Welcome back!

Return After Holiday Break

Hello everyone! The staff and senior cadets are looking forward to seeing everyone back from the holiday period, and hope that you and your families are well.
As a result of the current development of the new COVID variant, our first training night back will be fully virtual, taking place on Thursday January 20, 2022.
Further updates will be released in the next newsletter as we continue to receive information from Regional HQ.
Squadron Sponsoring Committee

DONATIONS
Every year the Squadron benefits from generous donations that support the cadet program. Please consider making a donation, every little bit helps.
1. Did you know that through the United Way/ Government of Canada Charitable Campaign donations may be directed to the 706 Snowy Owls? Simply follow the link to Give Now, select your organization/location and then search for Air Cadet League of Canada #706 Ottawa Snowy Owl. (GC employees click here to view a step by step guide.)

2. Fundraise when you shop online with Flipgive. We earn cash back when you shop anytime with the brands you already love, like Home Depot, Walmart, Sports Check, Indigo, Old Navy, Esso and more. Join our team now and you'll receive a $5 bonus the first time you shop: https://flipgive.app.link/teams or use this code: VN756Z

3. Alternatively, donations may also be sent directly to 706.treasurer@cadetsair.ca.

Post-Secondary Scholarships
Cadets can now apply for the 2022 National Post-Secondary Scholarships!
These scholarships are also available to former cadets who will be in their first year of post-secondary education and will have turned 19 between April 2, 2021 and April 1, 2022.The application will be completed directly on the Air Cadet League's website.
Please visit the following on the website National Education Scholarships - Air Cadet League of Canada (https://aircadetleague.com/for-cadets-squadrons/awards/scholarships/) to find the link for ACC64. For additional information, please also see the Air Cadet League National Office Newsletter (https://aircadetleague.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/Newsletter-September-2021_Final-.pdf) regarding the immediate availability of the 2022 National Post-Secondary Scholarship application forms.
Squadron Announcements

Training (Virtual)

All cadets are being provided with a Cadet365 account (Microsoft Teams account). The invitation/activation link will be sent to your personal e-mail addresses that you provided on your registration/yearly validation form, check your junk mail. Follow the instructions on the invitation to activate your account. This new platform will allow for a standardized approach to online training. As such, our training and meeting links for Thursday nights are migrating over to Cadet365 (MS Teams), and away from Google starting in January. The registration process for many cadets is till on going, and is occurring at the regional HQ level. Unfortunately the staff at the squadron are not able to activate your account. Please complete the following survey, before Thursday 20 January 2022, so we can get an idea of how many of you already have your accounts activated, and how many do not: https://forms.gle/Yq5g3Kkt2TvnHYx87
The new meeting links (MS Teams) will be included in the next newsletter, as well as additional information on how to use the new system.
Supply/Uniforms

Supply is closed during the holiday period, and will resume when possible in the new year.
Optional Activities

Resumption of Optional Activities - Paused
706 will resume in-person optional activities in accordance with Public Health Measures and with the approval of the regional chain of command. Stay tuned for more information regarding when the other activities will resume.
Effective Speaking (Virtual) - New
If you are interested in signing up for the squadron public speaking competition, please follow the steps below by NO LATER THAN THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2022:
The registration is done by the cadet using the form available on the national site: ACC54 (link here - copy/paste into your browser: https://aircadetleague.com/acc54-cadet-effective-speaking-competition-for-royal-canadian-air-cadets/ ). This is the only way to register.
1- The cadet fills out the questionnaire, taking care to indicate the e-mail address of the commanding officer (michael.broeders@cadets.gc.ca). He/she must also make sure to inform his/her Commanding Officer that he/she has registered by emailing the CO and CC'ing Lt Penney (lauraselina.penney@cadets.gc.ca).
2- A copy of the application will be automatically sent to the cadet and the Commanding Officer.
3- The Commanding Officer will print the form and sign it. They will then obtain the signature of the SSC Chairperson.
4- Once both levels have signed the form, the Commanding Officer/SSC will be responsible for submitting the information to national headquarters.
5- IMPORTANT: Do not forget to click on "Submit" at the bottom of the form.
If you are not sure that you will be competing, but want to leave the door open to compete, please still fill out this form.
Duke of Edinburgh Award (Virtual)
The Duke of Ed Team welcomes new and current members to our 2021-2022 training year.
"The Duke of Edinburgh's International Award is a global program with the goal of challenging, empowering and recognizing young people between the ages of 14 and 24. We (the award community) believe that not all learning happens in the classroom. In fact we believe that some of life's biggest lessons happen in the least likely locations. This is how our framework helps young people discover a talent, trait or passion at which they can excel, giving them the confidence to take their future in stride."
If you would like to know more about the award, please refer to the following links:
The Duke of Edinburgh's Award: https://www.dukeofed.org
How the award works: https://www.dukeofed.org/getstarted
Participant Resource Portal: https://www.dukeofed.org/participantresourceportal
If you have any questions about the award or how 706 supports cadets who wish to pursue the award, please contact CV Boland at wendy.boland@706aircadets.ca
Virtual Music Training Program (Regionally Directed)
VMTP courses will be offered online only during the winter. These classes are offered to all cadet musicians in the Eastern Region who are interested in participating and who wish to achieve a level of musical qualification. The levels are 1 to 5.
Each level has four training sessions (four separate days) followed by an evaluation on a 5th day to gain their qualification.
The group lesson schedule will be 8:30 am to 12:00 pm and private lessons will be scheduled between 8:30 am and 5:00 pm depending on the availability of the cadets and their instructor.
Please see the google form to sign-up: https://forms.gle/iyaanUJ1U9AAmvaK9
Registration deadline is Wednesday, January 19, 2022.
Cadet Correspondent Training (Virtual)
​A Cadet Correspondent Workshop session will be offered for the winter of 2022. This session will be offered virtually to third-year (level 3) cadets and above.
This training is geared towards cadets who have an interest in journalism, photography and video shooting, social media management and have an interest in becoming ambassadors for the Cadet Program.
It's possible to register to take the workshop in French or in English. The French session will take place from January 26 to February 23, while the English session will take place from January 29 to February 26, 2022. These sessions will host a maximum of 25 francophone candidates and 10 anglophone candidates.
Each session will consist of five learning modules. Weekly 1.5 hour webinars will be delivered in French every Wednesday starting at 7 pm and in English on Saturdays starting at 1 pm. A link to the content will be sent to registered cadets before the sessions begin. A mandatory assignment will be requested from cadets for each module. Each assignment will require approximately 30 to 90 minutes to complete.
Registration form can be found at the following link: https://forms.gle/LU5jptCozvoNvmQ49
Registration deadline is Monday January 17, 2022
Summer Courses 2022
In Summer 2022, more cadets will be offered a summer experience option and benefit more equitably from this new training model that includes both Cadet Activity Programs (CAPs) and Cadet Training Centres (CTCs) summer training. Click here to learn more.

https://www.canada.ca/en/department-national-defence/services/cadets-junior-canadian-rangers/cadets/summer-training/summer2022.html

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