Kiersten Sheridan, 14, will be joining 10 other cadets from across British Columbia on a trip to Vimy Ridge and the battlefields of France this March.
Sheridan is a master corporal with the 3064 Rockey Mountain Rangers Royal Canadian Army Cadet Corps.
“I found out about it through the cadet program because we were told that the ranks of master corporal and above had a chance to put in an application to go to Vimy in 2018,” she says. “I put my application in extremely last minute, so I had less than two days.”
The master corporal collected three letters of reference from a teacher, commanding officer and from the president of the sponsoring committee, filled in a resume that included her achievements, goals and qualifications, and made an application video which she submitted in both English and in French.
Her motivation to both see Paris and learn more about the wars and battles that took place at Vimy, as well as seeing the many war museums in the area.
“I am most looking forward to seeing the war graves, because we get to go tour the war graves in northern France,” she says.
“I hope to learn more about the battle of Vimy and more about the people from our region who died there.”