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Capt Keri Moore

 

Capt Keri Moore (nee Winkelaar) was born September 6th, 1975 in Edmonton, Alberta. Capt Moore grew up as one of three children in a blended family, living first in Sherwood Park, Alberta, then Didsbury, Alberta and back to Sherwood Park. Capt Moore graduated from Salisbury Composite High School in Sherwood Park, Alberta with an advanced High School Diploma in 1993. Since completing High School, she has attended various computer courses at Grant McEwan Community College, and also completed the courses for the Business Management Certificate.

Capt Moore first joined the Royal Canadian Army Cadets in 1988 when a friend in Didsbury told her about a neat new youth group that was forming. Her friend never stayed with the program, but Capt Moore joined before the corps was even born and has been with the Army Cadets ever since. During her six year stint as an army cadet, Keri won the perfect attendance award every year, Best Over-all cadet, Top Junior NCO and Top Senior NCO. She passed the Gold Star Testing (currently called NSCE) with the top marks for a female cadet in Alberta and was offered the UKLF exchange or Banff, but chose to attend Vernon as a staff cadet instead. As a Warrant Officer Keri was awarded the Lord Strathcona Medal in 1993, and chosen as top cadet in Central Alberta in 1994. She graduated from 180 Royal Canadian Artillery Army Cadet Corps in Edmonton, Alberta as a Master Warrant Officer and the Regimental Sergeant Major of the cadet corps in September of 1994.

As a cadet Keri completed the two week Basic Army Cadet course in Penhold, Alberta, six week Army Cadet Leader course in Vernon and the six week Army Cadet Leader Drill & Ceremonial course in Vernon. She spent the next three summers as a staff cadet at Vernon, first on Cadet Leader and then two years on the Cadet Leader Instructor Quartermaster course.

In January 1995, Keri became an Officer Cadet and was enrolled as a member of the Cadet Instructors Cadre to serve as Administration Officer for 180 RCACC. In September of 1996, Second-Lieutenant Winkelaar transferred to 2051 RCACC in Edmonton as the Training Officer, the position she held until she moved to Nova Scotia in 1999. In Nova Scotia Capt Moore, spent two years as Training Officer before taking over as Commanding Officer of 2928 Colchester Legion Branch # 26, Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.

In 1998, Capt Moore led her marksmanship team from 2051 RCACC to the provincial competition. It took two years of hard work once she transferred to 2928 RCACC in Nova Scotia, but she has led that marksmanship team to the provincial competition every year since 2001. In 2003, 2004 and 2005, Capt Moore has led Orienteering teams from 2928 to the Provincial competition where they have captured team and individual awards.

Officer Cadet Winkelaar worked Movements in Edmonton during the summer of 1995. In 1996 she returned to Vernon as a Second-Lieutenant and was a Platoon Commander for a Cadet Leader Course. In 1997 and 1998 Lieutenant Winkelaar returned to Vernon as a company Administration Officer for a Cadet Leader Course. In 1999, Capt Moore started the summer as Assistant Movements Officer, then did two weeks as Assistant Movements and Administration Officer for Basic, two weeks as Administration Officer and Platoon Commander for Basic, before completing the summer as Administration Officer for the Basic Army Cadet Course. In 2001, Capt Moore spent a summer at Argonaut Army Cadet Summer Training Centre as the Assistant Adjutant. In 2005, Capt Moore returned to Vernon as the Cadet banking Officer.