Sunday, March 24, 2019

Instructor - CI D. Jackson

I started my cadet experience in navy league cadets with admiral Landymore where I reached the rank of Petty Officer 1st class and the position of Regulating Petty Officer.

I then moved up to sea cadets with Admiral Nelles. I spent my first couple years as a member of the guard before moving through various positions including divisional petty officer, guard commander, and chief gunner’s mate. I finished up as a chief petty officer 1st class in the position of Cox’n.
During my summers with the sea cadets I traveled around for the courses I took. A summer of general training at HMCS Ontario in Kingston followed by two summers of Boatswain training at HMCS Acadia in Clementsport, Nova Scotia. I finished off my summers of training at HMCS Quadra in Comox British Columbia for the eight week Marine Engineering course where I recieved my second class stoker’s ticket for the OR a class RCN vessels. My next summer I was lucky enough to attend an international exchange to South Korea. I finished up my summers with cadets back at HMCS Ontario as a staff cadet in the administration department.
My favourite memories of my time with cadets are my trips to British Columbia heading through the Straits onboard the Orca class ships. Seeing wildlife like dolphins, seals, and whales and performing the various drills to give us a truly authentic experience. The best times however are the times spent together at our home base here in Brantford making friendships that have lasted the 6 years we’ve been out of the program.
As an adult staff member I have been volunteering as a Civilian Instructor since 2013 with plans to eventually get into uniform as a CIC officer. I currently hold the position of guard divisional officer and instructor. I look forward to mentoring the future generation of cadets and ensuring they have the same great experience with the program I did.

Instructor - CV D. Robinson

Instructor - CV E. Long

I joined RCSCC Admiral Nelles in 2009 not knowing how much of an impact this place would have on my life. I quickly fell in love with the program, we had a sail weekend at the Hamilton Sail Centre not long after I joined and once I got out on the water there was no going back.

This love of being on the water stayed with me when I started going to HMCS Ontario for summer training camp. I chose to go to camp for sail training and I had some of the best summers of my life there. I earned my white sail levels 1 through 3, my bronze sail level 4, and then as we changed programs I earned my CANSail level 5 and my instructor’s qualifications. I received so many qualifications through cadets that I would not have been open to, or that were not available to me without the sea cadet program.

I got involved with as many teams and extras as I could. I joined the First Aid Team and eventually became the team captain, I was on the sports team for 4 years, I competed on the drill team with and without arms, and I was a member of the band for the duration of my time as a cadet. I competed in many regattas at summer camp and in my senior year of sail camp, my partner and I won the end of the summer regatta known as Commander Down.

I achieved the rank of chief petty officer second class and became the corps training chief until I aged out in 2016. After aging out I became a volunteer at the Hamilton Sail Centre for a few summers while I was in college, now I’m back in Brantford and back at Admiral Nelles as a civilian instructor. I’m so happy to be involved (again) with this amazing program that taught me so much as a young adult.

Instructor - Slt J. Bresnahan

I joined Admiral Nelles in 1996 and rose to the rank of CPO1 and Cox’n of the corps. During my time I captained many of the corps teams including Sports, Sheers, Range, Seamanship and Band. As Cox’n, Admiral Nelles was awarded the top corps in South Western Ontario.

Upon retirement and a few years off, I came back to the corps as a Civilian Instructor coaching various teams and instructing classes.

In 2009 I joined the Canadian Forces as a CIC Officer. During this time, I have held multiple appointments at Admiral Nelles such as new entry training officer, senior instructor, and corps training officer. For two summers I ran the Physical Education and Recreation department at HMCS Ontario in Kingston, running the lifeguarding and all sports.


I can safely say my life would not be the same without the cadet program. It has shaped me into the person I am today through structure, leadership training and friends that I still have today