De La Salle College Cadets celebrate 100 years in Toronto

TORONTO, May 21, 2011 /CNW/ - Grade 7 De La Salle College Cadet Officer Ciaran Dolan peers over the edge, just moments before successfully rope rappelling off of a three-storey school building.

This is one of several team-building exercises of the 17 students - 11 boys and six girls - of the De La Salle (Oaklands) Cadet Corps. Now in its 100th year, the program is one of Canada's remaining few - if not the only - Catholic cadet corps, training tomorrow's leaders.

On Saturday, May 21, 2011, the cadets will celebrate their centennial anniversary at their annual inspection parade, with drills and demonstrations and a gala dinner at the Jewel Banquet Centre, 55 Sovereign Court in Woodridge, Ont. The event starts at 3:45 p.m.

In 1939, the Cadet Corps participated in the Guard of Honour for King George VI's royal visit.

Former cadets fought in the First and Second World Wars like Victoria Cross recipient Maj. Frederick Albert Tilson, VC. Today's cadets are not affiliated with the military.

Although the corps was disbanded in 1947, it continued on in the De La Salle Band (1950s) and the award-winning Drum and Bugle Corps (1960s and 1970s)

Since its reinstatement in 2004, teacher Maj. Joseph Nonato has supervised the program at De La Salle College, a private Catholic school for students from Grades 5 to 12 run by the Christian Brothers.

SOURCE De La Salle Cadet Corps

For further information:

Mr. Michael Tibollo
Event Organizer
(416) 809-5564

Maj. Joseph Nonato
(647) 235-8813

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