Mr. Downey started as a Navy League Cadet with Admiral Landymore, navy league cadet corps reaching the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class.
As a sea cadet with Admiral Nelles, Mr. Downey rose through the ranks to reach the top cadet rank of Chief Petty Officer 1st Class and served as Coxswain of the unit. Through the years as a cadet, Mr. Downey was a member of the swim teams, Drill with Arms, Drill without Arms teams, and the First Aid team. He attended HMCS Ontario for General Training, then Greenwood Air Cadet Camp, in Nova Scotia, for a tri-service lifeguard course. He returned to HMCS Ontario as a PERI staff cadet the following summer.
All these experiences laid the foundation for Mr. Downey to enroll as a reserve member of the CIC in the Canadian Armed Forces for the role of Cadet Instructor. Courses attended as an officer include – Basic Officer Qualification Course, Junior Officer Leadership Course, Lieutenants qualification course, Captains qualification, Range Safety Officer Course, Basic Canoe Instructors course, Drivers Safety Course, Food Handlers Course.
Within Admiral Nelles, Mr. Downey has worked in most areas of the ship starting as an Instructor, Supply Officer, Training Officer, Chef, Executive Officer and the Commanding Officer. Outside Admiral Nelles, Mr. Downey has worked as a PERI Staff officer at HMCS Ontario, as well as an Escort Officer for the Cadet program taking cadets from across Canada to England, India and Hong Kong.
Mr. Downey’s fondest memories of the cadet program include provincial swim competitions and trips to Norfolk Naval base in Norfolk Virginia. He is thankful to the cadet program for the experience in leadership, problem solving and teaching techniques that have afforded him rewarding career opportunities in his civilian life. He is also grateful for the travel opportunities he has had and acquired skills over his time as a cadet and officer.
In his role as Commanding Officer, Mr. Downey is responsible for maintaining ships’ routines, overall standards, including discipline within the unit as well as keeping all accountable for their areas of responsibility. He works directly with the cadets in the following capacities: Instructor, Cook, Coach/Advisor for the drill, sheers, range, orienteering, and biathlon teams. Mr. Downey looks forward to working to improve our units standing in all competitions.