Wednesday, Dec 19, 2017
Because They Can
No limits on what women can do
Brazier, Girls Fly Too, Achieve Anything Fdn.
Women get a chance to see first
responders and what is possible. January 29 in the Canadian Navy,
Coast Guard February 3 and Search and Rescue March 31. Website
images and photos by Coralie Nairn and Robyn Cowan.
are now open for new Operation: This is You! events to be held in
early 2018. New agency partner Vancouver Fire & Rescue Services (VFRS)
will offer select females first-hand experience of a day in the life
of a firefighter.
Activities include: hazardous materials decontamination, auto
extrication, live fire demonstration, technical rescue with rappel
from a burn tower and a heavy urban search and rescue drill. Lunch
will provided by VFRS. For more information, or to apply visit
The firefighting event is one of a
series of hands-on experience events organized by the Achieve
Anything Foundation. The free events are being hosted by VFRS,
Canadian Coast Guard, Royal Canadian Navy and other agency partners
keen on improving gender diversity within their organizations and
promoting opportunities for women in what many still perceive as
“non- traditional” fields.
“VFRS is proud to link arms with
Operation: This IS You hands-on event with Achieve Anything
Foundation, scheduled for May 12th, 2018!” says Tyler Moore, Deputy
Chief, Planning and Technical Services / AGM. “We are excited to
work alongside you and dig deep into what this diverse profession is
all about. Our career opportunities expand far greater than putting
out fires and kicking in doors! We will ignite your passion in ways
you never knew firefighting could do.”
Achieve Anything website photo.
Other new upcoming events include:
• Day sail on the Navy warship
HMCS Calgary - departing from Vancouver, BC Jan 27
• Canadian Coast Guard / Fisheries & Oceans Canada - SAR &
Science at Sea to be held at the Institute of Ocean Sciences,
Sidney BC Feb 3
• Search & Rescue with Canadian Coast Guard - Hovercraft Base,
Richmond BC Mar 31
Guard is excited to partner again with Achieve Anything Foundation,”
said Joanne McNish, Regional Director Fleet, Canadian Coast Guard.
“For girls and women who like working with their hands, enjoy being
out on the water, or are interested in protecting our oceans, there
are so many career options with the Coast Guard. Join us on February
3, 2018 to try your hand at some of mariner skills you’ll learn and
see what we have to offer. You are going to be amazed!”
The Achieve Anything Foundation is a federally incorporated
not-for-profit organization with a mission to inspire female future
leaders in STEM (science, technology, engineering & math), and
STEM-based fields such as Aviation, Aerospace, Marine & Defence.
With the mantra “From shop floor to top floor” the Foundation
employs a unique hands-on approach towards changing perceptions and
addressing gender disparity in high tech fields.
“Since the number of women in Aviation, Aerospace, Marine & Defence
as well as other STEM-based industries remains low, the result is
that few females have other females in their network to share their
experience and passion for these fields. In day to day life, women
generally don’t “see” themselves reflected in these areas, and this
is continually reinforced in the media and social media,” Says
Achieve Anything president and founder Kirsten Brazier. “Therefore,
if women are not aware of these opportunities, it is unreasonable to
expect them to be interested in pursuing STEM-based fields. We’ve
implemented Operation: This IS You! to develop this network of
experience by providing year-round experience events for females in
the applicable agency or industry partner’s native environment.”
hands-on approach has proven very successful for the Foundation’s
signature event The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too!, held annually
during the week of International Women’s Day. Since 2012 the
family-friendly, free event has been enjoyed by over 45,300
participants and 7,127 free flights provided to female first-time
fliers. Over the past 3 years the events have been supported by two
female NASA astronauts: Wendy Lawrence and Heide Stefanyshyn-Piper.
March 2017 the RCMP, Canadian Forces, Canadian Coast Guard, US Air
Force and US Navy deployed $257.6 Million CAD in assets to the
event. Civilian partners deployed $47.8 Million in assets, including
the operation of $9.8 Million in helicopters to provide free flights
to female first-time fliers. Despite the inclement weather, 15,000
people from Canada and the US participated over the two-day event.
Over 20,000 are expected at the 2018 event. Please visit
www.girlsfly2.ca for more information.
Brazier is a professional pilot from the Lower Mainland, BC and she
holds Airline Transport Ratings for both aeroplanes and helicopters.
With over 24 years of flying experience, Brazier has enjoyed a
diverse career flying across Canada, US and the Caribbean on wheels,
floats, skis and skids as well as two-crew operations in both
aeroplanes and helicopters.
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