The Airborne Soldier of the Year Award, presented annually, recognizes the soldier who best demonstrates the attributes expected of the modern paratrooper. The award consists of a trophy donated by the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion Association (to be permanently held by CAFA and normally displayed at the Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre), a plaque and a five-year membership to CAFA to be presented to and retained by the deserving soldier. The soldier will be honoured and the presentations made during the dinner held in conjunction with the CAFA annual General Meeting in the spring of each year.
The terms of reference for the award may be found here.
The 2015 winner of this award was Master Corporal Leander Volz, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Light Canadian Infantry. For details, please see page 34 of the 2015 Maroon Beret.
Previous winners of the award were:
2014 – Master Corporal T.A. Henrich, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
2013 – Master Corporal Keven M. Leblond, 3e Bataillon Royal 22e Régiment
2012 – Master Corporal Nicholas Turner, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
2011 – Corporal Alex Dejardins, Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre
2010 – Master Corporal Chris Griffiths, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada
2009 – Corporal Patrick Cayer, 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment
2008 – Corporal W.J. Goudie, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry
2007 – Master Corporal Kent Schmidt, Canadian Forces Land Advanced Warfare Centre
2006 – Master Corporal Ryan Pederson, 3rd Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry