Lotta lobster: Dinner and dance raises $4,000-plus for Fort St. John cadets

It was a beautiful day for a barbecue and plate of fresh East Coast lobster on the weekend.

The annual Mother's Day dinner and dance at the Legion on May 11 netted between $4,000 to $5,000, after expenses, for the PPCLI 2276 Army Cadets.

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The funds will go to support activities not covered by the federal government, to deliver local youth a well-rounded program focused on learning new skills, from marksmanship to leadership.

"Everything we do goes to help support the kids and their program," said Tina Edwards, fundraising director.

The cadet year is winding down, with a ceremonial review scheduled for May 25. After that, it's a clean up of the hall and a year-end party at the Lido before summer break.

The cadets program is free and open for youth ages 12 to 18. It's not about recruiting kids into the military, but building their skills and competing in band and marksmanship comptetitions, and exposing them to community work and travel.

"It's an amazing experience for the kids," said Edwards. "They learn so much to contribute back to the community."

There are roughly three dozen youth enrolled in cadets in Fort St. John.

Email Managing Editor Matt Preprost at editor@ahnfsj.ca.

Cadet Jacob Barley serves up a plate of lobster to Janet Prestley at the Mother's Day dinner and dance, May 11, 2019. - Matt Preprost
Cadet marksmanship coach Kris Nicoll works the barbecue at the annual Mother's Day dinner and dance, May 11, 2019. - Matt Preprost
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