Cadet Sergeant Brandon Reid, 17, was awarded the Lord Strathcona Trust Fund Annual Summer Training Centre Achievement Award after a summer camp at the Vernon Cadet Training Centre (VCTC).
Cadets train from September to June and then can take part in a six-week summer camp at the VCTC.
The award is presented to a staff cadet who has demonstrated outstanding leadership, promoted drill and physical fitness, has exemplary dress and deportment, loyalty and instructional ability.
The award is also for the most outstanding Section Commander or Staff Cadet Sergeant in a direct supervisory role.
This was Reid’s first year as a staff cadet.
Captain Mark Iredale, Commanding Officer of the 2277 Seaforth Highlanders of Canada, RCACC Langley said at the summer camp, Reid made sure the younger cadets under his care received the help they needed.
“He’ll sacrifice his own time,” said Iredale. Adding that Reid can relate to the younger cadets because of his age.
The Cloverdale resident is a member of 2277 Seaforth Highlanders, Royal Canadian Army Cadet in Langley.
Reid said he did not know he was getting the award on Aug. 13 at the end of the summer camp.
He added that receiving the award felt “pretty good,” but he was surprised because he didn’t expect anything like that.
The Clayton Heights Secondary student beat out more than 150 other people for the award.
Starting in September, this will be Reid’s sixth year as a cadet.
Reid said he joined cadets because of his cousin. His cousin quit, but Reid chose not to.
Earlier this year, Reid was awarded the Lord Strathcona Medal which is the highest award that can be granted to a Canadian cadet in each corps.
He was awarded the medal because of his outstanding performance and personal involvement in the community.