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Flight Sergeant Donavan Kingston of the 859 Crowsnest Squadron of the Royal
Canadian Air Cadets was recently presented with two medals in recognition of his dedication to the Cadets program.
Kingston was awarded the Air Cadet Long Service medal in September, and the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence in June, in recognition of his outstanding work as a Cadet, while also volunteering much of his time in the community.
“Both of these medals have different meanings to me,” said the 16-year-old.
“The Long Service Medal tells me if I put my all into something, I can do anything, and the Excellence Medal really makes me want to give thanks to all the support I have had since the very start of my Cadet career.”
During his time with the cadets, Kingston has participated in many volunteer activities, including three highway cleanups, four bottle drives, and serving lobster at a dinner at the Bellevue Legion.
“I devote my time to Cadets because it gives teens a real sense of friendship and purpose, and also helps to keep kids out of drugs and alcohol,” he said.
Kingston joined the Cadets program four years ago at the age of 12, and said it was the best decision he has ever made.
“When I joined the Cadets four years ago, I did not expect to have the great fun I have had and make the unforgettable memories I have made,” said Kingston.
“The Cadet Program is the best thing that ever happened to me and I believe it is in the best interest of any boy or girl to be a part of it.”
 

Kingston said his favourite part of the program is the places he gets to travel to for summer camps.
“You have a chance to go all over Canada and world-wide in some cases,” he said.
“Every person I have met in the Cadet program is my friend, and I have many friends throughout Canada because of the Cadets.”
He said other benefits of joining Cadets are being able to get your pilot’s and glider pilot’s licence free of charge and that you are not required to serve in the Forces once you age out, although that is a common misconception.
“You just get to have fun with people your age, going gliding and camping,” he said.
“You get to meet people you will be friends with for years to come.”
“I don’t think I could think of a reason why not to join the Cadet program.”
Kingston said he wants to become an Aircraft Mechanic and serve with the Royal Canadian Air Force upon graduation from high school and looks forward to his remaining years in the Cadets program.
“I would like to thank Captain Adele Heisler, Captain Dan Desrosiers and all the other people that have made joining 859 Squadron the best decision of my life so far,” said Kingston.
“I could have never done it without them.”
For more information on the Cadets program, visit cadets.ca.
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