4 FYOP staff speak from the heart & the mind

4 First Year Orientation Period staff speak from the heart and the mind

Article coordinated by: 27832 OCdt (III) P.R. Cardona

Joseph Maalouf

27354 Joseph Maalouf – 27354
Year: III
RCEME
Squadron/ 1st year flight: 11 – victory flight
Sports/Clubs: Intramural Sports (IMs)

What motivated you to apply for / accept a FYOP position?

Tout d’abord le challenge m’a motivé à appliquer pour FYOP. Ensuite je voulais développer mon niveau de leadership en aidant les premières années.

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2017 to date?

S’assurer d’apporter des connaissances exactes et précises aux premières années.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to the Class of 2021/FYOP as a whole?

Des bonnes habitudes et un cheminement d’apprentissage efficace pour les diriger vers un bon mode de leadership.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as when you were in first year and how so?

Mon commandement de section, car il était toujours professionnel dans ce qu’il faisait.

What– in your opinion– are the qualities that make one a good leader?

Un officier qui va s’occuper de ses troupes en s’assurant qu’une mission est effectué efficacement.

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Raquel Oleksin-Iqbal

27777 Raquel Oleksin-Iqbal
Degree/year: Joint Honours in Economics & Business
00192 (HCA)
Squadron/ 1st year flight: 6 Squadron, Romeo Flight
Sports/Clubs: RMC Precision Drill Team, RMC Cross-Country and Track & Field

What motivated you to apply for / accept a FYOP position?

The FYOP program proved extremely difficult for me both mentally and physically during my first year. By applying for the FYOP position, I had hoped to have an opportunity to change some aspects of the program for the better. Hopefully, by assisting future RMC cadets build the mental and physical resilience skills they needed to take on the challenging yet rewarding journey RMC has to offer them.

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2017 to date?

I think the biggest challenge to date is learning and understanding how to work with different people. The candidates that take part in the cadet program come from across Canada branching from a variety of backgrounds. It is unfair to assume that all the candidates have the same problem solving skills, leadership skills and general life skills. Some of the candidates have never worked a real job while others have been out in the workplace for years. Mentoring and guiding all these cadets the right way all at once is no easy task. It is a difficult balance to achieve and an even more difficult balance to maintain. Nonetheless, once you gain the respect between both the staff and the candidates it makes the entire experience well worth it.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to the Class of 2021/FYOP as a whole?

The major contribution that is most important to me is being able to be a mentor for these FYOP candidates. I think having a role model and a mentor at RMC is extremely beneficial. RMC can be an overwhelming place. If I can be a mentor to someone, guide him or her, and push them to be the best version of themselves than I will have achieved my goal.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as when you were in first year and how so?

Throughout my first year I had three senior cadets who influenced me the most: OCdt Gorman, OCdt Bobes and OCdt St Onge. The first two were my FYOP staff during my first year and the third was someone I considered a mentor and role model long before my enrolment into RMC. The biggest take away from these three leaders was that nothing comes easy. They taught me that in order to achieve what you want in life, be that a short term or a long-term goal, you need to put in the work.

What– in your opinion– are the qualities that make one a good leader?

There are many qualities that make a good leader; however, I think the biggest quality is leading by example. It is extremely frustrating to have a leader who preaches their expectations but cannot achieve them by themselves. I think it shows a lot about someone’s character and allows a person to respect you a lot more when you are a leader who leads from the front.

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Zachary Ryan Tuttle Martin

27359 Zachary Ryan Tuttle Martin
Major: Military Strategic studies Minor: Enlgish
00179 Artillery
1st year flight: 6 Squadron CFL of Romeo Flight
What motivated you to apply for / accept a FYOP position?

I participated in the FYOP program last year as a CSC, and seeing the development of my section from my participation motivated me in greater detail to spread that influence to an entire flight.

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2017 to date?

Being able to actual listen to people. Most of these first year cadets are experiencing their first “first”, some of this first are challenging and frustrating (first time living alone) that staff must guide them through by actively listening.

What kind of contribution would you like to make to the Class of 2021/FYOP as a whole?

I want to develop cadets that are actively seeking and able to take up the positions of older cadets as they graduate and move on in their careers past their time here at RMC.

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as when you were in first year and how so?

For me personally it was my peers that influenced me the most in my first year. Coming from high school where most things seemed relatively easy for me it was truly humbling to have peers that were blowing me out of the water. It really taught me the importance of being humble and asking for help, which ultimately led to my development as a better person.

What– in your opinion– are the qualities that make one a good leader?

I had not heard the term from a superior officer until the current Director of Cadets mentioned it in his welcoming brief; that term is “quiet professionalism”. It is being able to perform your duties to perfection without seeking any type of recognition except from yourself in recognizing it is merely the right thing to do and nothing more or less.

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Liam Edwards

27477 Liam Edwards
Civil Engineering/4
00181(Engineer)
1st year flight: PAPA
What motivated you to apply for / accept a FYOP position?

This Year I applied for FYOP directly because of FYOP last year. Last year as a Section commander for PAPA Flight I was able to train 21 people to become good RMC Cadets. They became obviously became more physically fit but the part that I enjoyed the most was changing them into good people who I would and currently do enjoy working with.

What has been your biggest challenge during FYOP 2016 to date?

As the CFL there is a lot of coordination involved especially in the first week, so the hardest thing has been gathering all the supplies and planning the next 5 weeks

What kind of contribution would you like to make to the Class of 2021/FYOP as a whole?

I would like to create the best flight of people in the entire wing and in their year and I would like to carry on my squadrons traditions

Which senior cadet(s) influenced you most as when you were in first year and how so?

2Lt Blair-Jiminez and 2Lt Horlings influenced me by giving my first year flight the hardest FYOP in the wing while also training us the best.

What– in your opinion– are the qualities that make one a good leader?

In my opinion, it is good character. If someone is a good person overall they will generally make the right decision always and treat their subordinates properly.

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