Hobbema youth represents cadets in Toronto

Imagine standing in a room at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and giving a speech in front of 600 delegates? Hobbema’s 14 year-old Dean Bruno-Kelln can because he recently did just that.

  • Nov. 26, 2008 12:00 p.m.

Hobbema Cadet Dean Bruno-Kelln represented the Hobbema Cadets at a prestigious gala on Nov. 15 in Toronto. Insert: Bruno-Kelln also received a coin from the RCMP Commissioner. Bottom photo: Bruno-Kelln had the opportunity to meet Brent Butt

By Kim Hutchison

Staff Reporter:

Imagine standing in a room at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre and giving a speech in front of 600 delegates? Hobbema’s 14 year-old Dean Bruno-Kelln can because he recently did just that.

Bruno-Kelln was selected out of 1,031 Cadets in the Hobbema Community Cadet Corps Program (HCCP) to speak on behalf of his community and program at the RCMP foundation’s prestigious 4th Annual Gala Dinner on Nov. 15. The event is held each year to support programs such as this one to help build a better future for Canada’s youth at risk.

Accompanied by Hobbema RCMP detachment Sgt. Mark A. Linnell and Cst. Richard D. Huculiak, both responsible for the founding, and ministration and implementation of the high successful HCCP, Bruno-Kelln’s experience is one he won’t be forgetting anytime soon.

After a day spent settling in the hotel and touring some of Toronto including the Hockey Hall of Fame, it was soon time for the anticipated event to begin.

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was comedian and creator of the show Corner Gas, Brent Butt. He gave the opening remarks, accompanied by a few jokes of course, then introduced Foundation Chairman Anthony H. Keenan, RCMP Commissioner William J. S. Elliott and representing key sponsors for the evening David Cheesewright, President and CEO of Wal-Mart Canada; Frank Gagliano, Vice Chairman, St. Joseph Communications; and Michael Hortie, President, Motorola.

When it was time for Bruno-Kelln to make his way to the podium, he was given a standing ovation that lasted for roughly two minutes. The Aboriginal Peoples Television Network crew who had spoken with him earlier in the evening was at the gala recording as well.

Bruno-Kelln spoke about the HCCP and the work they have done and will continue to do to tear teens away from gangs, drugs and alcohol. The programs success has been recognized and praised around the world and RCMP Foundation President and CEO Fred Semerjian declared he was proud to have the opportunity to bring representatives of the HCCP to Toronto to showcase the successful empowerment of Cadets’ strengths and desire to develop their abilities and achieve their goals.

“I feel a great deal of pride and joy for doing what I did,” said Bruno-Kelln. “It was a great experience and a lot of fun.”

At the conclusion of his speech, Sgt, Linnell and Const. Huculiak promoted Bruno-Kelln from Warrant Officer to 2nd Lieutenant – currently the highest rank.

“This promotion means I now have more responsibilities. It really just means so much to me,” said Bruno-Kelln.

The remainder of the evening included a gourmet dinner, a performance by the York Regional Police Male Chorus, a live auction that included paintings, diamonds and motorcycles and a silent auction. During the silent auction, RCMP memorabilia was available for purchase. Of the 245 plush horses for sale, $5,000 was raised in total with all money going to the HCCP.

During the evening Bruno-Kelln was also given a coin by the RCMP Commissioner – an absolute honour seeing as there are only a select few people in Canada who have ever received one. The next time the Commissioner sees Bruno-Kelln, he must buy the Commissioner a meal if he can’t show him in the coin when asked.

“It was an amazing few days and we are very proud of Dean and that he has and will continue to accomplish,” said Const. Huculiak who also extended a special thanks to program coordinator Lesley Lenton and communications coordinator Ann McRoberts for helping make everything possible.

Bruno-Kelln’s future plans include graduating from school, attending university and eventually running for the chief of his reserve so he can give back to and better Hobbema.

Next for the HCCP is their 3rd Anniversary on Nov. 29 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Ermineksin School Gymnasium. There will be award presentations for Community Cadet Corps, a Hobbema Community Cadet Demonstration, inspection by Superintendent Davidson and snacks and beverages. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Just Posted

Ponoka’s ag society board under scrutiny during AGM

About 80 people attended the society’s AGM, which saw three directors replaced

Ponoka teen pedestrian suffers injuries after pickup collision

A pickup struck a teen on residential streets in Ponoka

UPDATED: Calgary Police receive multiple bomb threats

Similar threats received across Canada and the United States

PHOTOS: Battle of Ponoka basketball action

The first ever senior high basketball league game for both Ponoka high schools was high energy

Guards injured, money stolen during overnight blast at Edmonton bank

Alberta Health Services said the injuries to the male guard were serious

Trudeau to make it harder for future PM to reverse Senate reforms

Of the 105 current senators, 54 are now independents who have banded together in Independent Senators’ Group

Trudeau lashes out at Conservatives over migration “misinformation”

Warning against the “dangers of populism,” Trudeau says using immigration as a wedge political issue puts Canada’s future at risk.

B.C. hockey coach creates ‘gear library’ to remove cost barrier of sport

Todd Hickling gathered donations and used gear to remove the cost barrier for kids to play hockey.

Canada’s ambassador meets with second detainee in China

Global Affairs says John McCallum, Canada’s ambassador to China, met with Spavor Sunday

‘They’re coming:’ Flying cars may appear in urban skies by 2023

Air taxis will number 15,000 and become a global market worth $32 billion by 2035

Yellow Vests protestors take to Red Deer streets

Trudeau government’s immigration and oil industry policies denounced at rally

World Sikh Organization demands Canada prove Sikh extremism is a threat

Sikh community says this is first time such extremism has been mentioned in federal terror-threat assessment

Light at the end of the tunnel for UN climate talks

Meeting in Katowice was meant to finalize how countries report their emissions of greenhouses gases

Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Nicks join Rock Hall of Fame

Radiohead, the Cure, Roxy Music and the Zombies will also be ushered in at the 34th induction ceremony

Most Read