94 Newmarket is comprised of approximately 100 cadets who parade every Wednesday night between September and June. They are supported by both full-time staff members, as well as numerous civilian instructors and volunteers. Our squadron supports plenty of extra-curricular activities such as: Drill Team, Pipe and Drum Band, Marksmanship, and Flying Scholarship.
Each Wednesday night commences with an Opening parade, followed by 3 periods of classes. Classes cover a variety of topics, ranging from aviation, military and personal development. There are 5 levels of classes a cadet must complete before becoming eligible to be an instructor. There is a brief break between the second and third period in which cadets can purchase a small snack from our canteen. The night in finalized by a closing parade which can include an inspection, and always, tons of announcements for various upcoming activities.
Cadets meet on Monday nights throughout the training year for all the various extra-curricular activities mentioned above. The occasional weekend is spent away for practical training at CFB Borden for such things as survival and gliding, as well as competitions in various events.
The Newmarket Optimist Club has been 94 Squadron's official sponsor since 1975. Over the last 35 years the Optimist Club has provided the Squadron with facilities for offices, supply, classrooms free of charge. The Optimist Club also supports the Squadron financially.
Milton Wesley Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 426
Orville Hand Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 521
Newmarket Veterans Association
York Regional Police
York Region District School Board
History of 94 Squadron
94 Squadron was originally formed in 1941 in Stouffville, Ontario. The squadron’s staff was comprised of Air Force officers that were stationed in Camp Borden. The purpose of the air cadets at the time was to groom teenage boys into the military way of life. Youth were pre-trained with military skills and trades and finally enticed to join the Royal Canadian Air Force. In the early 1950s the war was long over, staff were unavailable and the squadron was disbanded.
In 1960, 94 Squadron was reformed and received its charter from the Air Cadet League of Canada on December of that year. The funds needed to form the squadron were raised by the founding staff of the new 94 Squadron. The squadron then became known as 94 Stouffville Squadron and held regular training evening at the Stouffville Legion. The main purpose of the air cadet program at the time was to pre-train pilots, airframe mechanics, wireless operators and air gunners. 94 Squadron started in 1961 with an enrollment of 31 cadets. Many of the unit’s officers were policemen from the area, all being under the command of a retired Wing Commander Jan Falkowski from the Royal Air Force.
In 1964, the squadron moved from Stouffville to Newmarket and was known as 94 Newmarket-Stouffville Squadron. Initially training nights were held in the Newmarket Plaza. However, this lasted only a short period and the squadron was moved to Newmarket High School. This too was temporary and Squadron activities were suspended for several months while a search for a new Headquarters was conducted. Finally an abandoned gas station at the corner of Srigley and Leslie streets was converted to Squadron use. It was also about this time that Stouffville was taken out of the squadron’s name. In 1971 the squadron moved to the Old York Manor on Yonge St. where it remained for several years. In 1975, the squadron moved to its present location in the Optimist Hall.
Today 94 Squadron is sponsored by the Newmarket Optimist Club, The Squadron Sponsoring Committee, The Air Cadet League of Canada and the Department of National Defence. Membership is approximately 100 cadets and is supported by 20 adult staff and volunteers.
Past Commanding Officers
Wing Commander Jan. P. Falkowski, VM, KW, DFC was appointed the first Commanding Officer of 94 Stouffville Squadron. He came to the squadron with a great deal of military experience. At the outbreak of World War II he was a pilot in the Polish Air Force. Almost immediately he found himself fighting aerial battles against elite German pilots. Falkowski continued the fight as the Polish Air Force was pushed out of Poland, across Europe and into Britain. Once indoctrinated into the Royal Air Force he continued his flying duties, including fighting in Battle of Britain. He completed the war with the rank of Wing Commander. He had attained the status of being an ACE and had been awarded numerous medals including the Distinguished Flying Cross.
The Second commanding officer of 94 Squadron was Mr Harry Heatherington. He was a founding staff member and has been credited as being the actual father of the new 94 Squadron. Mr. Harry D. Heatherington from Port Colborne, Ontario is a retired law enforcement officer who policed the Stouffville area for years and enjoyed working with the youth in the community. Mr Heatherington, with the assistance of the founding staff members, raised the funds required to form 'No.94 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Cadets’. The initial staff were mainly local police officers and they started the squadron to provide positive alternatives to local young men. 94 Squadron was one of the finest Squadrons in Canada and continues functioning as one of the best today!