The History of 2963

Cadets from Earls Cove and Pender Harbour were ferried to Powell River each week for parades and exercises, with obvious hardships and inconveniences. 

The corps was formed in 1978 after the Army Cadet League of Canada, BC Branch decided to form a cadet corps on the Lower Sunshine Coast, with Sechelt as its central base. 

The corps was affiliated with the British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaughts Own) under the command of Major Trevor Goddard CD (ret’d) and became known as 2963 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. 

Major Goddard was joined by Robert (Bob) Sommerfield and Doreen Pihichyn, followed by Lt. Banjay, from Earls Cove. 

Sponsorship was required to support the new Army Cadet Corps and at the October 16th, 1978 meeting of the Royal Canadian Legion Branch #140 (Sechelt) the formal presentation was made. The motion was moved and seconded at that meeting that the cadets would parade in the hall on Thursday evenings from 6-9pm.