 15:45 by Site Maintenance   [ updated 8 May 2018, 15:47 ]

May is going to be a busy month for our unit! There are many things going on including our FTX to our Annual Ceremonial Review. See the attached newsletter for more information!

2018 Squadron Photo Orders

posted 7 May 2018, 16:37 by Site Maintenance   [ updated 7 May 2018, 16:37 ]

883's SSC will start taking photo orders this week, 09 May 18

If you are interested in ordering photos for some great memories, please see the attached form below and bring it to the SSC table on a Wednesday night.
Any questions can be directed to the SSC as well.

Intra-Squadron Sports Competition

posted 7 May 2018, 16:29 by Site Maintenance   [ updated 7 May 2018, 16:29 ]

Come out and participate in another squadron sports competition! This event is opened to all cadets of 883 on 20 May 18 at Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy.
If you are interested in attending, please use the sign up form below.

Details are as follows:
Date: 20 May 18
Time: 0900-1700 hrs *timings will be confirmed closer to the date
Loc.: Father Michael McGivney Catholic Academy
Dress: Appropriate sports attire - bring your health card and water bottles!

Lunch will be provided.


Spring Gliding Dates

posted 19 Apr 2018, 05:25 by Site Maintenance   [ updated 9 May 2018, 08:08 ]

This is your opportunity to go up in a glider! This event is opened to all cadets and is recommended that you attend at least one gliding session! It is an experience that you would not want to miss. This season, we have 2 Spring Gliding sessions available - 19 May 18 and 27 May 18. Since we can only take 40 per day, cadets will only be selected for one of the dates. We will also be looking at if you have done the minimum amount of tagging shifts this training year. 

Date: 19 May 18 OR 27 May 18
Time: 0800-1700 hrs
Loc.: Parents are to drop off and pick up their cadet at Randall PS.
Dress: Appropriate civilian attire - dress for the weather
Note: Bring light snacks, water, and health card

Sign up using the forms below.

May Gliding - 19 May 18

May Gliding - 27 May 18

Spring FTX 2018

posted 5 Apr 2018, 09:13 by Site Maintenance   [ updated 30 Apr 2018, 18:33 ]

This year's Spring FTX (Fall Training Exercise) will be conducted on 4-6 May 18. This event is mandatory for those in Level 1, 3, and 4. 

Timings: Cadets are to meet up at Randall Public School with all their kit and health cards on 4 May 18 by 1700 hrs.
Parents are to pick up their cadets at Randall Public School on 06 May 18, buses are expected to return by approx. 1700 hrs. 
Dress: Appropriate civilian attire or Field Training Uniforms - dress and pack for the weather
Location: Earl Rowe Provincial Park

NOTE: You will be carrying your kit to the campsite area from the drop-off area, please use an appropriate / easily carry-able kit bag when packing
See "Operational Wilderness" Kit List here for what to bring. Kit inspections will be done prior to departure, those who do not have the required items will not be permitted to go due to safety reasons.

Spring FTX ‎(4-6 May)‎

Spring Tagging 2018

posted 28 Mar 2018, 08:36 by Site Maintenance   [ updated 20 Apr 2018, 07:25 ]

Once again, 883 Squadron will be holding another Tagging event! Help us break another squadron fundraising record this year by attending our Spring Tagging session on 19-22 Apr 18. This is a mandatory event for all cadets. Every cadet's minimum participation will get the squadron even closer to breaking the record. Here's what you need to know: 

- Cadets are required to attend a MINIMUM of 3 shifts each - sign up using the forms below
- Dress: C2 (full dress) ; If you do not have your complete uniform, wear your black and whites
- Cadets MUST have their health card with them during their shift
Parents: Come show your support for our cadets by volunteering some of your time to help drive cadets to and from different locations. Any amount of time will be appreciated! Please ask for more information if needed. There is a waiver form attached at the bottom for parent volunteers. Please bring this with you when you come!

*More details and tips, attached*

Shift Dates and Times:

LHQ LOCATION - Markham Village Community Centre
Thursday 19 Apr:    1700-2100 hrs

Friday 20 Apr:         1700-2100 hrs

LHQ LOCATION - Markham District High School
Saturday 21 Apr: *Full day: 0830-1800 hrs
                               Morning: 0830-1330 hrs 
                               Afternoon: 1300-1800 hrs

Sunday 22 Apr: *Full day: 0830-1800 hrs
                            Morning: 0830-1330 hrs
                            Afternoon: 1300-1800 hrs

*Full day is equivalent to 2 shifts.
- Lunch is provided for those that are tagging full shift on Saturday and Sunday







Squadron Effective Speaking Competition

posted 22 Mar 2018, 18:17 by Site Administrator   [ updated 25 Mar 2018, 19:46 by Site Maintenance ]

This past Wednesday, we held our squadron effective speaking competition in order to select three cadets to participate in the zone competition.
Congratulations to Cpl Li Chris, Cdt Cui Kevin and Cpl Hu Jimmy for being selected! They will be training for the next few weeks in order to prepare for the zone competition that will happen in April. Thank you to all of the cadets who participated!

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 20 Mar 2018, 16:49 ]

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.

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