The Cadet's Story

Two female army cadets changing vehicle tire

It's a lesson we could all learn, but for Army Cadets on the North Coast, it’s a lesson they are hearing loud and clear; everyone, no matter their story, plays important roles in our community.

As part of an education campaign run by Far North Coast Ability Links, cadets from around the Tweed Shire gained valuable insights into the importance of inclusion and understanding their own values and beliefs.

Army cadet, Fred Fewtrill said that the program had changed the way he thought about discrimination and given him the tools to stand against it.

“I could always see the discrimination but I didn’t know ways to manage it,” Fred said.

“A lot of the times I couldn’t see myself doing it, but now I see ways that I could have been doing it in the past.”

As part of the training, cadets were given the challenge of changing a tire with missing nuts.

While the cadets struggled with the exercise, Ability Links’ Mina Hunt said the exercise taught the cadets about the problems associated with not having an inclusive society.  “The idea was for them to see that even the tiniest nut is of utmost importance,”

Program facilitator Matt Stone said the key messages he hoped to convey to the cadets was around remaining true to their own values.  “It’s our values and beliefs that shape our actions and our behaviours.”

“People can be aware that their upbringing and society around them are all having an influence, but if they remain true to their values then they can actually be respectful to themselves and give respect to others. “