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85 Tornado Squadron - Grand Valley

What is the "Air Cadets"?

The Royal Canadian Air Cadets is a national organization for Canadian youth between the ages of 12 and 19. This is a result of a partnership between the Department of National Defence and the Canadian Forces and the Air Cadet League of Canada.

To become members of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets, interested youth must join a local Squadron. There are over 440 Air Cadet Squadrons across Canada.

The local Squadron meets for regular training weekly through the school year. Optional training, including sports, marksmanship and other activities are available as well.

In July and August many Summer Training Courses are available to cadets. These provide valuable training at no cost. Cadets actually get PAID for attending!


What is 85 Squadron?

In 1985, a tornado swept through Grand Valley, across the top of Orangeville, over into Hockley Valley and then up to Barrie where it finally lost strength. This was not just a minor twister, but one that caused major devastation, including great property damage and loss of life. Out of the ruins of that freak of nature sprang our Squadron logo. The number "85" comes from the year of the event, and the name "Tornado" comes from the event itself.

In addition to the metrological reference, the Squadron decided that it was only appropriate to include an aeronautical reference as well.

Some time ago, the British, German and Italian aerospace industry formed a consortium to develop an all purpose, variable swept wing fighter bomber.

The result was the Panavia Tornado. This aircraft has seen service around the world including Dessert Storm.

The final touch to our emblem is the motto. It had to refer to the Squadron, and the origin of the emblem in some way. Everyone struggled to get just the right wording. Finally, one of our former Commanding Officers, Captain Terry Filce, came up with what became the motto of the squadron "RIDING THE EDGE OF THE STORM". The Aircraft design on our crest was the work of formed staff member David Cox.

85 Tornado Squadron parades from 6:45pm - 9:00pm on Tuesday evenings from September until June at the Grand Valley and District Public School at 120 Main Street North.

Want more info?

Browse our website for more information on 85 Squadron. Join us and reach for the sky!


1. To find an event 'Warning Order':
a) Go to the 'Calendar'
b) Find the date
c) Click on the event
d) Click on the hyperlink '---- warning order'

2. Important upcoming events with the following:

05-Sep Tuesday Registration Community Centre
12-Sep Tuesday First Parade Night Community Centre
16-Sep Saturday NCM Weekend-Sr
Trg Day
19-Sep Tuesday 2nd Parade Night LHQ
22-Sep - 24-Sep G-Valley Fall Fair Community Centre
Parent volunteers needed for the Fall Fair
29-Sep - 01-Oct Fall FTX Flesherton
14-Oct Saturday Sports Day LHQ
21-Oct Saturday Gliding
24-Oct Tuesday Halloween Party LHQ
31-Oct Tuesday Stand Down
04-Nov - 05-Nov Ground School
11-Nov Saturday Remembrance Day Community Centre
TBD Saturday Bawden Shoot Guelph Armouries
18-Nov Saturday Band Clinic LHQ
17-Nov - 19-Nov L5 - Training Newmarket
24-Nov - 26-Nov L5 - Training London
25-Nov - 26-Nov Ground School Orillia
25-Nov Saturday Christmas Parade Community Centre
26-Nov Sunday Christmas in the
Valley-Bake Sale
Community Centre
Parent volunteers and goodies needed for
the Bake Sale

3. We have received a guide to the new uniform badges that are starting to become available. It is a good resource while we are waiting for the updates to the dress regulations (CATO 55-04).

Our motto is:

To Learn - To Serve - To Advance

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