Montreal cadets face off in 2024 Annual Cadet Games

:"I joined this program from the very beginning and I'm planning on staying," says Joy Kaleny, Cadet Commander at 690 Lakeshore Squadron. Going from early Cadet to staff, she is pleased to lead in this year's games. Anastasia Dextrene reports.

It was all fun and games at Lasalle Community Comprehensive High School, where 400 cadets from across 15 cadet units in Montreal West are faced off at the 2024 Annual Cadet Games. 

“We take a break from the classroom, gather all the Montreal area cadets […] and it’s just a day where you can just have fun, relax and get to know friends,” said Joy Kaleny, warrant officer first class and cadet commander.

From all walks of life, cadets from units including Verdun, Lasalle, Pointe-Claire, Côte-des-Neiges, Westmount, Saint-Henri, Saint-Laurent and Pierrefonds-Roxboro, competed for a winning trophy in a series of challenging events.

“We have 15 Cadet Corps that prepared a game. Every team is separated in three and we just go around in stations,” said Kaleny, adding that top of mind is promoting camaraderie.

Having gone from young cadet to 690 Lakeshore Squadron commander, Kaleny is grateful for her squadron family.

“I got involved because my squadron has been a part of this event for the longest time. This year, my [commanding officer] was the one in charge and he wanted us to have a chance to show what we were capable of and what we’ve learned in leadership,” she told City News.

As a participant in the program for young Canadians aged 12 to 18 across the country, one can elect to be a cadet of the army, air or sea.

“It’s a very fun, very interactive program where we meet people from all over Canada,” said Kaleny, adding “It’s not just Quebec, it’s not just Ontario. We meet everyone around us and learn so much all together. There are a lot of things that I wasn’t able to learn anywhere other than the cadet program.

Top Stories

Top Stories