While at a conference in Vernon, Capt. Navneet Rondeau of the 3066 LdSH(RC) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC), received a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.
Rondeau found out in December that she was going to receive the award.
“I was surprised and it was hard to believe,” she said. “It was shocking and exciting. I am honoured.”
Rondeau did not know that her name was being considered for the award before finding out she was going to receive it.
She felt it was important to say that the award was something she would share with the cadets in Golden.
“It was exciting to share with them because they are the reason I have the award. In my opinion, I take pride in what I do and it is nice to be recognized. I don’t do it to receive something or to be acknowledged, but it is nice.”
Rondeau said that she was humbled to receive the award that has been given to other people in Golden, for whom she has a great deal of respect.
“I am so proud to be recognized with people like Paul (Hambruch) and Christina (Benty). I knew Mr. Hambruch. He was a great supporter for the cadets. He made personal donations to army cadets that helped us over the years. Christina is a friend of mine and to receive it together makes it a little more special,” she said.
Rondeau wanted to stress how important the cadets are for children in the area.
She said the cadets gives members a chance to learn about many different things while making new friends.
“It is about adventure and friendship and it is free. There is no charge. We do fund-raising sometimes to support our legion. Right now we are offering services to people who are looking to have their yard maintenance done, with all funds raised going to the local legion.”
Anyone interested in using the yard service can call Rondeau at 250-344-2312.