848 Royal Roads Air Cadet Squadron cadets Dawson Thompson

West Shore air cadets have a new home

Langford-based squadron sharing space with Lighthouse Christian Academy

An open house next week will celebrate a new home for the West Shore’s Air Cadets.

The Langford-based 848 Royal Roads Air Cadet Squadron lands has landed at a new location after outgrowing their old digs at the Goldstream Masonic Hall. The new home for their 68 members aged 12-18 is at Lighthouse Christian Academy.

“We have individual classrooms instead of all of the levels being in the same room trying to teach over top of each other. Now we have other rooms,” said Flight Sgt. Dawson Thompson, 18. “We now have a large enough space to do drills all year round. It’s just a better place overall where we could continue to grow … we were too big for (the old hall).”

Thompson, a Langford resident, values his time with the program, which will come to an end next summer when he ages out of Air Cadets. He said the experience has allowed him to grow as a person and he hopes it continues to do so for others, in a new facility better suited to serve the growing squadron.

Squadron commanding officer Mandart Chan said the new larger space allows the cadets to have more ownership of their headquarters.

“(Now) they are in charge of cleaning up and setting everything up and tearing everything down,” he said. “It gives them a better sense of belonging.”

Formed in November of 1976, the squadron is one of 57 across B.C. and part of a network that includes more than 24,000 Air Cadet members nationwide.

Sgt. Caleb Laranjeiras, 18, has been with the local squadron five years and said it’s a time he will never forget.

“It has given me the backbone of discipline and has helped with self-control and organization for school and work,” he said. “Overall it gives you those leadership skills that are really helpful down the road, so it’s helped me quite a bit.”

Air Cadets is operated as a partnership between the Department of National Defence and the Air Cadet League of Canada. The public is invited to the open house on Tuesday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. at Lighthouse Christian Academy,1289 Parkdale Dr. in Langford.

alim@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Police incident closes Millstream northbound off-ramp

Traffic affected on Highway 1 was affected

West Shore resident, local officer encourages women to take control of their safety

Kris Greffard is posting short videos with safety tips for women using local trails and parks

Point Ellice House exhibit offers new lens into colonial history

The new ‘Politics of luxury’ display studies the wealthy O’Reilly family from several angles

Police and Indigenous communities pull together in 10-day canoe journey

Victoria Police Department, Ministry of Children and Family Development took part in Pulling Together Canoe Journey

Saanich Police receive another report of a cougar sighting

The big cat was spotted in the area near Saanich Road and Blanshard Street

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

RCMP investigate two shootings in the Lower Mainland

Incidents happened in Surrey, with a victim being treated at Langley Memorial Hospital

CRA program to help poor file taxes yields noticeable bump in people helped

Extra money allows volunteer-driven clinics to operate year-round

Recall: Certain Pacific oysters may pose threat of paralytic shellfish poisoning

Consumers urged to either return affected packages or throw them out

How a Kamloops-born man helped put us on the moon

Jim Chamberlin did troubleshooting for the Apollo program, which led to its success

Sexual harassment complaints soaring amid ‘frat boy culture’ in Canada’s airline industry

‘It’s a #MeToo dumpster fire…and it’s exhausting for survivors’

How much do you know about the moon?

To mark the 50th anniversary of the first lunar landing, see how well you know space

POLL: Do you carry reusable shopping bags?

While a court ruling determined the City of Victoria’s plastic bag ban… Continue reading

Greater Victoria wanted list for the week of July 16

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

Most Read