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Cadet gets hands-on leadership training

A New Westminster air cadet recently participated in onthe-job training as part of the leadership and ceremonial instructor course at the Albert Head Air Cadet Summer Training Centre.

A New Westminster air cadet recently participated in onthe-job training as part of the leadership and ceremonial instructor course at the Albert Head Air Cadet Summer Training Centre.

Anastasia Poon, 16, recently attended the course that was held near Victoria. During the six-week course, cadets learn the importance of professionalism and excellent deportment, how to instruct drill and ceremonial activities and how to perform in different parade positions.

Anastasia's on-the-job training included a day of showing the administration staff cadet, whose job is to provide assistance in the areas of training centre administration, personnel services and public affairs. A student at Byrne Creek Secondary School in Burnaby, Anastasia has been a cadet for four years at 513 Hornet Squadron in New Westminster.

A press release states that the cadet program is designed to contribute to the development and preparation of youth for the transition to adulthood, enabling them to meet the challenge of modern society through a dynamic, communitybased program. Canadian Forces Reserve Cadet Instructors Cadre officers are responsible for cadet training, supervision and administration.

For more information about the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, the Cadet Instructors Cadre and the Albert Head Air Cadet Summer Training Centre, visit


Fraser River Discovery Centre is looking for people who want to help kids discover the Mighty Fraser.

The centre is looking for volunteers to lead its school programs during the upcoming school year.

"By expanding the docent team, the Discovery Centre will be able to offer more school programs while keeping the group sizes small," said Shannon King, the centre's education coordinator.

The Fraser River Discovery Centre offers five different school pro-grams on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays throughout the year.

Through a variety of hands-on activities, such as mock archeological excavations, science experiments and games, kids learn about the river's environment, social and economic importance to the province and its people.

King is looking for outgoing individuals who are keen to discover new things about the Fraser River and are able to volunteer a few hours of their time. Docents work closely in teams, so strong communication and time management skills are required. Experience working with children is an asset but isn't necessary because full training is provided.

People who are interested in getting more information are invited to attend an information meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8 from 1 to 2: 30 p.m.

Anyone interested in volunteering but unable to attend the meeting can call Shannon King at 604-521-8401 (ext. 108) or completing a volunteer application on the centre's website at www.fraserriverdiscovery. org/volunteer.htm

To register for the session, call 604-521-8401 or email info@fraserriver by Sept. 7.

Located at 788 Quayside Dr., Fraser River Discovery Centre is open daily from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. until. Sept. 5, and admission to its galleries is by donation.


Treasure hunters are bound to find something to their liking at the fifth annual Quayside Boardwalk Festival and Sale. The event, which takes place on the esplanade on Saturday, Aug. 20 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., features more than 165 tables of items for sale, a kids' zone, live music, a pet zone, food and beverages and more. More than 7,500 people are expected to take in the event that stretches from River Market to Quayside Park.

A press release states that the boardwalk festival and sale is the largest recycling event in the Lower Mainland. The theme for this year's event is recycle, refill, reuse and resell.

The event also includes a bouncy castle, a dunk tank, merchants from Royal City Farmers Market and Riva Café, massages, displays by community service providers and face painting. Legal Limit, The Knots, Lewis and Wade and Fiddle Stix will perform at the event.

The Quayside Festival and Sale will also raise money for charities and not-for-profit organizations through raffles and hot dog sales. People are encouraged to bring nonperishable items for the food bank.

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