Monday, January 11, 2016
Westward the Women
Lieutenant Governor encourages females to explore unusual
Kirsten Brazier, Girls Fly 2, BC Gov't
March 12-13, 2016 over 15,000 participants from around BC and beyond are
expected at the Abbotsford International Airport, Abbotsford, BC for the
largest outreach event of it’s kind, worldwide.
The event aims to address gender and cultural diversity in aviation,
aerospace, marine and defence. Most of the target audience have no
experience with, or exposure to these industries.
Photo: The Honourable Judith Guichon, Lieutenant
Governor of British Columbia/Government House handout
Free flights are offered to female first-time fliers to draw females of all
ages to the airport and pique their interest in further exploring the
hands-on ground activities. Advance registration is required for the free
As well, all participants are encouraged to try their hand at many aviation,
aerospace, marine and defence activities. Civilian and non-civilian agencies
and VIPs will be on hand with aircraft and ground support/tactical vehicles
The event is open to the public and families are encouraged to attend. No
registration is required for the ground activities. The events are
completely free to ensure no barriers to participation.
is made possible thanks to the generous support of industry and community
partners such as The University of the Fraser Valley; Teck Construction;
Government of British Columbia, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills
Training; Abbotsford International Airport and Vancouver Airport Authority.
The Lt. Governor learns more about aircraft
structures and tries her hand at riveting at The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly
Too! 2015. Photo Jodi Marsh
The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! events are part of an outreach
initiative founded by BC pilot Kirsten Brazier in 2012. Events are held
annually during the week of International Women’s Day and in celebration of
past, present and future women in aviation, aerospace, marine and defence.
Events organized by The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! have won several
international awards and already set three world precedents as the largest
single outreach event of their kind.
Despite the best recruiting and retention efforts of many, the number of
women in technical and top executive/command areas in aviation, aerospace,
marine and defence remains appallingly low.
Out of 24,505 professional pilots in Canada, only 5.5% of them are women.
Out of 19,601 aircraft engineers, only 2.8% of them are women. Less than 3%
of the technical/top command positions in the Canadian Forces are women.
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. From an early age, male and female alike
are affected by this perception message, which is continually reinforced by
observation (lack of change), media, social media and advertising.
The Sky’s No Limit – Girls Fly Too! employs a 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,
Brazier is a professional pilot from the Lower Mainland, BC and she holds
Airline Transport Ratings for both aeroplanes and helicopters. With over 20
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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