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Our friends shall never be forgotten

The following individuals are remembered respectfully, if there are any error or omissions please advise us and we rectify them asap.



HCol Frank Kozar


Frank Kozar began his career as a CS of C officer in the 1950s attending the Certificate "A" course in Vernon in 1957. He served and or commanded some seven army cadet corps in Alberta. After retiring from his last cadet corps, he was appointed to Hon LCol of the 20th Field Regt RCA and later appointed Hon Col to the Regt.




Roy Abrahamson


Roy had a long association with cadets starting in the early 1950s as a member of  1700 Royal Canadian Artillery Army Cadet Corps in Nelson BC. He later served with the British Columbia Dragoons retiring as a Master Warrant Officer and receiving his Canadian Forces Decoration. He was a member of the VACC Alumni Association and wonderful contributor to the "V-Team". 


Tom Caines

March 25, 1965 - May 17, 2003

WO Tom Caines receiving his NATO medal March 18, 2003 in Bosnia prior to returning home. Tom Attended Vernon Army Cadet Camp in 1980-81 and 1983.

Vern Genaille

Dec 22, 2002

We regret to advise of the sudden death of RCMP Constable Vernon Myles Genaille on 22 December 2002. Vernon was a former Field Engineer who undertook his Recruit Training in 1970 and was posted to 3 Field Squadron in 1971 upon completion of his Field Engineer basic training. A tour in 4 Combat Engineer Regiment followed and Vernon remustered to Administrative Clerk in the 1980s and later instructed as a Sergeant in CFB Borden. After 20 years of service, he left the Canadian Forces for a career in the RCMP. Vern was the recipient of the RCMP's Commissioner's Commendation Awards for Bravery. Vern was very interested in Army Cadets and worked with 1725 Cadet Corps RCE in Chilliwack and was instrumental in forming The Seabird Island Cadet Corps in the Agassiz, BC. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated on 30 December 2002 at St. Mary's Church in Chilliwack with interment at the Chilliwack Cemetery. Should friends desire, donations could be made to : The Agassiz/Sea Bird Island Cadets c/o Jerry Meehan Comp. 52, #3 52324 Yale Road Rosedale, BC V0M 1X0.


Laura Kopan

Aug 7, 2002

Cadet Warrant Office Laura Katherine Kopan in a motor vehicle accident in Ft. Langley, BC on 7 August 2002 at the age of 17 years. Laura was a member of 1725 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCE) and the daughter of Lieutenant-Colonel Terry Kopan, Commanding Officer, Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre Cadet Camp and a former Commanding Officer of 1725 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps. A Celebration of Laura’s Life was held on 12 August 2002 in Abbotsford, BC and Vernon Army Cadet Summer Training Centre Cadet Camp honoured Laura during their Drum Head Ceremony. A bursary fund is being set up in Laura’s memory. Donations may be made to the “Laura Kopan Bursary Fund”, c/o 1725 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps, Box 2038, Sardis Station, Chilliwack, BC, V2R 1A5.


Brant Campioni

July 1, 2002

Corporal Brant Campioni, co-pilot of DHL cargo involved in the mid-air collision with a Russian airliner carrying students to a summer vacation in Spain over Germany in 1 Jul 2002. The crash, which killed 71 people, occurred over Uberlingen, Germany. Evidence suggested that the Russian airliner was misdirected by Swiss Air Traffic Control, which caused the Bashkirian Airlines jet to dive into the tail of the DHL plane. A crash-site memorial has been established in Germany as Brant's plane diverted to avoid crashing into the German community below. Brant Campioni, 35, grew up in North Vancouver and, as a teenager, he showed an early interest in flying when he joined Air Cadet Squadron 103 in North Vancouver. He transferred to 2573 6FES Army Cadet Corps. That unit shared the 6 Field Squadron armoury and Brant was later a member of 6 Field Squadron 1984-88. Brant attended Vernon Army Cadet Camp in 1983. He then joined the Regular Force and became Firefighter, serving in Cold Lake in the 'late 80s. Seeking new challenges, Brant took his release and trained as a commercial pilot in Abbotsford in the early 1990s. He flew for Air BC before leaving to work for DHL in Bahrain 1999. 


Bancroft Clarke

Aug 1983

Bancroft was a member of 2551 Canadian Airborne Regiment Army Cadet Corps. He died accidentally while at Banff National Army Cadet Camp. He attended Vernon Army Cadet Camp from 1980 to 82.


Taras Bolen

17 May 1981


Taras was one of the funniest people I had ever met. Another member of 2551 Canadian Airborne Regiment Army Cadet Corps. He was a course cadet in Vernon in 1978-79 and a platoon Sergeant in 1980. Tragically he was killed by a drunk driver in Edmonton in 1981.


King Boloko

July 23, 2005

A 15 year old Army Cadet with 2784 Governor General's Foot Guards Cadet Corps, tragically lost his life on July 23, 2005. He drowned while swimming with three friends in the Ottawa River. Through a memorial fund established by the family and friends, the King Boloko  Foundation was created in his honour. The Foundation, based out of the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario, will educate and raise awareness about water safety.



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