Although there are no fees involved in becoming an Air Cadet, the squadron must raise money in order to operate. 844 Norseman Squadron has a Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) responsible for providing much of the funding necessary for the squadron’s activities. The SSC organizes fundraising activities throughout the year and Cadets are expected to participate in these events. Parents and guardians are expected to get involved and help out where needed.
Air Cadet lottery tickets are a mandatory fundraiser for all Ontario Air Cadets. Each Cadet is responsible to sell 1 book of tickets. These will be issued early in the year and require a $50 deposit. Upon return of the ticket stubs, ticket money and any unsold tickets, the deposit will be refunded in full.
Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC)
Sponsoring committees are community-level organizations that coordinate local support for the Cadets. Depending on the unit, their makeup varies and they can include interested parents, community members, service clubs, town councils and corporations. The terminology also varies. For example, Sea Cadets call their sponsoring committees “Navy League branches”, while Army Cadet corps may call them “support committees”. The Royal Canadian Air Cadets refer to this group as the Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC).
In certain situations, a parent committee is the unit’s official sponsor, while in others it provides support for the sponsoring committee.
Sponsoring committees are responsible for:
- Providing suitable accommodation for cadet training and activities
- Promoting the Cadet Program to the community
- Fundraising and managing funds for additional activities not supported financially by the Canadian Forces
- Monthly Meetings
- Chair – Leta McCulley
- Treasurer – Janette Sutey
- Member – Dawn Stead
- Member – Kayla Rhiness
- Member – Brandon Ashby
- Member – Stan Sutey
- Member – Laura Beacom
- Member – Angela White
- Member – Joy McEntee
- Member – Mary-Lou Milligan
- Member – Steve Borden