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On May 6, 2011 the province honoured community crime fighters at the 20th annual Solicitor General and Public Security Crime Prevention Awards ceremony at the Government House in Edmonton and co-hosted by the Lacombe Police Service. One of the nine award recipients that are making a difference in their community is Constable Todd DePagie from Rocky Mountain House for creating the Sunchild-O’Chiese Cadet Corps for Aboriginal youth. The initiative helps youth develop self-esteem, and educates them about the dangers of drugs and gang activity.

Congrats Cst. DePagie!






The groundwork of the Sunchild/O'Chiese Cadet Corps began in June 2009 after Cst. DEPAGIE had seen the Hobbema Cadets at the Sharing Common Grounds Conference in Red Deer, AB.


Cst. DEPAGIE knew there was a lack of activities for the youth on both the Sunchild and O'Chiese First Nations and began speaking to the Chief and Council's of both the Sunchild and O'Chiese First Nations.


Once support was gathered for the program Cst. DEPAGIE began seeking out other interested parts in the communities. Among the people involved were Lanny GELLNER. Sgt. Mark LINNELL, formerly of the Hobbema cadets and Major Trent YOUNG of the Hobbema cadets were brought in on two separate occasions to speak in the O'Chiese School, Sunchild School and at an Elder Meeting. Support was growing as it appeared that the Elders at the meeting were in favor of a cadet corps as well as both schools.


Next a board was formed that would help give the Cadet Corps some stability and help ensure that the Cadets would run smoothly on the Sunchild and O'Chiese First Nation. The first meeting with actual cadets was April 20, 2010.


The Sunchild/O'Chiese Cadet Corps operated over the summer months at the Sunchild Bingo Hall and then reconvened at the Sunchild School in the fall. March 2011 saw the Cadet Corps expand to two days per week, Tuesday's at the Sunchild School and Thursday at the O'Chiese School as it was evident that there were youth wanting to attend the Cadet Corps but transportation was an issue.


Over the past few months there have been changes to the board of the Sunchild/O'Chiese Cadets that bring new ideas and experience. The recent acquisition of a bus will allow the cadets to be involved in activities off of the Sunchild and O'Chiese First Nations and partake in activities in Rocky Mountain House and other communities.


The future is bright and the Sunchild/O'Chiese Cadet Corps are committed to today's youth that are tomorrow's leaders.


Rocky Mountain House R.C.M.P.      403-845-2882 (Phone) 403-845-6515 (Fax)