2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) Royal Canadian ARMY Cadet Corps

History | Adult Leadership | Cadet  Awards and Recognition | Notable Activities | Commanding Officers | Senior Cadet Officers and Cadet Regimental Sergeant Majors | Detailed Histories

History

Authorized as 2881 (Scarborough) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps on 30 March 1971, 2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps is a very successful and active unit that celebrated its 50th anniversary of continuous service in 2021. One of a number of such units in Canada supported by the Canadian Forces and the civilian Army Cadet League of Canada.

Mr. Don Wilson with Lt-Col Horwood – Corps Dinner – 29 Mar 1973

Founded and co-sponsored by Lieutenant-Colonel George Wilfred (Rudy) Horwood, CD, ADC, MA (1923–1989) who had served with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders of Canada in World War II. The corps was originally affiliated with the Canadian Forces’ 25 (Toronto) Service Battalion and paraded wearing the accoutrements of the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps

Since its inception, the cadet corps has found its “parade square” at a variety of locations including Sir Oliver Mowat Collegiate Institute, R.H. King Collegiate Institute, Cardinal Newman High School, Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 258’s Legion Village Home, Joseph Howe Senior Public School, and the  Colonel C.O. Dalton, DSO and Colonel H.E. Dalton, DSO Armoury.

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From the very beginning the Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 258 has been a co-sponsor, taking over full sponsorship on 01 Jan 1978, and a strong supporter of the cadets and staff. Over the years the legion has provided an area for training and in 1975 made space for a surplus school portable building for the corps’ use. Currently (2021) the legion has graciously allowed a leased industrial trailer on its property to be used as the corps’ administration and supply headquarters.

The Ladies Axillary has always provided meals and other support for the cadets whenever asked. 

Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 73 has become a true friend of the corps since 2011. Attending corps functions as honoured guests, presenting awards at annual ceremonial reviews, offering cadet employment in a military setting and financial support throughout the years are only a few examples of this friendship.

On 17 July 1972 the corps was re-designated as 2881 (Highland Creek) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps and in 1989 re-designated again as 2881 (The Scarborough Rifles) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. On 18 Jan 2010 the corps assumed its direct title association with the Queen’s Own as its designation was changed to the current (2021) 2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. 

On 07 Sep 1979 the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada officially replaced 25 (Toronto) Service Battalion as the corps’ affiliated unit.

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Adult Leadership

This very successful and diverse corps has benefited from the strong leadership provided over the years by many former cadets who have served and continue to serve as Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) Officers. 

Albert Victor Woodburne, an original Cadet from 1971 returned as a Civilian Instructor from 1984 to 1987. 

Former Cadet and later Commanding Officer Kim O’Leary second from left

Major Kimberly O’Leary, CD served as a Cadet, CIC Officer and Commanding Officer. In 1999 she was appointed a Regional Cadet Advisor and after one year was promoted as a Staff Training Officer at the Regional Cadet Support Unit, located at Canadian Forces Base Borden. She held the position of Cadet Training Officer for Central Region for nine years, and was then appointed as the   Commandant of the Regional Cadet Instructor School. She is currently responsible for the training of all CIC officers in Central Region.

Lt-Col Sandi Banerjee, CD with Capt Shaun Bridge, CD – 09 Jun 2019

Captain Shaun Bridge, CD has served as a Cadet, Civilian Volunteer, CIC Officer and Commanding Officer since 1984 and is considered one of the Queen’s Own longest continuously serving members. In 2015 the Captain Shaun Willian Bridge, CD Trophy for Most Dedicated Cadet was established. 

Capt (ret’d) Mike Rainforth with Cadet Cpl Collin Bridge – 04 Jun 2017

Captain Michael Rainforth became a cadet in 1981 and spent 15 years as a Cadet and CIC Officer. He enlisted in the Queen’s Own Rifles from 1987 to 1989 before returning to the cadet corps in 1991.

Captain Jonathan Joseph Lee – 2003/2004

Captain Jonathan Joseph Lee served from 1988 to 2004 as a Cadet, Civilian Instructor Volunteer, CIC Officer and Commanding Officer. His brother Jason John Lee served as a Cadet, Civilian Instructor Volunteer, CIC Officer and a member of the CF Regular Force from 1989 to 1994.

Captain Michael Christopher Paulin was a 2881 Cadet in the late 1980s and returned as a Lieutenant with previous service with 2824 (Cadet Organization Police Schools) RCACC. He had many qualifications including Basic and Senior Canoe Instructor, Canoe Trip Leader, Basic Moving Water, Abseil   Instructor Course, Cold Weather Leader, and Orienteering Instructor. He would become the Commanding Officer during the 1999/2000 training year.

Carlos M. Medeiros, a former Cadet served a Civilian Instructor from 1991 to 1993.

Capt Seerat Pershad with Glair Betti – Volunteer Award – 04 Jun 2017

Captain Seerat Pershad served as a Cadet, CIC Officer and Commanding Officer since 2000. He has served with various cadet corps and in 2018 transferred to 62 (Royal Hamilton Light Infantry) RCACC and appointed their Commanding Officer.

Serving Members and Former Serving Members of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada have also played a significant role in the leadership and training of the corps. 

Lt Rita Arenz

Lieutenant Rita Arendz became a Civilian Volunteer and was appointed Band Officer for the 1996/1997 training year. She returned as Captain Rita Arendz, CD during the 2008/2009 training year as the Band Support Officer.

Bugle Major Fred Haire, CD and QOR Band Volunteers

Master Warrant Officer Fred Haire, CD became a Civilian Volunteer and was appointed Assistant Band Officer for the 1996/1997 training year. MWO Haire, utilizing members of the Queen’s Own Band has, on several occasions, provided musical accompaniment for the corps’ Annual Ceremonial Reviews.

Capt Ken Kominek, CD with Cdt WO Dianne Periera – 04 Jun 2017

Captain Kenneth Michael Kominek, CD, a former Queen’s Own 60th and Para Company Sergeant Major, has served as a Civilian Volunteer and CIC Officer since January of 2014. He is currently (2021) 2881’s Commanding Officer.

Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall with Captain Tom Foulds, OStJ CD

Captain Tom Foulds, OStJ, CD has been with the corps since March of 2018. During the COVID pandemic he was the Officer In Charge of the corps’ Virtual Training Program. He is currently (2021) serving with 851 (Prince Edward) Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron.

Lt Barker, 2Lt Mount, Lt Furlong, Capt Bennett, Lt Belfontaine (background) – Ex Shoot 13-15 Oct 1972

Beginning with the original staff of 1971, Civilian Instructor Trevor Ronald Barker, Captain W.R. Bennett, CD and Lieutenant D.G. Furlong, CD very capable leadership has come from other elements as well.

WO Landdry, Lt Furlong, Lt Sweeting, Lt Turner – 29 Mar 1973

In 1972 Warrant Officer Landry, Lieutenant Walter Belfontaine, CD, Lieutenant L.R. Turner, CD and Lieutenant Sid W. Sweeting (C.F. Basic Parachutist qualified) were all taken on strength.

Gordon Thomas Roach joined as a Civilian Instructor in 1977. He had previous service with the Royal Canadian Artillery and the Royal Canadian Army Service Corps. He would progress through the officer ranks and become a Captain, be awarded the Canadian Forces Decoration and serve as the Commanding Officer for several years. After his death the Captain G.T. Roach, CD Memorial Trophy for the Cadet that Contributed the Most throughout the Training Year was established.

Captain Francis Ivor Gould, CD would be taken on strength in 1979 and immediately appointed the Commanding Officer.

Dorothy Rose Roach (wife of Gordon) joined as a Civilian Instructor in 1983 and until her death in 2015 would be a true supporter of the cadets and the cadet corps. Dorothy both loved and was loved by the cadet corps. She would be publicly addressed as “Honorary-Colonel” and “The Colonel”. 

With the support of Dorothy and women such as Mrs. Glair Betti the female cadets of the corps had the required supervision and were allowed to participate in overnight training opportunities.

Lieutenant Alistair Diarmid Russell (Derm) Wilson previously served with the Royal Green Jackets and was taken on strength in 1986. He would become a Captain, awarded a Canadian Forces Decoration and serve as Commanding Officer for several years. Before his death he was instrumental in arranging the 1989 cadet visit to England, hosted by The Queen’s Regiment (The Queen’s Own Buffs). 

Civilian Instructor Jim Lutz with cadets in the field

James Hershey Lutz was a Vietnam Veteran and Infantryman with the 101st Airborne Division, and civilian instructor with 17 (Upper Canada College) RCACC, and 96 (Trinity College School Rifles) RCACC before joining 2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) RCACC in 1992 as a Civilian Instructor volunteer. James is currently (2021) a member of the Queen’s Own Rifles Regimental Trust Fund and Regimental Senate.

Captain Calvin Facey, CD – Battle of Ridgeway Parade – 04 Jun 2016

Captain Calvin Earl Facey, CD originally served as an undocumented volunteer from 1997 until taken on strength as a Civilian Volunteer in 1999. For many years he would serve as Commanding Officer for both the 2754 (Toronto Service Battalion) RCACC and 2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) RCACC. Currently (2021) he is the corps’ Training Officer.

Capt Rob Klikorka, CD

Captain Robert Klikorka, CD came to 2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) RCACC as a Second Lieutenant in 1997. He transferred to 2408 (CFB Borden) RCACC in 2002 returning in 2013. In 2017 he transferred to 1944 (Royal Canadian Electrical Mechanical Engineers) RCACC and was appointed their Commanding Officer.

Police Constable Laura Jean Ellis – TPS photo

Police Constable Laura Jean Ellis was taken on strength as a Civilian Volunteer along with Police Constable Ron Tait in 1999. Both were dedicated to the improvement of the cadets’ physical fitness. After her untimely death in 2002 while on duty with the Toronto Police Service the Police Constable Laura Jean Ellis (Badge 7538 42 Division) Toronto Police Services Memorial Award was established and awarded annually to the top female and top male cadets for physical fitness.

Captain Douglas James Silzer, CD

Captain Douglas James Silzer, CD was the Commanding Officer of 1888 (2 Field Engineer Regiment) RCACC when he transferred in and was immediately appointed the Commanding Officer of 2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) RCACC on 01 August 2000.

Captain Jennie-Ann Wilson, CD came from 2525 (Ontario Regiment) RCACC as a Second Lieutenant in 2007. A very capable and inspirational officer she was committed to fair and equitable opportunities for all cadets in particular the female cadets.

OCdt Mursal Sameh – 04 Jun 2017

Second Lieutenant Mursal Sameh came to 2881 at the start of the 2016/2017 training year. She had served as a Cadet, Civilian Volunteer and Officer Cadet with 2754 (Toronto Service Battalion) RCACC. She is currently (2021) the corps’ Supply Officer and Gold Star Cadet Officer. 

OCdt Jen Anger – 2020

Second Lieutenant Jennifer J. Anger had served with 2525 (Pickering High School) RCACC and The Ontario Regiment (RCAC) before joining 2881 as a Civilian Volunteer in 2017. Appointed the Silver Star Cadet Officer (2021) she, passing on her civilian teaching skills, has greatly improved the level of instruction within the corps.

Glair Betti with OCdt Afonso – QOR Day 10 Nov 2018

Second Lieutenant Leopoldino F. Afonso had served with the The Royal Regiment of Canada before joining 2881 as a Civilian Volunteer in 2017. Appointed Green and Red Star Cadet Officer (2021), his good-natured leadership style and jocular personality are well received by these younger cadets.

2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) RCACC – SUPPORT COMMITTEE

A dedicated group of adults, mostly former cadets or parents of cadets, who work as a team to improve the cadet experience. The Support Committee advises the Commanding Officer, controls the corps’ finances and provides training aids and rations when required. The Support Committee also organizes fund raising events and raises esprit de corps by hosting events like monthly birthday celebrations, fun activity events and the March Break Tour visiting places such as Ottawa, CFB Trenton and Fort George. Three notable members of the Support Committee;

  • Mrs. Cheryle Facey – 2008 to 2016
  • Mrs. Michelle Young – 2011 to 2018
  • Mrs. Glair Betti – 2012 to 2020
Mountain Ops Exercise with QOR WO Bryan Burns – CFB Borden – 24 Oct 2016

The cadets of 2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) RCACC have enjoyed many training events, parades and experiences over the years. The cadet program offers annual Silver and Gold Star Expedition Centre Training, Bivouac, Cold Weather, Expedition and Navigation Field Training Exercises. Cadets participate in annual Central Ontario Area Air Rifle Marksmanship Competitions, Garrison Exercises, Band and Drill Competitions and Orienteering Competitions as well as an annual Queen’s Cup Sports Competition with cadets from two Queen’s York Rangers affiliated cadet corps. 

Drill Team – 04 Jun 2017

Support for past and current local events and community services include the Altona Road Parades, Battle of Britain Parades, Cadets Caring for Canada Events, Canada Day Parades and Celebrations, Highland Creek Heritage Day Parades, Rededication Ceremony for Coronation Park, the Scarborough 2000 Parade, Scarborough Civic Remembrance Day Services, Victory in Europe Day Parades, West Hill Heritage Day Parades. 

Cadets annually support the Royal Canadian Legion during its Poppy Campaigns, Services of Remembrance at Pine Hills Cemetery, Veteran’s Luncheons, Awards Dinners and Walk-A-Thons for Legion Village. 

QOR Regimental Service of Remembrance – 10 Nov 2019

Cadets have continually participated in The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada regimental parades and anniversaries including Regimental Church, Change of Command, Change of Regimental Sergeant Major, Change of Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel, and other special events including the Dedication of the QOR World War I Wall of Remembrance in 2018 and the annual Queen’s Own Rifles Day held at Casa Loma. On 09 July 2018 the corps, for the first time, hosted The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada Maple Leaf Club’s Annual Marksmanship Competition.

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Cadet Awards and Recognition

Cadet Awards (2021) are presented by corps staff and honoured quests during each training year’s Annual Ceremonial Review. Award winners are documented in the Detailed Histories section.

  • Captain Shaun Willian Bridge, CD Trophy for Most Dedicated Cadet
    L.S. Beak Trophy for Best First Year Cadet
  • Captain G.T. Roach, CD Memorial Trophy for the Cadet that Contributed the Most throughout the Training Year presented annually by a member of the Roach family
  • Police Constable Laura Jean Ellis (Badge 7538 42 Division) Toronto Police Services Memorial Award for Top Female Cadet and Top Male Cadet for Physical Fitness
  • Fort Gary Horse Trophy for Citizenship presented annually by the Ellenor/Zissoff families in memory of John Lever Ellenor 1914-1918
  • Don Wilson Trophy for Marksmanship
  • 2881 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps Instructors’ Trophy for Individual Proficiency at Drill
  • Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 258 Highland Creek Award for Best Junior Non-Commissioned Officer
  • F.G. Marshal Memorial Trophy for Best Senior Non-Commissioned Officer
  • Bob Hicks (Member of Parliament) Award for Showing Most Promise in the Field
  • Major A.D.R. Wilson, CD Memorial Trophy for Rifleman of the Year (as chosen by the cadets)
  • Best Turned Out Cadet on the Annual Ceremonial Review
  • Presentation of The Queen’s Own Rifles Hat Badge upon completion of Green Star Training.

Seven cadets from 2881 RCACC have successfully completed the Canadian Forces Basic Parachutist Course.

  • Cadet Warrant Officer Anthony Cristilli in 1985 (awarded BGen R.R. Romses Top Jumper Award)
  • Cadet Warrant Officer Patrick Mesina in 1995 
  • Cadet Warrant Officer Christopher Abate in 2000
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Graham Humphrey in 2006
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Kerr in 2010
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Lorenzo Da Silva in 2013
  • Cadet Master Warrant Officer Taranpal Chatha in 2019
Cadet Master Warrant Officer Taranpal Chatha
cadets at Airborne Regt HQ

 

Cadet Corporal D.S. Carter was the highest scoring cadet from 2881 (Scarborough) RCACC at summer camp and was presented to the Honourable Earl Rowe, President Army Cadet League of Canada (Ontario), former Lieutenant Governor of Ontario at Toronto City Hall in 1972. 

Cadet Sergeant Amber-Denise Mahabir was awarded Platoon Top Candidate on the Army Cadet Leader Instructor Adventure Course at Cadet Summer Training Centre Blackdown in 2003. 

Cadet Master Warrant Officer Christopher Langan was awarded Army Cadet Leader Instructor Drill and Ceremonial Course Top Candidate and appointed Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major for Final Parade at Cadet Summer Training Centre Blackdown in 2004. 

Cadet Warrant Officer Imran Khan was appointed Flag Party Commander for the Final Parade of the Army Cadet Leadership & Challenge Course at National Army Cadet Summer Training Centre Rocky Mountain in 2007. 

Cadet Irissa Murle placed Company Second Top Candidate on the Basic Army Cadet Course in 2007. 

Cadet Timothy Vickers placed second on Battalion Sports Day and was also appointed Platoon Commander for Final Parade of the Army Cadet Leader Course at Army Cadet Summer Training Centre Vernon in 2007. 

Cadet Warrant Officer Garry Balagantham was appointed Flag Party Commander for the Final Parade as a Staff Cadet on the Cadet Leader Instructor Drill & Ceremonial Course at Cadet Summer Training Centre Blackdown in 2009. 

Cadet Master Corporal Michael Theodoeakis qualified Distinguished Marksman and placed 8th out of 56 candidates on the Basic Marksman Course at the National Cadet Summer Training Centre Connaught in 2010. 

Cadet Master Corporal Rajeev Sowamber was awarded the Top Cadet of the Week Brassard during the Basic Leadership Army Drill and Ceremonial Course at Army Cadet Summer Training Centre Blackdown in 2011. 

Cadet Master Warrant Officer Daniel Chow participated in the Maple Leaf Exchange headquartered out of National Army Cadet Summer Training Centre Connaught in 2012. 

Cadet Sergeant Rajeev Sowamber was awarded the Colonel   Commandant Coin during the Expedition Instructor Course at Army Cadet Summer Training Centre Blackdown in 2012. 

Cadet Master Warrant Officer Rajeev Sowamber attended the Madawaska Wild Water Regional Army Cadet Expedition in 2014. 

Cadet Master Corporal Justin Anger was awarded the Basic Fitness and Sports Course Silver Medallion at Cadet Summer Training Centre Blackdown in 2016. 

Cadet Sergeant Dianne Periera was awarded the Basic Drill and Ceremonial Army Course Silver Medallion at Cadet Summer Training Centre Blackdown in 2016. 

Cadet Master Warrant Officer Maya Royer attended the Madawaska Wild Water Regional Army Cadet Expedition in 2016. 

Cadet Imran Sarder was awarded the Platoon’s Most Improved Shot on the Basic Marksmanship Course at National Army Cadet Summer Training Centre Connaught in 2018. 

Cadet Rifleman Johnathan Smardenkas placed 10th overall in the Niagara Greater Toronto Area Zone 11 Air Rifle Marksmanship Junior Competition in 2018. 

Many other 2881 RCACC cadets have been awarded the Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Medal, the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence and the Army Cadet League Army Cadet Service Medal (some including the 5th, 6th or 7th Year Bar and Maple Leaf). 


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Notable Activities

Other notable dates in the history of the cadet corps include:

Cdt Simon and Cdt Sgt White A. dispatch sandbags to cadets below – Op Sandbag 17 Mar 1973

1973, 17-18 Mar – Aid to Civil Power Operation Sandbag. Thirty cadets from 2881 (Highland Creek) RCACC participated in efforts to stabilize the Lake Ontario shoreline in Pickering Township after severe storm damage. 

1973, 29 Jun – Cadets from 2881 participated in the official opening of the Scarborough Civic Centre officiated by Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. 

Cadet Lt Shaun Bridge turning a page of the QOR Book of Remembrance – Canterbury Cathedral

1989, Aug – Largely through the efforts of the late Captain “Derm” Wilson, a former member of the Royal Green Jackets, a group of cadets visited England and were hosted by 2nd Battalion, The Queen’s Regiment (The Queen’s Own Buffs) which is allied with The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada. Cadets visited nearby British Army units and were able to practice navigation and field skills alongside members of the host regiment. Cadet Lieutenant Shaun Bridge, then senior cadet, was honoured by being asked to turn a page in The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada’s Book of Remembrance during a ceremony in the Warriors’ Chapel at Canterbury Cathedral. 

1992, May – With support from Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 258, 2881 (The Scarborough Rifles) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps again visited The Queen’s Regiment (The Queen’s Own Buffs) during its deployment to Minden, Germany. Hosted by Major Stephen Kilpatrick. 

1992, 09 Sep – On the amalgamation of The Queen’s and The Royal Hampshire Regiments to form the Princess of Wales’s Royal Regiment Captains Kim O’Leary and Derm Wilson were honoured to be invited to attend this historical event in Canterbury, England. There they were presented to the new Regiment’s Colonel-in-Chief, Lady Diana the Princess of Wales. 

1993, Jun/Jul – Fifteen cadets joined with cadets from 1888 (2 Field Engineer Regiment) RCACC for a trip to Washington, D.C. The cadets viewed the 3rd Infantry “Old Guard” at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and visited the Vietnam Memorial. On Canada Day, at the Canadian Embassy, the cadets were presented to General Jean de Chastelain, OC, CH, CMM, CD then Canada’s Ambassador to the U.S. and former Chief of the Canadian Defence Staff. 

Cadet (later QOR WO) Jason Bridge rides in a CF helicopter

1993 – Exercise RED DAWN in Toronto’s Rouge Valley, cadets in four teams were fully operational for 40 hours. Training included a day and night reconnaissance competition to determine which team could observe other teams most frequently while itself avoiding observation. Organized by Civilian Instructor Volunteer Jim Lutz. 

1994, Jun – Four cadets join The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada in Normandy, France to attend the “D-Day+50” remembrance services. The cadets were authorised to parade in uniform with the regiment during ceremonial parades. 

Scarborough Rifles Casa Loma Tour – 13 Jan 2017

2010, 24 Oct – Toronto Garrison Concert and Band Performance at Roy Thompson Hall. 

Battle of Ridgeway Parade – 04 Jun 2016

2016, 04 Jun – 150th Anniversary of the Battle of Ridgeway Parade. All cadets and CIC officers on parade were issued a QOR Remembrance Coin presented by Lieutenant Colonel Sandi Banerjee, CD. 

Exercise Maroon Sword OGp – 24 Sep 2016

2016, 23-25 Sep – Four Cadet Master Corporals were attached to Queen’s Own Rifles’ infantry sections as they completed soldier skills training during Exercise Maroon Sword in CFB Borden. 

2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) RCACC – 15 Nov 2016

2016, 11 Nov – The Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major was appointed Parade Commander during the Toronto Zoo’s Annual Remembrance Day Service. 2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) RCACC now provides cadets to act as the Vigil Party and appointed Parade Commander annually. 

2017, 24 Jan – Toronto Police Service, 43 Division Tour hosted by the Toronto Police Service Auxiliary 

2017, 29 Jan – Cadet Appreciation Night – Markham Royals Hockey Game 

2017, 31 Jan – First Aid Training conducted by Sergeant Allan Kiss, CD QOR Medical Detachment Commander 

2020, 12 Mar – In response to the outbreak of COVID-19 the National Cadet and Junior Cadet Ranger Support Group cancelled all cadet activities. This included local training, corps and squadron trips, cadet summer training and activities and in-person training for Cadet Instructors Cadre officers. Cadets were not penalized for missing the remainder of the 2019-2020 training year, and were credited as having the year’s training completed. 

2020, 13 Oct – Online Virtual Training for the cadets begins. Captain Tom Foulds, OStJ CD was instrumental in developing and implementing the Microsoft Teams training platform. 

From the first day of its founding the cadet corps has provided a strong foundation for three generations of young people. A number of former cadets have gone on to serve in the Canadian Forces, some with the Queen’s Own Rifles and others in the Regular Force. Many more cadets have gone on to successful careers in fields such as business, public service and education. They credit their time in the cadet corps for the leadership and organizational skills that assisted them in their success. 

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Commanding Officers

Lt Belfontaine with Capt Bennett – Ex Peninsula 27-29 Apr 1973

The Cadet Instructor Cadre Commanding Officers of 2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps since its founding in 1971 have been:

  • Captain W.R. Bennett, CD – 1971 to 1973
  • Captain Walter Belfontaine – 1974 to 1976 (in 1977 he became Commanding Officer of the new voluntary Upper Canada College Rifles Cadet Corps also affiliated with the Queen’s Own Rifles)
  • Lieutenant Trevor Ronald Barker – 1977 to 1978
  • Captain Francis Ivor Gould, CD – 1979 to 29 May 1981
  • Lieutenant Gordon Thomas Roach – after 30 May 1981
  • Captain Gordon Thomas Roach – 1982 to 1985
  • Captain Gordon Thomas Roach, CD – to summer 1986
  • Lieutenant Alistair Diarmaid Russell (Derm) Wilson – after summer 1986
  • Captain Alistair Diarmaid Russell (Derm) Wilson, CD – 1987 to 28 May 1988
  • Captain Gordon Thomas Roach, CD – after 29 May 1988 to 16 Oct 1990
  • Captain Alistair Diarmaid Russell (Derm) Wilson, CD – after 17 Oct 1990 to 1991
  • Captain Kimberly O’Leary – 1991/1992 to 1992/1993
  • Captain Alistair Diarmaid Russell (Derm) Wilson, CD – 1993/1994
  • Captain Kimberly O’Leary – 1994/1995 to 1995/1996
  • Captain Alistair Diarmaid Russell (Derm) Wilson, CD – Sep 1996 to Jan 1997
  • Captain Kimberly O’Leary, CD – from Jan 1997 to 1998/1999
  • Captain Michael Christopher Paulin – 1999/2000
  • Captain Doug James Silzer, CD – 2000/2001 to 2002/2003
  • Captain Jonathan Joseph Lee – 2003/2004
  • Captain Calvin Earl Facey – 2004/2005 to 01 Apr 2008
  • Captain Shaun William Bridge, CD – after 02 Apr 2008 to 2014/2015
  • Captain Seerat Pershad – 2015/2016 to 14 Feb 2018
  • Captain Calvin Earl Facey, CD – after 15 Feb 2018 to 08 Jun 2021
  • Captain Kenneth Michael Kominek, CD – after 08 Jun 2021 to present (2021)

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Senior Cadet Officers and Cadet Regimental Sergeant Majors

  • 1971
  • Senior Cadet Officer – unknown
  • Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major – unknown
  • 1972
Cadet Lieutenant G.G. Greer
  • Cadet Lieutenant G.G. Greer 
Cadet MWO R. Wakefield – FN-C1 lesson – Ex Shoot – 13-15 Oct 1972
  • Cadet Master Warrant Officer R. Wakefield
  • 1973
  • Senior Cadet Officer – unknown
  • Master Warrant Officer R. Wakefield – to 24 May 1973
Cadet CWO Stephen Paul Sweeting
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Paul Sweeting – after 24 May 1973
  • 1974
  • Senior Cadet Officer – unknown
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Stephen Paul Sweeting
  • 1975 to 1983
  • Senior Cadet Officer – unknown
  • Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major – unknown
  • 1984
  • Cadet Lieutenant Breau
Cadet WO Anthony Cristilli
  • Cadet Warrant Officer Anthony Cristilli
  • 1985
  • Senior Cadet Officer – unknown
  • Cadet Warrant Officer Anthony Cristilli
  • 1986
  • Senior Cadet Officer – unknown
  • Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major – unknown
  • 1987
  • Senior Cadet Officer – unknown
  • Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major – unknown
  • 1988
  • Senior Cadet Officer – unknown
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Michael Christopher Paulin
  • 1989
Cadet Lt Shaun Bridge
  • Cadet Lieutenant Shaun William Bridge
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Michael Christopher Paulin
  • 1990 – 1991 to 1991 – 1992
  • Senior Cadet Officer – unknown
  • Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major – unknown
  • 1992 – 1993
  • Cadet Officer ranks removed from the cadet program
  • Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major – unknown
  • 1993 – 1994 to 1999 – 2000
  • Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major – unknown
  • 2000 – 2001
  • Cadet Regimental Sergeant Major unknown – to 27 May 2002
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Hall – after 27 May 2002
  • 2001 – 2002
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Jeffrey Hall – to 09 Jun 2002
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Abate – after 09 Jun 2002
  • 2002 – 2003
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Abate – to Sep 2002
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer David Yorke – after Sep 2002
  • 2003 – 2004
Cadet WO Teri-Anne Marges
  • Cadet Sergeant Teri-Anne Marges – to 13 Jun 2004
  • Cadet Warrant Officer Teri-Marges – after 13 Jun 2004
  • 2004 – 2005
Cadet CWO Christopher Langan
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Christopher Langan
  • 2005 – 2006
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Langan – to Jul 2006
Cadet CWO Graham Humphrey
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Graham Humphrey – after Jul 2006
  • 2006 – 2007
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Graham Humphrey – to 07 Feb 2007
Cadet CWO Jason Brown
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Jason Brown – after 07 Feb 2007
  • 2007 – 2008
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Jason Brown – to 24 May 2008
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Howie Chan – after 24 May 2008
  • 2008 – 2009
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Howie Chan – to 22 Nov 2008
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Alicia Strachan – after 22 Nov 2008
  • 2009 – 2010
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Alicia Strachan – to 31 Oct 2009
  • Cadet Master Warrant Officer Garry Balagantham – after 31 Oct 2009
  • 2010 – 2011
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Kerr
  • 2011 – 2012
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Kerr – to 17 Jan 2012
  • Cadet Master Warrant Officer Lorenzo Da Silva – after 17 Jan 2012
  • 2012 – 2013
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Lorenzo Da Silva – to 14 Jan 2013
  • 2013 – 2014
Cadet CWO Daniel Chow
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Daniel Chow – to 07 Jan 2014
Cadet MWO Bryan Chen
  • Cadet Master Warrant Officer Bryan Chen – 07 Jan to 04 Jun 2014
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Chen – after 04 Jun 2014
  • 2014 – 2015
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Bryan Chen – to 11 Nov 2014
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Rajeev Sowamber – after 11 Nov 2014
  • 2015 – 2016
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Rajeev Sowamber – to 24 Nov 2015
Cadet Drill Sergeant Major, MWO Sandra Bhutan – QOR Day 2014
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Sandra Bhushan – 24 Nov 2015 to 02 Feb 2016
Cadet CWO Breeanna Alie
  • Cadet Master Warrant Officer Breeanna Alie – 02 Feb to 17 May 2016
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Breeanna Alie – after 17 May 2016
  • 2016 – 2017
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Breeanna Alie – to 25 Mar 2017
Cadet CWO Sumithirai Raveendiran
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Sumithirai Raveendiran – to 04 Jun 2017
Cadet CWO Shaylen Young
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Shaylen Young – after 04 Jun 2017
  • 2017 – 2018
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Shaylen Young – to 10 Jan 2018
Cadet WO Dianne Periera – 04 Jun 2017
  • Cadet Master Warrant Officer Dianne Periera – after 10 Jan 2018
  • 2018 – 2019
  • Cadet Master Warrant Officer Dianne Periera – to 11 Dec 2018
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Dianne Periera – after 11 Dec 2018
  • 2019 – 2020
Cadet CWO Justin Anger
  • Cadet Master Warrant Officer Justin Anger – to 28 Jan 2020
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Justin Anger – after 28 Jan 2020
  • 2021 – 2021
  • Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Justin Anger – to 08 Feb 2021
  • Cadet Master Warrant Office Pratinav Patel – after 08 Feb 2021
  • 2021 – 2022
  • Cadet Master Warrant Office Pratinav Patel – to 28 Sep 2021
  • Cadet Master Warrant Officer Genevieve Kaba – after 08 Sep 2021

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Detailed Histories

For a more detailed history of the corps please refer to the pdf files listed below. The information contained was compiled using cadet service records and other documentation held by the corps. Please submit any corrections or additions to:  museum@qormuseum.org

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9 thoughts on “2881 (Queen’s Own Rifles) Royal Canadian ARMY Cadet Corps”

  1. I’m the daughter of Captain Gordon T. Roach and was disappointed that my father’s term with the 2881 Queen’s Own Rifles RCAC was not acknowledged. Both he and my mother were key to the success of this cadet corp and at times, acted as advisers to quite a few cadets who came from troubled homes. They opened the doors to their home to the cadets on more occasions than I care to count. My mother Dorothy Roach, was a supply officer during my father’s term with them and was also a very important person in the history of this cadet corp. She also acted as a chaperone to the girls of the corp when the cadets went on training trips. Even when he retired, he did his best to help out. After his death, an award was given out in his memory to the best all-round cadet. It also wouldn’t hurt to include a photo of him and his cadets who became his second family.

    1. Thank you for your observations.
      I have been working on a complete archive of the cadet corps and will be posting it shortly.
      It will contain the following information taken from service files held by the cadet corps.
      I also intend to update the article you refer to as there are several omissions similar to your mother and father.
      I would be pleased to receive any additional information that you may have.
      As there are very few photos of the cadet corps in our archive I would also be grateful for any photos that you might share.
      Please send any information and photos (in jpg format) to museum@qormuseum.org

      Roach, Gordon Thomas – Civilian Instructor paid as Second Lieutenant
      Taken On Strength – 08 Sept 1977
      Struck Off Strength – 01 Jul 1991
      Previous Service – Royal Canadian Artillery – Gun Fitter – 09 Jan 1948 to 08 Jan 1951
      Previous Service – Royal Canadian Army Service Corps – Section Leader/Storeman – 09 May 1951 to 21 Jan 1953
      Appointed Officer In Charge of Recruit Training
      Appointed Deputy Supply Officer
      Promoted Officer Cadet – 01 May 1979
      Basic Officer Qualification Course – CFB Toronto – 09 Jul to 20 Jul 1979
      Promoted Second Lieutenant – 01 May 1980
      Lieutenant Qualification Course – CFB Borden – 09 Jun to 20 Jun 1980
      Promoted Lieutenant – 01 May 1981
      Promoted Acting Captain – 30 May 1981
      Appointed Commanding Officer – 30 May 1981 to 1986
      Captain Qualification Course – CFB Toronto – 06 Jul to 17 Jul 1981
      Promoted Captain – 17 Jul 1981
      Range Safety Officer Course – 10 Sept 1983
      Rappel Instructor Course – 28 Oct 1984
      Staff Officer – Company Second-In-Command – Petawawa Army Cadet Camp – 1985
      Awarded Canadian Forces’ Decoration – 17 Aug 1986
      Appointed Commanding Officer – 29 May 1988 to 16 Oct 1990
      Staff Officer – Company Second-In-Command – Petawawa Army Cadet Camp – 1989
      Transfer to Supplementary Reserve List – 01 Jul 1991
      Captain G.T. Roach CD, Memorial Trophy for The Cadet That Contributes the Most During the Year – established 1993
      Civilian Volunteer – 1996 / 1997 Training Year

      Roach, Dorothy Rose – Civilian Instructor – paid as a Second Lieutenant
      Taken On Strength – 05 Jan 1983
      Appointed Supply Officer – 1985
      Appointed Civilian Volunteer – 06 Jun 1995 to 17 Sept 1995
      Dorothy Roach both loved and was loved by the cadet corps.
      She would be publically addressed as “Honorary Colonel” and “The Colonel”.
      Until her death in 2015 Dorothy would present the Captain G.T. Roach CD, Memorial Trophy for The Cadet That Contributes the Most During the Year at the corps Annual Ceremonial Reviews.

      Roach, Maureen Alice May – Civilian Volunteer
      Taken On Strength – 29 Nov 1985
      Appointed Administration Officer

  2. My grandfather Earl Pringle was a member of he queens own rifles. He is a cousin to private Harold Pringle who was executed. Do
    You have any information on either of them?

    1. After a search of both the 2881 Cadet Corps archives and the QOR Museum archives we can find no reference to Earl Pringle or Harold Pringle.
      If you have any information that we could use to start a profile for your Grandfather and his Cousin we would be appreciative.
      Please send any information and photos (in jpg format) to museum@qormuseum.org

    1. I was a member in 1961. Under the command of Major Butterfield who was also a math teacher at Western Canada High School

      1. People in Toronto seem to think that the QOR was only in Toronto.They seem to forget OR are unaware of the 1st and 2nd Battalions of the QOR (Regular Army) out west.

    2. Thank You for bringing this cadet corps to our attention.
      2554 (Calgary) Army Cadet Corps is now included in the archive’s QOR HISTORY section under CADETS.

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