Del Cadets Host 18th Annual Inspection
In continuing with the tradition of the school’s original De La Salle Cadet Corps founded prior to Confederation, The Corps hosted its 18th Annual Inspection since its re-activation in 2004.
The aim of the Annual Inspection is to celebrate the achievements of our Cadets over the entire training year, and is the only open event for family and guests to attend. Cadets are recognised for their accomplishments through awards and promotions, and it is an opportunity for them to share with family and friends the camaraderie of the fellow Cadets of The Corps. Being an "inspection", our Cadets showcase some of the skills they have learned in the year, and it gives an opportunity for our Honourary Colonel, Brother Domenic, to inspect his Corps, and interact with the Cadets and their families. This year's Annual Inspection brought in a new tradition: The Ceremony of St. Peter's Keys. The Keys are the ceremonial symbol in the DLSCC of the transfer of, and entrusting of power from our Honourary Colonel, Brother Domenic, to the ranking Cadet. The Keys were marched on to parade by select Cadets in a ceremony that imitated The Ceremony of the Keys at the Tower of London; the world's longest, continually exercised tradition that happens nightly in London over the past 700 years.
Here is an overview of some of the highlights at this year's Annual Inspection:
-5 new Cadets were officially welcomed to The Corps.
-Sergeant Childerson and Cadet Lieutenant Fatigati were recognized for multiple field training deployments.
-Private Wong received an academic achievement award for excelling on his Basic Cadet Qualification evaluation.
-Lance Corporal Di Sapia received a leadership recognition.
-Recruits Wong and Villasis were promoted to the rank of Private.
-Brevet Lance Corporal Vona was promoted to Lance Corporal.
-Lance Corporals Henein and Vona, and Cadet Lieutenant Fatigati were given a commendation for outstanding work throughout the year.
-Private Villasis and Lance Corporal Vona were appointed Aide de Camp for Brother.
Congratulations to all!
At this particular inspection, we also said farewell to 5 Graduating Cadets in a special DLSCC ceremony known as "The Long Walk". In this ceremony, the Graduates slow marched through two ranks of Cadets who saluted them as they passed by.
Here is where they will attend:
-Lance Corporal Thomson: Huron University College at Western
-Corporal Paraninfo: University of Toronto
_Sergeant Childerson: University of Toronto
-Our outgoing Regimental Sergeant Major, Sergeant Henein: University of Ottawa
-Our Officer Commanding, De La Salle Cadet Corps, Cadet Lieutenant Fatigati: University of St. Andrews in Scotland.
We wish them God's blessings, and all the best! We know the formation and virtue learned in The Corps has set them up for success. Take care, Gentlemen Ex-Cadets! "Facta non Verba! / Pro Deo et Patria!"
After the formal, military-style pomp and circumstance of the event, all in attendance were invited to partake in a classy social organized by the Parents of our Cadets, to further celebrate their achievements with some refreshments and food. Since we had five Senior Cadets graduate from the program, they were invited to share a few words of wisdom gained through their experience in The Corps.