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Tara Leslie

Tara was born in Mississauga, ON and moved to Cambridge soon after.  As a youngster Tara attended Christ the King elementary school.  After graduating from grade 8 Tara attended Galt Colliegiate Institute.  Tara joined 21 RHFC ACC in the fall of 1997 where she was an active member in the Corps.  Tara participated/joined various teams including: Skill-at-arms, First Aide Team, Highland/Irish dancing, and became a member of the long standing pipes and drums band.  Tara is a recipient of a number of awards including: The Airborne Association Award, and the Junior Bandsman Award.  

During her time at the corps Tara joined the Hespeler Pipes and Drums Band and played with the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada.  During her summers Tara attended various courses at CFB Borden where she was invited to play in the Hamilton Cadet Tattoo.  Tara also was given the opportunity to be a staff cadet for Headquarters company in CSTC Blackdown.  Tara achieved the rank of Master Warrant Officer(MWO) and was given the position of Regimental Sergeant Major(RSM) of the cadet corps in her final year.  Due to life changes Tara moved to Guelph where she aged out of the cadet program with 121 Red Arrows.

Tara joined 21 RHFC ACC in 2013 as a volunteer.  Upon completing her high school equivalency Tara was able to achieve the position of Civilian Instructor and was put in command of the newly formed joint band program.  Currently Tara is the unit Public Affairs Officer as well as the Music Director.  Tara looks forward to continuing with the unit and becoming a Cadet Instructors Cadre member(CIC) and working directly with the cadets.  

Tara is happily married to Lt. Richard Shand and is the proud mother of three children Spencer 11, Keiran 6, Mackenzie 5 who are all a large part of her life.  Tara is also the owner/operator of Tara Shand Photography where she uses her skills as a photographer to capture the cadets experiences as they grow in the program.
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