The Squadron

  Our Heritage  

The Royal Canadian Air Cadets

Formally established in 1941, the purpose of the first Air Cadet Squadrons was to train young men to become members of the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during World War II. After the end of the war, the focus of the program changed to our current aim to develop in youth the attributes of good citizenship and leadership; promote physical fitness; and stimulate the interest of youth in the air activities of the Canadian Armed Forces. The traditions and link to the RCAF remain part of the Air Cadet experience.

The Original Squadron

The original #182 (Kinsmen-Kelvin) Squadron was formed in Winnipeg on October 3, 1942. The squadron's formation was sponsored by the Kinsmen Club of Winnipeg, while the unit paraded at the Kelvin Technical High School (hence the name Kinsmen-Kelvin).

Unfortunately once the war was over, interest in the Air Cadet Program waned and 182 was one of many Squadrons from across Canada to close down and was disbanded on November 18, 1946.

The Current Squadron

182 (GM Stefnufastur) Squadron was formed on September 1, 1983 in response to the need for more teen activities in the area and a desire to maintain Gimli's ties with Canadian Armed Forces after the closing of Canadian Forces Base Gimli in 1975.

The number 182 was adopted from the Gimli Branch #182 of the Royal Canadian Legion, the Squadron’s Sponsor who provides financial and administrative support to Squadron activities outside those provided for by the Canadian Armed Forces.

The initials GM are from the Morse Code call-sign of the former radio beacon of the Royal Canadian Air Forces Station in Gimli and the current airport’s callsign of CYGM.  Stefnufastur, the motto of the former station, is the Icelandic word for “Swift and Sure” in recognition of the area’s Icelandic heritage.

The Squadron crest portrays three military jet aircraft flying in formation, representing both teamwork and the training that took place at the former base.

  Our People  

The Air Cadet Program is run through a partnership between the Department of National Defence and the Air Cadet League of Canada, each with representatives at the National, Regional and Local levels. Training at the Squadron level is made possible through the teamwork between our Cadets, the Staff, the Sponsor and Sponsoring Committee and our Parents' Committee.
This page provides information on each of these groups.



Our Cadets are the reason behind our program and are at the heart of everything we do.

Cadets are a group of 12-18 year old's seeking experience, knowledge and adventure. Although the Air Cadet Program is standardized across Canada, each cadet comes in looking for something different. We hear all sorts of reasons from the Cadets joining our ranks: learning to fly, becoming a leader, taking on a challenge, trying new things, making new friends and many more reasons. Regardless of the reason, we look to help our cadets achieve their goals.

While the program is designed to develop self-discipline in the cadets, the program is not a boot camp and there is no deliberate, planned or systematic intimidating or demoralizing of cadets nor any forms of physical punishment to enforce discipline. In addition, cadets are NOT members of the Canadian Armed Forces (Army, Air Force or Navy) and are NOT under any obligation to join the military.

One of the main principles of the program is that as cadets progress in the program, they are trained to lead, manage and instruct more junior cadets. Cadets are first developed into leaders within their peer groups teaching them to be role models within the program, and the community. Older Cadets then help with the development and instruction of younger Cadets, all under the supervision and guidance of adult staff.

One thing that Cadets does provide is a new group of peers and friends to work with throughout a cadets career.

The Staff

The program is not run by cadets alone, the training is both coordinated, supervised and where needed, conducted by adult staff members including:

  • Reserve Force (Part-time) Members of the Canadian Armed Forces
  • Civilian Instructors (CIs), employed civilians filling military or specialist instructor roles
  • Civilian Volunteers (CVs) such as parents, former cadets, and ex-military people
  • Regular Force Members of the Canadian Armed Forces

All staff members are vetted with a Criminal Records checks and Vulnerable Sector screening.

Some key positions in the Squadron are held by Reserve Force - Cadet Instructor Cadre (CIC) Officers and if necessary, Civilian Instructors. These individuals administer and supervise the Squadron activities:

    Commanding Officer
Responsible for all cadet matters pertaining to the Squadron and for the training
and administration of Squadron staff and cadets
Administration Officer
(Admin O)
Responsible for all of the Squadron’s administrative functions including
attendance, staff pay, cadet enrolments etc
Supply Officer
(Sup O)
Responsible for the security, care and distribution of all materiel supplied to or
purchased for the Squadron including issuing uniforms to cadets
  Training Officer
(Trg O)
Responsible in matters concerning the planning and implementation
of the Squadron’s training and periods of instruction

Our Sponsor: RCL Branch 182

In addition to the supports provided by the Department of National Defence (DND) or the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF), each squadron is sponsored by a business, service group or in some cases parent groups, who through it's Squadron Sponsoring Committee (SSC) provides financial and administrative support to the Squadron. The Sponsoring Committee is considered the Local Level of the Air Cadet League and is responsible to Manitoba Provincial Committee of the Air Cadet League of Canada.

Our Sponsor, Branch 182 of the Royal Canadian Legion, was instrumental in the formation of the Squadron and has been our sponsor since the Squadron was formed in 1983. In return, the Squadron assists the SSC by providing manpower for poppy sales, tag days, ticket sales, raffles and other Legion fundraisers.

Our Parents' Committee

The 182 Squadron Parents’ Committee is an extension of the Sponsoring Committee and through fundraising, raises additional funds for optional activities and trips, extra equipment, and training or administrative supplies, beyond those provided by DND/CAF and the Sponsor.

As the Parent’s Committee makes a significant contribution to financing the local operational requirements of the Squadron; is a source of information to parents of new cadets; and is a conduit for parents to bringing forward common concerns to the Commanding Officer, it is important that all parents of cadets participate as best they can.

  Past Leadership  

While a Cadet squadron is not a military unit, it is common practice for cadet units to maintain the
military tradition of recognizing those individuals who held senior leadership positions within the unit.


Our Commanding Officers

2008 - Current Captain Leonard "Lenny" Irvine
1993 - 2008 Captain Marie Pemkowski
1988 - 1993 Captain Don Wolfe
1983 - 1988 Captain Colin Heathcote

Our Cadet Squadron Commanders


We are currently working on this list and would like your assistance.
If you or anyone you know was one of our Cadet Squadron Commanders (most senior cadet)
please email your/their name and appropriate timeframes (years & months) to the email address listed below 

2023 - Current WO2 Jessica Jakabek
2022 - 2023 WO2 Cade Helstrom
2021 - 2022 -
2020 - 2021 -
2019 - 2020 WO2 Emma Gray
2018 - 2019 WO2 William Bendell
2017 - 2018 WO2 Austin Porteos
2016 - 2017 WO2 William Walker
2015 - 2016 WO1 Rebecca Johnson
2014 - 2015 WO1 Kurt Carter
2013 - 2014 WO2 Tasha Annuik
2012 - 2013 ?
2011 - 2012 WO1 Shawn Irvine
2010 - 2011 ?
2009 - 2010 WO2 Sarah Husluk
2008 - 2009 WO2 Matthew Markowski
2007 - 2008 ?
2006 - 2007 WO1 Leah Brunger
2005 - 2006 WO2 Nick Plett
2004 - 2005 WO2 Holt Brunger
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2000 - 2001 WO1 Tanya Woroniuk
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