RICHMOND, BC – Warrant Officer First Class Heyden Lam of 692 BCIT Aerospace Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron (RCACS) smiles at the camera during the Level 1 and 2 snow tubing/tobogganing trip on Mount Seymour in North Vancouver on January 14, 2018.
Encouraged by his older sister to join, Warrant Officer First Class (WO1) Heyden Lam has been involved in the cadet program for six years. Throughout his cadet career, WO1 Lam has achieved the Top Senior NCO Award and the Top Attendance and Deportment Award. As well, he became Drill Team Commander for the squadron’s first large-plus team. His most memorable experience in the cadet program was winning the Zone and Provincial Drill Competition in his second year of cadets. The drill team that year did not think they had a chance of winning, because their routine was not perfect. However, through hard work and determination, they overcame their doubts and became the provincial Drill Team champions. Within the program,WO1 Lam also had the chance to experience summer training at Albert Head Cadet Summer Training Centre (CSTC) and Vernon CSTC. He enjoyed meeting other cadets across the province and improving himself.
“I like how the cadet program is very forgiving. You are not required to do things in one try. You are taught and developed so you can learn the skill successfully. I also like how the cadet program prepares you for your future. There are many skills that I learned from cadets I know will definitely be useful later on in life. The experiences and situations you encounter in cadets are very beneficial and it is difficult to find opportunities like cadets in other youth development groups.”
As the chief of his squadron, WO1 Lam encourages younger cadets to understand and realize how beneficial the cadet program can be. He also wishes to have every cadet realize their purpose in the program and make their experiences better than his own.
Photo and content by FSgt Cherry Lian