Local parent receives award for work with cadets
An Airdrie volunteer has been recognized for her work with the 3016 Airdrie Army Cadets.
Heather Undershute received the Colonel Lee S. Thompson Award, which is presented in each zone to a parent-volunteer who shows outstanding commitment and dedication to the cadet movement.
“It was awesome to receive this but I am accepting it on behalf of all parents,” said Undershute.
“We have a great group of parents and all of the hard work we put into it is worth it when you see the kids enjoying themselves and learning life skills. We are all here for the kids to give them the best start.”
She became involved with cadets when her son, Jason, was 12 in 2007. Undershute took over the position of treasurer on the parent’s committee board. She keeps track of cadet bank accounts and stays on top of gaming regulations for casino fundraising events.
Undershute has co-ordinated two casinos that have brought in more than $100,000.
“Her work has been instrumental in keeping our corps going and becoming such a huge success,” said Paula Mitchell-Bentley, the 3016 Airdrie Army Cadets. “We have recently won a number of prestigious awards including Top Cadet Corps in the Southern Zone of Alberta, Top Army Cadet Corps in Urban Alberta in 2011 as well as both cadet and staff awards.”
The Colonel Lee S. Thompson Award is open to parents of cadets throughout the province and involves about 39 different cadet corps. The 3016 Airdrie Army Cadets’ Commanding Officer, Captain Tanya Mark, nominated Undershute.
“We now have more female cadets than we have ever had,” said Undershute, adding that her 16-year-old daughter Sarah was a cadet for two years. “And Mark is a big part of that. She is a role model who is teaching girls that it doesn’t matter if you are male or female.”
She said being a cadet teaches children self-confidence, pride and how to be a leader.
“It’s such a good program,” she said.
“It is a great start for any young adult for confidence building. It shows they can do anything they put their mind to.”
“Undershute has gone above and beyond the call of duty. She is always the first to volunteer when help is needed for our cadet group,” said Mitchell-Bentley.
“She can be seen at nearly all of our activities including selling poppies, volunteering at events at the local Legion, volunteering and coordinating volunteers for the casinos and much, much more. She has a way of making parents, staff, volunteers and cadets feel at ease and welcome. Her never ending ability to help has aided our corps in countless ways.”
Undershute was presented with a volunteer service medal and the Colonel Lee S. Thompson Award on Feb. 25 from the Army Cadet League of Canada in Edmonton.
“We are extremely proud of her and feel lucky to have her as part of our corps,” said Mitchell-Bentley.
For more information on the 3016 Airdrie Army Cadets visit, www.airdriecadets.com