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Annual Ceremonial Review


The Annual Ceremonial Review is a yearly parade to showcase the culmination of the training of the Cadets from September to June. It is based on the "Battalion Review" for the Army, but has been adapted to follow "Ceremonial Divisions" in the Navy.


The review will take place in 3 parts.

  1. Ceremonial Divisions with Colours

  2. Beat to Quarters with Displays

  3. Evening Quarters with Sunset

Ceremonial Divisions with Colours



The Regulating Petty Officer will muster Cadets in Victorious Division and order the March-On of the Guard and Band. The Ship's Company will be Dressed at Open Order March.



The ceremony of colours raises the RCSC Ensign. Dutymen on the Quarterdeck will man their station and the Officer of the Day will arrive to lead the Ceremony. The Quartermaster will ring the Ship's bell twice signifying the time (1900) and pipe the still. We ask that all raise while the National and Royal Anthems are played.


Arrival of Reviewing Officer

We ask that you remain standing for the Naval General Salute given to the Reviewing Officer.



The Reviewing Officer will Inspect the Ship's Company, starting with the Guard, then moving to the rest of the Ship's Company.


March Past

The Ship's Company will then perform a March Past for the Reviewing Officer.


March Off and Beat to Quarters

The Ship's Company will then march off. A 'Beat to Quarters' will then be played for the Cadets to double to their displays. The Reviewing Officer and the Parents are welcome to inspect the displays and question the Cadets.


March On, Awards and Speeches.

The Ship's Company will then March On, Dress and Open Order March for Awards and Speeches.


Advance in Review Order, General Salute and Departure of the Reviewing Officer

The Ship's Company will Advance, give the Reviewing Officer another General Salute, and await their Departure. We ask that you stand for this honour.


Evening Quarters and Sunset

We ask that you continue standing for this ceremony. Dutymen working on the Quarterdeck will fall out and man their stations for Sunset. The Officer of the Day returns for the lowering of the RCSC Ensign.


March-Off of Band and Guard; Dismiss to Liberty Boat and Duty Watch

With the completion of the day's parade, the Guard and Band will March Off, the parade will be given back over to the RPO, and the Cadets will then be tasked with 'securing' HMCS York for the night. At the same time, guests are invited to come down to the deck and celebrate with each other the completion of the Training year.

Reviewing Officer

Lt(N) Eleonore Edwards - Former CO RCSCC Vanguard

Lt (N) Edwards was born and raised in a small town, located in the Niederosterreich Region – Lower Austria. At a young age, her family immigrated to Canada and settled in the City of Toronto where she completed her education. Today, you can find Eleonore working in the medical field as she is an administrative manager at a physician’s office.



On May 28, 2008, Lt (N) Edwards was sworn into the Canadian Armed Forces and decided to become more involved in cadets with her two sons with RCSCC Whitby as Band Officer; challenging herself to select appropriate music for the kids to perfect, and work towards receiving a medal at competitions.


In 2013, Lt (N) Edwards transferred to RCSCC Vanguard and took on the role of Training Officer: a constant reminder to incorporate the techniques taught in courses, that will prepare the cadets for any corps/squadron duties. While planning the training/development plan, Eleonore was given the role of biathlon coach.


In 2015, Eleonore took on the position of CO at RCSCC Vanguard and the term lasted until June 2018 which included several important milestones such as taking RCSCC Vanguard on a week trip to explore Washington; landmarks included – The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, The Washington Monument, The Pentagon, and The Arlington National Cemetery.


Lt (N) Edwards was also selected to participate in two Sea Cadet international exchanges – United Kingdom in 2017 and Bermuda in 2018.


Presently, Lt (N) Edwards is with 618 Queen City Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron; first as Administration Officer and currently Commanding Officer.


Eleonore volunteers her spare time to assist organizations run events for local communities to enjoy; Pan Am and Para Pan Am Games, Invictus Games, Grey Cup, and World JR. Hockey are just a few examples. Lt(N) Edwards has joined the Canadian Auxiliary Coast Guard; and, strives to provide premier support to other boaters on the water. Lt (N) Edwards is, also, musically talented and a member of the Toronto Signals Band; plays the glockenspiel. To celebrate her various volunteer activities, Lt(N) Edwards received the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers; a dedication to participate in events that inspire to build a caring community.


A number of Awards have already been presented at the Awards Dinner. The remaining are saved for this parade due to the importance they have.

National Awards

Lord Strathcona Medal

The Lord Strathcona Medal is one of the highest awards that can be granted to a cadet. It demonstrates all that Lord Strathcona himself personified: hard work, dedication, service to Canada, excellence in all pursuits, vision, perseverance and intelligence and a focus on stewardship of our country; its health and vibrancy and that of its youth.

The recipient today has been singled out among their peers for outstanding performance as a cadet. For demonstrating proficiency in physical fitness and marksmanship, as well as dedication to the program and their country. For demonstrating the qualities of Lord Strathcona and leaving their own personal legacy at this corps, and within the community through their service, performance, example and excellence as a cadet.

Navy League of Canada Award of Excellence

May be awarded annually to the most proficient Royal Canadian Sea Cadets within each Division. To be eligible for this award, the cadet must have:

  • Attended a minimum of 80% of all activities in the current training year

  • Achieved the rank of Petty Officer first class or higher.

  • Consistently set an outstanding personal example of dress and deportment.

  • Demonstrated a thorough grasp of cadet training, as indicated by promotions, examinations and previous awards.

  • Demonstrated good citizenship through community service activities.

Navy League of Canada Sea Cadet Service Medal

Awarded by The Navy League of Canada in recognition of continuous cadet service of at least four (4) years by deserving Royal Canadian Sea Cadets.

To qualify for this award, a serving cadet must have successfully completed four (4) calendar years (continuous from enrolment date) of distinguished service and be recommended by the Commanding Officer. All Royal Canadian Sea Cadets past or future shall be eligible for this award, and may receive this medal at a cost to them.

Former members of the Navy League's Wrennette program are also eligible to receive this medal with any combination of four years service in Wrennettes and/or Sea Cadets.

Corps Awards

SLt Arthur Carscadden Memorial Award

This award is named in memory of Arthur Carsadden, an Officer with RCSCC Ark Royal, a unit that merged with others to become the present RCSCC Vanguard, that perished along with several Cadets when their boat capsized on Lake Ontario. His last action was to swim away from the capsized boat to attempt to save a Cadet that was knocked unconscious and was drifting away from the boat. For years it was the 'Best Cadet' award and was awarded to Cadets that have been nominated for the Navy League Medal of Excellence, but not selected for that award. It is returning to the role of 'Best Cadet.'

LCdr Bill Hedley Memorial Award

This award is named in memory of William Hedley, former Commanding Officer of Vanguard, who dedicated his entire life to the service of the Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Program. The award goes to a junior Cadet who demonstrates good character, sound judgement, strong commitment, and dedication to Vanguard.

Barbe Peace Memorial Award

Ms. Peace was a member of the Vanguard Branch of the Navy League of Canada and was very dedicated to the cadet program. The Barbe Peace Award is awarded to the most dedicated senior Cadet, who displays the highest level of drill, dress and deportment at the Corps.

Lt(N) George Wong Memorial Award

This award is named after Lt(N) George Wong who passed away while still a member of RCSCC Vanguard. This award is presented to the Officer of RCSCC Vanguard that dispalys the strongest leadership during the training year.

Award Biographies


Lord Strathcona Medal Founder: Donald Alexander Smith, 1st Baron Strathcona and Mount Royal

This very accomplished businessman, politician and philanthropist was born in Scotland in 1820. Throughout his long life, he left quite a legacy in Canada. Here are a few facts about Lord Strathcona:

  • As a businessman, he began his apprenticeship at age 18, in the Hudson’s Bay Company (HBC) working in the fur trade in Labrador. He went on to become the principal shareholder, and Governor of the HBC in 1889, positions he held until his death. In addition, he became the president of the Bank of Montreal in 1887.

  • As a politician, he entered politics in Winnipeg in 1870-71 (at age 50) and became a member of parliament representing Winnipeg for nearly ten years. After a break of several years, he returned to Parliament in 1887 where he remained until 1896, when he was appointed High Commissioner for Canada in London, England.

  • As a philanthropist: Although well known for driving the last spike in the construction of the Canadian Pacific Railroad at Craigellachie, British Columbia in 1885; he also promoted the construction of the railway and his financial support was vital to the success of the enterprise.

    • In 1900 Lord Strathcona personally financed and raised a Cavalry Regiment of Canadian cowboys for the Boer War. That Regiment, with the title Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) exists to this day as an Armoured Regiment within the Canadian Army.

  • In 1909-1910, Lord Strathcona established the Strathcona Trust with a $500,000 donation. His wish was to improve the physical and intellectual capabilities of youth in Canada, by encouraging habits of self-discipline, good citizenship and patriotism. In 1923, a medal was struck and awarded to the most deserving cadet in each cadet corps.

Donald Alexander Smith was recognized for his many contributions to Canada by being knighted by Queen Victoria in 1886.​

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