Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class S. Xu
Welcome back Haida to another year of cadets! Although things were quite difficult due to COVID-19, I am so excited to be back to working with you all this year.
The cadet program is a place for fantastic experiences to learn and discover new things. After 5 years of the program, I can truly say that cadets has been an amazing experience for me, and can provide a wonderful opportunity for everyone.
The activities and responsibilities I have developed through the program have helped me and my peers in gaining a skill set that can be applied in other settings - cooperation, leadership, mentorship, and discipline to name a few. Every year is a new experience here at Haida. Over the years, cadets have had the opportunity to participate in knot tying, Gyn and Sheers, boat and radio licensing, and even deployments! As well, many have attended summer training in places like British Columbia, competitions for Drill with Arms, and corps-wide workshops for senior training and Band.
Another amazing part about cadets is the people you meet along the way. There are many people I’ve met that have shaped me into the person that I am, and alongside the officers’ support, everyone is able to strive for their best.
To those who are interested in participating, I strongly recommend you give it a try. The cadet program is full of unique activities and one-of-a-kind experiences for everyone. All in all, I hope to see you all this year!
Chief Petty Officer 2nd Class