Regimental Sergeant Major – Connor MacDonald
CWO MacDonald was born in Hamilton, Ontario, and spent the first 11 years of his life in a small town in the Ottawa Valley. When he was 11, CWO MacDonald moved to Cambridge, and a few months later when he turned 12, he joined 21 Army Cadets. CWO MacDonald received his 6-year service medal and he is returning for his 7th year with 21 RHFC-ACC.
In his time with 21 Army, CWO MacDonald has achieved every rank from Cadet to Chief Warrant Officer. He has held the position of Drum Major and Company Sergeant Major, and will be serving this training year as the Regimental Sergeant Major. CWO MacDonald spent 2 years as chairperson of Cadet Council, and he has been on (or helped coach) the orienteering team for 5 years. He's been in the LHQ and competitive band for 5 years as both a tenor drummer and the bass drummer, and will continue to be in the band this year for his final competition. He attended summer training courses for General Training, basic drill, basic expedition, and Expedition Instructor, and was given the opportunity to attend the Madawaska regional expedition.
CWO MacDonald has won several awards during his time at 21 Army, including Best Recruit, Best Bandsman, Exemplo Duplemis (Leadership by Example), Most Contributing to 21 Army, Best Dress and Deportment, and the Royal Canadian Legion Medal of Excellence. Through the Youth Program with Royal Canadian Legion Branch 121, CWO MacDonald entered the Royal Canadian Legion Remembrance Essay contest and won first place for the branch and zone, and third place for the district. He was also able to complete the Bronze and Silver standard for the Duke of Edinburgh Prize.
A highlight of CWO MacDonald’s cadet career occurred in 2017, along with a few other cadets from 21 Army, CWO MacDonald visited France for the 100-year anniversary of the battle of Vimy Ridge. During that trip, CWO MacDonald and two other students laid a wreath at the Menin gate on behalf of Cadets and Students of Waterloo Region.
CWO MacDonald is an Ontario Scholar graduate of St. Benedict Catholic Secondary School, and is doing a victory lap fall semester before he heads to university. In his not-cadet time, CWO MacDonald plays bass drum with the Paris Port Dover Pipes and Drums Grade 4 band, works at MacDonald’s, and is trying to get a Dungeons and Dragons group off the ground.