1 West Squadron CO’s Online Parade

Number 1 West Squadron on parade at their annual cadet review held in June 2019

Westmount, Quebec – 29 January 2021: 1 West Montreal Squadron held their CO’s parade on 27 January 2021. The event was well attended by more than 100 members of the squadron as well as supporters and guest speakers, including Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel David Bensadoun from the RMR.

Major Tom Leslie giving instructions during the training held over Spring Break in early March 2020

Major Tom Leslie giving instructions during the training held over Spring Break in early March 2020

Major Tom Leslie, Commanding Officer of 1 West, presided over a very well-run event, done virtually in accordance with current restrictions due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The Cadet Captains entrusted with running the online parade did an excellent job, smoothly moving from one segment to the next and keeping the event on-time and participants engaged.

Left to right: WO2 Chan was the lone WO promotion at the parade, and the parade appointments were Squadron Deputy Commander, WO2 Wang (centre) and Squadron Warrant Officer, WO2 Donato (right)

The parade included 39 promotions across all junior and NCO ranks. As well, there were two parade appointments: WO2 Donato was named to Squadron Warrant Officer and WO2 Wang was named to Deputy Squadron Commander.

HLCol Bensadoun presented remarks as a guest speaker, congratulating the cadets for their service and their perseverance and encouraging the cadets to look beyond the current lockdown and to the summer ahead.

Officers of 1 West Squadron enjoying “youth-appropriate beverages” to toast another successful training year in the RMR Officers’ Mess in a pre-Covid world (June 2019)

The parade concluded with a thanks to the NDG and RMR Legion branches for their generous donations to the 1 West poppy campaigns.

Please take a moment to view the presentation available at this link, which lists the promotions and the poppy donations in detail.

1 West Cadets show their pride and energy on the RMR Armoury floor in early 2020.

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