Air Cadet Is New Mirfield Ambassador
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By Flt Lt Peter Doubell - 868 (Mirfield) Squadron
Mirfield Town Council have honoured a member of the local Air Cadets with the award of Mirfield Ambassador at their Civic Service on Sunday 24th April: 18 year old Cadet Warrant Officer Leah Silvester, a member of 868 (Mirfield) Squadron.
The award is in recognition of the exceptional commitment Leah has displayed towards the work of her local Air Cadet Squadron, and her personal achievements.
A qualified Instructor Cadet, she has Silver level Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme and has recently completed the final section for her Gold Award to be submitted.
Leah has achieved St. John’s Ambulance Youth First Aid, Activity First Aid and First Aid at Work qualifications, and is also a First Aid Instructor, within the Squadron and at Sector and Wing levels, and has been a key member of the first aid team which has won the Wing competition for the past two years. She completed the Air Cadet Leadership course at RAF Cranwell, with a meritorious result, from this she has also gained a Level 2 Award in Team Leading from the Institute of Leadership and Management.
She has BTec Diplomas in both Aviation Studies and in Teamwork and Personal Development, and has completed the Qualified Aerospace Instructor’s Course at RAF Linton-on-Ouse. She rated in the top forty for the Duke of Westminster Award in 2015.
She has also been active in encouraging, organising and arranging her Squadron’s cadets’ fund-raising activities which have supported both local and national charities including the Royal British Legion, Royal Air Forces Association, Children in Need and Comic Relief. In particular she has been a driving force in for Children in Need and Comic Relief activities. Outside the Corps, Leah is an assistant leader with her local church youth group, working with 3-12 year olds. Amongst the activities she leads are: painting, baking, origami, quizzes and games.
Her Squadron Commander, Flight Lieutenant Peter Doubell said “Cadet Warrant Officer Silvester is an exemplary cadet with a sound record of achievement and who is an excellent representative and ambassador for her Squadron, Wing and the wider Air Cadet Organisation. She is an individual who never fails to make a favourable impression and has been an outstanding example of what the young people of Mirfield can aspire to, gaining positive recognition from both within the wider cadet organisation and outside, for instance when accompanying a Deputy Lieutenant for West Yorkshire to a Citizenship Ceremony. She is a confident, articulate and intelligent young lady, whose appearance, personality and outgoing nature make her particularly well suited to be a Mirfield Ambassador in the truest sense, I am thrilled and proud of this honour for her.”
The local Air Cadet Squadron meets at the Air Cadet Centre in Mirfield on Huddersfield Road near the Stocks Bank Road junction, on Tuesday and Friday evenings. For more information please visit or contact Flt Lt Peter Doubell on 01924 498 896.