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.
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