Captain Rachael Tracey was the guest speaker for the Rotary Club of Alliston on Monday, November 8th.
Captain Tracey and her Coxswain CPO2 Talia Rossit did an excellent presentation for our Remembrance Day meeting. Their bios are below.
My name is Captain Rachael Tracey. I am a Reserve (part-time) member of the Canadian Armed Forces as Cadet Instructors Cadre Officer within the Cadet Organizations Administration and Training Service sub-component. I have been enrolled as an Officer since November 2011. I am currently the Commanding Officer of Royal Canadian Sea Cadet Corps 53 Barrie (named after the HMCS Barrie, a WWII Flower Corvette funded by the citizens of Barrie). Before assuming Command this past June, I was the Corps Training Officer, responsible for planning and implementing the Corps yearly training schedule. Prior to moving to CFB Borden and joining RCSCC Barrie, I was an active member of  851 “Prince Edward” Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron in Picton, ON (where I ran the gamut from Supply Officer to Admin Officer to Trg O and occasional Officer Commanding) and 608 “Duke of Edinburgh” Royal Canadian Air Cadet Squadron (where I was the Admin O and Unit Cadet Conflict Management Advisor). 608 was also where I first served in the Canadian Cadet Organization as a Cadet myself from 2003 until 2009, when I had a brief stint as an Officer in the Regular Forces (permanent full-time) component of the CAF.
In my civilian life, I am a full-time member of the Federal Public Service with the Department of National Defence, currently working at the Regional Cadet Support Unit (Central) at CFB Borden. I am also the Founder of Youth Beyond Enterprises, the online resource for rural young entrepreneurs and young leaders, as well as a newly sworn-in Director on Nottawasaga Futures’ Board of Directors.
CPO2 Talia Rossit
Hello, my name is CPO2 Talia Rossit, I am the Coxswain and most senior cadet of RCSCC Barrie. This is my last year being a part of the sea cadet program. I specialize in seamanship and have a knack for marksmanship and drill. One of my favourite experiences was when I had the opportunity to go on a week-long deployment in BC on an Orca Class training vessel. Since I am considered a senior cadet, it’s one of my responsibilities to instruct classes. Doing so has allowed me to develop my leadership and communication skills and I love every minute of it, I get to light a spark within the new cadets by sharing my experiences with them and giving them motivation to continue in their training and achieve higher ranks.