A paint night of patriotism and remembrance
PETAWAWA – Paint party enthusiasts commemorated both Canada’s 150th and Remembrance Day, while supporting local army cadets, on Nov. 4.
Taking place at Royal Canadian Legion Branch 517 on Saturday night, the special paint night was organized by the 2642 - 3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment (3RCR) Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps to raise funds for their organization.
Army Cadets is a national organization for youth ages 12 to 18. Cadets learn citizenship, leadership, drill, public speaking, marksmanship, outdoor survival, expeditionary skills, field craft, range skills and more.
The local cadets hosted an afternoon paint party that welcomed 40 kids, followed by the evening gathering that welcomed 90 adults. While the kids painted a snow theme, the adult participants painted a portrait that honoured both Remembrance Day and Canada's 150th.
“We had a really great success last year with our paint night that brought in a lot of people who wanted to come out to support the legion and support the cadets, so we decided to do it again,” said Destiny Genoe, commanding officer of 2642 3RCR Army Cadet Corps.
Local artist Pam Cunningham led the participants step-by-step as they painted a landscape that featured a soldier, poppies and a Canadian flag.
“Last year’s painting focused on the poppy but this year’s painting is totally new as we added a lot more to it, including the Canadian flag for 150th,” said Genoe.
The event raised $2,500 which will support the unique programs and opportunities provided to the 2642 3RCR Cadet Corps members.
“We are so grateful for the support from the community as we are an organization that depends on the support from the community to do fundraising so that we can go above and beyond with our training and our activities for the cadets,” said Genoe. “The organization is amazing for youth as it gets them active, involved in their community and with the funds we're able to provide different activities and opportunities for them. Our number of participants is climbing because we're able to do that, so we're very grateful for sure.”