ALDERSHOT, NS - Her dedication and commitment to volunteering for the Kings County army cadets has led to some special recognition from the Governor General of Canada.
Corporal Joan Dorey of Cambridge, a full-time primary reservist with 5 CDTC who works at Camp Aldershot, was presented with the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers at a Commanding Officers Parade on Oct. 10.
Dorey first got involved with volunteering as an army cadet parent, as both of her sons went through the program. After her boys moved on, she recognized that the 2444 Kings County Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps (RCACC) was growing and could still use some help so she decided to keep on volunteering.
She found out that she would be receiving the award after the Governor General’s office called her home while she was working one day this past summer. Her husband called her at work and told her that she had to call the number they had left right away. Dorey asked who it was but her husband wasn’t sure.
“When I called and she answered the phone ‘Governor General of Canada’s office’, I said I think I have the wrong number,” Dorey said.
She double-checked with her husband to make sure he had given her the correct number, but he had. Dorey thought she may have transposed the digits, so she called again. The woman asked Dorey if she was receiving an award or presenting one and, not knowing, Dorey told her “no.” The woman asked Dorey who she was looking for but Dorey told her she didn’t know.
“It was probably about two weeks later that they called me at home and they got me,” Dorey said.
She believes that the cadets provide an excellent program for kids and that’s why she continues to volunteer with them. Dorey recognizes that cadets might not be a good fit for all children but, if they stick with it and put the effort in, it can be a transformative and highly beneficial experience.
She said it feels great to be recognized by the Governor General and the cadets and she hopes it will serve as an incentive for others to volunteer. Dorey said everyone has their own area of expertise or a special skills set. If someone is thinking of volunteering, they should take some time for introspection to figure out where or how they could best put those skills to work to serve the community.
2444 Kings County RCACC Commanding Officer Captain Mandy Forbes described Dorey as a “highly committed” volunteer for the unit who is happy to offer help in any way she can.
Forbes said they were all very excited to learn that Dorey would be the recipient of the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. It’s a great feeling to have a staff member recognized, especially with such an important medal. Dorey has volunteered with the cadet corps for eight years.
“Joan is a hard worker and valuable member of our team,” Forbes said. “As a volunteer, she chooses to help and doesn’t seek recognition. It’s important to recognize volunteers for all they do.”
Forbes said that since they are a larger cadet corps, there is a lot of paperwork and files to manage. Dorey has used skills gained through her military career to help the unit’s administration staff keep the paperwork well organized and up-to-date, easing the burden on them.
Cadets is open to all young people age 12 to 18. Participants are taught leadership, mentoring, citizenship and physical fitness and learn marksmanship, map and compass and bush craft skills. Regular training for 2444 RCACC takes place at Camp Aldershot every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 9 p.m.
The Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers recognizes the exceptional volunteer achievements of Canadians from across the country in a wide range of fields and pays tribute to the dedication and commitment of volunteers. Passion, dedication and a commitment to community are the driving forces behind the volunteers who receive the medal.
For more information on the Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers, visit https://www.gg.ca/en.