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

West Shore RCMP block entrance to Goldstream Park, evicting all campers by morning

Roving tent city moved to provincial park yesterday, advocates say homeless unfairly targeted

Choir study shows people with dementia can learn new songs

Volunteers need for Alzheimer’s helpline, World Alzheimer’s Day is Sept. 21

Victoria’s ‘Penny Girl’ to tell story of gender transition in new documentary

Frankie Edroff will write film, Empress Avenue Media to direct, produce project funded by Telus Storyhive

Four Greater Victoria mayors to be acclaimed in fall election

No election in District of Highlands with six council candidates up for six seats

United Way asks Victoria to share local love

2018 campaign aims to raise another $5M

Fresh-faced Flames fend off Canucks 4-1

Vancouver drops second straight NHL exhibition contest

Scheer pushes Trudeau to re-start Energy East pipeline talks

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer questioned the Prime Minister over Trans Mountain project

Mistaken identity: Missing dog claimed in Moose Jaw belongs to another family

Brennen Duncan was reunited with a white Kuvasz that was found in Saskatchewan

Abandoned kitten safe and sound thanks to B.C. homeless man

‘Jay’ found little black-and-white kitten in a carrier next to a dumpster by a Chilliwack pet store

Police chief defends controversial marijuana seizure

Advocates said cannabis was part of an opioid-substitution program in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside

VIDEO: B.C. deer struggles with life-preserver caught in antlers

Campbell River resident captures entangled deer on camera

Trans Mountain completes Burrard Inlet spill exercise

Training required, some work continues on pipeline expansion

Supporters of B.C. man accused of murdering Belgian tourist pack courtoom

Family and friends of Sean McKenzie, 27, filled the gallery for brief court appearance in Chilliwack

Most Read