• James Armstrong

Air Cadets dream of their future while preparing for the 2018 Mozaïk Parade


Dreams for the future take shape under the supervision of artist Tina Struthers (foreground) in the Vaudreuil-Dorion Arena.

Vaudreuil-Dorion Air Cadets 867 Squadron is one of the many community groups participating in the 2018 Mozaïk Parade on Saturday, June 23 marking the Fête Nationale. This year’s parade theme is ‘Dreams’ according to the event’s webpage. “Since the Squadron is a group involving teenagers, we decided to expand it to ‘Dreaming of the future’,” artist Tina Marais Struthers told The Journal on Wednesday, June 13. Struthers is one of the four artist-creators from the region including Lucie Bisson, Monica Brinkman, and John McRae engaged by the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion to assist in the production of costumes, makeup, choreography and floats for the parade. As a professional visual and textile artist, Struthers said she enjoys bringing people together to make creative ideas a reality.

Spoiler alert

“The idea was to create a cartoon bubble of what someone is thinking about,” said Struthers indicating the hats members of the squadron were creating. Each hat or headdress was inscribed with a word on either side describing the dreams and goals of the young cadets. Struthers was reluctant to divulge too much detail about the entire project.

“It’s a bit of a secret,” she said with a smile. She did reveal, however, that the Squadron’s parade project includes a space ship and the cadets’ in-house band will be accompanying them on the big day.

Dreams and goals

For Cadet Alexandre Daigneault, the space ship theme was a good fit with his goal of eventually working as an aerospace engineer designing spacecraft. As a squadron member, Daigneault said he had received his glider pilot license and was looking forward to obtaining a private light aircraft pilot license this summer. Mélodie Jeanneau said she had two possibilities, either a musician or a photographer. Emma Chartrand said she was aiming at becoming a fighter pilot and Andrei Avdeev said his preference was to become a surgeon.

Squadron background

According to information provided by Director of Public Relations Brigitte Thibault,

Canada's Air Cadet Organization welcomes teenagers between the ages of 12 and 18 seeking a rewarding experience based on volunteer commitment. Cadets who join the Vaudreuil-Dorion 867 Squadron participate in a wide variety of challenging activities in a bilingual setting while developing team spirit, leadership and civility.


Forest survival weekends, learning to play a musical instrument, gliding flights, volunteer work and fundraising events are some of the activities that are available as well as the opportunity to learn about aviation. The best time to register is September but you can join the Air Cadets throughout the year and it's completely free of charge. For more information on Vaudreuil-Dorion 867 Squadron, visit escadron867.ca

Mozaïk Parade

The Vaudreuil-Dorion Mozaïk Parade is an annual celebration of the city and region’s cultural diversity. It is part of the annual Festival de Cirque beginning Friday, June 22 to Sunday, June 24. For complete information, visit www.festivaldecirque.com.

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