We thought it appropriate to thank him for his leadership and commitment, not only to the Cadet programs that run in many Nunavut communities, but for the opportunities that have been created for the Nunavut Arctic College students, staff and graduates who have been encouraged to step-up and support building stronger, healthier communities
"We would like to thank Brigadier General Millar for his steadfast support for Northern Cadet programs." said 2Lt Dorothy Atuat Tootoo, Commanding Officer of the 3019 Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps in Rankin Inlet and President of the Army Cadet League for Nunavut. "His leadership has been instrumental to our efforts to incorporate traditional Inuit knowledge and societal values, the use and promotion of our language, Inuktitut, and helping to bridge the connections between our Elders and youth has helped us build a stronger Corps, well-grounded in the traditions and cultures of our people."
Tootoo is also the student counsellor and residence manager for Nunavut Arctic College's Kivalliq Campus. She says support for healthy, extra-curricular programs, not just Cadet programs, encourages people to volunteer and help out. It is also an opportunity for College students who may feel homesick or disconnected from their communities while studying far away from home to make connections, gain experience and leadership skills.
"Many of our students, graduates and staff here at the College have had the opportunity to volunteer and to contribute back to the community,” she said. "And not just our community, but others across the territory. We've been able to create opportunities for our Teacher Education students to gain practical teaching experience. Opportunities for our Management Studies and Office Administration students to demonstrate leadership and to serve as role models for the youth. None of these opportunities would exist without such a strong level of support."
Tootoo looks forward to seeing former students and graduates take up volunteer positions in their home communities. Baker Lake and Arviat will both be forming Cadet Corps this fall.
BGen Millar has been appointed as the director of operations (defence and international security) for the Foreign and Defence Policy Secretariat in Ottawa, where he will act as a liaison between Parliament's Privy Council and the Department of National Defence.
From the staff, student and graduate volunteers from Nunavut Arctic College, we would like to thank Brigadier General David Millar for his leadership, and support. We wish him the very best of success in his new career.
Many Arctic College staff volunteer their time helping to build stronger communities all across Nunavut. Here, Management Studies instructor Noreen Russell and Residence Manager 2Lt Dorothy Tootoo join Nashville Predators NHL hockey star Jordin Tootoo to present MCpl Cassandra Gordon with the top leadership award for RCACC 3019 in Rankin Inlet.
Participation in community events: Cadets Pflueger Anawak and MCpl Cassandra Gordon greet Her Excellency, the Right Honourable Michaelle Jean, Governor General of Canada and Commander-in-Chief of the Canadian Forces in Rankin Inlet, May 2009.
Improving study skills: Kivalliq Campus Dean Mike Shouldice teaches map and compass skills to Cdt Lee Jordon Nauya, Cpl Casey Amarook (standing) and MCpl Carmen Napayok.
2Lt Tootoo congratulates Nunavut Arctic College Management Studies graduate Patrick Angoyuaq of Baker Lake for his two years of volunteer service as a Civilian Instructor with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets of Rankin Inlet.
Early Childhood Education graduate and Tukipkutaq Cecilia Gibbons of Arviat and 2Lt Tootoo examine one of the many interesting awards they present to the Cadets during their Annual Reviews.
Rankin Inlet Office Administration program graduate and 2nd year Management Studies student Katheryn Misheralak volunteers with the Rankin Inlet Army Cadets. As the Civilian Instructor for the Red Star Level Cadets with 3019 RCACC, Misheralak (a former cadet herself) has a vested interest in helping out. She feels there is a need to give back to the community and try to make a difference in the lives of Rankin Inlet youth.
Baker Lake resident Ellen Rumboldt is a student in the Nunavut Teacher Education Program (NTEP). She says she looks forward to the opportunity to volunteer with the Cadet Corps because it will provide her with practical experience teaching classes to the cadets. It’s also a way to give back to the community.
Elder Evasaaq Issaluk works at Kivalliq Campus in Rankin Inlet. She is also a volunteer Elder with the Royal Canadian Army Cadets in her community, helping to bridge Elders and youth, military, cadet and Inuit culture. In this photo, she is presented with a Colonel of the Regiment coin from MGen Walter Holmes, Colonel of the Royal Canadian Regiment.
In Nunavut, there's no better way to connect with Canadians than a good ol' fashioned square dance! Here, BGen Millar, 2Lt Tootoo and Kivalliq Campus Elder Evassaaq Issaluk demonstrate their skills with members of the Canadian Rangers and the Army Cadet Corps' Tukipkutaq Elders.