Message From ALBERTA DIVISION President

Alberta Division President's Update - May 14, 2020

Wow, it is hard to believe that it has been eight weeks since life as we knew it came to a standstill.

This week as regulations are being relaxed across the country, please remember that the cadet programs are still suspended until August 31, 2020.

Information for Branches and Corps

It is budget time but we ask that you all wait for a couple of weeks as Division VP Sterling Martin puts together an information package to guide everyone through what will prove to be an unusual budget year. Both officers and branches will need to be patient, supportive and flexible with each other as so many things are still up in the air.

It is also Branch AGM season but definitely not a good time for AGMs.

Regulations allow us to move outstanding AGMs to the fall. We will work with each branch to select a date that will allow enough time for the corps to get up and running, parents back and engaged, and new parents up to speed. The Division AGM will be held the weekend of October 22-25, 2020. Hopefully, we will be able to have an in person AGM, but if that is not possible, we will have a one day virtual event.

We recommend that Branches schedule their AGMs after the Division AGM.

While we would prefer to present awards in person, this year we will be presenting Division awards to cadets via a virtual presentation. The virtual presentations will be filmed and published on the website.

Why aren’t we waiting until fall? We want to ensure our cadets receive their awards while they are still cadets, while they are still at home an available to receive them. Six of the awards are for sea cadets who could possibly have aged out or moved away for college. Three are for Navy League cadets who will have aged out by fall.

By presenting virtually, we all get to celebrate their achievements. For those who will still be available in the fall, Alberta Division will definitely take part in any awards nights and present the awards again, in front of family and friends.

As well, we do have to be mindful that if circumstances get worse instead of better, it is possible we won’t be able to hold awards ceremonies in the fall.

As a reminder, the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Education Foundation is currently accepting applications for bursaries to Sea Cadets who are pursuing Post-Secondary Studies. The link to the website is here.

The bursary can be applied directly from the website.

Please help share this information with all Sea Cadets who are entering 1st Year studies.

For Your Reading Pleasure
We encourage you to follow the link to ready espritdecorps Magazine: There are excellent cadet related articles from our National Office staff.

Jocelyn Park
President/Navy League Chairperson