2022 The Janice and Barry Rempel Honorary Colonels' Air Cadet Scholarship Award Recipient

Cadet WO2 Manjot Sawhney
177 Air Canada RCACS

Cadet WO2 Manjot Sawhney will be attending the University of Manitoba to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering as a first step to eventually obtaining a Masters and Doctorate Degrees to help him achieve his life-long goal of becoming an Astronaut in the Canadian Astronaut Corps. He wishes to take advantage of every opportunity presented to him and looks forward to fulfilling his responsibilities of pushing the boundaries of human discovery through his contributions in the field of space exploration.

He attended the Drill and Ceremonial Instructor Course in 2019, was accepted into the Glider Pilot Training Course in 2020, subsequently cancelled due to COVID-19, and instead attended the Virtual Air Operations Course. He then obtained his Restricted Aeronautical Radio Operator’s License and worked as a Staff Cadet for the Virtual Instructional Techniques course. He has received the Royal Canadian Legion Cadet Medal of Excellence, Air Cadet Service Medal, Lord Strathcona Medal, the Squadron’s Matthew Pollock Memorial Award and the David Torok Memorial Award for leadership. He was also the Squadron’s Training Officer.

In his community he has volunteered for Tag Days and Legion Poppy sales and at the Winnipeg South Sikh Center Community Kitchen. He has also volunteered at the YMCA Leaders-in-Training Program, at Career Trek as a junior instructor and at school as a member of the Social Justice Committee. He was also President of the School Student Council organizing events to foster school spirit. In 2021 he obtained grant funding from the Passion2Purpose project and lead fellow students as they created care packages for burnout frontline healthcare workers.

He achieved the bronze, silver, and gold standard in fitness, and was awarded the Bronze Level Duke of Edinburgh’s Award. In 2019 he ran the RCAF run in the 5k category. He played soccer for his school and played double badminton. He is an avid runner, running for both his school’s cross country and track teams in inter-school competitions. He intends to join the Canadian Army Reserves in the near future and continue to improve his physical fitness.

Cadet Sawhney was not available for the Presentation evening, so his award was presented the following weekend by Hubbell President, MGen Tabbernor.

MGen (Retd) Dennis Tabbernor and Cadet WO2 Manjot Sawhney

Cadet WO2 Manjot Sawhney and family

Cadet WO2 Manjot Sawhney

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