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Cadets Got Me Started

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Cadets Got Me Started

In Trinidad, during my high school years we had two things, we had scouts and cadets, army cadets. I belonged to both. And in the scouts, we had air scouts, this was started. We had the fleet Air Arm had a naval training station in Trinidad. And those were the chaps that used to come and tutor us, you know the Brits. So they taught us aviation and then I got from army cadets, I got the army side of the deal. So that when I came to Canada and I joined the University Reserve Training Plan and they sent us to St. Jean to College Militaire I really loved it. I enjoyed everything that was thrown at me. I like the drill, the discipline, you know, and meeting other students from all over Canada.

Dr. Blizzard reflects back to his high school days with his involvement in cadets and scouts, getting tutored in aviation and how this helped in military training.

Dr. Stephen Blizzard

Dr. Stephen Blizzard was born in Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1928. His father was the principal of a primary school during his childhood. Dr. Blizzard left Trinidad in 1948. He received a scholarship to attend high school and graduated in 1953 from a school in Edinburgh, Scotland. In 1958 he came to Canada. In 1959, he attended university with the Reserve Training Plan in Ontario attending medical school and in 1963 graduated in medicine and chose to intern at the Ottawa Citizen Hospital and resident in surgery at the National Defence Medical Centre. He spent two years as Senior Medical Officer at Rockcliffe base then was posted to Moosejaw where he had medical training and training to fly jets. On December 13, 1968 he obtained his wings. Following this, Dr. Blizzard was posted to the RCAF Institute of Aviation Medicine. Afer returning to Trinidad for six years, Dr. Blizzard then came back to Canada in 1976. With 16 years of military service, Dr. Blizzard continued on his career path and was employed with the Department of Civil Aviation Medicine holding many positions, one being senior official on the aviation medical review board for 12 years. Dr. Blizzard contributes much of his military career training to his success in life.

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Veterans Affairs Canada
Person Interviewed:
Dr. Stephen Blizzard
War, Conflict or Mission:
Canadian Armed Forces
Air Force
Aviation Medicine

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