It’s quite hard to miss Poonam Miglani’s positive attitude and infectious smile on the base at Albert Head Cadet Training Centre. She has a rare energy that is fuelled by her passion for working with youth.
Instead of taking her summer off like most teachers, she has decided to use her well-deserved time off to continue to make a difference in with the cadet program.
Poonam Miglani started serving with the cadet program in 2015 at Albert Head Cadet Training Centre (CTC) on Vancouver Island. After an amazing first summer, she was hooked, and she has continued to serve as an leader at Albert Head ever since. This summer, she will be responsible for the Canteen. In this capacity, she will mentor four staff cadets to create a fun and relaxed environment where course cadets can take a break and enjoy each other’s company.
“I love kids, I love working with them,” says Poonam. “They always make a huge impact on me every summer, and I am energized by their kindness and work ethic.”
At home in Quesnel, Poonam serves with the local air cadet unit, 768 Jet Rangers Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron. Alongside her team of experienced senior cadets, she delivers engaging training to younger cadets.
“I like the cadet program because it promotes the traditions, culture and standard of excellence that are part of the Canadian Armed Forces Ethos,” says Miglani. “As part of the program, both myself and the cadets can have experiences we could not get anywhere else thanks to the special relationship with the military.”
Miglani will work alongside dozens of other CAF officers at Albert Head CTC this summer delivering curriculum in leadership, aviation, fitness, survival and music. She is just one example of many Canadians who choose to serve youth as Cadet Instructors Cadre officers with the Canadian Armed Forces.
— Submitted by Cadet Flight Sgt. Keon Santos, Cadet Correspondent, Albert Head Cadet Training Centre