Captain Christel Davidsen of Peachland, BC took the reins as the new Commanding Officer (CO) of the Summerland 902 Air Cadet Squadron. The ceremony was on December 4th at the Summerland Youth Centre. Outgoing CO Capt. Phil Paterson was honoured for his service to the Squadron. He will move to West Kelowna to help fill their staff requirements.
Capt. Davidsen started her officer career in Summerland in 2002 as the Training Officer (TrgO) and then transferred to 243 Ogopogo Squadron in Kelowna where she continued to serve as the TrgO. She has instructed several summers at the Regional Gliding School at CFB Comox, BC, where she taught aviation to cadets interested in getting their glider and private pilot’s license. Sixty eligible cadets get selected to Comox each summer.
Davidsen is also qualified to instruct cadets in survival, an activity at which the Summerland squadron excels. The squadron won the inter-squadron survival contest last year and they hope to take the title again this spring.
Anyone ages 12-16 interested in joining the cadets can come to the Summerland Youth Centre, 9111 Peach Orchard Road, Wednesdays from 6:15-9:15pm. For more information contact Capt. Davidsen @ 250-494-7988.
By: Anne Eggert