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It is great sadness that we have lost another leader in the Air Cadet Community.
Maj (Ret) "Tommy" Thomas had a huge heart for Cadets and Staff, he was with the Air Cadet League for more than 30 years, most of those years, as the Squadron and Regional Director in our area.
He was very instrumental in organizing the Glider Interview process for the League in the Trenton area. He attended, for many years, all of the Summer Training graduations 2nd, 3rd and 6 week courses and of course the Glider Course, and presented many awards.
He will be missed at our 608 Annual Ceremonial Reviews, which he has attended for years.
Thomas, Claud (Tommy)... who sadly passed away at Belleville General Hospital, after a brief illness, on Monday February 22, 2021 in his 87th year. Pre-deceased by his loving wife and friend of 57 years of the late Jean Thomas. Cherished father of Stephen and his wife Theresa of Trenton and David and his wife Karen of California. Sadly missed by grandchildren; Collin (wife Ashleigh), Jennifer (Jordan), Zachary, Jacqueline (fiancée Liam), Kaitlyn and Mychaela. Loved and sorely missed by his partner Sue Frauts. Tommy is survived by his sister Carol Thomas of England.
Tommy spent 38 years in aircraft maintenance in both RAF and the RCAF, as well as being an active member of 413 Wing, RCL Branch 110 and as a CIC officer with Air Cadet League of Canada. He will be sadly missed by all and his legacy will be ever remembered. In honouring Tommy's wishes, he will be cremated with details with respect to services and celebration of life to be determined. Inurnment will be held at St. George's Cemetery in the springtime. Arrangements in care of the Weaver Life Centre, 29 Bay Street, Trenton. As expressions of sympathy, donations to the (charity to be decided) would be appreciated by the family.
Memories, stories and condolence can be shared online at www.weaverfuneralhomes.com
Maj (Ret) "Tommy" Thomas receiving a provincial distinguished Life Member Service Award and receiving his 30-year medal. Being presented by the Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell OC, Ont Lieutenant Governor of Ontario. October 26th, 2018.
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Announcement of CADET365 Project
Following subject’s announcement, you will find below questions and answers to provide answers to the initial questions that will be asked.
There will be additional information launched in the coming weeks and months with details regarding how onboarding will work, operating within the system, and learning opportunities to help navigate this platform.
To stay up to date with the latest information available consult your CCONet email frequently, follow COATS & Volunteers on Facebook, or download the CJCR App.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CADET365?
CADET365 is Microsoft Office 365 deployed for CJCR. It is a cloud-based suite of business tools such as, Word, Excel, OneNote, MS Teams and many others. This solution is being deployed to facilitate work from personal devices, improve collaboration for CCO members, and provide an alternate training delivery system.
What is Microsoft (MS) Teams?
Microsoft (MS) Teams is a component of Microsoft 365. It is a collaborative toolset to help you and your colleagues communicate. It provides an easy-to-access bridge between those working in a full-time office setting and those working at home or from other remote locations such as Corps/Sqn personnel. You can use Microsoft Teams to hold web conferences (audio, video and chat), to share information and resources.
Who will use CADET365 and for what purpose?
CADET365 will be used for CTC(Virtual) for the delivery of virtual training. Following that, CADET365 will be used by all Corps/Sqn for their own virtual engagement requirements (with Microsoft Teams) and also to collaborate and share resources and information among staff, cadets, and parents.
At some point, staff will have access to their CCO Net email @cadets.gc.ca through CADET365, from their personal asset or mobile device.
When will I get access to CADET365?
CADET365 will be introduced in a phased approach, with the priority being CTC(Virtual). The onboarding process will begin once staff and cadets have confirmed their availability for CTC(Virtual) 2021. Accounts will be distributed in batches, however we are looking to have all users set-up in advance of the start of contracts/CTC.
The intent is for all adult staff to be on-boarded throughout the summer of 2021 but onboarding of all cadets should only start after the summer and extend over a certain period of time. Onboarding of parents (as guests) will start at a later date that have yet to be determined.
How do I get a CADET365 account?
The CADET365 team will contact you directly to notify you that a CADET365 account has been created of your behalf. You log in information and the details to activate your account will be email to you once your account has been created. During the initial onboarding period accounts will be provided to those identified as staff and cadets attending CTC(Virtual). Following that the project team will follow a phased approach to roll out accounts to all members and cadets.
How do I make sure my account can be created?
For adult staff, ensuring that your CCO Net account is active is the first step in ensuring you will receive your Cadet365 account.
For cadets, they must have an up-to-date e-mail addresses and a phone number entered into Fortress in order to create their accounts. The e-mail addresses must be unique to each cadets, and accessible from the device they intend to use for CTC(Virtual).
How do I verify cadet information in FORTRESS?
In the cadet personal file, under Personal Information – Contact Information make sure that the cadet has ONLY ONE email listed. The email must not be shared with other cadets. For example, if the Bloggings Family has 3 cadets they cannot share one email (firstname.lastname@example.org) as they will each require a different one to be used when creating their CADET365 credentials.
The Telephone (main) field also needs to be validated to ensure that the number used is a number that the cadet will have access to while attending virtual training.
How can I get more information on the project?
More information will be provided through different channels (chain of command, email, Canada.ca, etc.) as it becomes available. If you have any questions, you should contact your RCSU who should be able to answer it. If not, your RCSU can reach out to the project team.
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As you may know, because of the current province state and the number of COVID cases, the Cadet Activities Program is no longer an in-person activity (see Frag Order attached). Only Haliburton will be an in-person trial-run.
Therefore, we are working on an Alternative Delivery Model which will be conducted individually at home and online.
Official documentation such as joining instructions and schedule will be distributed to all RCSU Central units before the end of the month.
I would like to take a few moments to give you as much details as possible for the upcoming CAP.
The idea is simple, the cadets will aboard a “Cadet Cruise Ship” for March Break.
In order to start the “cruise”, they will need to create their own account on the Extranet to have access to the file repository. In the file repository, they will find the Central folder where the “cruise” daily theme and activities as well as the “Cadet cruise Passport” will be available for them to pick and choose what they want to do for the day.
The framework of the CAP Alternative delivery model is as follows:
The attached document titled CAP – Daily overview, gives you an idea of activities and challenges available to cadets. The themes for each day are as follows:
For the challenges, the cadets will self-record their participation via a “cadet passport” available on the file repository. They will receive points for each activities they participate in. Bonus points will be allocated for social media posts of their participation. The passport will be via MS Forms so it is easy to complete for the cadets. The point system will have three levels: bronze, silver and gold. The level achieved by the cadet will show on Fortress the week after the CAP. Cadets who receive the Gold level will be invited to a virtual meet & Greet with the RCSU Central CO and CWO.
The detailed plan, joining instructions and the cadet passport are still in the works. They will be all completed and approved by RCSU Central leadership team at the end of next week.
We will distribute the official documentation as soon as we receive it.