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Cadets fundraising to visit Gagetown this summer

Local cadets in Orangeville, Ontario are getting ready to head to CFB Gagetown in June. 

This is the first time in 15 years that the corp has planned a large year-end trip, and are hoping to bring it back as an annual tradition.

“We chose this as a citizenship tour to an area where the cadets have never been. We decided to choose a location in Canada and Gagetown has an active base, which will teach the cadets about the military and the opportunities that are available to them,” says Elaine Capes, Support Committee Chair. “The corp is planning on expanding our horizons for trips by going to different countries in the future.”

To help offset the costs of travelling to New Brunswick, the cadet corp hosted a Yuk Yuk’s fundraiser on May 11, with comedians, Rob Bebnek and Michael McCreary. 

The idea came from attending a local hockey team fundraiser that had also hosted a Yuk Yuk’s Comedy show. 

“Our fundraising target to cover expenses is $20,000,” says Capes. 

So far the group has raised $5,155.00, and have started a 

GoFundMe page to help raise the remaining amount.

“While the cadets are in New Brunswick they will be visiting a variety of museums. The Military Museum, Old Government and Town Hall, watching the changing of the guard, visiting the Bay of Fundy Hopewell Rocks Formation and enjoying some quiet activities at night (i.e., bowling),” says Capes.

To help the Cadets out by donating visit their GoFundMe page.  

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Paige LeClair

As a recent graduate from the St. Thomas University Journalism program, Paige has a passion for storytelling and investigative journalism. In 2016, she, along with her journalism team were awarded first place at the Emerge Media Awards in the multimedia category. The team was also a finalist at the Canadian Association of Journalist Awards. She is excited to work with other military spouses providing stories and information to the military community. Paige is newly married to Andrew, a Lineman, and moved to their first posting in Petawawa in May of this year. She is excited to begin this journey with Andrew, their dog Diablo, and cat, Linux

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