SEEING teenagers blossom is one of the joys an Invercargill woman gets from her involvement in the NZ Cadet Force.
Last week, Cadet Civil Commander Captain Rua Dawson was presented the NZ Cadet Force medal by Royal New Zealand Nursing Corps Major Sally Dobbs.
The medal is awarded for 12 years’ loyal and dedicated service as an Officer in the New Zealand Cadet Forces Army Cadets.
Maj Dobbs said Capt Dawson epitomised the 3CI (courage, commitment, comradeship, integrity) core values of the New Zealand Defence Force.
She said Capt Dawson also upheld another C value in the execution of her duties
The citation read out by Maj Dobbs said Capt Dawson was commissioned into the cadet corps in 2007.
After completing many courses, she was appointed Cadet Unit Commander of the Invercargill Cadet Unit in December 2010.
Capt Dawson said she was extremely proud to receive the award.
“It’s a lot of hard work being an officer, and it’s all voluntary.
“But it’s all for them to make them better for tomorrow.”
She had been involved with about 500 cadets since she started 13 years ago.
It was watching a timid teenager become a confident young adult which was the most satisfying part of her volunteering her time.
“They walk in as a wee 13-year-old with their head down and they just blossom from there.”