Esquimalt cadet gets top national honour

Esquimalt's Charity Cole receives Navy League Cadet's only national Cadet of Excellence Award for 2014

Esquimalt resident Charity Cole

Twelve-year-old Charity Cole doesn’t have much free time these days, but she likes it that way.

Somewhere between weekly commitments for curling, violin, Girl Guides and swimming clubs, Charity found enough energy to be named the top Navy League Cadet on Vancouver Island this year. And that wasn’t all.

“At our annual ceremonial review on June 1, they announced I was receiving the national Cadet of Excellence Award,” she said with a shy smile.

Her beaming mother, Dana, said Charity was chosen out of more than 7,000 Navy League cadets across Canada for the honour and made the entire Admiral Raynor cadet corps proud.

“We’re very proud of what Charity’s accomplished, but we also want to say what a wonderful program we have for our community with cadets,” Dana said in her home overlooking Esquimalt harbour. “There’s a lot of folks that can’t afford to do a lot with their kids and this a fantastic program to get involved in.”

Kids ages 9 to 13 can join Navy League Cadets at a fee that’s much more affordable than most extracurricular activities, she said. The weekly classes at Esquimalt legion range from drills to First Aid training to marching band.

“I play the bass drum for band,” Charity said.

“She goes outside when she practices,” adds Dana, laughing.

Dana said anyone wanting to get a sense of the commitment of young cadets can watch their weekly parade at the Esquimalt legion, 622 Admirals Rd., on Wednesday evenings.

Charity is debating whether to move on to Sea Cadets or Army Cadets when she turns 13, but for now she’ll just be working to keep up with her busy schedule.

“(This award) has a lot to do with community involvement,” she said. “I love what I do with cadets.”

dpalmer@vicnews.com

Just Posted

Victoria shoppers fund Jubilee hospital cardiac monitoring

More than $40k raised over the holidays at Canadian Tire locations

Sea Change building in Gowlland Tod park tipped over and submerged

A building floating on pontoons has tipped over and is almost completely submerged

Mommy’s Inside Voice: Mourning the loss of friends

Motherhood can take its toll on friendships

National Energy Board approves Trans Mountain pipeline again

Next step includes cabinet voting on the controversial expansion

POLL: Will you be wearing pink to take a stand against bullying?

Schools and workplaces across Greater Victoria and around the province will be… Continue reading

B.C. Special Olympics officially underway in Vernon

Athlete’s Oath: “Let me win. But if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.”

Vancouver Aquarium wants your help to name a baby killer whale

The public helped name Springer’s first calf, Spirit, and is being asked to help with the second

Guards protest firing of fellow officers charged with assault at B.C. prison

Corrections officers demonstrated in Maple Ridge on Friday afternoon

Skier dies at Revelstoke Mountain Resort

Cause of death for young man has not been released

R. Kelly charged with 10 counts of sexual abuse

R&B star has been accused of sexual misconduct involving women and underage girls for years

More sailings coming to 10 BC Ferries’ routes

Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said the sailings were originally cut in 2014

Most Read