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Brookfield & Area Notebook, By Judy Matheson

Hawaiian dinner helps raise funds to support Terry Fox cancer research

The Terry Fox Committee and Knox United Church combined their efforts to bring a happy event to the community on May 3. The Aloha Exotic Hawaiian Dinner and Terry Fox Silent Auction was well received by 105 patrons.

The band and vocals of Bob and C.J. Prest, Dale Fisher and emcee Lori Nielsen kept all well entertained throughout the evening.

The 107 donated auction items appealed to most of the diners as they rushed to out bid their friends and foes, while swelling the total funds raised for the Terry Fox Foundation.

The youthful servers moved quickly to get the four-course meal to the diners. The kitchen staff, under the capable command of Head Chef Russell Bradley, worked diligently.

It took several versatile volunteers to bring it together, but all were happy working for the cause of the church, (funds from the dinner tickets) and finding a cure for cancer with auction proceeds. A win-win for all!

Thanks are extended to all auction donors, entertainers, workers and especially to Chef Bradley for an excellent meal.

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The Col. G.N. Henderson Air Cadet Inspection was held on May 3 at the Sportsplex, under the direction of Captain Ralph Murphy.

Several dignitaries were in attendance and all spoke of the values gained from the cadet program. The cadets are celebrating their 61st year in Brookfield, having been sponsored by the Brookfield Men’s Club for 60 of those years. Several of the BMC members were present and were recognized for their support.

Murphy has a long association with the Brookfield Squadron, first as a cadet, then as a liaison officer, then as a training officer and finally as captain in the Cadet Instructor Cadre. In 2011, Murphy became the commanding officer for the Brookfield Squadron.

Several cadets were promoted to higher ranks, while perfect attendance awards were presented to 12 cadets.

Many were selected for summer training courses; Sgt. Peter Betts was awarded a glider pilot scholarship at Debert. FCpl. Brookes Woodworth will attend the basic leadership course in Greenwood, Cpl. Maggie Myers will go to Greenwood for basic aviation. Cpl. Travis White is attending for basic aviation technology and aerospace. Lac Nicholas Hinton is going for basic fitness and sports. Cpl. Makayla Tanner will be doing basic survival. The following will go to Greenwood for general training; Lac William McNea, AC Brynn Miller, Lac Cole Mockford, AC Denver Nicol and AC Eric Tannner.

Thomas White, CD President Air Cadet League of Canada, was the reviewing officer and presented the following awards:

• Best First Year Cadet: Denver Nicol

• Most Improved: Cpl Maggie Myers

• Chief w/o Ralph Murphy Award: Cpl. Travis White

• Spirit of 569 Award: Sgt. Peter Betts

• Garth Decker Award: Sgt. Peter Betts

• Lord Strathcona Award: Sgt. Peter Betts

• Col. G.N. Henderson Award: WO2 Alex Croft

• Royal Canadian Legion Medal: WO2 Alex Croft

Special guests Thomas White CD, MP Scott Armstrong, MLA Larry Harrison and Councillor Geoff Stewart each addressed the cadets, officers and guests in praise of the fine work of the cadet program.

“Approximately 75 people viewed the 15 cadets on parade who were well turned out,” Murphy says. “I was extremely proud of each and every one of them. It’s exciting to have the cadets share what they accomplished with parents and guests.”

A formal dinner was held on Saturday evening for cadets and guests. Captain Heather Constantine from Cadet Headquarters in Shearwater was the guest speaker. She noted “that what they learn as cadets will benefit them in the future”.

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The Water of Life Coin Collection followed the morning church service at Knox United on May 4. The $450 will be sent to Lifewater Canada, which raises funds to dig wells in Africa and Haiti. To date, the congregation has assisted with digging 12 wells. The wells are vital to provide clean water in many villages to save the lives of children, where many die from contaminated water.

Several churches, schools and groups in the Colchester area are involved in contributing to Lifewater Canada through the caring assistance and leadership of Placide Chiasson.

Judy Matheson is a life-long Brookfield resident and dedicated volunteer with many community organizations. To have your community news appear in her column, contact her by email at judy.m.matheson@eastlink.ca.

 

Organizations: CD President Air Cadet League of Canada, Knox United

Geographic location: Greenwood, Africa, Haiti Colchester

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