By Marianne Curtis
An eighteen year old Richer youth recently spent a week taking part in a once in a lifetime experience.
On April 18, Chief Petty Officer 1st Class Matthew Bisesi from the Ste. Anne/Richer area left home to take part into the decommissioning cruise of the French Helicopter Cruiser Jeanne D’Arc. Bisesi was one of ten Cadets from across Canada selected to board the ship and have the experience of a lifetime.
The ship, which was named in Honour of Joan of Arc was commissioned in 1964. She is a 182 meter long ship, carrying over 650 officers and sailors, and can carry up to 8 – 10 helicopters at a time.
This trip was her final run. As part of the cruise, French Helicopter Cruiser Jeanne D’Arc traveled between Quebec City and Saint-Pierre & Miquelon off the coast of Newfoundland.
Every year, 330 RCSCC Dawson, parading out of Lorette, sends local cadets to various activities such as Summer Camp, Tall Ship, and Annual Seamanship Concentration across the country.
CPO1 Bisesi now joins the ranks of the senior cadets of who have undertaken unique, challenging, and exciting experiences above and beyond even those.
The previous three senior cadets have had their hard work and dedication also recognized by being selected for an advanced, unique opportunity similar to these. Three previous senior officers have shared similar unique experiences.
The cadet program is available to young men and women aged 12-19 at no cost.
~as published in the May 2010 Dawson Trail Dispatch