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Richmond sea cadet Nicole Ngai honoured with national award

Richmond’s Nicole Ngai (right) was named National Sea Cadet of the Year. -
Richmond’s Nicole Ngai (right) was named National Sea Cadet of the Year.
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Richmond Sea Cadet Nicole Ngai has been honoured as National Sea Cadet of the Year.

“I’m still dazed,” says the cadet chief petty officer, second class from “Bicknell” Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps in Richmond.

The award is given to a sea cadet who demonstrates outstanding accomplishment in the corps and must first be nominated by their commanding officer. Ngai has been a sea cadet for five years.

“My sister was in the cadets and she thought it was great,” says Ngai.

She recalls her first day in the corps.

“It was like the first day of school,” she remembers. “But then you find one friend and you stick together, you know. Then you find your group.”

Ngai says her time in the sea cadets has helped her build relationships with people.

The 18 year old is also a full time student at the University of B.C. in the commerce program. Ngai has managed to balance school and her cadet duties and finds the commute from the UBC campus to Richmond the most difficult part.

“Sometimes my classes end at 5 p.m. so I have to bring my uniform with me to school and then rush to Richmond,” she says.

After the nomination by her commanding officer, Ngai’s application was screened by a board along with hundreds of other applicants across Canada. Ngai was chosen as the nation’s top sea cadet.

“I couldn’t have made it this far without the support of my family and friends. My mom especially,” says Ngai.

Ngai has also received an Admiral Yanow Award of Merit in 2008 and the Lord Strathcona Top Staff Cadet at HMCS Quadra Sea Cadet Summer Training Centre.

The ceremony will take place in Ontario.

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