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Eighteen year-old Cadet Chief Warrant Officer Alixandra Voorthuyzen, Regimental Sergeant
Major of 2289 5th (BC) Field Regiment Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, commanded her last parade on February
“The past 5 plus years with 2289 5th (BC) Field Regiment Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps has shaped who I have
become today.” Voorthuyzen stated. “The people that I have worked with and the group of cadets that I have had
under my charge were the best and I would not trade my experiences with the program for anything.”
Alixandra Voorthuyzen has been involved with the Cadet Corps since September 2006. During that time she has
completed his Army Cadet Basic Marksmanship Course in 2007, Army Cadet Leader Marksmanship Course in 2008,
Army Cadet Leader Instructor - Marksmanship Course in 2009, and spent the summers of 2010 and 2011 as a member
of the National Army Cadet Rifle Team based in Bisley England.
During her years as a cadet Alixandra has achieved many awards. She achieved the Most Proficient Gunner Trophy,
the Sampson Award, five years as the Corps’ Top Marksman, the Gold level of the Duke of Edinbourgh’s Award,
the Army Cadet Service Medal (5 years of service), the Legion medal of Excellence and the Lord Strathcona Medal
of Excellence. Alixandra will be leaving the Corps to a potential move to join the Canadian Forces as an Officer and
conduct her training at the Royal Military College (RMC) in Kingston, Ontario.
(courtesy Capt Anthony Bone)
Capt Bone hands over command of 2289 RCACC to Cdr Bates
Lt Finley assumes command of 2289 RCACC
Capt Bone - Cdr Bates - Lt Finley prep to sign documents
Cdr Bates on the dais
On 06 March 2012, Captain Anthony C. Bone, turned over command of 2289 5th (BC) Field
Artillery Regiment Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps to Lieutenant (Navy) Rich Finley, CD. This parade
took place at Bay Street Armoury – 715 Bay Street in Victoria. The Presiding Officer for the ceremony was
Commander William Bates, CD, The Commanding Officer of The Regional Cadet Support Unit (Pacific).
Other notable VIP in attendance was Chief Warrant Officer Brien Lougheed, CD - 5th (BC) Field Artillery
Regiment, Lieutenant Colonel (Retired) Phillip Sherwin, CD - BC Army Cadet League, Mr Robert Russell
BC Army Cadet League and Kimberley Stratford - Chairperson from the Corps’ Sponsoring Committee.
On 06 March 2012, Captain Anthony Bone, CD a resident of Shawnigan Lake, was promoted
to Major (Maj) by Commander William Bates, CD, the Commanding Officer of the regional Cadet Support
Unit (Pacific). In the spirit of community connection and family, Cdr Bates was assisted in this promotion
by the Army Cadet League of BC, Cadet Liam Hood and the family of Maj Bone. The promotion to Maj
is a significant promotion as it moves an Officer into additional leadership and mentorship positions at the
Headquarters level to support the Cadet programme within the province of BC.
Major Bone has been the Commanding Officer of 2289 RCACC since September 2009 and now has
accepted the position of Area Cadet Instructor Cadre Officer (ACICO) for a collection of five Army Cadet
Corps spanning the communities of Victoria, Saanich, Duncan, Richmond and Vancouver. Major Bone
currently works as a civilian employee for the Dispute Resolution Centre (DRC) located at CFB Esquimalt
as a Mediator and Conflict Resolution Practitioner, where he has worked sine June 2001.