February 26, 2017
Come Fly With Me
Meet the Aces at
Girlsfly2 in Abbotsford March 11-12
Submitted by Kirsten Brazier,
Girlsfly2 organizer, brochure photos
Cars aren't hard to
figure out after you see the massive number of buttons and screens
here. Below, Judith Guichon, BC Lt. Gov.
Delta Police Pipe band recently shared the stage with Sir Paul
McCartney for a third time, joining the rock legend to perform Mull
of Kintyre for 50,000 fans at a Vancouver concert.
band has performed at numerous National and International events,
including touring Germany in 2013 and delighting audiences in
Flensburg, Hamburg, Cologne, Berlin, Leipzig and Cottbus. Other
performances of note include two for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth
II, one for Prince William and the late Princess Diana. The band
has performed with many diverse performers including Irish Tenor
Anthony Kearns as well as The Chieftains.
March 11 the band will join the Honourable Judith Guichon,
Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia at the Abbotsford
International Airport to welcome thousands of female future leaders
at the opening ceremony of The Sky's No Limit - Girls Fly Too!
Her Honour was sworn in as the 29th Lieutenant Governor of British
Columbia on November 2, 2012. Prior to this appointment she owned
and operated Gerard Guichon Ranch Limited in the Nicola Valley in
the British Columbia Interior. Her Honour studied Holistic
Management, a farming method which promotes sustainable management
of livestock by emphasizing their natural habitat. Along with her
late husband, commercial pilot Lawrence Guichon, she introduced
Holistic Management to the ranchers of British Columbia.
no limits to the opportunities girls and young women can pursue. I
encourage them to explore aviation as an option and this event is a
wonderful place to start" The Lieutenant Governor said of the 2016
event. Her Honour joins the event for the third consecutive year.
The Sky's No Limit - Girls Fly Too! is the world's largest outreach
initiative to inspire female future leaders in Aviation, Aerospace,
Marine and Defence, and the free events held annually during the
Week of International Women's Day change lives. Events are fun,
hands-on, and completely free to ensure there are no barriers to
is thanks to the generous support of industry and community partners
such as Boeing, Abbotsford International Airport, Teck Construction,
BCIT, Government of British Columbia; Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and
Skills Training and the University of the Fraser Valley. Events are
open to the public and everyone is welcome (any age, any gender, any
Aside from the thrill of exploring unique aircraft and meeting the
crews, participants will get to meet NASA Astronaut Heidi
Stefanyshyn-Piper. Free flights are offered to female first-time
fliers of all ages to draw the females to the airport and pique
their interest in further exploring the hands-on ground activities.
As well, all
participants (male and female) are encouraged to try their hand at
many Aviation, Aerospace, Marine and Defence activities.
can expect to see aircraft and tactical assets from The Royal
Canadian Navy, Royal Canadian Air Force, Canadian Army, Canadian
Coast Guard, RCMP, Cadets, US Military, Civil Air Search & Rescue,
plus civilian and education partners from Aviation, Aerospace,
Marine and Defence. Visit
www.girlsfly2.ca for more information and event updates.
Previous events have been supported by the Canadian Coast Guard,
RCMP, Canadian Forces, Cadets, Canadian Space Agency, US Air Force,
US Navy and other agency, industry and education partners. The
Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia;
The Honourable Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, Canada;
NASA Astronaut (Ret) Wendy Lawrence; Captain Joanne McNish, Director
of Fleet Pacific Region CCG; Rear Admiral Gilles Couturier, RCN; US
Consul General Lynne Platt and India Consul General Rajiv Chander
were among the dignitaries present in 2016.
Out of 25,413 professional pilots in Canada, only 5.8% of them are
women. Out of 17,278 aircraft engineers, only 2.3% of them are
women. Women account for only 4% of the technical trades and less
than 3% of the top command positions in the Canadian Forces.
From the numbers, it would be tempting to conclude that women are
either uninterested or unwelcome in these fields. Instead, studies
have shown that a common perception persists that Aviation,
Aerospace, Marine and Defence are industries reserved for men.
early age, males and females alike are affected by this perception
message, which is continually reinforced by observation (lack of
change), media, social media and advertising. The low numbers also
mean that most women have no direct family or peer connection to
these target industries. Therefore, it is unreasonable to expect
gender and cultural diversity to resolve naturally in these fields.
Sky's No Limit - Girls Fly Too! free outreach events and other
initiatives aim to change this perception and awaken new interests
by providing females of all ages with fun, interactive, and hands-on
introductions into STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
The Sky's No Limit - Girls Fly Too! employs a unique hands-on
approach to capture the interest and attention of the missing female
demographic. "From shop floor to top floor, we're inspiring future
leaders!" says Kirsten Brazier, Founder.
Following an extremely successful International event in 2016,
Brazier founded The Achieve Anything Foundation to help develop and
implement year-round projects and programs of lasting value towards
inspiring female future leaders in STEM (science, technology,
engineering and math) and STEM-based fields such as Aviation,
Aerospace, Marine and Defence. The Achieve Anything Foundation is a
federally incorporated not-for-profit. 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 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
more information, visit the website
event updates on Twitter go
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