On Wednesday February 22, 2017, United Way staff along with the 155 Borden Gray GC Squadron Royal Canadian Air Cadets welcomed 20 ESL students from Japan who are attending Algoma University for the next few weeks. The Japanese students were learning about leadership roles in the community and the Cadets did not disappoint.
One of the great programs offered to the community free of charge is the Air Cadets program. Funded by United Way, the program is open to all youth ages 12 to 19 and promotes good citizenship, healthy living and physical fitness. Youth are trained on leadership skills, conflict resolution, and social relations skills. Senior cadets have the opportunity to instruct their fellow junior cadets and share their experiences with them. The Cadets program mentors are leaders and volunteers in our community who work hard to ensure that Cadets have every opportunity to develop their potential.
The Japanese students enjoyed their unique experience of Sault Ste. Marie. They had a wonderful tour of the Armoury as they had an exclusive look where the Cadets have their meetings, train to fly an airplane, take workshops and more. Cadets taught the Japanese students how to stand and walk in a parade. Most importantly, the students saw the outcomes shared leadership has upon our youth.