Lions Club Poker Tournament Support

Recently the Abbotsford Lions Club needed help setting up for their charity Poker Tournament. And who did they call? Well, the 861 Silverfox Air Cadets of course!
This past Saturday a group of cadets headed up to the Ag-Rec building to set up tables and chairs for this event. It was especially appreciated by the organizer, Ron, as he was in an accident the past February and is still pretty sore and not able to lift much.
In return, the Lions Club donates back some of the proceeds from these events to our Squadron- which we REALLY appreciate!
Thank you Lions Club for your support and allowing us yet another opportunity to give back to our community.

Spring Break Work Experience at 19 Wing Comox

Over the past few months we have been letting people know about the many different Spring Break Work Experience opportunities procured by the Air Cadet League in locations around the Province.

In March, our very own F/Sgt Cummings was one of 14 Cadets who was selected to attend this amazing opportunity.

The following articles were written for the Comox Totem (the base newsletter), describing the experience and we want to share it with you as well.



Cadets and their family/friends are invited to join us for the following concert.

marine logo
The Naden Band of the Royal Canadian Navy

marine band

 Monday, February 29th at 8 p.m.
861 Silverfox Squadron


For more information on the Naden Band,
please visit their website at:

For more information on the Royal Canadian Navy,
please visit their website at:


The Jan/Feb 2016 is now available. Click on the link here to view on Issuu.

Jan/Feb 2016 Newsletter

Biathlon Cadets Take Top Spots

Congratulations are in order for our Biathlon Team- taking top spot by bringing home the most medals out of all the Squadrons who competed in the Zone Competition held on January 16th in Whistler.


Gold Medals:

Cpl. Ethan Algra (junior boys)
AC Ariel Bussani (junior girls)
Sgt. Thomas Schratz (senior Boys) and
Cpl. Jinny Lee (senior girls)

Silver Medals:

FCpl Emmanuel Bussani (junior boys)
FCpl Sharon Park (senior girls) and
FSgt William Schratz (youth men)

In an unprecedented turn of events, 861 will be having a total of 9 Cadets moving on to the Provincial competition being held on Feb. 6 and 7 at Mount Washington on Vancouver Island (teammates Cpl. Caelen Pennington and AC William Tang will join the gold and silver medal winning biathletes).

Well done Cadets and a HUGE thank you to all our parents, coaches and helpers for your time and support!

We look forward to seeing all your hard work pay off at Provincials!

Positive Youth Development and Program Outreach (PYDPO)

The Positive Youth Development and Program Outreach (PYDPO) is now available for all League members and volunteers to complete.

This is a new self-paced learning course, delivered by the Directorate of Cadets and Junior Canadian Rangers, and is intended for ALL ADULTS working within the Cadet and Junior Canadian Rangers Programs.

It’s intent is to strengthen support for youth and for the adult leaders to acquire an increased awareness of positive youth development, adolescent development and further tools on how to attract more youth and additional support for their Squadron.

To gain access to this learning package & find out more about it, visit:

PYDPO Course

After clicking on the link provided you will be required to enter a username and password:

Username: airleague
Password: cadets

It’s important to note that this learning tool does not require you to complete it all at once. You can complete a module at a time and access it as many times as required. Once completed, we strongly encourage you to provide your feedback by completing the survey that will be available to you upon completion.


Photo Booth Pictures Now Up on Flickr

The Photo Booth Pictures have been uploaded to our Flickr Account. Other pictures from the Christmas Party will be added soon!

Check them out here:

CO’s Parade and Promotions

The first Wednesday of every month is know as CO’s Parade. During this special evening, the Cadets are often treated to special guest speakers and/or presentations from various organizations in order to broaden their knowledge of opportunities available to them.

Last night we had the privilege of hearing a wonderful presentation from F/Sgt Gill about his International Exchange Trip to China from this past summer. The International Exchange Trip is one of the many Scholarship camps available to Cadets and the competition is fierce as there are a very limited number of spots available for each camp. Thankfully, the 861 Sponsoring Committee has a great program in place to help prepare the Cadets for their Board Interviews.

Thank you, F/Sgt Gill for giving us a small snapshot of the amazing experience that you were able to have.


After that, we had 135 Cadets preparing for the first CO’s Parade of the Training Year. It was great to see so many of our new Cadets in uniforms and to watch them in their first inspection and march past. A big thank you to the Sgts and F/Sgts who have stepped up into leadership roles of the different flights and are helping the new cadets find their way. Maj. Taylor was pleased!

Before ending the night, we were able to congratulate WOII Benton on his promotion to WO1.

F/Sgt Danoit on her promotion to Squadron Warrant Officer.

And finally, congratulations to Sgt Hayer on obtaining his Bugler badge at the Immediate Band Summer Camp. This is the first time in a very long time that 861 has had a Bugler at the Squadron- so well done!

Great job, Cadets! Here’s to the start of another great year!

Liberator KK-241 Memorial Cairn Dedication

On Saturday afternoon over 50 cadets were privileged to participate in the Liberator KK-241 Memorial Cairn dedication at Thompson Park in Chilliwack, BC.

The Liberator KK-241 crashed 30 minutes after taking off from Abbotsford Airport on June 1, 1945 after failing to clear Mt. Welsh. The loss of the 11 airmen was the single biggest wartime loss of life and resulted in the largest search ever commenced in order to locate the downed plane. After more than 2 weeks of searching, the wreckage was discovered and due to the harsh terrain, recovery of the airmen was not possible and they were buried on the mountain.

Thinking that a more significant memorial should be placed in a more accessible place, cadets from 861 had hiked up the mountain and created a memorial cairn at Airplane Creek (the search command site during the original rescue efforts) in June 1983. Every year the cadets would hike up there to maintain the cairn that they had built. Unfortunately, bad weather one winter eroded the bank and changed the course of the river so much that despite their best efforts- the cairn could not be located.

Thankfully, the cairn was located face down in the creek about a mile away by the cadet from 147 Airwolf in Chilliwack, BC.

From there, Lt. Ron Shore and Legion members began plans for a permanent memorial that was readily accessible by all.

The moving ceremony included family and friends of the deceased airmen from the UK, Norway and New Zealand.

“Only the forgotten are truly dead.”
― Tess Gerritsen, The Sinner

May we never forget.

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2015 Dale Scholarship Recipient