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Lt-Governor welcomes four new cadets at ceremony

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FOUR YOUNG people who have shown remarkable communication skills, natural leadership and a desire to serve the community have been chosen to be the Lt-Governor’s Cadets for the coming year.

New Lt-Governor’s Cadets at their swearing-in at Government House, left to right, Jack Stephens, Emily Snell, Lt-Governor Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, Lady Corder, Jacob Brady and Jack Vaudin. (Picture by Lucy Darke, 26079388)

Jacob Brady, Emily Snell, Jack Stephens, and Jack Vaudin will assist the Lt-Governor, Vice Admiral Sir Ian Corder, during royal visits, receptions at Government House, Liberation Day, the annual Service of Remembrance, the Queen’s Birthday reception and various other ceremonies.

The teenagers were presented with special medals and badges in a ceremony at Government House, watched by their families and senior local officials.

Sir Ian put the young people at ease and welcomed them to the ‘Government House team’, and he said the process of selecting them had been a lot nicer than the television show The Apprentice.

‘It’s been a real pleasure to meet the new cadets this evening at the start of what promises to be a busy and interesting year for the island.’

Corporal Jack Stephens, 17, is with the Guernsey Sea Cadets and was chosen because of his tireless work to raise standards and boost recruitment at the unit.

He said it was a privilege to be selected.

‘If it wasn’t for the cadets I think I’d be completely different – it’s given me discipline, self-confidence, and of course there’s a big social aspect. I love it.’

Young Leader Emily Snell, 16, from Bailiwick Scouts, was given the call-up because of her can-do attitude and work with more than 200 Cubs.

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She was over the moon to get the opportunity and was anticipating a lot of marching and flag-bearing.

‘It’s something that some of my older friends and people that I’ve looked up to in Scouts have achieved and I’m delighted that now I’ve been given this chance.’

Young Leader Jack Vaudin, 16, also from Bailiwick Scouts, was picked because of his gentle confidence and patience and kindness with the younger Scouts.

He said he was looking forward to spreading more positivity.

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‘It’s an honour. It’s amazing that I got picked.

‘I grew up in the Scouts, it helped me enjoy and appreciate the outdoors and learn skills that I wouldn’t otherwise have learnt. It sort of inspired my career decision as well.’

Warrant Officer Cadet Jacob Brady, 17, is a senior cadet in the Royal Navy Section of the Elizabeth College Combined Cadet Force and he was selected because of his voluntary work with cadet training and the Guernsey Sailing Trust.

He was looking forward to getting down to work.

‘I’ve already had a great chat with the other three cadets and we’ve got some great ideas, and the staff here at Government House have given us a few tasks already to get on with, so we’re already busy.’

When the ceremony was finished and the medals were pinned into place, Sir Ian checked that everyone in the room was dog-friendly before allowing his Hungarian Vizsla, Milo, to bound into the room and give everyone the wagging-tail seal of approval.

Helen Bowditch

By Helen Bowditch
News reporter

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