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Maj Linda Hildebrandt, CD
Major Linda Hildebrandt was born in Ottawa, Ontario and spent part of her childhood living in West Germany until returning to Canada in 1975. Her association with the Canadian Cadet Movement began when she joined the 2402 Governor General’s Horse Guards Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in January 1978 in Toronto Ontario. Highlights of her cadet service include participating in an international exchange to England and attending the National Army Cadet Leadership and Challenge Course in Banff Alberta.
Upon completing the cadet program, Major Hildebrandt joined the Canadian Forces Cadet Instructor Cadre in 1983 to instruct at the 1292 Lord Strathcona’s Horse Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Calgary. She completed a college diploma at Mount Royal College and subsequently moved to British Columbia to attend Simon Fraser University where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Criminology. Upon moving to BC, Major Hildebrandt transferred to 2290 British Columbia Regiment (DCO) Cadet Corps and became the Commanding Officer of the corps in 1992. She was also a member of the North Vancouver RCMP Auxiliary from 1989 to 1991 and was awarded the Canada 125 Medal for citizenship in 1992.
Major Hildebrandt spent many summers working at cadet summer training centres including Ipperwash Army Cadet Camp, Banff National Army Camp, Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre and HMCS Quadra Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre. She has also had the privilege of participating as an escort officer on several international exchanges to Germany (1989), Australia and New Zealand (1992) and England (2001).
In 1994, Major Hildebrandt moved to Victoria, to accept a position as Directing Staff at the Regional Cadet Instructor School (Pacific) where she stayed until 1996. From 1996 to 1998 she was employed at RCSU Pacific as the Staff Officer Army Cadet Training. Returning to RCIS (Pacific), she assumed the position of Standards Officer from 1998 until 2008.
While still employed at RCIS (Pacific), Major Hildebrandt completed a Master of Arts Degree in Leadership and Training at Royal Roads University in 2000 and was introduced to the potential of using internet-based technologies to promote learning. As a result, she launched the RCIS (Pacific) website in 1999 and subsequently designed and developed the first CIC training course to be taught entirely by distance learning. Major Hildebrandt completed a Graduate Diploma in E-Learning Design at Royal Roads University in 2003 and is currently an active participant in the pursuit of introducing Distributed Learning as a viable training strategy within Pacific Region. In 2007, she took on the additional responsibility of Regional Distributed Learning Co-ordinator. In that same year, Major Hildebrandt was awarded her clasp to her Canadian Forces Decoration for having completed 22 years service within the CIC. She was promoted to Major and appointed Officer Commanding the Regional Cadet Instructor School (Pacific) in December of 2008.
Having made a home on Vancouver Island, Major Hildebrandt is an active participant in the outdoors and enjoys sea kayaking, orienteering, hiking, and canoeing. She is also currently a member of the Victoria based ‘Fluid Assets’ dragon boat team.